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New Peter Doherty video: Who’s Been Having You Over

Video: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres – “Who’s Been Having You Over”

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres – Who's Been Having You Over (Official Video)

Directed by Roger Sargent. From Peter Doherty & the Puta Madres, due April 26 on Strap Originals.

There was a time not too long ago I was sure we were going to lose Pete Doherty. Every picture looked like it was likely to be his last. So I am not only really happy that he’s still with us, but seems healthier and maybe–just maybe–happier than he’s looked in years. He and his fellow Libertines bought a seaside hotel to move into, Monkees-style, as a sort of creative commune/workspace/real estate investment. Yes, things are looking up for Pete.

But the rest of the world is fucked. While the United States elected an unrepentant fraud and liar to the highest office in the land, Britain voted to leave the European Union but now can’t figure out how. Pete’s life of chaos seems to have been excised from his bruised body and unleashed upon the rest of us. And he has something to say about it, which plays to Pete Doherty’s greatest strength: the dude is a great lyricist.

In “Who’s Been Having You Over,” Pete takes a swipe at phonies: phony rockers and, seemingly, phony radicals. Let’s face it, protest and radicalism have always been susceptible to being co-opted by the mainstream and–God forbid–the Establishment. So Pete gets out ahead of it.

You’re so rock ‘n’ roll
My, you’re so rock ‘n’ roll
Oh but the rhyme that it took
To fill the right hook
You need a miracle
A crow bar and a miracle

And to put a fine point on it:

Who’s been having you over?
Yeah, who’s been tucking you up?
Shaking you down?
Who’s been having you over?
The world once was flat, the world got round

We’ve been had, gang. But at least we can look good while we’re getting ground into the dust. If we’re smart, we’ll buy up the one thing we can’t make more of and might just become a vanishing commodity: seaside property.

Peter Doherty: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Beths video: Uptown Girl

Video: The Beths – “Uptown Girl”

The Beths – "Uptown Girl" (official music video)

From Future Me Hates Me, out now on Carpark.

This is not a cover of the 1983 Billy Joel classic off An Innocent Man, but that’s okay. The Beths have released almost as many singles from their album Future Me Hates Me as old BJ released from his. And while the Beths haven’t managed to dent the mainstream pop charts yet, it would be hard to argue that it’s any fault of their songcraft.

I will go out tonight
I’m gonna drink the whole town dry
Put poison in my wine
And hope that you’re the one who dies

Elizabeth Stokes told Under the Radar that “Uptown Girl” is “basically about self-destructive behavior, when you’re angry at someone or you feel like somebody’s wronged you and your mode of revenge is to fuck yourself up. It’s very flawed logic but it seems to make sense at the time. It’s kinda that, it’s what that song is about. At the time all of my friend’s were going through weird shit so it was also building on their experiences as well.”

If there was justice in the world, Stokes would already be getting tired of her high class toys and all her presents from her uptown boys.

The Beths: bandcamp, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Cass McCombs video: Sleeping Volcanoes

Video: Cass McCombs – “Sleeping Volcanoes”

Cass McCombs – "Sleeping Volcanoes"

From Tip of the Sphere, out now on Anti-.

Man, what a great song. It’s not easy to write serious music that still has elements of whimsy and surprise, especially when you’re maybe mired in the daily drama overload of life in Americ-a-lago.

The video for “Sleeping Volcanoes” is just as strange and engaging as the song itself. The one take-away I get, and it’s a lesson I should never forget for even a moment, is that we need to get out in the woods more. All of us. As often as possible.

Cass McCombs: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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 Marcus; “Holiday in Germany” by Richard Brautigan.

News: “Rev. Robert Wilkins: A Song Confusion on Stones Album” by Tony Glover; “Joe Cocker: ‘U.S.’s Only Culture is Black'” by Ritchie Yorke; “Rock Dominates ’68 Golden LPs”; “Columbia’s Bid Bags Johnny Winter”; “A Dictatorship Clamps Down”; “Tiny Tim’s Triumphant Two-Week Tour”; “Jack Bruce and His Friends LP”; “Beck, Tull, Others At Newport Festival”; “Genitalia Slips Quietly Under the Counter” by Jerry Hopkins; “Hairdresser Jailed-Fake Aretha Show”; “New Cohen LP; ‘Songs from a Room'”; “Phil Spector Recording New LP; Releasing Old LP”; “Electric Circus’ ‘2001’ Renovation”; “Church Resurrects Trips Festival”; “A True-Life Pop Marriage”; “A Tough Month To be a Head.” And Random Notes on Ravi Shankar, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Elvis Presley, Cass Elliott, the Monkees, and Patty Page.

Columns: Perspectives by Ralph J. Gleason (“Songs Would Do More than Books”); Visuals by Thomas Albright (“Zap Snatch & Crumb”); Books by Steve Russell (on The World of Rock by John Gabree, The Beatles Book by Edward E. Davis, and Rock and Other Four Letter Words by J. Merks).

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New Vampire Weekend video: Harmony Hall

Video: Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall”

Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall (Official Video)

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. In fact, it’s #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart for the week dated March 2. It’s also #18 on regular old Alternative Songs (not Adult) and #12 on the Rock Airplay chart, receiving 4.9 million radio impressions. So I guess it’s a legit hit.

Good for them.

