50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 5

Issue #5 had a cover date of February 10, 1968. 24 pages. 25 cents.

This was the issue when Rolling Stone started giving away roach clips to new subscribers. (“Act now before this offer is made illegal.”) You can scoff, but for its entire first year the Stone remained a DIY organization, run by Wenner and a handful of cohorts. The only real grownup in the group was Ralph Gleason.

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New Neil Young video: Almost Always

Video: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – “Almost Always”

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – Almost Always (Official Music Video)

Directed by Daryl Hannah. From The Visitor, out now on Reprise.

I love it when Neil goes pretty and acoustic. But he’s still got some bite in his lyrics:

I’m living with a gameshow host
Who has to brag and has to boast
About tearing down the things that I hold dear

I also appreciate the fact that Neil is not ashamed to admit how easily distracted he is:

Can I take a minute to do what’s right
Before that starts me thinking,
Distracting me again?

Think he’ll ever release his Archives Vol. 2?

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New Laura Veirs video: Everybody Needs You

Video: Laura Veirs – “Everybody Needs You”

Laura Veirs – Everybody Needs You

Directed by Lance Bangs. Animation by Marissa Paternoster. From The Lookout, out April 13 on Raven Marching Band.

You might know Laura Veirs from the case/lang/veirs project she did with Neko Case and k.d. lang in 2016. She’s got a new solo album, The Lookout, coming out this spring.

The Lookout is about the need to pay attention to the fleeting beauty of life and to not be complacent; it’s about the importance of looking out for each other,” says Veirs. “I’m addressing what’s happening around me with the chaos of post-election America and a personal reckoning with the realities of midlife: I have friends who’ve died; I struggle with how to balance life as an artist with parenting young children.”

Reckoning with the realities of midlife. I can certainly dig that.

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New Of Montreal video: Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia

Video: of Montreal – “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia”

of Montreal – Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

From White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out March 9 on Polyvinyl.

Good old Kevin Barnes, prancing around in his grandma’s clothes, singing to his love: “You’re the only one who’s worthy of my concentration.”

Barnes said it’s “a song about panic, fear, insecurity, misanthropy, self-loathing, vanity, lustfulness, arrogance and um…loving compassion. It is an anthem for the post-Obama era, an age where spurious hope has been replaced with a hatewave of pharmaceutically diminished internet neo-realism.”

Which, of course, is a perfect subject for a disco song. Why not?

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Hey What’s Up? Glorious Noise Is 17

Time flies. Seventeen years? Crazy. GLONO is the same age as the lead singer of my favorite band. There are kids in bands today who weren’t even born when we started this. That blows my mind.

I remember turning 17 the summer before my senior year of high school. John Cougar had told us to “hold on to 16 as long as you can” and I took that advice seriously. But that was almost 30 years ago. That blows my mind too.

Over the past year we’ve been trying to publish something every weekday, which has required seeking out a lot of new music. That’s been rewarding for me, personally. Too many grownups get stuck in the rut of feeling like there’s nothing good being made anymore. As if music peaked your senior year of high school. When you were 17. The same age as this website.

That’s baloney. Of course it is, but the older I get the more I realize that you have to consciously and actively look for good stuff. It doesn’t just fall in your lap like it used to when you were always hanging out with friends and listening to records together and going to bars and shows all the time. It’s work now to find new music.

Is it worth the effort? Yeah, for sure. It’s awesome. We’ve found tons of great new songs by artists I’d never heard before, and many of them happen to be young women. There’s still plenty of old dudes kicking out the jams (and GLONO will always love classic rock), but most of the exciting new music is being made by girls. (Neil Portnow’s a moron.) Look back at the past year’s worth of songs we’ve covered and you’ll see that about half are from bands fronted by women. And way more than half if we’re talking about brand new bands. So that’s cool.

But I get why my fellow grownups don’t want to put in the effort. That’s fine. I am happy to listen to 80s music and drink wine while our kids play videogames in the basement. That’s fun too.

On the other hand, if you want to be exposed to some good new music, we’re here for you. At Glorious Noise we work hard so you don’t have to. Like Scrubber Bubbles. Tune in, and we’ll turn you on to good music.

And if all goes well, we’ll be doing this for another 17 years. I hope I’m still digging new music in my sixties. I have no doubt that kids will still be picking up guitars and playing rock and roll. The only questions are: Will my ears still work, and if so, will they still be open to hearing new sounds?

