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2004 Stories by Frank Kogan

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  • Hopping the Spires

    published December 7, 2004

    Of all the rock bands that you might call avant-garde, DNA were one that actually did something new, the musicians countering the habits of their... More >>

  • Into the Wall

    published November 2, 2004

    Crime's "Hot Wire My Heart" is a blast of '70s punk rock up there in greatness with "New Rose," "Oh Bondage Up Yours," and "One Chord Wonder."... More >>

  • Gentle Steel

    published September 28, 2004

    "The liner notes are very different from my earlier albums. I didn't turn into a New Age wimp. I still have my guns. I did adopt a Taoist Attitude... More >>

  • Meet the Beetles

    published September 14, 2004

    I once heard John Zorn perform at 1 Morton Street, playing mouthpieces with no instruments attached, switching them quickly, for disjunctive... More >>

  • Glam Hip-Hop

    published August 31, 2004

    The Flesh are another neo-wavo quasi-dance band like the Rapture and Franz Ferdinand: white guitarist with the fidgets, tuneful singer who wavers... More >>

  • Young Tennis Players Make Cranky Singer Sad

    published August 3, 2004

    Country Teasers wander expertly into dissonance and back in a way that gives intensity to their music, like having your song and anti-song too.... More >>

  • No Success Like Failure

    published May 11, 2004

    Most of John Conlee's hits are about totally screwing up or being totally screwed over. In one of the few exceptions, 1983's would-be-smug but... More >>

  • Different World

    published April 6, 2004

    Wind rising, then metal clicking on metal. Is that a gun being loaded, or are you just glad to see me? Mahjongg remind me of a moment in time,... More >>

  • Uncertain Strength

    published March 16, 2004

    Rodney Atkins does Nashville's pop-rock country thing, and does it well. He sticks mainly to the love-romance cycle (before, during,... More >>

  • Iberian expats trawl for wondrous verbal novelties

    published February 17, 2004

    Les Baton Rouge are Portuguese, now in Berlin, name seems French (why the plural article and singular noun?), lyrics seem English. Reminiscent of... More >>

  • A well-rounded singer discovers that the earth is, as well

    published February 10, 2004

    Country singer Gary Allan has some fast little rockers, but what strikes me is that he's most rock 'n' roll on the slow songs. I keep... More >>

  • Love That Dirty Water

    published January 20, 2004

    "Seeing all the people that was doing really fucked-up shit in the hood, most of the people were really good people at heart . . . " And... More >>

  • Cool Jerks Force Rhythm

    published January 6, 2004

    Thunderbirds Are Now! are what the DNA-Mars side of the old No New York no wave compilation should have been: fast-spazz singing,... More >>

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