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2003 Stories by Frank Kogan

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  • At a Loss for Words, Fish and Venison Dodge Static

    published December 30, 2003

    Last time out, Brooklyn's Semiautomatic sang, "I don't want to hear about race, gender, or genre. . . . As far as human inventions go, I prefer... More >>

  • Glam Is the New Metal

    published December 2, 2003

    The Spiders are a metalglam band as opposed to a glammetal band—the difference being that glammetal bands are hairmetal bands that dress in... More >>

  • Party Hard

    published November 25, 2003

    The YoungBloodZ proclaim, "If you don't give a damn, we don't give a fuck, HEY!" over a tune as pretty as Prokofiev. Despite their boisterousness,... More >>

  • Death Takes a Holiday in the Ancient Land of Big Giant Riffs

    published November 11, 2003

    The title cut on the Black-Eyed Snakes' Rise Up! manages to simultaneously pound you down and lift you up, like a cross between Living... More >>

  • Alone Again, Naturally

    published November 4, 2003

    After a half-year build on indie label TVT, Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins are ruling the hip-hop zeitgeist with "Get Low," the low of which... More >>

  • Easy as Sunday Morning

    published October 28, 2003

    Dwight Yoakam sings "I ain't old, I'm just out of date," but he doesn't seem too upset. By sounding out of date he can make country songs into... More >>

  • Shifty Hick Licks Help Sick Beatnik Shit-Snack Shtick Click

    published September 16, 2003

    Winfred E. Eye's Aaron Calvert sings in an old-coot faux Howlin' Wolf croak, and gets beauty out of the creaks in his croak, though not nearly as... More >>

  • Is That All There Is?

    published September 9, 2003

    Dosh starts his LP with a great dance beat—a hopped-up Marley Marl—while surrounding the beat with soundscape mood music. So the rhythm... More >>

  • Rock Singer Woos Melody

    published August 19, 2003

    Cobra Verde go for a drama-school extravagance that singer John Petkovic's voice is too deep-pitched and bare to achieve. But the staginess of his... More >>

  • Fodder Bites Cannon

    published August 12, 2003

    Living Things' "Bombs Below," the first track on their Turn In Your Friends & Neighbors EP, has a sound that's both hard and defeated. It's... More >>

  • Eyebrow Metal at the Disco Round

    published July 29, 2003

    Glam in the '70s may have been the least sonically defined of all musics. A glam band was glam if it was rock and it had people who dressed funny... More >>

  • A Mighty Wind

    published July 15, 2003

    "Most people have not understood when we explained that no one has ever played music like us before," wrote Peter Stampfel in the liner notes to... More >>

  • The Permanent Record

    published June 10, 2003

    Hip-hop was originally the creation of DJs, but people can make too much of this, and what they make of it is usually wrong. Two guys in the last... More >>

  • The War Turns Me On

    published April 15, 2003

    "You got to start with no fear in your heart." Not a possibility. A.R.E. Weapons are all about the fear in our hearts; their album... More >>

  • A Wiggle in Your Wham

    published April 1, 2003

    I've taken LSD twice in my life, had a blast both times. I'm not likely to do it again, though, since it aestheticizes everything and I'd hate to... More >>

  • Primordial Oo's

    published February 25, 2003

    Baxter Dury takes those beautifully ethereal oo's and ah's that you find in the background of old Beatles-Kinks-Floyd records and makes them his... More >>

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