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New Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe video: Monochrome Wound

Video: Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – “Monochrome Wound”

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – Monochrome Wound (Official Video)

Directed by Jean de Oliveira. From From Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, out now on A Recordings Ltd.

Oh, man…this is some witchy shit. Tess Parks teams up with Brian Jonestown Massacre bossman Anton Newcombe for a duet (of sorts) and a tour around Aleister Crowley’s Thelema Abbey in Cefalú in Sicily? Hell yes.

Described by Wikipedia as, “This idealistic utopia was to be the model of Crowley’s commune, while also being a type of magical school, giving it the designation ‘Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum’, A College towards the Holy Spirit. The general program was in line with the A∴A∴ course of training, and included daily adorations to the sun, a study of Crowley’s writings, regular yogic and ritual practices (which were to be recorded), as well as general domestic labor. The object was for students to devote themselves to the Great Work of discovering and manifesting their True Will.” It’s now a run-down shack in the middle of the woods, which is oddly appropriate as a metaphor and a monument.

The song is a spooky, sultry rambler right in line with Anton’s mellower takes with BJM accented by Tess Parks’ smoky vocals; this is what my desert dreams are made of.

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New Raconteurs videos

Video: The Raconteurs – “Now That You’re Gone”

The Raconteurs – "Now That You're Gone" (Official Video)

Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch. Single out now on Third Man.

I am a big fan of Jack White’s, more so his approach to the music business even than much of the music he makes. He’s an aesthete, which makes for great branding, but sometimes needs to be challenged by other influences. My favorite examples of his work are when he partners with somebody else. Someone like Loretta Lynn. Or Brendan Benson.

The Racanonteurs are by far my favorite Jack White joint, mainly because he has a foil in the pop sensibilities of Brendan Benson and the backing of one of my favorite rhythm sections in Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of The Greenhornes (my second favorite Third Man Records act).  

But Jack’s been a busy boy and it’s been more than a decade since we last heard from The Raconteurs. They’re back now, with Benson confirming some tour dates via Twitter, and a couple of killer new videos.

“Sunday Driver” is a great example of the successful smashing of sounds that make The Raconteurs so good. The intro sounds like a Greenhornes’ jammer with a garage-psyche break under Benson’s melody. Success in a most unlikely way!

“Now That You’re Gone” is my favorite of the two though. A simmering break up songs accompanied by a super hot video of lust and destruction. Oh yes.

A new album is due later this year and I cannot fucking wait.

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GLONO’s 21 Best Songs of 2018

Happy New Year!

Once again, as always, there were a ton of great songs released last year. Narrowing it down to the 21 best is a bit ridiculous, but it’s a digestible chunk of music to summarize the year.

My absolute favorite song of the year was also the most surprising: the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Pray to Jesus” blew my mind the first time I heard it and continues to blow we away with each listen. The fact that the Oak Ridge Boys of “Elvira” fame (1981) are not only still together but still sounding this good and recording material of this quality doesn’t make any sense. Or maybe it does! Everything was crazy in 2018.

In addition to “Pray to Jesus” we’ve compiled twenty more great songs from 2018 sequenced for maximum listening pleasure. Please enjoy!

21 Best Songs of 2018 on Spotify

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2018: Good Riddance

What a year. How naive were we to think that 2016 was bad just because Prince and David Bowie died, Mitch McConnell was mean to President Obama, and Hillary Clinton lost the election to a game show host who made an entire career out of lying and cheating?

And then 2017 seemed bad too. But now 2018 had us actually locking children in cages and condoning the dismemberment of journalists, so it’s hard to imagine 2019 getting much worse, but who knows? There are 365 days to prove me wrong, and when crazy stuff happens literally every single day of the year, I’ll probably look back at this post and shake my head and think, awww, how cute, you didn’t think it could get worse…

I find myself wishing Hunter S. Thompson was around to help put our current events into context. His writing about the 70s still seems so relevant today. But then again, Nixon looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared to today’s G.O.P. And Reagan looks like Beto O’Rourke.

But hey, at least the Dems won the House and there was a bunch of good music released this year.

We posted something every weekday for the whole year, a consistency we hadn’t achieved in the 17-year history of this website.

And as I said last year, “We are not an algorithm. We’re a few dudes with dayjobs and strong opinions who tend to gravitate toward guitar music with something to say. You can trust us.”

So once again, we’ve been compiling the songs we’ve posted into a massive playlist which you can stream for yourself to decide if our taste jibes with your own. Dig it.

And let’s hope things get better in 2019.

