Jesse Jarnow

highlights reel

(A list in progress of personal faves, etc..)

Recent favorites:
Peter Stampfel, Holiday For Strings (Pitchfork, 11/16)
Hart Valley Drifters feat. Jerry Garcia, Folk Time (Pitchfork (11/16)
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (Pitchfork Sunday Review, 11/16)
LSD Now: How The Psychedelic Renaissance Changed Acid (RollingStone.com, 10/16)
Bob Weir, Blue Mountain (Pitchfork, 10/16)
LSD Candy & Explosive Love Beads: Nine Revelations from the Government’s Secretive Drug Bulletin (The Influence/Vice, 9/16)
Hardcore Music Nerds Dream Up Their Ultimate Phone (Wired.com, 9/16)
Silver Apples, Clinging To A Dream (Pitchfork, 9/16)
Alternate Routes: 1-bit Composition, New Zealand DIY, Political Air Horns, Dutch Anarchy, and Solo Pedal Steel (Flavorwire, 8/16)
Phish Shreds America (Pitchfork Review, 8/16)
Why Two Scientists Have Developed an Extraordinary Way to Extend DMT Trips (The Influence/Vice, 8/16)
The New Golden Age of Guitar (Relix, 7/16)
Coming to Grips with Dead & Bro (Pitchfork, 7/16)
VIDEOLiner Notes: Grateful Dead (written & narrated, Pitchfork, 7/16)
The Secrets Inside 1960s Editions of the US Government’s Private Drugs Newsletter (The Influence/Vice, 6/16)
BOOK EXCERPT: Art Is My God – Sarah Matzar Isn’t Like Other Acid Cooks (The Influence, 6/16)
Allen Ginsberg: The Last Word on First Blues (Pitchfork, 5/16)
v/a, Day of the Dead (Pitchfork, 5/16)
The Deadologists (Relix, 5/16)
New Art by Ned Lagin (JesseJarnow.com, 4/16)
Alternate Routes: Contemporary Peyote Songs, Electric Indian Mandolin Bliss, Custom Melodies, a Synth Oddity, & Recent Yo La Tengo Jams (Flavorwire, 4/16)
BOOK EXCERPT: How An Army of Deadheads (& Their LSD) Invented Silicon Valley (Wired.com, 4/16)
Why Our Crazy Smart-Smart AI Still Sucks At Transcribing Speech (Wired.com, 4/16)
BOOK EXCERPTMagic Mushroom Guru Terence McKenna Talks Science & UFOs (AlterNet, 4/16)
BOOK EXCERPTPhish: A Psychedelic Pedigree (Cuepoint, 3/16)
The Feelies: Only Life Time For A Witness (Pitchfork, 3/16)
v/a, Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music (Relix, 3/16)
Sahel Sounds: Music From 21st Century West Africa (Pitchfork, 2/16)
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)

