All posts by Derek Phillips

New Sharon Jones video: Matter of Time

Video: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Matter of Time” From Soul of a Woman, due November 17 on Daptone. We were first turned on to Sharon Jones in 2007 when I (mistakenly, and which was debated at length in the comments) called Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black the best soul record in decades. Commenter … Continue reading New Sharon Jones video: Matter of Time

Courtney Loves Kurt: Over Everything

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are the cute stoner couple who swear they’re just friends (and don’t even smoke down) and it’s totally true but I still want to believe the better story. To the joy of everyone who loves them both, they announced an upcoming collaboration called Lotta Sea Lice, due October 13 on Matador. … Continue reading Courtney Loves Kurt: Over Everything

New Broken Social Scene video: Vanity Pail Kids

Video: Broken Social Scene – “Vanity Pail Kids” Let me pitch this concept to you: We open with a toilet in a recording studio scatting (get it?) and beat boxing, but his/her baghead record producer just isn’t feeling it.  They decide to take a break and go to the bar where a gang of other … Continue reading New Broken Social Scene video: Vanity Pail Kids

New Carl Barat video: Burning Cars

Video: Carl Barat & The Jackals – “Burning Cars” When we first interviewed Carl Barat with Dirty Pretty Things in 2006, his first foray outside of The Libertines, he told us that he liked the idea of being in a gang. It was an idea that fellow Libertine Gary Powell also referenced and probably led … Continue reading New Carl Barat video: Burning Cars

New Liam Gallagher video: Wall Of Glass

Video: Liam Gallagher – “Wall Of Glass” I am an unapologetic fan of Oasis. I like a little attitude in my rock and roll and the Gallagher brothers deliver that by the truckload. Noel’s clearly the funnier of the two (and funnier than pretty much everyone), but the younger Liam wins on pure shit-eating grin … Continue reading New Liam Gallagher video: Wall Of Glass

New Phoenix video: J-Boy

Video: Phoenix – “J-Boy” I have a real soft spot for electro-pop. There’s something about the lilting melodies and crystalline synths that brings me back to summers riding around on Honda Sprees jumping from one pool party to another. Except I didn’t have a Spree and I was rarely invited to pool parties as an … Continue reading New Phoenix video: J-Boy

New Afghan Whigs video: Oriole

At first I thought, “This is what you get when you give 13 year old boys cameras, a budget and free reign to shoot a music video.” I mean, really: It’s got naked girls running around as stoned witches in the woods with knives and fire. Kinda the perfect video, right? It turns out that … Continue reading New Afghan Whigs video: Oriole

New Charlatans video: Plastic Machinery

Los Angeles has long been a draw for rock bands. The whole “city of angels” thing and Manson and the Whisky…it’s all very alluring. The golden hue has got to be even more enchanting if you grew up in a grimy industrial town in northern England so we can forgive the touristy vibe of the … Continue reading New Charlatans video: Plastic Machinery

The Parson Red Heads – Coming Down

Every New Years Eve The Parson Red Heads cover a different album and invite friends to do the same, creating a night where everyone dresses up like someone else to listen to bands playing someone else’s songs. These kinds of tributes are very popular in Portland, which is odd given the huge amount of talent and … Continue reading The Parson Red Heads – Coming Down

Old Gibson Plant in Kalamazoo Getting Facelift

I was lucky enough to have spent some of my formative music years in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Not only was it a tour stop for national bands (Kalamazoo being exactly half-way between Chicago and Detroit), but it also had a banging local scene comprised of bands that I still count among my favorites. All of this … Continue reading Old Gibson Plant in Kalamazoo Getting Facelift