All posts by Jake Brown

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Woodstock

Rolling Stone issue #42 had a cover date of September 20, 1969. 40 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of naked Woodstock attendees by Baron Wolman. This issue is back up to 40 pages again after issue #41 was down to 32 pages, and this is where the myth of Woodstock was created. Even scholarly Greil … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Woodstock

Riot Fest 2019: Do You Realize??

Big music festivals might not be the ideal way to experience music you’ve never heard before, but from a quantity perspective it’s hard to beat. I figure I saw 30 bands at Riot Fest this year, and of those, I had previously never listened to 13 of them. And that’s what makes a fest so … Continue reading Riot Fest 2019: Do You Realize??

New Sleater-Kinney video: Can I Go On

Video: Sleater-Kinney – “Can I Go On” Directed by Ashley Connor. From The Center Won’t Hold, out now on Mom and Pop. It’s kinda fun to hear S-K go full New Wave, but I think it works. And the sentiment is certainly irrefutable. Everyone I know is tired And everyone I know is wired To … Continue reading New Sleater-Kinney video: Can I Go On

Dick Clark’s Summer ’68 Action Tour for Teenagers

Okay, this is insane. I didn’t totally believe it was real when I saw this old advertisement come across my twitter feed the other day: New! Dick Clark Action Tours, Inc. Summer ’68 Action Tour for Teenagers! Hollywood! Hawaii! Mexico! 21 dazzling days of freedom & fun! Come on along! Aug. 9th to 29th. Only … Continue reading Dick Clark’s Summer ’68 Action Tour for Teenagers

New Bonnie Prince Billy video: At The Back of the Pit

Video: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “At The Back of the Pit” Directed by Jacob Forman. From I Made A Place, due November 15 on Drag City and Palace Records. Heck yeah! The fact that the world is doomed isn’t going to bring down our Bonnie Prince, no sirree. He’s already gearing up for the post-apocalypse … Continue reading New Bonnie Prince Billy video: At The Back of the Pit

New Sincere Engineer video: Dragged Across The Finish Line

Video: Sincere Engineer – “Dragged Across The Finish Line” From Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers. I saw these guys open up for the Hold Steady in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I only knew a few of their songs beforehand but I was excited to see them live. They put … Continue reading New Sincere Engineer video: Dragged Across The Finish Line

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 41

Rolling Stone issue #41 had a cover date of September 6, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Joe Cocker by Steven Shames. This issue is back down to 32 pages after several issues features 40 pages. Wonder what happened? It also contains three separate reviews of Blind Faith’s debut (“the reincarnation of Cream … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 41

New Pixies video: Catfish Kate

Video: Pixies – “Catfish Kate” Video created by Neirin Best and Lianne Pierce. From Beneath the Eyrie, due September 13. It’s easy for music snobs to scoff when a band gets back together years after splitting up and has the audacity to release new music. Especially if they don’t have all the original members. How … Continue reading New Pixies video: Catfish Kate

New Frankie Cosmos video: Wannago

Video: Frankie Cosmos – “Wannago” Directed by Robert Kolodny. From Close it Quietly, September 6 on Sub Pop. The video is a little distracting but the song has everything you want from this band: sad melodies, earnest vocals, delicate harmonies, and shimmery guitars. Greta Kline says, “Wannago is an older song that I thought would … Continue reading New Frankie Cosmos video: Wannago

New Ben Kweller video: Carelesss

Video: Ben Kweller – “Carelesss” Directed by Steve Hanft. Ben Kweller is a grownup now but he remembers how it feels to be a kid. And as a back-to-school gift for all the little freaks out there, he offers a new song with a message of hope and perseverance. I’m the girl in zebra tights … Continue reading New Ben Kweller video: Carelesss