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New Speedy Ortiz video: I’m Blessed

Video: Speedy Ortiz – “I’m Blessed”

Speedy Ortiz – "I'm Blessed" (official music video)

Animation by: Hannah Darrah. From Twerp Verse, out April 27 on Carpark.

Speedy Ortiz opened up for Liz Phair this summer and you can hear why they were a good match when you listen to this song.

I’m blessed, I am a witch
And I float above everyone who would do harm on me
They crane their necks
They call me a bitch
For using my powers at a party

It’s a bummer that women still need to write songs about empowerment in 2018, but until the patriarchy is toppled I’m happy there are artists out there like Speedy Ortiz to tell it like it is.

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New Ice Cube video: That New Funkadelic

Video: Ice Cube – “That New Funkadelic”

Ice Cube – That New Funkadelic (Official Music Video)

From Everythangs Corrupt, out now.

It’s kind of insane to think I’ve been loving Ice Cube for almost thirty years. I remember it was my freshman year of college, before everybody’s friend groups had solidified, when you’d leave your dorm room door open and people would just pop in to comment on your posters or the music on your stereo. I can’t remember his name or even what he looked like, but some dude came by and for whatever reason he decided I needed a tape with Straight Outta Compton on one side and Eazy-Duz-It on the flip. And I’m not sure if I’m just making this up but I think he also told me to look out for Ice Cube’s upcoming debut solo album. Before that I had only known about Eazy-E, but this benevolent stranger (was he an angel?) schooled me on how Cube wrote all the songs and was the guy to watch.

It took a while for those albums to sink in. So many words coming at me so fast! But I knew this was “important” music so I invested my time. I listened to that tape over and over until I knew all the words and could pretty much figure out what they were talking about. I appreciated it, of course, when they would define some of their slang in the middle of a song, like in “I Ain’t tha 1” when Cube taught me that “Ganked means getting took for your bank or your gold or your money or something.” Anyway, before I knew it, I was a superfan, convinced that I was down with the capital C-P-T.

It’s ridiculous and embarrassing now to look back at my 19 year old self who truly believed that I could understand the African American experience because I had read some Malcolm X and Toni Morrison and listened to a bunch of hop hop. A couple years later a sociology professor busted my chops for using hip hop lingo in the underground newspaper my friends had started. I couldn’t grasp how she could possibly question my authority to appropriate this culture. Sure, I was a suburban white kid attending a small, private liberal arts college, but but but… I was down!

Even when I picked up Small Talk at 125th and Lenox on vinyl and listened to “Comment #1” I naturally assumed that Gil Scott-Heron was talking about some other “four year revolutionary.” Not me! Turns out, I was that “silly trite motherfucker” after all. That’s a tough pill to swallow for an idealistic young person. But so it goes.

Regardless, even after my heavy doses of self-reflection, I still love Ice Cube.

And Funkadelic.

Which reminds me: Did I ever tell you about the time I listened to all of the Funkadelic albums in reverse chronological order in one sitting? That, my friends, was an experience.

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New Phoebe Bridgers video: Killer

Video: Phoebe Bridgers – “Killer”

Phoebe Bridgers – Killer

Directed by Gus Black. From Stranger In The Alps, out now on Dead Oceans.

We kicked off this year with a Phoebe Bridgers video and now we’re pretty much closing it out with one. And what’s a better topic for the day after Christmas than creating an Advance Health Care Directive for your loved ones to carry out when you’re too ill to make decisions for yourself?

But when I’m sick and tired
When my mind is barely there
When a machine keeps me alive
And I’m losing all my hair
I hope you kiss my rotten head
And pull the plug
Know that I’ve burned every playlist
And given all my love

Right on.

This song was originally recorded acoustically in 2015 with Ryan Adams and released as a 7″ on his Pax Am label.

Bridgers told the Telegraph that she and Adams “ended up hanging out all night and recording a song together called Killer. Then, a couple of weeks later, he was suddenly trying to hook up with me. I was super-down and had just broken up with my high-school boyfriend. We slept together on his 40th birthday and I’d just turned 20.” She wrote “Motion Sickness” in response (“I hate you for what you did… I faked it every time… why do you sing with an English accent… you were in a band when I was born”). Ouch.

The version of “Killer” on Stranger In The Alps is piano-based and features harmonies from John Doe of X.

And Ryan Adams is a creep.

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Audio: Phoebe Bridgers – “Killer” (2015 version)

From the single (Pax Am, 2015).

Video: Phoebe Bridgers – “Motion Sickness”

Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness (Official Video)

Directed by Justin Mitchell. From Stranger In The Alps, out now on Dead Oceans.

New Monkees video: Unwrap You At Christmas

Video: The Monkees – “Unwrap You At Christmas”

The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas (Official Lyric Video)

Directed by John Hughes. [Oh really? -ed.] From Christmas Party, out now on Rhino.

