All posts by Jake Brown

2002: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Everybody does it. And so do we. Year-end lists are second only to “Desert Island Discs” in the rockcrit book of cliches. And yet we feel the need to share ours. And when we see stuff we like on other people’s lists, we’re like, “Yeah, I like that too.” And maybe if something turns up … Continue reading 2002: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Goodnight, Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer is dead. If you don’t own the first Clash album and London Calling, you need to go out and get them right now. The Clash were, hands down, the greatest English punk band. I happened to catch the Westway to the World documentary on MTV2’s otherwise insipid “25 Years of Punk” celebration a … Continue reading Goodnight, Joe Strummer

Ain’t Got No Girls, Ain’t Got No Moogs

Matt Sharp at Schubas Chicago, 11/24/2002 I’m a big fan of Matt Sharp and the Rentals. I have been since I heard “Friends of P.” on the radio back in 1995. It amazes me today to think that a song that quirky and great got played on commercial radio, and actually spent three weeks on … Continue reading Ain’t Got No Girls, Ain’t Got No Moogs