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1999 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Cheap Gifts!

    published December 21, 1999

    Notice that the annual box roundup in the Times was almost all mixed-to-pan? That's why I seek out archival music that won't wear out your... More >>

  • Turkey Shoot

    published November 23, 1999

    It's barf time once again at rock's big table, and I've got a question for the ipecac people. Do all the indie labels in the binge-and-purge below... More >>

  • African Connection II

    published November 9, 1999

    Apologies to those who regularly skip my African selections, which have been getting me through rock's bad times (see Honorable Mention,... More >>

  • Hit It, Now Hold It

    published November 2, 1999

    Bearing down on hip hop, with plenty left undone, some of it fairly terrific, I believe or hope. FYI, I'm holding the Tribe Called Quest best-of... More >>

  • Easy Money

    published October 19, 1999

    Inevitably, a few fools will argue that the youth marketers' project of excising all meaning from their product is long overdue. But it can't be... More >>

  • Aptitude Adjustment

    published September 28, 1999

    There was every reason to expect that in the eight years since The Promised Land, his bestselling, award-winning account of "the great... More >>

  • Really Glad To Be Here

    published September 28, 1999

    John Prine and Iris DeMent were seated across from each other at a table for eight in Michael's on West 55th Street. Here BMI had convened a small... More >>

  • Wrigley's in the Trashcan

    published September 14, 1999

    There's a rare unguarded moment in the impressive discography-bibliography to James Miller's Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published August 31, 1999

    Two techno comps, a country-rock best-of, some lounge authenticity, and what? The African connection, that's what. West Africa and Cuba, to be... More >>

  • Parent With Parrots

    published July 27, 1999

    Peter Stampfel and Betsy Wollheim got their corner loft in Soho because Betsy's dad needed a place to store his books. It was 1978, they'd fallen... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published July 20, 1999

    Let no one claim good old well-crafted rock and roll has disappeared from the culture. See the top three Honorable Mentions, each more substantial... More >>

  • The Informer

    published July 13, 1999

    Begin by rereading—or reading, because you couldn't be bothered the first time—that gaudy subtitle. Think about it a little. Do those... More >>

  • Call the Doctor

    published June 22, 1999

    In the beginning, what made Chrissie Hynde stand out was that she brought punk attitude to pop aesthetics. Here was a woman who'd seen the Dolls... More >>

  • Music

    published June 15, 1999

    I've always had my doubts about the notion of the hip hop "community" or "subculture"— too easy to claim, too hard to verify empirically. But... More >>

  • Music

    published June 8, 1999

    I've always had my doubts about the notion of the hip hop "community" or "subculture"— too easy to claim, too hard to verify empirically. But... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published May 25, 1999

    The high Honorable Mention ratio means what you'd figure— I've been having a hell of a time finding new records to love, even a little.... More >>

  • Sells Like Teen Spirit

    published May 18, 1999

    Can I begin by stating a truth the sophisticates who read this section probably consider an absurdity? The Backstreet Boys are something new under... More >>

  • Sounds of Known Origin

    published April 20, 1999

    Long before the Latin Playboys were imaginable, Los Lobos rode into the rock mainstream on a myth. They were "just another band from East L.A.,"... More >>

  • Work To Do

    published March 30, 1999

    A decade ago, I replaced a late-canceling Elvis Costello as the keynote speaker at SXSW 89, the Austin music conference whose status in its third... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published March 16, 1999

    I suppose it is inevitable that the onrush of good-to-great hip hop albums will soon lose some of its force. I only have a couple waiting in the... More >>

  • Two Realists

    published March 2, 1999

    My middle name must be Fuck You/'Cause every time I walk niggas be like, 'Fuck you,' " goes the chorus. "My first name must be He Ain't... More >>

  • Consumer Guide

    published February 16, 1999

    Normally at this time of year my poll-watching duties alert me to missed goodies. But except for the Dud of the Month, this CG is pure odds and... More >>

  • Dakar in Gear

    published January 26, 1999

    The work of fiction Mark Hudson's The Music in My Head most recalls is Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, another tale of a record... More >>

  • Not Yet Uhuru

    published January 5, 1999

    Once the South African poet and freedom fighter Mzwakhe Mbuli seemed poised on the brink of a "world music" career. After cutting his first album... More >>

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