All posts by Derek Phillips

New Father John Misty video: Date Night

Video: Father John Misty – “Date Night” Directed by Chad VanGaalen. From God’s Favorite Customer, out now on Sub Pop. This video from Strand of Oaks freaked me the fuck out when we posted it last year. In the best possible way, of course. But freaky just the same. To say animator Chad VanGaalen has … Continue reading New Father John Misty video: Date Night

New Jack White video: Corporation

Video: Jack White – “Corporation” Directed by Jodeb. From Boarding House Reach, out now on Third Man. We all know Jack White is from Detroit. It’s an elemental part of his whole persona and that city’s musical past is a crucial element to influencing his music. That influence has largely focused on a sliver of … Continue reading New Jack White video: Corporation

New Bonnie Prince Billy video: Blueberry Jam

Video: Will Oldham – “Blueberry Jam” Directed by Tim Morton. Single digitally out now on Drag City. We rarely–like…never–just copy and paste shit from a press release. I mean, what would the point be? A press release is background info; just something to start the story and maybe provide a quote. But this passage we … Continue reading New Bonnie Prince Billy video: Blueberry Jam

New Paul McCartney video: Come On To Me

Video: Paul McCartney – “Come On To Me” From Egypt Station, due September 7 on Capitol Records. Ram is by far and away my favorite solo McCartney album. The notoriously perfectionist ex-Beatle’s second album is loose, goofy and–dare I say it?–fun! The screaming, utter nonsense of “Monkberry Moon Delight” and the adolescent knuckleheadedness of “Smile … Continue reading New Paul McCartney video: Come On To Me

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