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2000 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Give the Gift of UniMoth

    published December 19, 2000

    So UniMoth MegaCorp flooded the market with "millennium collection" cheapos that drove richer product off the racks. There were confusing-at-best... More >>

  • Getting Bizzy

    published November 28, 2000

    Finally, one of those fall bonanzas the biz is always promising. The two Pick Hits are among the year's very best, and several runners-up are... More >>

  • Where the Action Isn’t

    published November 21, 2000

    Alt-rock may be alive and well, but not so's bashing it is much fun right now. Though many alt bands were considered for Turkey Shoot 2000, only... More >>

  • Dog Food for Justice

    published November 7, 2000

    Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska is pretty unimposing for a monument. People embarrassed by the overstatement that made Springsteen a hero, and... More >>

  • Timo's Dance Roger's Trance

    published October 24, 2000

    Up till October 21, the most precious moment of New York Baseball 2000 came seconds before the Mets won the pennant, as a St. Louis pinch hitter... More >>

  • Ina Dancehall Groove—Finally

    published October 17, 2000

    For years I've been blocking on Jamaican dancehall, which I knew couldn't be as indistinguishable as it always sounded. Three compilations below... More >>

  • A Long Short Story

    published October 10, 2000

    Eleven years after they finally attained major-label status with their sixth and formerly final album, 16 Lovers Lane, the Go-Betweens'... More >>

  • Afropop Worldwide

    published September 19, 2000

    Once or twice a year I spend a few weeks comparing and contrasting the latest cache of Afropop, but rarely do so many good ones fall into place... More >>

  • Chaos Theory

    published September 5, 2000

    Pop music isn't designed for the ad-driven journalistic ritual of the fall preview, and good for pop music. Bitch all you want about TicketMaster... More >>

  • Thinking About Musicking

    published August 29, 2000

    In 1975, Christopher Small, a 48-year-old senior lecturer at a London college of higher education, approached independent publisher John Calder... More >>

  • Getting Them Straight

    published August 15, 2000

    Alt-rock continues both strong and resistant—except for the cheap and easy Chicks on Speed, all the entries in that vague category A-listed... More >>

  • Five Years and Eight Hours

    published July 25, 2000

    Elastica's The Menace arrives with all the keenly calibrated market savvy of a search engine guaranteed to double the Net speed of every... More >>

  • Impolite Discourse

    published June 27, 2000

    To can the first-person taboo and proceed to the main event: Fuck yes I have a personal interest in the books that follow. Not just because all... More >>

  • Shuffering and Shmiling

    published June 20, 2000

    Below note 10 releases by or associated with Fela Kuti, a total that the truly mad will observe falls short of the entirety of... More >>

  • The Village People

    published June 6, 2000

    "Bohemia is, after all, inherently apolitical," opined a designated expert in The Village Voice just a few months ago. This revelation must... More >>

  • Woody Guthrie's Second Life

    published May 30, 2000

    It's a credit to the mythmakers of the Woody Guthrie revival that they've never claimed their hero was the proletarian everyman he sold himself... More >>

  • Music

    published May 23, 2000

    I'd worry that all the divas honored with A's below are over 50 while several of their little sisters show up in Duds. Only (a) I've been dissing... More >>

  • Alt Lives!!

    published April 25, 2000

    Alt-rock dead? Only if your ears are. Most of the indie and postindie artists who get the big reviews below are veterans coming into their own.... More >>

  • Rising to the Top

    published April 11, 2000

    Lonnie Rashid Lynn and Teron Delvon Jones are seasoned recording artists in their late twenties, but don't worry if you can't place them. They... More >>

  • Music

    published March 21, 2000

    The year's beginning strong—the five archival albums recommended below are the kind of stuff that always rises to the surface during the... More >>

  • Doing It Again

    published March 7, 2000

    In 1980, topping off the active phase of their strange career as pop interlopers turned AOR powerhouses, Steely Dan scored their third and final... More >>

  • Cleanup Time

    published February 29, 2000

    As promised a month ago, find below not just the usual P&J cleanup but many records I didn't then know existed even if I recognized their names.... More >>

  • Flak On Both Sides

    published February 15, 2000

    Rock critics are nerds. We like it that way. We like staying home and listening to records, then trading them in for other records (even, heh heh,... More >>

  • Happy You Near

    published January 25, 2000

    Forget centuries and millennia—it's the tail end of the decade, and as I commence my poll labors, I don't see where the usual late... More >>

  • Visual Quest

    published January 11, 2000

    I don't know much about design but I know what I like—criticism that takes me places I've never been, such as most of these brief essays. The... More >>

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