All posts by Derek Phillips

Rose City ‘Til I Die

By the time this publishes I should be barreling down the road in a van packed with my wife, my son, three dogs, a cat and two of my most cherished guitars. We’ll be heading east, away from a city we love more than we could have even imagined when we moved here almost ten … Continue reading Rose City ‘Til I Die

New Gorillaz video: Humility

Video: Gorillaz – “Humility” From The Now Now, due June 29 on Parlophone/WMG. It’s June, y’all. Officially unofficially summer, which means the race for Summer Jam is on! Gorillaz submit their entry with a breezy number and video with shots of the band’s animated characters roller skating, playing chess and menacing basketball players along Venice … Continue reading New Gorillaz video: Humility

Hear Prince’s original recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”

When I was in high school I had a wrestling coach who was famous for saying, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Which is to say, repeated behavior in itself doesn’t make for improvement. You must have repeated excellent execution to really make any improvement. It was that execution burrowing into your muscle … Continue reading Hear Prince’s original recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”

New Johnny Marr video: The Tracers

Video: Johnny Marr – “The Tracers” From Call The Comet, due June 15 on New Voodoo. We open with Marr and mates driving around what could be “the edge of the world” referenced in the opening lines of the song. They’re driving a Corsair, a car built by Ford in the UK between 1963 and … Continue reading New Johnny Marr video: The Tracers

New Graham Coxon video: Falling

Video: Graham Coxon – “Falling” Single out now on Parlophone. I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar / then it meant that you were a Protest Singer Oh, I can smile about it now / but at the time it was terrible –The Smiths, “Shakespeare’s Sister” We know that Blur front man Damon … Continue reading New Graham Coxon video: Falling

New Jack White video: Connected By Love

Video: Jack White – “Connected By Love” From Boarding House Reach, due March 23 on Third Man Records. Single out now. One of my favorite heckles happened during a performance in Milwaukee. Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls was playing a loud, sweaty show shortly after the 9/11 attacks and paused to deliver a … Continue reading New Jack White video: Connected By Love

New Run The Jewels video: Call Ticketron

Video: Run The Jewels – “Call Ticketron” From RTJ3, out now. It’s hard to top last year’s collaboration with DJ Shadow, but RTJ has been giving it a good go. In “Call Ticketron” our heroes go for broke with an absurdist, apocalyptic fantasy that has everything from UFOs to dancing garbage bags to fake news … Continue reading New Run The Jewels video: Call Ticketron

New Morrissey video: Jacky’s Only Happy

Video: Morrissey – “Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage” From Low In High School, out now on BMG. I always thought Morrissey could easily transition to being an English soap star should he ever decide to give up the music game. I mean, look at him: Can’t you just see him scheming … Continue reading New Morrissey video: Jacky’s Only Happy

New Sharon Jones video: Call on God

Video: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Call on God” From Soul of a Woman, out now on Daptone. We’ve written a lot on what a dynamic performer Sharon Jones was—and make no mistake, she was a powerhouse. But what I like about this video is it also show what an artists she was, and … Continue reading New Sharon Jones video: Call on God

New Bonnie Prince Billy video: Treasure Map

Video: Bonnie Prince Billy – “Treasure Map” From the Benefit Record for the Southern Poverty Law Center, available now. Will Oldham is a creepy mother fucker. I won’t at all be surprised to find out that he’s a time traveling folky/murderer who dips in and out of various decades singing about who knows what but … Continue reading New Bonnie Prince Billy video: Treasure Map