All posts by Jake Brown

New Starcrawler video: I Love LA

Video: Starcrawler – “I Love LA” From Starcrawler, out January 19 on Rough Trade. I hate L.A. I hate what the city does to the people who move there. I hate the type of people who choose to move there. I hate Los Angeles’ clichéd idea of “rock and roll” with all the dudes with … Continue reading New Starcrawler video: I Love LA

New Escape-ism video: Walking in the Dark

Video: Escape-ism – “Walking in the Dark” From Introduction to Escape-ism, out now on Merge. Escape-ism is Ian Svenonius. I first heard him way back in 1999 when downloading songs from the Internet was brand new and Svenonius had a band called the Make Up. I probably read something about them in a Greil Marcus … Continue reading New Escape-ism video: Walking in the Dark

New Dream Wife video: Let’s Make Out

Video: Dream Wife – “Let’s Make Out” From Dream Wife, out January 26 on Lucky Number. Meet me by the car Cause it’s not parked very far We’re spending time And we’re wasting our youth I like Rakel Mjöll’s phrasing, how she crams a bunch of words into the end of each line in the … Continue reading New Dream Wife video: Let’s Make Out

New Werewolf Diskdrive video: Beepers & Beepers

Video: Werewolf Diskdrive – “Beepers & Beepers” From Werewolf Diskdrive, out now on Werewolf Diskdrive. This is stupid but it’s good. There’s apparently a backstory about finding a hard drive in dumpster, but who cares? Just listen. If you dug Beck’s Mellow Gold-era b-sides, you’ll appreciate “Beepers & Beepers.” Werewolf Diskdrive is the new project … Continue reading New Werewolf Diskdrive video: Beepers & Beepers

New Pussy Riot video: Police State

Video: Pussy Riot – “Police State” From the Nice Life Winter ’18 playlist, out December 8 on Nice Life. The always subtle Pussy Riot is back with another video denouncing the police state. It’s a cute pop song with a catchy chorus and sarcastic lyrics. Chloe Sevigny plays a law-enforcement officer in the video and … Continue reading New Pussy Riot video: Police State

New Bully video: Feel The Same

Video: Bully – “Feel The Same” From Losing, out now on Sub Pop. Remember what I was saying about Nirvana-influenced new bands that don’t suck? Well, here’s another one, also on Sub Pop. Sittin’ in the basement Sittin’ alone Saw you in my sleep last night Wish you were home In just two minutes Bully … Continue reading New Bully video: Feel The Same

Live: Regina Spektor in Grand Rapids

The show was billed as “A Very Special Solo Performance” by Regina Spektor. And it certainly felt special. She was chatty and giggly between songs and seemed to sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic adoration of her fans at the sold out 20 Monroe Live. I’ve never been to a concert where the fans whiplashed between shouts … Continue reading Live: Regina Spektor in Grand Rapids

New Sincere Engineer video: Shattering

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Shattering” From Rhombithian, out now on Red Scare. The last time we saw Deanna Belos of Chicago’s Sincere Engineer, she was passed out on her bathroom floor. This time she’s sinking to the bottom of a lake like an empty bottle. I’m gonna jump in Lake Michigan And swim out as … Continue reading New Sincere Engineer video: Shattering

New Charly Bliss video: Scare U

Video: Charly Bliss – “Scare U” From Guppy, out now on Barsuk Records. Happy Halloween! Here’s a spooky video wherein the kids from Charly Bliss recreate their favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, “Doublemeat Palace.” Eva Hendricks told W magazine that she and her boyfriend, Toby Goodshank, made the props themselves. The song’s not actually … Continue reading New Charly Bliss video: Scare U

New Blitzen Trapper video: Wild and Reckless

Video: Blitzen Trapper – “Wild and Reckless” From Wild and Reckless, due November 3 on LidKerCow. Sounds like Blitzen Trapper is going for a Bruce Springsteen vibe with “Wild and Reckless,” the second single and title track from their upcoming self-released album. Like a lot of Blitzen Trapper jams, this one takes a bunch of … Continue reading New Blitzen Trapper video: Wild and Reckless