All posts by Derek Phillips

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

Be Still My Beating Heart – Greta Van Fleet

I was listening to one of those new music mixes on Apple Music and catching up on work when this song popped up and I thought, ‘This new Heart sounds pretty good!” Except it wasn’t Heart, it was Frankenmuth, Michigan’s own Greta Van Fleet. More on that in a bit. Heart is one of those … Continue reading Be Still My Beating Heart – Greta Van Fleet

New Tara Jane O’Neil video: Blow

I have no idea what is going on in this video from Tara Jane O’Neil but it’s vaguely cult-ish and I am fascinated by cults so… It’s also a lovely, whispy song. From her self-titled ninth album, “Blow” is a bit of a musical meditation. I’m told she’s hypnotic live and lucky for you and … Continue reading New Tara Jane O’Neil video: Blow

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