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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 11

Rolling Stone issue #11 had a cover date of May 25, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo by Baron Wolman. For some reason they decided to label this as “Vol. II, No. 1 (Whole No. 11).” They kept that up through issue #14 (Vol. II, No. 4) and then abandoned the volume business and … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 11

Long Lost MC5 Footage: Tonight (Live in 1972)

Video: MC5 – “Tonight” (Live at Aylesbury Friars, 1972) Via Wayne Kramer. Brother Wayne has been digging up and posting some very cool MC5 footage on YouTube. This clip is from a show at the Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England on Friday, February 11, 1972. From the very cerebral British flyer for the gig: … Continue reading Long Lost MC5 Footage: Tonight (Live in 1972)

New Wye Oak video: It Was Not Natural

Video: Wye Oak – “It Was Not Natural” Directed by Dan Huiting. From The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, out now on Merge Records. There’s a photo of a Datsun 240-Z tucked into the corner of the mirror on the vanity in this video. My mom had that car when I was a … Continue reading New Wye Oak video: It Was Not Natural

New Johnny Marr video: Hi Hello

Video: Johnny Marr – “Hi Hello” From Call The Comet, due June 15 on New Voodoo. How great do Johnny Marr’s guitars sound on this song? Got a bit of that “Money Changes Everything”/”Draize Train” vibe going on. The instrumental track would have fit nicely on a b-side in 1986. Johnny Marr has always worked … Continue reading New Johnny Marr video: Hi Hello

New Courtney Barnett video: Sunday Roast

Video: Courtney Barnett – “Sunday Roast” From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out now on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop. Warning: This YouTube instructional video does not actually teach you how to play the song. That said, Courtney Barnett is super charming and funny and could easily become a superstar YouTuber if that’s what … Continue reading New Courtney Barnett video: Sunday Roast

New Orb video: Rush Hill Road

Video: The Orb – “Rush Hill Road” ft. Hollie Cook From No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, due June 22 on Cooking Vinyl. The Orb is back to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a new album full of collaborations with a wide range of artists including Youth, Jah Wobble, Roger Eno, Guy Pratt, Michael Rendall, … Continue reading New Orb video: Rush Hill Road

New Frankie Cosmos video: Apathy

Video: Frankie Cosmos – “Apathy” Directed by Tom Scharpling. From Vessel, out now on Sub Pop. This video is funny. Greta Kline says, “I am a huge fan of Tom Scharpling’s work and was so thrilled that we got to work together on this video. I trusted him entirely and just wanted to let Tom … Continue reading New Frankie Cosmos video: Apathy

Number One Records: This Is America

Video: Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Directed by Hiro Murai. Single out now. Protest music doesn’t typically reach the top of the charts. A couple notable exceptions: “War” by Edwin Starr (1970) and “Indian Reservation” by the Raiders (1971). Many songs that you may think of as big hits (“What’s Going On” by Marvin … Continue reading Number One Records: This Is America

New Kacey Musgraves video: Space Cowboy

Video: Kacey Musgraves – “Space Cowboy” From Golden Hour, out now on MCA Nashville. As much as I wish this was a cover of the Steve Miller Band’s 1969 deep cut, it is not. Its title, however, is surely a reference to Miller’s 1973 #1 hit, “The Joker.” Musgraves is still a clever lyricist and … Continue reading New Kacey Musgraves video: Space Cowboy

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 10

Rolling Stone issue #10 had a cover date of May 11, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo by Linda Eastman. This is the issue that proved beyond any doubt that Rolling Stone was having a clear impact on the rock and roll scene it was covering. This is the issue where Jann Wenner proved … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 10