We’ll see…

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New H.C. McEntire video: Quartz in the Valley

Video: H.C. McEntire – “Quartz in the Valley”

H.C. McEntire – Quartz in the Valley (Official Music Video)

From Lionheart, out now on Merge.

This is a cool country song from the frontwoman of Mount Moriah on her first solo album.

McEntire talked to The Grey Estates about the origin of the song:

“Quartz in the Valley” was the first song Kathleen Hanna and I worked on together. […] She said, “Listen to Wanda Jackson. Get inspired.” When Kathleen and I began collaborating, I was personally in a dark place, a lost place, and this song was how I started digging out. I don’t want to give too much away, to define the narrative exclusively; but I will say it began in a very raw, scrupulous way.

One day, I got out of bed at dawn, pulled on my overalls, and walked down to the river. I dug white quartz from the river banks, wheeled them up the hill, barrow after barrow, in a fever. The earth was giving me quartz for free, and I just had to find them. They had been waiting for me, all those years, to pry them out and set them free.

Fellow North Carolinian Alexis Bravos directed the video and said, “The video for ‘Quartz in the Valley’ is an intensely personal view into Heather’s world. I wanted to express the magical feeling of being there, watching her perform in her space which features Lou, the wonder dog.”

Can you feel it in your bones?

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New Graham Coxon video: Falling

Video: Graham Coxon – “Falling”

Graham Coxon – Falling (Official Video)

Single out now on Parlophone.

I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar / then it meant that you were a Protest Singer
Oh, I can smile about it now / but at the time it was terrible

–The Smiths, “Shakespeare’s Sister”

We know that Blur front man Damon Albarn keeps himself busy with any number of projects, from Gorillaz to The Good, The Bad and the Queen and lots of other jams that get asses out of seats and into the aisles. But what about “the other guy from Blur,” as Jake refers to Graham Coxon? Well, it seems he’s a lot like me. He sits around in the woods playing acoustic guitar.

Sure, the song and the video are a bit depressing, but I am a sad bastard with a penchant for Brit Pop and this is really pretty. Scratch the surface and you find that it is indeed a protest song, but not how you might think.

According to the press release, “Falling was written by talented unknown songwriter and dedicated father Luke Daniel, who after a long fight with chronic pain tragically ended his own life last year.” Coxon rerecorded the song and has released it as a double A-side with Daniel’s original version. A portion of the proceeds go to The Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is a fantastic name for a good cause few like to talk about: preventing male suicide.

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New St. Vincent Tiny Desk Concert

Video: St. Vincent: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

St. Vincent: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Via NPR Music. MASSEDUCTION is out now on Loma Vista.

This is so good. I really like MASSEDUCTION but I’d love to hear her do the entire album like this. Although she’s known for shredding her electric guitar, the latest St. Vincent album subverts those expectations to a certain extent by burying her guitars under programmed beats.

And this Tiny Desk Concert goes in the opposite direction entirely. No pre-recorded beats, no electric instruments at all. Just Annie Clark and an acoustic guitar. She’s awesome. And that Elvis snarl? 100% badass.

Set List: “New York,” “Los Ageless,” and “Slow Disco.”

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Number One Records: God’s Plan

Audio: Drake – “God’s Plan”

From Scary Hours, out now on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records.

Drake knocks out Camila Cabello after only one week at the top of the chart. “God’s Plan” had 82.4 million U.S. streams and 127,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 25, as well as 24 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Jan. 28.

I know I’m not the intended audience for mainstream pop hip hop, but this sounds so boring and repetitive to me. Maybe they’re trying to sound hypnotic but it ends up coming across as narcoleptic. Is everybody on ludes these days? (Oh…right, I guess we are.)

But at least there’s one funny part of this song:

She say, “Do you love me?” I tell her, “Only partly.
I only love my bed and my mama. I’m sorry.”

I think Drake’s been listening to Morrissey!

“God’s Plan” is only the 29th song to debut at #1 in the Hot 100’s 59-year history. The first song to do it was Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” in 1995 and the previous one was DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One” last year.

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Photo via Instagram.

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New Regrettes video: Soft Shock

Video: The Regrettes – “Soft Shock” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)

The Regrettes "Soft Shock" Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover

My favorite band covers a song from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ third album.

I think they’re buying time while they’re working on their follow up to Feel Your Feelings, Fool. They played one new song (“Red Light”) in September at Riot Fest and shortly thereafter posted a video snippet of themselves working on it in the studio. It sounds great. More of that, please!

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