All posts by Jake Brown

Playlist: History of British Rock (Sire Records, 1976)

I had this cassette in high school. I can’t remember exactly where or why I bought it, but my guess is that it probably came from the Columbia House tape club. Or maybe I bought it at the mall because it had a rare Beatles song on it. It’s a weird compilation. Released by Sire … Continue reading Playlist: History of British Rock (Sire Records, 1976)

New Frankie Cosmos video: Being Alive

Video: Frankie Cosmos – “Being Alive” From Vessel, out March 30 on Sub Pop. I’m an idiot. For several years I’ve ignored Frankie Cosmos because I got her mixed up with some other Frankie that I don’t care for. I never gave her music a chance because I was convinced I wasn’t into it. But … Continue reading New Frankie Cosmos video: Being Alive

New They Might Be Giants video: The Greatest

Video: They Might Be Giants – “The Greatest” From I Like Fun, out now on Idlewild Recordings. They call me the greatest Because I’m not very good And they’re being sarcastic It’s wild to think that these guys have been around for over 30 years. And even now, there are not a lot of bands … Continue reading New They Might Be Giants video: The Greatest

New Breeders video: Joanne

Video: The Breeders – “Joanne” (Michael Nesmith cover) All Nerve is out March 2 on 4AD. “Joanne” is not on the album. “Joanne” is one of my favorite songs of all time. I first heard it back in college when Leppotone supergroup Twister covered it live at Club Soda in Kalamazoo. I was already a … Continue reading New Breeders video: Joanne

New Rostam video: Bike Dream

Video: Rostam – “Bike Dream” From Half-Light, out now on Nonesuch Records. I’ll admit I didn’t want to like this song. I’m still kind of mad at Mr. Batmanglij for quitting Vampire Weekend. I totally realize how juvenile that sounds, but what can you do? Gotta feel your feelings, right? So I was fully prepared … Continue reading New Rostam video: Bike Dream

New Regrettes video: Come Through

Video: The Regrettes – “Come Through” Directed by Claire Marie Vogel. From the Attention Seeker EP, out February 23 on Warner Bros. Woo hoo! New Regrettes! They’ve got a new EP coming out in a couple weeks with two brand new songs, a cover of Dion and the Belmonts’ “Teenager in Love,” and two acoustic … Continue reading New Regrettes video: Come Through

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 5

Issue #5 had a cover date of February 10, 1968. 24 pages. 25 cents. This was the issue when Rolling Stone started giving away roach clips to new subscribers. (“Act now before this offer is made illegal.”) You can scoff, but for its entire first year the Stone remained a DIY organization, run by Wenner … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 5

New Neil Young video: Almost Always

Video: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – “Almost Always” Directed by Daryl Hannah. From The Visitor, out now on Reprise. I love it when Neil goes pretty and acoustic. But he’s still got some bite in his lyrics: I’m living with a gameshow host Who has to brag and has to boast About … Continue reading New Neil Young video: Almost Always

New Laura Veirs video: Everybody Needs You

Video: Laura Veirs – “Everybody Needs You” Directed by Lance Bangs. Animation by Marissa Paternoster. From The Lookout, out April 13 on Raven Marching Band. You might know Laura Veirs from the case/lang/veirs project she did with Neko Case and k.d. lang in 2016. She’s got a new solo album, The Lookout, coming out this … Continue reading New Laura Veirs video: Everybody Needs You

New Of Montreal video: Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia

Video: of Montreal – “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” From White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out March 9 on Polyvinyl. Good old Kevin Barnes, prancing around in his grandma’s clothes, singing to his love: “You’re the only one who’s worthy of my concentration.” Barnes said it’s “a song about panic, fear, insecurity, misanthropy, self-loathing, vanity, lustfulness, arrogance and … Continue reading New Of Montreal video: Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia