All posts by Jake Brown

New Lana Del Rey video: Mariners Apartment Complex

Video: Lana Del Rey – “Mariners Apartment Complex” Single out now on Interscope. Like a lot of grumpy dudes I was initially put off by Lana Del Rey because of some atavistic ideas about authenticity. I was swayed by the bullshit narrative that she was just an opportunistic phony. A couple things helped me change … Continue reading New Lana Del Rey video: Mariners Apartment Complex

New Alice Merton video: Why So Serious

Video: Alice Merton – “Why So Serious” From Mint, due January 18, 2019. Single out now. I like Alice Merton. In an interview with Billboard she talked about how labels and radio people tried to get her to change her sound, but she stubbornly refused and pitched directly to blogs and Spotify and the labels … Continue reading New Alice Merton video: Why So Serious

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 17

Rolling Stone issue #17 had a cover date of September 14, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover illustration by Rick Griffin. Features: The Rolling Stone Interview with Pete Townshend by Jann Wenner; Eric Burdon: ‘I Got Changes to Go Through, That’s All’ by Jerry Hopkins; “The Eggman Wears White” by Jonathan Cott (about John and … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 17

New First Aid Kit video: Rebel Heart

Video: First Aid Kit – “Rebel Heart” Directed by Mats Udd. From Ruins, out now on Columbia. Spooky! It’s great to see First Aid Kit embrace their essential witchiness in their culty new video for “Rebel Heart.” They discussed the song with Consequence of Sound: We stayed in California for five weeks to write new … Continue reading New First Aid Kit video: Rebel Heart

New Willie Nelson video: One for My Baby

Video: Willie Nelson – “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” From My Way, out September 14 on Sony Legacy. Another one from Willie’s tribute to Frank Sinatra. “One for My Baby” is a classic Johnny Mercer lyric set to a complex Harold tune, originally written for the 1943 Fred Astaire film, … Continue reading New Willie Nelson video: One for My Baby

New Courtney Marie Andrews video: Heart and Mind

Video: Courtney Marie Andrews – “Heart and Mind” Single out now on Fat Possum. Dear sister, my tears are for you I know this life can be so cruel and unkind But when you’re feeling weak, Know your power is in your heart and your mind This is a previously unreleased song, written after the … Continue reading New Courtney Marie Andrews video: Heart and Mind

New Sylvie Simmons video: Hard Act to Follow

Video: Sylvie Simmons – “Hard Act to Follow” From Sylvie, released in 2014 on Light In the Attic Records. Sylvie Simmons is one of my favorite music journalists. I’ve been reading her stuff in Mojo for over a decade. She almost singlehandedly made me despise Lou Reed after reading her 2005 interview with him. It’s … Continue reading New Sylvie Simmons video: Hard Act to Follow

New Regrettes video: Red Light

Video: The Regrettes – “Red Light” Directed by Morgan Higby Night. From the Attention Seeker EP, out now on Warner Bros. It’s great that this song has finally been given a (semi-) official video, but the circumstances for releasing it are kind of a bummer. Bass player Sage Chavis has left the band. Chavis explained … Continue reading New Regrettes video: Red Light

Number One Records: In My Feelings

Video: Drake – “In My Feelings” Directed by Karena Evans. From Scorpion, out now on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. Drake’s “In My Feelings” has been #1 since the week ending July 12, and I’ve been trying to ignore it this whole time. But this week marks eight weeks in the top spot of the Hot … Continue reading Number One Records: In My Feelings

New Felines video: Going On

Video: Felines – “Going Out” From Saying It Twice Makes It Real, due later this year on Burger and Crunchy Frog Records. Single out now. This is a cool, moody song from a band from Copenhagen who clearly digs the Velvet Underground. They approach it with classic Danish minimalism and a sense of brooding paranoia. … Continue reading New Felines video: Going On