All posts by Jake Brown

When KISS rocked Cadillac, Michigan

Every single thing about this article from FOTO magazine is amazing: “When KISS Rocked Cadillac – KISS was on the cusp of superstardom when a small, conservative town in northern Michigan invited the band to visit. The rest is rock history.” It sounds like a Hollywood screenwriter’s fantasy: a small-town high-school football team turns around … Continue reading When KISS rocked Cadillac, Michigan

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 14

Rolling Stone issue #14 had a cover date of July 20, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Frank Zappa by Barry Wolman. Features: The Rolling Stone Interview with Frank Zappa by Jerry Hopkins; “Dionne Warwick Makes New Plans: Movie and a Gospel Album” by Sue C. Clark; “A Friendly Tribute for Ramblin’ [Jack … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 14

New Kacey Musgraves video: High Horse

Video: Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse” From Golden Hour, out now on MCA Nashville. Where country meets disco. It’s not the first time, of course, but it’s been a while. And the song is super catchy and fun. The video, on the other hand, is an anachronistic mess. Are the office scenes supposed to be … Continue reading New Kacey Musgraves video: High Horse

New Escape-ism video: Nothing Personal

Video: Escape-ism – “Nothing Personal” Directed by Alexandra Cabral. From The Lost Record, out September 7 on Merge. Ian Svenonius is prolific. It was only November when he introduced the world to his new project, Escape-ism. And now there’s a second album coming due in September. “Nothing Personal” continues with Introduction‘s minimalist soul. The video … Continue reading New Escape-ism video: Nothing Personal

New T-Rextasy video: Girl, Friend

Video: T-Rextasy – “Girl, Friend” Single out now on Danger Collective. When I was in college we brought a kids pool to campus. We named it Tony and filled it up on the quad next to the chapel. Shortly after we got it all set up, somebody was having a wedding and asked us to … Continue reading New T-Rextasy video: Girl, Friend

New Jon Spencer video: Do The Trash Can

Video: Jon Spencer – “Do The Trash Can” From Spencer Sings the Hits due this fall on Shove Records/In the Red. Jon Spencer recorded his first solo album at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan with Sam Coomes from Quasi and drummer Mike Sord from Kalamazoo. Spencer told Rolling Stone, “Sam is someone with … Continue reading New Jon Spencer video: Do The Trash Can

New Claire Morales video: “No Telling”

Video: Claire Morales – “No Telling” From All That Wanting, her independently released album out now. Classic rock guitar tones and reverbed hand claps combined with smart lyrics delivered in a conversational deadpan and I’m sold! What more could you ask for? “No Telling” is a song about crush feelings. A crush never realized. Hands … Continue reading New Claire Morales video: “No Telling”

New Welles video: Hold Me Like I’m Leaving

Video: Welles – “Hold Me Like I’m Leaving” Directed by Mafalda Millies. From Red Trees and White Trashes, out now on 300 Entertainment. Jesse Allen Wells calls his band Welles. He used to call himself Jeh Sea. So spelling is a loose concept for him. As is originality. Wells told Billboard that, “I had this … Continue reading New Welles video: Hold Me Like I’m Leaving

New Mitski video: Nobody

Video: Mitski – “Nobody” Directed by Christopher Good. From Be The Cowboy, out August 17 on Dead Oceans. I really loved Mitski’s song “Your Best American Girl” with its epic rock and roll crescendo and its sad lyrics (“You’re an all-American boy / I guess I couldn’t help trying to be your best American girl”). … Continue reading New Mitski video: Nobody

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 13

Rolling Stone issue #13 had a cover date of July 6, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Tiny Tim by Baron Wolman. This is a weird issue. There’s no “Perspectives” column by Ralph Gleason. The only thing written by Jann Wenner is his pseudonymous John J. Rock column. And there are two big … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 13