All posts by Jake Brown

New Soccer Mommy video: Your Dog

Video: Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog” From Clean, out March 2 on Fat Possum. So what are you supposed to do with your boyfriend’s corpse after you slit his throat? If you’re Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison, you drag him upstairs and Sharpie up his face and feel a little sad about the whole thing. I … Continue reading New Soccer Mommy video: Your Dog

New Bat Fangs video: Rock the Reaper

Video: Bat Fangs – “Rock the Reaper” From Bat Fangs, out February 2 on Don Giovanni. Do you dig Joan Jett’s 80s glam riffs? Think “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Hell yes, you do! That’s why you’re going to love Bat Fangs, the new project from Betsy Wright (Ex Hex) and Laura King (Flesh … Continue reading New Bat Fangs video: Rock the Reaper

New Titus Andronicus video: Number One (In New York)

Video: Titus Andronicus – “Number One (In New York)” From A Productive Cough, out March 2 on Merge. There’s a thin line between pretense and ambition and anybody shooting for the latter risks ending up with the former instead. I mean, how many 10-minute epics can one band record? Then again, no score and seven … Continue reading New Titus Andronicus video: Number One (In New York)

New First Aid Kit video: Fireworks

Video: First Aid Kit – “Fireworks” From Ruins, out January 19 on Columbia. First Aid Kit is back again, this time putting those sibling harmonies into a promtastic re-imagination of the 1980s. As someone who attended high school formal dances in those years, I can attest to the verisimilitude of the overall vibe of this … Continue reading New First Aid Kit video: Fireworks

New Belle and Sebastian video: I’ll Be Your Pilot

Video: Belle and Sebastian – “I’ll Be Your Pilot” From How To Solve Our Human Problems EP 2, out January 19 on Matador. If you’re a Belle and Sebastian fan who is concerned that the band has gotten a little too disco-y lately, this new song ought to reassure you. Acoustic guitars and an oboe … Continue reading New Belle and Sebastian video: I’ll Be Your Pilot

2017 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Consumption

So it looks like fewer and fewer people care about owning their music. This is the first year that I didn’t buy a single new release on compact disc (although I picked up a few deluxe reissues on CD). I bought a bunch of vinyl including Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy, the Mountain Goats’ Goths, … Continue reading 2017 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Consumption

New Hot Date video: MN Goddess

Video: Hot Date – “MN Goddess” From Spaces, out January 19 on Bandcamp. Hot Date is a Saint Paul, Minnesota duo featuring Nora O’Brien on vocals and Eric Carranza on everything else. “MN Goddess” is an airy song about a certain type of midwestern woman (“if you’ve seen one you know what I mean”). While … Continue reading New Hot Date video: MN Goddess

New Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake video: The Priest

Video: Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake – “The Priest” This is a cool spoken word piece about living on the streets of Edinburgh based on Joe Gallagher’s diaries that were published in The Big Issue under the pseudonym James Campbell. “Arite there pal, what you doin’ here?” “Tryin to sleep.” “I’ve missed ma train n … Continue reading New Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake video: The Priest

New Phoebe Bridgers video: Would You Rather ft. Conor Oberst

Video: Phoebe Bridgers – “Would You Rather” (ft. Conor Oberst) From Stranger In The Alps, out now on Dead Oceans. Playing “would you rather” When it comes to fire You always say that you’d prefer to drown You were still in the ambulance When the cop suggested You’re the one who tried to burn it … Continue reading New Phoebe Bridgers video: Would You Rather ft. Conor Oberst

The 21 Best Songs of 2017

Happy New Year! End of year lists are fun. This is better than that. No it’s not. Etc. We shared almost 200 songs in 2017. Most of those are really good or else we wouldn’t have posted them, right? But these are the 21 that we keep going back to and can’t get enough of. … Continue reading The 21 Best Songs of 2017