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Philip Ross Jacobsen
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Animals That Swim are Britpop, right? I'm disappointed not a lot of people know them here in the states. Songs like Faded Glamour and Pink Carnations are fantastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR32O2vXLHQ
April 23, 2014
Caught By The Buzz: A Look Back At Britpop’s B-List
Only a thousand sets of three siblings bought that first Hanson album but everyone of them started a band. (HAIM, Jonas Brothers, Kings Of Leon)
December 19, 2013
Watch Haim Play
My favorite concert memory is being at the Independent here in lovely SF for the tour Free Energy did with Titus Andronicus. The Monitor had just been released (and had been/is amaze-balls) so sadly the crowd was much more in the mood for sophiti-punk about the civil war. Everyone was standing with their arms folded tight like an Arcade Fire song. I see these people dancing and rocking out in a group and I think: "Well, they are clearly better than everyone here." When I was greeted with high fives I knew I joined the right group. Totally unpretentious, not clique, and there to have fun. We're all being goofy for a few songs when I realized that I was dancing with the members of Titus Andronicus. After the set I talked to some of the Free Energy cast. They were so cool, nice, and expressed gratitude that I was dancing and having fun. It left such a positive impression on me that now in my own band, Odd Owl (sorry about the plug) that I try to replicate how they made me feel included. Good cover, too.
September 13, 2013
Free Energy – “Somebody’s Baby” (Jackson Browne Cover)
I keep thinking Beasts Of The Southern Wild is like Big Foot. I know it exists ("I'VE SEEN FOOTAGE!" to quote Death Grips) but I've never found any physical proof. I'm also a little bummed that some of my favorites from last year got no attention: Sleepwalk With Me was great and promising. Also, the best movie of last year was Cabin In The Woods. Is Quentin Tarantino really the only postmodernist in film who deserves respect (even though Django was fantastic)?
January 10, 2013
The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees
I like it. Makes me excited to hear a full album. It actually reminds me of the Hold Steady "Modesto Is Not That Sweet." In a good way.
March 30, 2011
EMA – “California” Video
It seems no one got the new Jonathan Richman album O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth. There's a great song on it called "My Affected Accent" that should be a must for any Modern Lovers fans. His last one, Becuse Her Beauty Is Raw And Wild, in 2008 was also overlooked. It's too bad because that one had "As My Mother Lay Lying," probably the most beautiful songs of the last ten years.
January 13, 2011
The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010
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