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2004 Stories by Douglas Wolk

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  • Booty Call

    published December 14, 2004

    I have a purely booty-call relationship with Rio baile funk. I don't know a lot about it beyond the basics (it's made in the hills of Brazil,... More >>

  • Doll Parts

    published December 7, 2004

    Cristina Monet passed for a disco singer, but she was actually a disco actor. In the late '70s, she wrote theater reviews for the Voice... More >>

  • Fair Useless

    published December 7, 2004

    In the late '80s, Karlheinz Brandenburg of the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany listened to Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" more than a thousand... More >>

  • The Drowned Baby

    published November 30, 2004

    A three-CD-plus-DVD set added to the canon: pretty fancy for a band that only made three albums. Or maybe two, since Bleach doesn't really... More >>

  • Jimmy Jazz

    published November 9, 2004

    It's a little odd to see a scholarly monograph on Chris Ware as a visual artist. It's not that Ware's comics—most notably Jimmy... More >>

  • Store Wars

    published October 19, 2004

    In its first two weeks, Good Charlotte's The Chronicles of Life and Death has sold more than 270,000 copies and totally pissed off a bunch... More >>

  • Fig Newton

    published September 14, 2004

    Six months after The Confusion, Neal Stephenson's inexhaustible cannon has fired the third and final brick-like volume of his Baroque... More >>

  • Books

    published August 24, 2004

    A dumbfounding piece of meta-allegory, Jimbo in Purgatory is an English Ph.D.'s rarebit-dream. Veteran underground cartoonist Panter... More >>

  • Pay to Play

    published August 17, 2004

    If you like the two-party system, you're going to love the four-label system. With the approval of the Federal Trade Commission and European... More >>

  • Full-Time Omaha Young People and Their Tap Dancer Get Sex Wild

    published July 13, 2004

    Tilly and the Wall are full-time, professional young people. They're Dawson's Creek as a band: Omaha pals of the Bright Eyes crew, armed to... More >>

  • Forgotten London New Wavers Emerge From Collector Hell

    published July 13, 2004

    The Homosexuals lived and played in London in the late '70s and early '80s, and the evidence suggests that they were magnificent—as potent... More >>

  • Live Dead

    published July 6, 2004

    When the announcement went out in late June that this year's Lollapalooza had been canceled, Perry Farrell posted a sad, dramatic,... More >>

  • Beat Beat Beat

    published June 15, 2004

    Eighteen years ago, the would-be Afrobeat band from my hometown of East Lansing, Michigan, kept right on playing their free-Fela-now number after... More >>

  • Music

    published June 1, 2004

    I fret sometimes that I've probably heard all the great early-'70s deep Southern-soul records already—that crate-digging will only reveal... More >>

  • Sick and Mortar

    published May 25, 2004

    The familiar story is that the CD market is collapsing, and small record stores are in terrible trouble as consumers switch over to acquiring... More >>

  • Brand-New Lag

    published April 20, 2004

    The music business is finally figuring out how to profit from the previous generation of peer-to-peer technology. Companies like Webspins and... More >>

  • Indecent Exposure

    published April 13, 2004

    "When one looks at the tortured rationale for finding broadcasting uniquely undeserving of First Amendment protection, one gains new respect... More >>

  • Music

    published March 30, 2004

    The point of Sun City Girls' performances is that it's never clear what's going to happen next. The two-disc set Carnival Folklore Resurrection... More >>

  • Undermine Your Own Business

    published March 30, 2004

    The hot MP3 going around last week was Shame 69's "No Business," a parody of LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge." "I used to work in the music... More >>

  • Living With Imperfection

    published March 2, 2004

    Arthur Russell was the most maddening kind of genius: the kind who produces mountains of extraordinary work, and can barely ever actually finish... More >>

  • Sounding Off

    published February 24, 2004

    Most of the peaks and valleys in the history of sound-reproducing machines turn up in Playback: Cylinders beget discs, 78s beget LPs,... More >>

  • A Touch of Grey

    published February 24, 2004

    Remember that big CD price-fixing scandal a few years ago? Remember how the major labels agreed to divide up a cash settlement among everyone... More >>

  • Mother Nature's son, I got 99 problems but a glass onion

    published February 10, 2004

    The beats on Jay-Z's victory-lap Black Album were mostly negligible, and a few producers have unofficially replaced them with their own.... More >>

  • How Bad a Year?

    published January 20, 2004

    Exactly how bad a year did the music industry have in 2003? It depends who's asking. According to Nielsen Soundscan, American labels sold 687... More >>

  • Superstring-Theory Strings Help Songs and Riffs That Aren't

    published January 6, 2004

    The formal syntax of the Books' second album is mostly that of pop songs: A high-end instrument (Nick Zammuto's guitar) and a low-end instrument... More >>

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