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1999 Stories by Eric Weisbard

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  • Sweet Home Buttholesville

    published December 28, 1999

    We drove to Pittsburgh the weekend before Halloween, to watch the leaves change and attend a three-day fest called the Haunted Hillbilly Hoedown.... More >>

  • Sweet Home Buttholesvill

    published December 21, 1999

    We drove to Pittsburgh the weekend before Halloween, to watch the leaves change and attend a three-day fest called the Haunted Hillbilly Hoedown.... More >>

  • Roots Music Ping Pong

    published December 14, 1999

    Alongside the expected Built To Spills, Stereolabs and Sleater-Kinneys, there were two surprises atop the college radio charts this year: a... More >>

  • Roots Music Ping Pong

    published December 7, 1999

    Alongside the expected Built To Spills, Stereolabs, and Sleater-Kinneys, there were two surprises atop the college radio charts this year: a... More >>

  • Hey Dreaming Cowboy with a Big Ole Texas Grin

    published November 16, 1999

    The Dreaming Cowboy has been away from his home and his woman for 20 years, riding in rodeos. After his body breaks down he stays where he is, far... More >>

  • A to the B

    published October 26, 1999

    After a soliloquy whose family shtick might be parodying a Wu-Tang kung fu sample, the opening track's bodacious soul-funk groove kicks under a... More >>

  • A Golden Age

    published October 19, 1999

    A couple of weekends back, MTV presented a late-night Hard Rock A-Z special: wide-ranging sets of several videos in a row, with mini mal VJ... More >>

  • Outside the Whale

    published October 12, 1999

    Here's a small detail. In her musical rereading of Moby Dick, Laurie Anderson has a cast member quote from an obscure sermon delivered... More >>

  • Formula Racing

    published September 14, 1999

    Everyone in Nashville understands that the New Country formula-slick production with a seamless touch of roots and updated suburban family... More >>

  • The Gatsby of Gats

    published August 31, 1999

    The first thing I asked him to do was get me a tape from the studio. He came back with it in five minutes. The studio was ten blocks... More >>

  • Beat and Variation

    published August 10, 1999

    Autechre, the English duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown, don't so much write songs as program ecosystems. Within electronica, where everyone says... More >>

  • Sheena for Ex-President

    published July 27, 1999

    From the punk oral history Please Kill Me to Joey and Johnny Ramone on Howard Stern, the mythology around the Ramones lately seems... More >>

  • Nookie Monster

    published July 13, 1999

    When MTV and BET air the new Eminem video "Guilty Conscience," they run into the small problem of the song's conclusion, where bad-angel Slim... More >>

  • Generation Ex

    published July 6, 1999

    This time it's personal. High school student Reese Witherspoon leaves teacher Matthew Broderick cursing his so-called life in Election. ... More >>

  • Under the Bridge

    published June 29, 1999

    In 1997, fashion designer Martin Margiela dipped 18 outfits in different mold, bacteria, and yeast cultures; they were recently displayed,... More >>

  • Lifting Up the Sun

    published June 22, 1999

    Yes, the Flaming Lips. When they appeared in the mid '80s, "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" got college radio time from fans of Butthole Surfers... More >>

  • Doo-dah!

    published June 1, 1999

    "This is my country/These are my people," Randy Newman sings on his new album. Since this is Randy Newman, the people in question are all glued to... More >>

  • Wide World Webs

    published May 18, 1999

    Vengaboys' "We Like To Party!" is as simple as it says: groaning foghorns, skipping keyboard lilt, house thump, totally treated female vocalist... More >>

  • Every Bit Counts

    published May 4, 1999

    The notorious thing about the "college rock" I grew up on, over a decade ago, the same time Ben Folds was gestating in the university nexus of... More >>

  • Pyramid Scheme

    published April 6, 1999

    These songs, derived from an as-yet-unfinished musical that pops open the Verdi opera, are only putatively set in Egypt. Nor, despite being... More >>

  • The Graying of Indie Rock

    published March 23, 1999

    When the guy in Fuck announced his 37th birthday, people thought he was joking. The occasion was too cruddy: the rumpus-room attic of a gross bar... More >>

  • Eunuch Hauteur

    published March 9, 1999

    Leonard Cohen stepped into an avalanche; it covered up his soul. Now, when he is not this hunchback that you see, he sleeps beneath the golden... More >>

  • Conjunction Junction

    published February 23, 1999

    The All-Music Guide bills itself as "an ongoing project to review and rate all music"— emphasis on the all. Statistics posted at its Web... More >>

  • Wandering Minstrel

    published February 9, 1999

    The CDnow Album Advisor says that Everlast fans should also shop Billy Joel, the Dave Matthews Band, A Tribe Called Quest, the Beastie Boys,... More >>

  • Murder Ink

    published January 19, 1999

    One never can get at the thing itself. That is the fascination of murder as a subject, and why it lends itself to all kinds of renderings,"... More >>

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