All posts by Derek Phillips

Deaf American

There’s a low grumble across America and it seems only Salon.com can hear it. By Phil Wise Since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1995, there has been a steady consolidation of media in this country that threatens to choke our already anemic music business. The decisions for A&R, radio programming and concert promotion … Continue reading Deaf American

Ringo Starr: It Don’t Come Easy

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band By Phil Wise The Today show has a summer-long concert series in which artists perform outdoors at ungodly hours in the early morning. It seems like a nightmare to me, but the series has featured an eclectic mix of acts from ‘NSYNC to Tim McGraw. Not a particularly … Continue reading Ringo Starr: It Don’t Come Easy

This is a Modern World

On the eve of Quadrophenia’s release, the Who’s most articulate message finds a new audience Rhino Records is releasing the Who’s Quadrophenia on DVD in September and the film is enjoying a limited theater release to celebrate. After countless viewings of the film on an old VHS bootleg, I recently saw the film for the … Continue reading This is a Modern World

BEASTIE BOYS, OTHER MUSICIANS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE BUSH’S ENERGY PLAN

MUSIC COMMUNITY MOBILIZES, THOUSANDS OF FANS TAKE ACTION Numerous well-known artists have joined Mike Diamond (aka Mike D. of Beastie Boys) in an action with the Save Our Environment Coalition to oppose President George W. Bush’s energy plan. Some of the artists include: Alanis Morissette, Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys, Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, … Continue reading BEASTIE BOYS, OTHER MUSICIANS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE BUSH’S ENERGY PLAN

What about me? It isn’t fair, I’ve had enough now I want my share: Open mic night

Open mic nights are a pisser. The talent ranges from three-chord Lisa Loebs to MFAs trying to impress their hippy girlfriends with Phish covers. It’s a funny scene and most bars that host open mics foster a certain group of regulars. Tonight I hit the open mic night at Quenchers on Western and Fullerton here … Continue reading What about me? It isn’t fair, I’ve had enough now I want my share: Open mic night

I-Rock, you rock, we all rock in Detroit Rock City

I-Rock, you rock, we all rock in Detroit Rock City Semi-Fiction (Intro to a feature from GLONO contributor, Phil Wise) Being in a local band is cruel business. Local music scenes are full of assholes and egos—and that’s not counting the musicians. There are loads of ruthless club owners and booking agents who will take … Continue reading I-Rock, you rock, we all rock in Detroit Rock City

Record Shopping with Phil: Rummaging through Rock’s Lost and Found

Stephen Stills’ “Illegal Stills” and “An Evening with Teegarden and VanWinkle” I am unemployed. That means I have a lot of time on my hands and aside from sending out resumes and cover letters and searching through the countless crap jobs our floundering economy offers, I also shop for records. I have two quaint and … Continue reading Record Shopping with Phil: Rummaging through Rock’s Lost and Found

White Girls Can’t Jump

Brassy live at Double Door Chicago, IL March 20, 2001 Let’s get it out in the open. The lead singer for Brassy, Muffin Spencer, is Jon Spencer’s, (he of the Blues Explosion) sister. Ok? We can’t ignore it. Why try? Sure, Muffin gets a little steamed from time to time when people always ask what … Continue reading White Girls Can’t Jump

Dubious Inclusions Damage Credibility Of Entire Record Collection

From this week’s Onion: Dubious Inclusions Damage Credibility Of Entire Record Collection HAMMOND, IN— The credibility of 26-year-old Jeff Gaskill’s record collection is badly damaged by the inclusion of several albums of dubious artistic merit, friend Rob Appel reported Monday. “He’s got tons of awesome stuff, everything from [X-Ray Spex’s] Germ Free Adolescents to [Al … Continue reading Dubious Inclusions Damage Credibility Of Entire Record Collection