Jesse Jarnow

Hi! I’m Jesse. I’m a writer and a DJ on WFMU. The Frow Show airs live late-night every Monday from midnight to 3am on WFMU–91.1 in NYC, etc.–and wherever in time-space you are through the archive. You can follow along with whatever I’m currently doing by way of Twitter.

My new book, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America, will be published on March 29th, 2016 by Da Capo. You can read more about it (and order it) here.

Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock came out in 2012 via Gotham Books. You can acquire it by click-click-clicking on the big link at the upper right corner or at A Spanish translation by music journalist Ignacio Julià is available through Sones. Follow @big_day_coming for rare YLT/indie nuggets, current setlists, playlists, ephemera, deep cuts, and book news.

I’ve got a highlights reel of favorite articles and miscellaneous writing here. All episodes of the Frow Show are archived. I’ve written liner notes for the Grateful Dead and others, and talk about that and related/unrelated topics in an interview I did with

A few years ago, I helped assemble and wrote lots of notes for a DVD of my father’s animation, called Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow, produced by the truly excellent humans at Numero Group, collecting the films he made for Sesame Street and elsewhere.

Some pieces I’ve done have been featured in collections. I’ve also done a bit of educational writing. There’s lots of material scattered around this site, mostly under the category headers on the right-hand column.

I play in a band. You can follow our adventures on Twitter.

Which is also where I’m at most of the time.

Some recent work:
Why I (Sometimes) Miss Williamsburg’s Infamous Murdered Slumlord (Gothamist, 1/16)
Tortoise: Return of the Terrapin Rhythm Section (Relix, 1/16)
Alternate Routes: James Joyce, Baseball, and ’90s Film Inspire Wildly Ambitious Musical Experiments (Flavorwire, 1/16)
Best of 2015, new music & more (Google Doc, 1/16)
Phish Pull Disappearing Act at Jam-Heavy NYC New Year’s Show (, 1/16)
The Anti-SantaCon: ‘Unsilent Night’ Is a Shimmering Musical Celebration of Cities’ History and Present, a visit with composer Phil Kline (Flavorwire, 12/15)
Acid Tests Turn 50, the Merry Pranksters’ first Acid Test & Hugh Romney’s lesser-known Lysergic A Go Go (, 11/15)
Apple’s iTunes is Alienating Some of Its Most Music-Obsessed Users (, 11/15)
America’s Last Great CD Dealer Doesn’t Care If You Think CDs Are Dead (Flavorwire, 11/15)
The New Explosion of Bootleg Vinyl (Pitchfork, 10/15)
Carl Only Knows: A New Biography of the Man Legally Known as the Beach Boys (Pitchfork, 10/15)
A New Songbook Asks, What Makes A Contemporary Folk Song?, the Rise Again songbook (Flavorwire, 10/15)
Call Them Hippies, But The Grateful Dead Were Tech Pioneers (, 7/15)