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2006 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Devils We Know

    published August 8, 2006

    Pick Hits Todd Snider The Devil You Know ... More >>

  • Sensualistic, Polytheistic

    published July 25, 2006

    "So everybody gets makeup, OK? You look dead on TV without it." Back in the Conan greenroom from a Camel-stoked walk to the Hilton with... More >>

  • A Month on the Town

    published July 18, 2006

    In the 65th year of my life on this planet, I went out to see live music every night (or day) of June. The main reason I conceived this... More >>

  • History Lessons

    published July 11, 2006

    Pick Hits The Klezmatics Wonder Wheel: Lyrics... More >>

  • All in the Family

    published June 13, 2006

    Pick Hits The Rough Guide to Planet Rock World... More >>

  • Rather Exhilarating

    published May 30, 2006

    Forget "edge," or whatever the edgy are calling it these days. I wish we could forget their non-youth in the bargain, but that wheeze will remain... More >>

  • Radicals of the Moment

    published May 16, 2006

    Pick Hits The Streets The Hardest Way to Make an... More >>

  • Grant McLennan, 1958–2006

    published May 9, 2006

    Grant McLennan was in a grand mood May 6, with every reason to believe he had his best work ahead of him. Renowned and beloved though the... More >>

  • Explorations in Mixtape Nation

    published May 2, 2006

    It gets me every time, and there's barely any music to it. Mainly it's a naked voice—mellow, soft-edged, playfully playground, flowing liquid... More >>

  • Glossing Big-Tymers

    published May 2, 2006

    This is billed as an essay collection, a form book publishers despise and I love. But it isn't really—he's a master of the ubiquitously... More >>

  • Dear Mr. President

    published April 18, 2006

    PICK HITS GHOSTFACE KILLAH Fishscale (Def Jam) With... More >>

  • Music

    published April 4, 2006

    The entire Electric Light Orchestra catalog is now in reissue, with Randy Newman doing the notes. But you know better. You know Jeff Lynne's... More >>

  • Lost in the Lonely Crowd

    published April 4, 2006

    Placebo are a cheesy British goth or glam trio of no likely historical consequence who will happily prove whatever you want them to prove. Those... More >>

  • Radical Comfort

    published March 21, 2006

    Pick Hits THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTETS Live in the... More >>

  • Ed's Not Dead

    published March 7, 2006

    Ed Hamell isn't much of a bandleader on record, or tunesmith either. Nor are his lyrics perfect—as a distant supporter turned flat-out fan, I... More >>

  • Musicology

    published March 7, 2006

    The brick-and-mortar Brill Building is still there, but for decades it's been a metaphor—for an expediently teen-oriented songwriting and... More >>

  • Old-Fashioned Amenities

    published February 21, 2006

    Pick Hits BELL ORCHESTRE Recording a Tape the... More >>

  • Rewriting History

    published February 7, 2006

    "While many of the songs on this collection never saw any chart action, they're just as good as the ones that did," insists Sheryl Farber, one of... More >>

  • Reading With Guitar

    published February 7, 2006

    Sporting jeans, plenty of eye makeup, and bling on her ring finger, Jen Trynin brought a guitar to her first headline gig here in nearly a decade,... More >>

  • Hatbox Hits

    published February 7, 2006

    Side 1/Track 3. Chiffons: "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)" They love each other, he is not no good. That... More >>

  • Forever Young

    published January 31, 2006

    GOLDEN AFRIQUE VOL. 1 (Network) N'Dour-Keita-Baobab warhorses are few on a Deutschmark-pegged double that homes in on... More >>

  • Listening in Real Time

    published January 24, 2006

    It is 2045 and the protagonist of Bruce Sterling's 1998 novel Distraction, a young pol named Oscar Valparaiso who happens to be a clone,... More >>

  • Dean's List

    published January 24, 2006

    Albums 1 Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella) 16 2 The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara (World Music... More >>

  • A Hot Little Weirdo

    published January 10, 2006

    "She's famous for wiggling her bum," observed a British tab before excitedly revealing that the Colombian pop goddess Shakira "has a reported IQ... More >>

  • Music

    published January 10, 2006

    Since Yo La Tengo's discographical accomplishments begin with their mastery of their own song titles, I assumed and fervently hoped that this... More >>

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