All posts by Jake Brown

That’s all right

I don’t know how long this has been up, but Emusic.com has a great collection of Elvis photos from his 1954 Louisiana Hayride days. In my opinion, this is when Elvis looked his best. He’s so cool in these pictures, it hurts to look at them. These were the days of the original Sun Sessions, … Continue reading That’s all right

How many years?

There’s a silly article on Slate.com about how rock and roll flourishes every 12 years. According to the author 1967, 1979, and 1991 were abnormally good years for music, and therefore, we can expect another high point in a couple of years. Looking casually at my Desert Island discs (which I’m already completely unsatisfied with, … Continue reading How many years?

Here on Gilligan’s Island

Sure, it’s old and it’s sort of lame, but the idea of compiling your “Desert Island Discs” really makes you think about how you feel about music. This is particularly difficult for music freaks, the kind of people who cherish items as extravagant as the Complete Hank Williams Recordings box set. Still though, it’s an … Continue reading Here on Gilligan’s Island

Fortune & Maltese Leave No Stoned Unturned

Check out the brilliant video for garage rock legends, Fortune & Maltese’s song, “Leave No Stoned Unturned,” directed by Hollywood heartthrob Martijn Veltman. After you watch it, you can rank it from 1 to 10. This one’s an 11. Video: Fortune and Maltese – “Leave No Stone Unturned” [Video embedded 2010. -ed.]

The Prophecy: Black Sabbath and the American Economy

You must read this brilliant article about the connection between Sabbath’s album, Heaven and Hell, and its effects on twenty years of economic history. It’s hysterical. Here’s a taste: I began to realize the hidden message behind this record. It wasn’t drug use, violence or satan-worship, as many protective mothers would have you believe. Instead, … Continue reading The Prophecy: Black Sabbath and the American Economy

Lester Bangs Does Brownsville Station

Posted another Bangs review in the Features section. This one is a review of Ann Arbor’s Brownsville Station and their album, A Night on the Town. It’s from the July 6, 1972 issue of Rolling Stone. Dig it.

Hanson: It’s Just Good

It sounds like the Hanson boys are getting hip on us now. Check out this quote from an article on rollingstone.com: “There’s more reckless abandon on this record,” says Taylor [Hanson]. “A sense that we’re not gonna over-think things. I wanna leave space for people to hear the parts, the grit of the guitar or … Continue reading Hanson: It’s Just Good

KEEP MUSIC EVIL

KEEP MUSIC EVIL Oh my goodness! I can’t believe this is finally available online: Angels?, by Jack Chick. This story about how there’s no such thing as a Christian rock band has been out of print for a long time. But thanks to Jack Chick’s embrace of the internet, there it is. Wow. It’s just … Continue reading KEEP MUSIC EVIL

The Art of the Mix

Making mixes for people is a grossly underrated medium of expression. I know people who have put more thought into compiling a mix tape than they put in almost anything else they have ever done. My poor wife has gotten more mix tapes than love letters by a ratio of about 30:1. That’s not an … Continue reading The Art of the Mix