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2001 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Wanted: A Protest Movement for Progressive Hawks

    published December 25, 2001

    My most trusted ally thinks I shouldn't call us "hawks," and maybe she's right—it's catchy, but misleading. We're not hawks as that label... More >>

  • A Ken Burns Xmas

    published December 18, 2001

    As the frugal know, this annual gift guide disdains boxes for one- and two-CD best-ofs, which got hard to come by as rock history was plumbed.... More >>

  • Outer Children

    published December 4, 2001

    The concrete details of a vivid emotional experience have faded, and my notebook is only so much help. But this much I know. On September 10 I... More >>

  • Turkey Shoot 2001

    published November 20, 2001

    The month proved rife with fowl even if the year wasn't ideal for focusing on the bad-to-worse. So before you protest, remember this—if my... More >>

  • Salaam

    published November 13, 2001

    Some may cock an eyebrow at my Arabic-pop timing, but Tea in Marrakech and Hakim were long in the pipeline, scheduled for an October... More >>

  • Opening Remarks at the CMJ Panel Discussion

    published October 23, 2001

    On September 12, everybody said the world would never be the same. Since then, many have tried to take that back. One movie mogul went so far as... More >>

  • La Lutte Continue

    published October 23, 2001

    It's not even 10 on a Wednesday at the Village Underground and I'm already into my third band of the first night of the CMJ Music Marathon... More >>

  • Unpatriotic?! Moi?

    published October 9, 2001

    No way, Ari. But two theses. First, most current American pop and semipop was conceived for a normalcy currently beyond the reach of our... More >>

  • Ghost Dance

    published September 18, 2001

    Wednesday there was e-mail from Jessica Hopper of Hyper PR in Chicago, apologizing for having to tell us where her bands were headed now that CMJ... More >>

  • Minstrels All

    published September 11, 2001

    R&b, megapop, indie-rock—I was busy with all three when along came a boomer birthday boy with the album of the year. My apologies for all the... More >>

  • Getting Their Hands Dirty

    published August 7, 2001

    Before I'm overcome by the niggles, let me give Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life its well-earned thumbs-up. Here's my rave:... More >>

  • Rock 'n' Rai

    published July 31, 2001

    The best new "rock" record of the year so far is by a punk band turned pop band (if they were ever anything else, the cads). Runner-up belongs to... More >>

  • No Gimcracks

    published July 24, 2001

    The Super Rail Band's bassist broke a string one song in, and everything stopped. After a minute he strolled offstage with the two vocalists, the... More >>

  • Franco de Mi Amor

    published July 3, 2001

    The best shorthand for the many-named hero christened François Luambo Makiadi and known as Franco is to coin a cliché and call him... More >>

  • Folking Around

    published June 19, 2001

    One of the signal perversities of celebrity culture is the way it induces ordinary Janes and Joes to identify with the love lives of men and women... More >>

  • Class of ’33

    published June 19, 2001

    Scoff if you must, but there it is—the two most exciting records I've heard in the past couple months are both by guys who were born in 1933,... More >>

  • Encore From a Utopia

    published June 5, 2001

    A year ago, Lucinda Williams was the subject of a grueling, penetrating, National Magazine Award-nominated New Yorker profile by... More >>

  • Best of the Rest

    published May 29, 2001

    Many of these subpantheon best-ofs have awaited judgment for years. My guarantee: All make sense as individual records. Where some artists (Joe... More >>

  • Chasing Waterfalls

    published May 8, 2001

    If your musical interests extend beyond the industrialized world, you're sure to run into field recordings sooner or later. But that doesn't mean... More >>

  • Haikus and Atmospheres

    published April 24, 2001

    For the record, I am not a true believer in "underground" hip hop. If anything (see Black Eyed Peas), I'm a bit of a skeptic. But nowhere near as... More >>

  • Sex Tips for Teens

    published April 17, 2001

    Sarah Nixey is known to have performed mime as a drama student. The three most treasured albums in her collection are Lou Reed's Berlin,... More >>

  • Vibrators

    published March 27, 2001

    Guitar bands, mostly—some oldish and some quite new, but none completely new, if you know what I mean. Making the old new is what guitar... More >>

  • Lovers Not Fighters

    published March 20, 2001

    In June of 1999, the Old 97's flogged the impossibly catchy Fight Songs by opening for Cake at a half-filled Roseland. Although I thought... More >>

  • Forever Old

    published February 27, 2001

    The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences—NARAS for short, overseer of the Grammys, which one old joke calls the Grannies, while... More >>

  • Pazz & Jop Preview

    published February 6, 2001

    Handicappers take note—it's Consumer Guide's annual Pazz & Jop preview. Only which ones finished, which ones should have, and which are my... More >>

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