All posts by Derek Phillips

New Kendrick Lamar video: DNA.

Kendrick Lamar and Don Cheadle Go Head to head in this video for the single, “DNA” from Lamar’s new album DAMN. I ran into Don Cheadle once on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. It was cold but sunny and we were walking toward each other when he recognized that I had recognized him. We both played … Continue reading New Kendrick Lamar video: DNA.

Everything’s Coming Up Pepper

In case you haven’t heard, June 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Debates rage as to whether this is simply a great album or the greatest album, but there’s no question of its musical and culture importance as a work of … Continue reading Everything’s Coming Up Pepper

The Knocks: Trouble ft. Absofacto

What the band describes as, “Telling the story of a man who is stuck in his head and riddled with social anxiety to the point where he is unable to leave his apartment,” the video for “Trouble” is a little bit of synth-y dream pop and a little bit outer space/inner space anxiety. Featuring Kyle … Continue reading The Knocks: Trouble ft. Absofacto

Spoon: The Band We Can All Count On

They say you shouldn’t trust anyone who doesn’t like puppies or babies. That’s kinda how I feel about anyone who doesn’t love Spoon. I mean…what’s not to love? Soulful vocals and witty lyrics; smart, economical instrumentation; beats and rhythms that make you DANCE; all peppered with hoots, hollers, grunts and groans that let you know … Continue reading Spoon: The Band We Can All Count On

Paul McCartney at Pappy and Harriet’s Looks as Amazing As You’d Imagine

How many times have you watch a bar band cover The Beatles? How many times has that band actually included a Beatle? On his way to Desert Trip, AKA Oldchella, Paul McCartney and band stopped off to play a quick set at Pappy and Harriet’s, a high desert bar with a capacity of 300 people. … Continue reading Paul McCartney at Pappy and Harriet’s Looks as Amazing As You’d Imagine

Three Hundred Things People Are Saying About #TrumpDoc

A lot of people are saying things about this photo. Not us, but a lot of people. Some very smart people; the best people. I updated my Facebook picture with his smirking mug and added a couple comments. That got people talking…a lot of them. Here are 300+ things people are saying about #TrumpDoc (of … Continue reading Three Hundred Things People Are Saying About #TrumpDoc

Chris Staples – Golden Age

I maintain a playlist called Golden that pulls together a bunch of songs that give me fall shivers and nostalgic heartstring tugs. There’s loads of Beck’s Sea Change, Kurt Vile’s Walking on a Pretty Day, Steve Gunn’s Sundowner, Elliott Smith, Damien Jurado, Lord Huron, and now…Chris Staples. Staples’ new album, Golden Age, shares more in … Continue reading Chris Staples – Golden Age

Dawes – When The Tequila Runs Out

Dawes have released a new single ahead of their fifth studio album, which is titled We’re All Gonna Die. The video, and the single, show our boys fully embracing much of the “we’re all fucked so let’s party” attitude that dominates the Top 40 these last few years. It’s a pretty catchy tune too with … Continue reading Dawes – When The Tequila Runs Out

Noel Gallagher Remixes Oasis Track for Reissue

On second thought… Be Here Now was the 1997 follow-up to Oasis’ massive hit, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? To say the former met with mixed reviews given the bar set by the latter is an understatement. In hindsight, everyone seemed to just be confused. Lots of people initially praised it as “bold” and “ambitious,” … Continue reading Noel Gallagher Remixes Oasis Track for Reissue

Live: Graham Nash in Portland

If I am being honest, I am just as guilty as anyone—maybe more so. I see “legacy” acts touring and think, “Why bother? They can’t be as good as in their prime.” Sometimes I’ve been proven right when a band that hasn’t spoken in 20 years gets together for a tour only to realize they … Continue reading Live: Graham Nash in Portland