Features/Profiles/Interviews, etc.:
Reed and Right, Lou Reed profile (London Times, 7/04)
The Spirit of Radio, WFMU 50th anniversary profile (Signal To Noise, summer 2008)
How Jerry Got Hip Again (part 1 only) (Relix, 8/08) [see also "Hippie" below]
Hunter S. Thompson Keeps Moving, my hang with the late Doctor. (Relix, 4/03)
Happier In Hoboken, Yo La Tengo profile (Paste, 4/05) [see also "Yo La Tengo" below]
From Gem Spa To The World: New York Rocker & the Invention of Indie Rock, following threads from my book, Big Day Coming (EMP paper, 2012)
The Fugs: American Peace-Creeps, a visit with Ed Sanders (Relix, 11/09)
The Tinkerer, profile of one-bit composer Tristan Perich (Village Voice, 6/08)
The Numero Group, a visit with the Chicago archival label (Indy Week, 11/11)
Running Into Stonehenge, essay about my Dad (Paste, 6/08)
Circuit Bending Lets Old Toys Play Tunes (Associated Press, 4/06)
Trey Anastasio’s Empty House (unpublished, 8/06)
Dreams Less Sweet, a visit with Circulatory System & the Elephant 6 gang in Athens, Georgia (Indy Week, 8/09)
The Penguin is Mightier Than The Sword, Berkeley Breathed profile (Salon.com, 11/03)
On Long Island, Memories of Harvey Milk Have Expired, a trip to Harvey Milk’s hometown (Paste, 11/08)
American Beauties, Akron/Family profile (Village Voice, 4/09)
Turning the Kleig Lights Around, Mountain Goats profile (Paste, 6/05)
Nobody Expects the Cricket, Glenn Kotche profile (Signal To Noise, summer 2006)
Unleash the Love!, Mike Love profile (Times Herald-Record, 4/06)
Passing the Turing Test With Brian Wilson (unpublished, 12/05)
How To Steal A Smile, on the flawed but wonderful reconstruction of the Beach Boys’ lost classic (Relix, 11/11)
Simple Meals, Talking Cats, an email interview with Haruki Murakami (Paste, 4/07)
Nashville Baseline, visiting Lambchop in Nashville (Indy Week, 4/12)
Beware the Vinyl Bubble, on why Record Store Day is a bummer (Village Voice, 3/14)
The Quiet Struggle of Hamish Kilgour (Wondering Sound, 9/14)
Why Collecting Matters: Citizen Archivists and the Battle For Future Pasts (Wondering Sound, 9/14)
The New Explosion of Bootleg Vinyl (Pitchfork, 9/15)
America’s Last Great CD Dealer Doesn’t Care If You Think CDs Are Dead (Flavorwire, 11/15)
Apple’s iTunes is Alienating Some of Its Most Music-Obsessed Users (Wired.com, 11/15)
Tortoise: Return of the Terrapin Rhythm Section (Relix, 1/16)
Sahel Sounds: Music From 21st Century West Africa (Pitchfork, 2/16)
Why Our Crazy Smart-Smart AI Still Sucks At Transcribing Speech (Wired.com, 4/16)
The New Golden Age of Guitar (Relix, 7/16)
Hardcore Music Nerds Dream Up Their Ultimate Phone (Wired.com, 9/16)

NYC:
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, on Abandon Ship and the noise tape scene (Village Voice, 8/09)
The Jazz Loft: A Rare Find, on the convergence of photographer W. Eugene Smith and pianist Thelonious Monk in the Flower District (Indy Week, 3/09)
Fun, Money, Dolphins, profile of promoter Jake Szufnarowski (Village Voice, 1/08)
CBGB Closes (Associated Press, 10/06) (audio report, photos by Jack Chester)
Unsilent Night, Phil Kline’s annual boombox processional (VillageVoice.com, 12/07)
Viva Talibam!, Talibam! profile (Village Voice, 3/09)
Monster Island’s Last Hurrah, profile of the late Williamsburg arts space (Village Voice, 9/11)
Janka Nabay, A Bubu King, Grows in Brooklyn, profile of the Sierra Leonean transplant (Village Voice, 11/10)
The Best Little Western Swing Band in Brooklyn, Smokey Hormel at Sunny’s (VillageVoice.com, 1/08)
Jimmy McMilllan, Rent Is Too Damn High dude’s musical past life (VillageVoice.com, 10/10)
NYC Taper & the Proud, Obsessive Lineage of Audio Hoarders, on tapers & taping (Village Voice, 1/10)
A Report From the Exorcism and Levitation of Brooklyn’s New Vice Media Headquarters (Flavorwire, 3/15)
The Anti-SantaCon: ‘Unsilent Night’ Is a Shimmering Musical Celebration of Cities’ History and Present, a visit with composer Phil Kline (Flavorwire, 12/15)
Why I (Sometimes) Miss Williamsburg’s Infamous Murdered Slumlord (Gothamist, 1/16)

