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2005 Stories by Robert Christgau

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  • Extraordinary Machines

    published December 27, 2005

    PICK HITS THELONIOUS MONK QUARTET Thelonious Monk... More >>

  • Who Needs Boxes 2005

    published December 13, 2005

    THE SOUND OF THE CITY: NEW ORLEANS (EMI) Surely some exploiter will step forward, or wouldn't it be nice if the Smithsonian... More >>

  • Master and Sacrament

    published November 29, 2005

    It was a courtesy call. Eighty-year-old B.B. King aside, Buddy Guy is the most honored bluesman standing, such a big deal he's on RCA-linked... More >>

  • New Wonderland

    published November 29, 2005

    "Got a brand new blues that I can't explain," explains John Mayer on the opening "Who Did You Think I Was." No longer "the one who plays the quiet... More >>

  • Music

    published November 29, 2005

    Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play the Blues Rhino Handmade The classic Guy-Wells album... More >>

  • Turkey Shoot 2005

    published November 15, 2005

    Duds BURT BACHARACH At This Time More >>

  • Bobby and Dave

    published November 1, 2005

    Averse to nostalgia in general, folkies in particular, the Americana tendency in middlebrow rock criticism, and the Bob Dylan industry, I skipped... More >>

  • Recyclables

    published November 1, 2005

    There was never a performer who crossed so many lines as Harry," says Dylan of this Harlem lefty turned matinee idol. "He appealed to everybody,... More >>

  • We Have to Deal With It: Punk England Report

    published October 18, 2005

    January 9, 1978 I recently spent nine days pursuing punk rock in England without once trying to contact the Sex Pistols. I just... More >>

  • Christians and Heathens

    published October 18, 2005

    Pick Hits DABY BALDE Introducing Daby... More >>

  • Can't Stop the Music

    published October 18, 2005

    I wanted to shout how crucial Voice music writing was from the git, but evidence was lacking. Voice columnist Jean Shepherd... More >>

  • Paint a Vulgar Picture

    published October 18, 2005

    Surely there have been filmmakers who knew less about music going into their first music documentary than Greg Whiteley, but none springs to mind.... More >>

  • Preservation Scuzz

    published October 4, 2005

    I got scooped by Jon Pareles in the Times two months ago, which was just what I wanted. The headline, "You Want Punk Rock? Close CBGB, Say... More >>

  • Music

    published October 4, 2005

    HUEY "PIANO" SMITH & HIS CLOWNS Having a Good Time With Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns: The Very Best of, Volume 1 More >>

  • Craft and Lies

    published September 20, 2005

    Pick Hits AMY RIGBY Little Fugitive... More >>

  • Growing by Degrees

    published August 30, 2005

    Kanye West did not arrive unheralded. Between his production credits and his Jay-Z connection, The... More >>

  • Music

    published August 30, 2005

    Convicted sexual batterer and sole actually talented No Limit rapper Mystikal remains at his fiercest on 1997's Unpredictable, issued by... More >>

  • Gypsy Part of Town

    published August 9, 2005

    Pick Hits GOGOL BORDELLO Gypsy... More >>

  • Men Like Them

    published July 26, 2005

    Leading George Strait's Somewhere Down in Texas, "If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk" is a he-man fantasy in which stepping outside... More >>

  • Music

    published July 26, 2005

    Too many country artists who start strong fall off artistically as they work their market niche. So Alan Jackson's improvement is a... More >>

  • 'Young Rebels'

    published July 26, 2005

    Young Rebels is an unpretentious little documentary about Cuban hip-hop, a subject of less significance than the principals believe. There... More >>

  • Laptop for Desktoppers

    published July 12, 2005

    Pick Hits ENCRE ( More >>

  • All This Useless Beauty

    published July 5, 2005

    This Is Spinal Tap is the greatest of all rock movies because Spinal Tap are dorks. Dorks are easy, whereas actual rock stars are nearly... More >>

  • Baby One More Time

    published June 28, 2005

    Almost any two-disc set can be improved by paring it down to one. This goes double for an outtakes-and-oddments collection, and triple for... More >>

  • Music

    published June 28, 2005

    I've never been entranced enough by Eric Burdon to decide whether he was clueless clod or sneaky smart, but for sure he's one of the Rock and Roll... More >>

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