Ho ho ho, everybody!

“Unwrap You At Christmas” was written by Andy Partridge and it’s weird that Micky sounds like he’s trying to sound like XTC. Probably imitating the demo a little too closely. Still, it’s a good pop song as if you’d expect anything less from then pen of Andy Partridge. I’m not complaining. So hey hey, new Monkees!

Christmas Party follows 2016’s Good Times and carries on several of its ideas: produced by Adam Schlesinger featuring new songs written by Partridge, Rivers Cuomo, and some vintage stuff so Davy Jones can be included. This one also features a new song written by Peter Buck And Scott McCaughey.

Too bad this time they couldn’t convince Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller to collaborate on a Christmas song; their “Birth of an Accidental Hipster” was a highlight of Good Times.

But if you’ve ever wanted to hear Micky Dolenz cover Big Star’s “Jesus Christ,” Christmas Party‘s got you covered.

Of course, my favorite Monkees holiday song has always been and always will be “Riu Chiu.” (It’s included as a bonus track on the Target exclusive edition.)

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New William Shatner video: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Video: William Shatner – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” (ft. Billy Gibbons)

William Shatner "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer feat. Billy Gibbons (Official)

From Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album, out now on Cleopatra.

Yep. You’re welcome. It’s hard enough to fall asleep the night before Christmas without Captain Kirk plaguing your nightmares. Sweet dreams!

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 24

Rolling Stone issue #24 had a cover date of December 21, 1968. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of the Beatles.

This is the final issue of 1968. By this time the magazine had firmly established its identity. It was now a professional publication with a copy editor (Charles Perry) and at last a managing editor in John Burks who would run the magazine while Wenner “focused on expanding the business and procuring the big interviews,” according to Joe Hagan’s Sticky Fingers. Burks was a real journalist, a former Newsweek correspondent whom Wenner hired to placate Ralph Gleason, who was “furious at [Wenner] for letting Rolling Stone come out late and riddled with errors…and leaving behind a trail of angry and unpaid writers” (pg. 119).

Over the next two years John Burks, with support from Greil Marcus and Gleason, would turn Rolling Stone into a serious journalistic enterprise, exemplified in 1970 by the in-depth coverage of Altamont in January and Kent State in May. (Of course, Wenner being Wenner, by the end of 1970 he fired almost everybody, including Burks and Marcus, and took back control.)

The opinions and priorities that he presented in these first 24 issues would continue to shape the rock and roll canon for the next forty years, although over the past ten years or so this canon has started to be questioned and re-evaluated. There was a lot more going on during the sixties than what was featured in the pages of Rolling Stone. But Wenner’s provincial attitude about the superiority of the San Francisco rock scene and his blind deification of John Lennon remains intact for a lot of people to this day. And not just Boomers!

One surprising thing about this first full year of Rolling Stone is how much coverage black music received. Throughout the 70s it got way, way whiter but at first there was a lot of coverage of soul, jazz, and R&B.

It also surprised me that there were woman on the masthead this whole time. Sue C. Clark was the New York Desk the whole year. The editorial assistants were mostly women from the get go including sisters Janie and Linda Schindelheim. (Jane was Wenner’s girlfriend whose dad gave her the money to help found the company.) Susan Lydon, Henri Napier, Elizabeth Campbell, and Catherine Manfredi all had early bylines. Not to suggest it wasn’t a total sausage fest, but Rolling Stone got a ton of support (and column inches) from women.

Features: “Beatles” by Jann Wenner (White Album review); “A Short Essay On Macrobiotics” by John Lennon; “Dion: Today I Think I Got a Chance” by Ritchie Yorke; “Three Short Short Stories” by Richard Brautigan; “Lou Adler” by Jerry Hopkins.

News: Beatles’ Record-Busting LP May be All-Time Biggest; Stones Plan World Tour, Xmas TV Show in Works; Doors New Riot-Concert Tour A Smash in Phoenix, Arizona; Graham Nash to leave the Hollies; New Motown Suit; Detroit Scene; Burdon Quits to make Flicks, Animals Hassled in Japan; Zeppelin Signs; King Elvis Figures the time is Right, Does Big TV Special; More Hassles for Family Dog.

Columns: Perspectives by Ralph J. Gleason (“So Revolution is Commercial”); Soul Roll by Jon Landau; Visuals by Thomas Albright (“The Portable War Memorial Commemorating VD Day”); Cinema by Roger Ebert (“Two Virgins and Number Five”); “Yoko Talks About It” by Yoko Ono; Random Notes on Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Rush, and Johnny Winter.

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