Recorded Music:
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? – Of Montreal (Paste, 1/07)
Feels – Animal Collective (Paste, 1/06)
An Open Letter to My Friend Chris Regarding the Mountain Goats’ We Shall All Be Healed (Pop Matters, 2/04)
Americana: Home Recordings – Jim Croce (San Diego Fahrenheit, 12/03)
Suffer For Fashion” – Of Montreal track review (Paper Thin Walls, 12/06)
Boy With A Coin” – Iron and Wine track review (Paper Thin Walls, 9/07)
Heretofore – Megafaun (Indy Week, 11/10)
Only Life Time For A Witness - The Feelies (Pitchfork, 3/16)
v/a, Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music (Relix, 3/16)
Allen Ginsberg: The Last Word on First Blues (Pitchfork, 5/16)
v/a, Day of the Dead (Pitchfork, 5/16)
Alternate Routes: Thom Yorke, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Tuareg “Purple Rain” (Flavorwire, 10/14)
Alternate Routes: Dylan, Dudes Drumming on Boxes, Female Tuareg Guitarists (Flavorwire, 12/14)
Alternate Routes: Aphex Twin Gives It Away, The Dude Sleeps (Flavorwire, 3/15)
Alternate Routes: Brooklyn Stays Weird, Kenya Goes Country, and… LSD: The Opera (Flavorwire, 7/15)
Alternate Routes: James Joyce, Baseball, and ’90s Film Inspire Wildly Ambitious Musical Experiments (Flavorwire, 1/16)
Alternate Routes: Contemporary Peyote Songs, Electric Indian Mandolin Bliss, Custom Melodies, a Synth Oddity, & Recent Yo La Tengo Jams (Flavorwire, 4/16)
Alternate Routes: 1-bit Composition, New Zealand DIY, Political Air Horns, Dutch Anarchy, and Solo Pedal Steel (Flavorwire, 8/16)
Best of 2008 (WFMU’s Beware of Blog)
Best of 2009 (WFMU’s Beware of Blog)
Best of 2010 (WFMU’s Beware of Blog)
Best of 2011 (WFMU’s Beware of Blog)
Best of 2013 (Google Doc)
Best of 2014 (Google Doc)
Best of 2015 (Google Doc)

Books:
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young (Los Angeles Review of Books, 10/12)
Find Myself A City To Live In, NYC underground histories by Ed Sanders & Will Hermes (The Millions, 1/12)
Always In Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk’ (Los Angeles Review of Books, 8/12)
Fear of Music by Jonathan Lethem (The Millions, 5/12)
The One: The Life & Music of James Brown, by R.J. Smith (The Atlantic, 3/12)
Of Proust & Potter, reading Marcel Proust and J.K. Rowling (Paste, 5/09)
Phil Spector & Brian Wilson bios (London Times, 4/07)
Spook Country by William Gibson (Paste, 8/07)
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (Paste, 5/06)
Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life by Brian Raftery (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/08)
What Machine Do You Use To Kill Fascists?, Alec Wilkinson’s Pete Seeger bio (Faster Times, 6/09)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, by Haruki Murakami (Flavorwire, 8/14)
A New Songbook Asks, What Makes A Contemporary Folk Song?, the Rise Again songbook (Flavorwire, 10/15)
Carl Only Knows: A New Biography of the Man Legally Known as the Beach Boys (Pitchfork, 10/15)

Live:
The Dead at Red Rocks (JamBands.com, 8/03)
Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden (JamBands.com, 10/05)
Smokey Hormel at Sunny’s (VillageVoice.com, 1/08)
Cornelius at Webster Hall (VillageVoice.com, 1/08)
Akron/Family at Maxwell’s (VillageVoice.com, 3/08)
Akron/Family at 285 Kent (VillageVoice.com, 1/12)
Beach Boys at the Beacon Theater (VillageVoice.com, 5/12)
Chris Corsano at The Stone (VillageVoice.com, 5/12)
Phish’s MagnaBall (RollingStone.com, 8/15)
Dead & Co. at Fenway Park (Pitchfork, 7/16)

Yo La Tengo:
Yo La Tengo, Hanukkah 2007 (VillageVoice.com, 12/07)
Yo La Tengo, Hanukkah 2008 (VillageVoice.com, 12/08)
Yo La Tengo, Hanukkah 2010 (VillageVoice.com, 12/10)
10 Years of YLT Hanukkah (Village Voice, 11/11)
Chris Knox benefit at Le Poisson Rouge (VillageVoice.com, 5/10)
Charlie Horse & Lambchop at Le Poisson Rouge (Spin, 4/12)
The Condo Fucks & Yo La Tengo at Maxwell’s (Spin, 6/13)
Last Call at Maxwell’s (Spin, 8/13)
Our Life in 15 Songs (RollingStone.com, 8/15)

