All posts by Jake Brown

New Tomberlin video: Seventeen

Video: Tomberlin – “Seventeen” Directed by Zach Xanders. From At Weddings, due August 10 on Saddle Creek. You always say that I look so tough But it’s because I’m tough Sarah Beth Tomberlin is a 23 year old songwriter from Kentucky who records for Saddle Creek. Her dad’s a strict Baptist pastor. She was homeschooled. … Continue reading New Tomberlin video: Seventeen

New Tracyanne and Danny video: It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts

Video: Tracyanne & Danny – “It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts” Directed by Ed Dougherty. From Tracyanne & Danny, out now on Merge Records. Spooky! Director Ed Dougherty says, “One of my obsessions is The Amityville Horror. Most people don’t know it was proven to be a hoax, but it was, and the story … Continue reading New Tracyanne and Danny video: It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts

Number One Records: Sad!

Audio: XXXTentacion – “Sad!” From ?, out now on Bad Vibes Forever. Like probably a lot of middle-aged white people, the first I ever heard of XXXTentacion was when Spotify banned him from its corporate playlists along with R. Kelly. I read “The Real Story of South Florida Rapper XXXTentacion” before I heard any of … Continue reading Number One Records: Sad!

New St. Vincent video: Fast Slow Disco

Video: St. Vincent – “Fast Slow Disco” Directed by Zev Deans. Remix out now. The original “Slow Disco” is available on MASSEDUCTION. “Don’t it beat a slow dance to death?” I love that line. “A slow dance to death” is a pretty apt metaphor for the mundane experience of adulthood. We’re all racing toward death, … Continue reading New St. Vincent video: Fast Slow Disco

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 12

Rolling Stone issue #12 had a cover date of June 22, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Features: “Dylan’s Basement Tape Should Be Released” by Jann Wenner; “A Special Report: Inside the Los Angeles Scene” by Jerry Hopkins (

New Caroline Rose video: Bikini

Video: Caroline Rose – “Bikini” Directed by Caroline Rose. From Loner, out now on New West. You gotta love the idea of a woman taking the Farfisa-driven genre of sixties frat rock and updating it with a feminist twist. We’re gonna give you everything you’ve ever wanted Hang a banner with your name upon it … Continue reading New Caroline Rose video: Bikini

New Low Cut Connie video: Hey! Little Child

Video: Low Cut Connie video: “Hey! Little Child” From Dirty Pictures (Part 2), out now on Contender Records. I heard a segment about this band on NPR last month and upon the recommendation of Ann Powers I checked them out. But the song I listened to didn’t live up to her description of “the essence … Continue reading New Low Cut Connie video: Hey! Little Child

New Jess Williamson video: Wild Rain

Video: Jess Williamson – “Wild Rain” Directed by Eli Welbourne. From Cosmic Wink, out now on Mexican Summer. This is a dreamy slow burner from Jess Williamson whose previous video “I See The White” was moody and impressive. “Wild Rain” is driven by a tremoloed electric piano and Williamson’s sleepy vocals. You say there’s two … Continue reading New Jess Williamson video: Wild Rain

New Matt Costa video: I Remember It Well #2

Video: Matt Costa – “I Remember It Well #2” Directed by Pamela Littky. From Santa Rosa Fangs, out now on Dangerbird. I like Matt Costa. His 2006 album, Songs We Sing, has been in heavy rotation in the family car since my son was toddler. The song “Sunshine” taught my little guy about harmonizing, or … Continue reading New Matt Costa video: I Remember It Well #2

New H.C. McEntire video: Baby’s Got the Blues

Video: H.C. McEntire – “Baby’s Got the Blues” Directed by Jared Hogan. From Lionheart, out now on Merge. I would imagine that H.C. McEntire gets tired of comparisons to Lucinda Williams. But whatever. If you dig Williams’ literary sensuality and soulful vocals, you’re probably going to appreciate McEntire. Give me a dog in a fight … Continue reading New H.C. McEntire video: Baby’s Got the Blues