I’ve liked this band since the first time I heard “Oxford Comma” and I’ve been following them ever since. It’s hard to believe that was over eleven years ago, but as Ezra Koenig knows, we can’t let the low click of the ticking clock bother us too much. It’s been almost six years since Modern Vampires of the City, so there are high expectations for the follow up.

When Rostam Batmanglij quit the band in 2016 to go solo, I was worried about the effect his absence would have on their future. Batmanglij produced and arranged the previous albums and was a seemingly irreplaceable part of the Vampire Weekend sound. Turns out he came back for “Additional Production” on the new single. So that’s cool.

“Harmony Hall” works well as a re-introduction. It’s got those vaguely “African” sounding guitars, clever, collegiate lyrics (“the stone walls of Harmony Hall bear witness”), and the recycling of a punch line from a song from the previous album (“I don’t wanna live like this but I don’t wanna die” from “Finger Back”). Still sounds like Vampire Weekend.

The piano sounds like early 90s UK rave pop (if that’s a thing). I spent a semester in Scotland in 1991 and all the dance music at the student union had that same piano in it. I appreciate that Vampire Weekend keeps finding new ways to remind me of being in college.

Vampire Weekend: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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New Charly Bliss video: Capacity

Video: Charly Bliss – “Capacity”

Charly Bliss – Capacity [Official Music Video]

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 too hard to please other people is like robbing yourself of…I dunno.

But it’s still a good message. Cut yourself some slack.

I was raised an east coast witch like
doing nothing’s sacrilegious,
triple overtime ambitious.
Sometimes nothing is delicious.

I miss the crunchy guitars from Guppy. Hope there’s more guitars on the upcoming Young Enough than on this single. We’ll see. Still fun though.

Charly Bliss: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Daystar video: Buttons and Brass

Video: Daystar – “Buttons and Brass”

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 hoarder), I can count them: thirteen. Wednesday’s Children, the Holy Moly Revival, Siamese Beetle, the Silence, Leslie, Silver, the Vantrells, the Overtones, Moline Dorr, the Blue Ribbon Brothers, Riviera, the Dirty Lawfords, and now Daystar.

I’ve followed each of these bands over the years, and I’m excited about Daystar. They’re a real rock and roll band!

Daystar was formed in Portland with Joel Roth, Nick Foltz, and Kelly Simmons, and their debut album, The Complete Recordings, is coming this summer. They shared its first single, “Right at Home,” based on the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, back in October.

“Buttons and Brass” is based on more innocent shenanigans: teenagers with nothing to do except goof on each other.

Hanging out, ’cause nothing’s doing
It’s all about somebody else
Push away and Dewey’s stewing
Crying out about broken belts

There were lots of high school weekends when parents were out of town, sitting around somebody’s kitchen table, playing Quarters with Milwaukee’s Best and Doritos. Sink three in a row and you get to make up a rule. Top 3 Quarters rules, in order: 1. Can’t say “drink/drank/drunk,” 2. Gotta call everybody Dave, and 3. Before you consume, you have to stand up, grab your junk and say, “I have a very tiny penis.” Good clean fun.

That level of social awkwardness is carried into the video, shot at Fluff & Gravy Records in Portland and directed by Matt Schulte, wherein our hero repeatedly tries and fails to make the scene. That’s alright, homie, there’s always Quarters.

Daystar: web, fb, bandcamp.

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

Video: Alex Lahey – “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself”

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 out there.

You haven’t had a day off in weeks
Your voice is shaking when you speak
It might not be my place to help
But don’t be so hard on yourself

Self-care, people. When things get stressful it’s more important than ever to find a way to take it easy. Even if that includes whipping out a ripping sax solo!

Alex Lahey: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Andrew Bird video: Sisyphus

Video: Andrew Bird – “Sisyphus”

Andrew Bird – "Sisyphus" (Official Music Video)

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.

Sound familiar? Sounds a lot like the whole goddamn world in 2019, doesn’t it? Feels like we’re all doomed to repeat the same mindless bullshit over and over, and the moment it seems like things might be getting better, we gotta start all over again.

Hopeful people say that the arc of the moral universe is long, and it bends toward justice.

Whatever gets you through the night, but it’s getting harder and harder to believe it.

History forgets the moderates
For those who sit
Recalcitrant and taciturn
You know I’d rather turn and burn than scale this edifice

Bird says the song “is about being addicted to your own suffering and the moral consequences of letting the rock roll.”

Keep pushing, people. It’s all we can do I guess.

Andrew Bird: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Ex Hex video: Tough Enough

Video: Ex Hex – “Tough Enough”

Ex Hex – Tough Enough (Official Music Video)

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 around
Looking for trouble everywhere
Gonna pull it out of the air.

The band says the song is “all about three-dimensional power chords interplaying with whammy dive bombs. It’s a song about turning on your tough switch and forging ahead through whatever storms are happening around you ’cause you have no choice.”

In recording the album, Mary Timony broke out her Rockman amp: “It’s only about the size of a Walkman and takes eight AA batteries, but it sounds massive. We read that parts of [Def Leppard’s] Hysteria were tracked through it, and when we finally plugged it in, it blew our minds!”

The Rockman was developed by Tom Scholz as a portable amplifier that can achieve the “Boston guitar sound” and has been used by rock luminaries such as Rush, the Go-Go’s, ZZ Top, Megadeth, and the Meat Puppets.

Mary Timony knows how to get a gnarly sound out of a guitar.

Ex Hex: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.