Hippies & Heads & Such:
A Recent Rap With Jerry Garcia (Perfect Sound Forever, 2/06)
America On-Line (Dave Matthews Band in Central Park) (unpublished, 9/03)
Phish at Coventry (JamBands.com, 8/04)
Throwing Down With the Upper Crust, Jerry Garcia guitar auction (JamBands.com, 5/02)
The Dead at Red Rocks (JamBands.com, 8/03)
Phish: The Biography, a review (Indy Week, 1/10)
Everyone Knew Him As Nancy: Richard Wright & the Old, Weird Phish (Relix, 8/12)
I Was A Teenage Jamband Scenester: Coming Around on the Ominous Seapods & Other Life Lessons (VillageVoice.com, 6/12)
NYC Taper & the Proud, Obsessive Lineage of Audio Hoarders, on tapers & taping (Village Voice, 1/10)
Early Tapers, the United Dead Freaks of America, and the Dawn of Relix (Relix, 4/14)
Scarlet Begonias, 1974 (Doom & Gloom From the Tomb, 8/14)
Phish’s MagnaBall (RollingStone.com, 8/15)
Schrödinger’s Dead: The Grateful Dead’s 1975 Retirement (Relix, 7/15)
Acid Tests Turn 50, the Merry Pranksters’ first Acid Test & Hugh Romney’s lesser-known Lysergic A Go Go (RollingStone.com, 11/15)
Phish Pull Disappearing Act at Jam-Heavy NYC New Year’s Show (RollingStone.com, 1/16)
v/a, Day of the Dead (Pitchfork, 5/16)
The Deadologists (Relix, 5/16)
The Secrets Inside 1960s Editions of the US Government’s Private Drugs Newsletter (The Influence/Vice, 6/16)
Coming to Grips with Dead & Bro (Pitchfork, 7/16)
Phish Shreds America (Pitchfork Review, 8/16)
Why Two Scientists Have Developed an Extraordinary Way to Extend DMT Trips (The Influence/Vice, 8/16)
LSD Candy & Explosive Love Beads: Nine Revelations from the Government’s Secretive Drug Bulletin (The Influence/Vice, 9/16)
VIDEOLiner Notes: Grateful Dead (written & narrated, Pitchfork, 7/16)
LSD Now: How The Psychedelic Renaissance Changed Acid (RollingStone.com, 10/16)
Bob Weir, Blue Mountain (Pitchfork, 10/16)
Peter Stampfel, Holiday For Strings (Pitchfork, 11/16)
Hart Valley Drifters feat. Jerry Garcia, Folk Time (Pitchfork (11/16)
#deadfreaksunite 1972, a Twitter listening project (JesseJarnow.com)
#deadfreaksunite 1973, a Twitter listening project (JesseJarnow.com)
#deadfreaksunite 1974, a Twitter listening project (JesseJarnow.com)

Bob:
On the Outside Looking In, Dylan’s Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric (The Forward, 1/10)
Secrets For Sale, on The Complete Basement Tapes (Flavorwire, 11/14)
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (Pitchfork Sunday Review, 11/16)
Gospel Zone, on Bob Dylan’s gospel period (Boogie Woogie Flu, 12/08)
The Ugliest Girl in the World, on the reanimation of Bob Dylan in the ’80s (Relix, 5/14)
Bob Dylan at Sunfest (JamBands.com, 5/03)
New Movies Inside His Head: Notes on Recent Dylan Arcana, on Masked & Anonymous & more (PopMatters, 4/04)
The Bobhead Comes to Brooklyn, Dylan in Prospect Park (Village Voice, 8/08)
Shadows in the Night (Relix, 2/15)

Misc.:
Buy Local, Steal Global (Faster Times, 7/09)
The Multiplex Dreams of Bollywood (San Diego Fahrenheit, 8/03)
Searching For The Next Little Thing, a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show (unpublished, 1/06)
HST (VegasTripping.com, 3/05)
E-Pro, or Why We Shouldn’t Be Mad at Beck for Being A Scientologist (Pop Matters, 12/05)
Living In Hope, an appreciation of Tuli Kupferberg (Boogie Woogie Flu, 12/09)
In Memoriam: Ween, a requiem for the Boognish (VillageVoice.com, 5/12)
Why We Needed Davy Jones (The Atlantic, 3/12)
10 No-Brainer Rock Legends Never Nominated For the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (VillageVoice.com, 4/12)
James Brown? James Brown! Auctioning off His Legacy at Christie’s (VillageVoice.com, 7/08)
199 post-WFMU sunrises, 12/08-5/13, a Twitter project (JesseJarnow.com)
New Art by Ned Lagin (JesseJarnow.com, 4/16)