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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 28

Rolling Stone issue #28 had a cover date of March 1, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Kenji “Julie” Sawada of the Japanese band Julie and the Tigers. Features: “Japanese Rock” by Max E. Lash; “The Hollywood Hillbillies: What’s Old Is New” by Jerry Hopkins; “Antonioni” by Gene Youngblood; “Van Morrison” by Greil … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 28

New Vampire Weekend video: Harmony Hall

Video: Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall” Directed By Emmett Malloy. From Father of the Bride, due later this year on Sony. Single out now. You’ve probably already heard this song, right? Vampire Weekend’s major label debut has been on microwave rotation on all my preset satellite radio stations since it dropped about a month ago. … Continue reading New Vampire Weekend video: Harmony Hall

New Charly Bliss video: Capacity

Video: Charly Bliss – “Capacity” Directed by Michelle Zauner. From Young Enough, due May 10 on Barsuk. Look at Eva Hendricks all glammed up and looking like Stassi from “Vanderpump Rules.” Bankrobber chic! The new song doesn’t have anything to do with the video, unless we’re talking about our personal bank of energy…and how trying … Continue reading New Charly Bliss video: Capacity

New Daystar video: Buttons and Brass

Video: Daystar – “Buttons and Brass” Directed by Matt Schulte. From The Complete Recordings, out soon. My fellow GLONO founder Derek Phillips and I have been pals for over thirty years. Throughout these decades he’s always been in bands. Almost too many to count. But because I am a collector and an amateur archivist (a/k/a … Continue reading New Daystar video: Buttons and Brass

2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

I’d been holding off on releasing this post until Billboard published Ed Christman’s year-end wrap-up online, but it looks like it’s going to be print-only. So go out and buy the magazine if you want Ed’s perspective on these numbers. For 2018 Billboard changed the way it calculates streaming equivalent albums. From 2014 through 2017 … Continue reading 2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

New Alex Lahey video: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Video: Alex Lahey – “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” Directed by Callum Preston. From The Best Of Luck Club, out May 17 on Dead Oceans. Australian Alex Lahey writes smart pop songs and makes funny videos. And in the first single from her new album, she’s got an important message for all the overachievers … Continue reading New Alex Lahey video: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

New Andrew Bird video: Sisyphus

Video: Andrew Bird – “Sisyphus” Directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. From My Finest Work Yet, out March 22 on Loma Vista. You know the story of Sisyphus: the Greek king condemned to to roll a big boulder up a mountain for eternity. As soon as he gets close to the top, it rolls back down. … Continue reading New Andrew Bird video: Sisyphus

New Ex Hex video: Tough Enough

Video: Ex Hex – “Tough Enough” Directed by Brandon Herman. From It’s Real, out March 22 on Merge. Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris prove they will still be rocking out long after the rest of have been obliterated by a nuclear apocalypse. Won’t you meet me out downtown? We’ll watch the moon spin … Continue reading New Ex Hex video: Tough Enough

New Better Oblivion Community Center video: Dylan Thomas

Video: Better Oblivion Community Center – “Dylan Thomas” Directed by Michelle Zauner. From Better Oblivion Community Center, out now on Dead Oceans. This is so good! And when’s the last time Conor Oberst has looked this happy? Phoebe Bridgers clearly brings out the best in him. This whole album is great. Which shouldn’t surprise anybody. … Continue reading New Better Oblivion Community Center video: Dylan Thomas

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 27

Rolling Stone issue #27 had a cover date of February 15, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Karen Seltenreich by Baron Wolman. Having learned a big lesson back in Issue 22 about the power of controversy and nudity, Jann Wenner came up with a 14,000-word, 15-page spread on the story of groupies “and … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 27