All posts by Derek Phillips

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

Leroy Bach, Edward Burch and John Stirrat at the Hideout

Where Everybody Knows Your Name Leroy Bach, Edward Burch and John Stirrat at the Hideout. March 5, 2001 Everyone has that bar that just fits. Maybe it’s only for the summer or your junior year in college, but it is exactly where you want to be on any given night. The Hideout in Chicago is … Continue reading Leroy Bach, Edward Burch and John Stirrat at the Hideout

The kids are alright…right?

Michael Goldberg’s Insider One March 2 opening article talks about media marketing and the manipulation of youth culture. Am I being optimistic or na├»ve, or are the kids smarter than that? Actually, isn’t the piece really just talking bout the zombies of the teenage population who are no more programmable than their Gen X and … Continue reading The kids are alright…right?

Sarah Vowell should be banned from radio

I am ready to open this can of worms. It’s an ugly can with a torn label. When I open this can it won’t open cleanly. The lid will still be attached and the jagged edges will surely cut the shit out of hand and the worms will twist in their muck and my blood, … Continue reading Sarah Vowell should be banned from radio

The importance of being earnest: Sanoponic

The importance of being earnest: Sanoponic at the Beat Kitchen 02/24/01 Why do we hate bands that take themselves too seriously? We appreciate real conviction and dedication to art, yet we are thoroughly irritated by pretense. Sanoponic is pretentious and it bugs the shit out of me. I like a lot of what Sanoponic does. … Continue reading The importance of being earnest: Sanoponic