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  • Reality Soundbites


    Reality Soundbites

    I can faithfully, honestly say that hiphop is dead. Q-Tip Hiphop being counterculture, underground culture, that's sorta dead. It's all mainstream. It's just a bunch of pop music. Meshell Ndgeocello Anything that's not growing is dead. So we...

    by Miles Marshall Lewis on July 2, 2002
  • Lifestyles of the Rhythm - Dance Music Accesses an Unseparatist Pop Sensibility


    Lifestyles of the Rhythm - Dance Music Accesses an Unseparatist Pop Sensibility

    Time was, people loved or ignored or scoffed at dance records the same way they bought or didn't buy other kinds of pop records. The music would come from a singer like Donna Summer, say, during disco's '70s commercial peak. Or, during the '80s, when...

    by James Hunter on June 25, 2002
  • Here Comes a Regular


    Here Comes a Regular

    Since rock-critic shmendriks tend to fixate on persona, and since I'm going to do exactly that for most of my space here, let me first take this opportunity to holler at Anthony Davisa/k/a Minneapolis hip-hop producer Ant. On his duo Atmosphere's Lu...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on June 25, 2002
  • Article

    Endangered Feces - Blectum From Blechdom: They Came, They Saw, They Rectum

    Experimental electronic producers love to talk about incorporating mistakes and digital dysfunction into their music. Listen to their records, though, and it's hard to imagine anything less messy: Pristine and prissy precision rules, with every last ...

    by Simon Reynolds on June 25, 2002
  • Basquing in Glory


    Basquing in Glory

    Fermin Muguruza enunciates the tongue-twisting chorus of his perky ska/Latin/pop/rock hybrid "Hitza Har Dezagun" so clearly that you'd think his Brigadistak Sound System was intended as an instructional record in his native Basque language. If you're...

    by Todd Kristel on June 25, 2002
  • Article

    Jolly Good Bozos

    I never cared for Quiet Riot's Slade mimicry. The band always sounded too stiff and technologically American for a snob like me. Not enough of an evening of shepherd's pie with Noddy and the rugby hooligans in them. Though that explains, perhaps, why...

    by George Smith on June 25, 2002
  • Music



    He's Got More Channels The Museum of Television and Radio's five-part, three-month David Bowie retrospective, a veritable gift of sound + vision, pulls off an optical trick worthy of the great illusionist himself: nearly four decades spanned in ju...

    on June 25, 2002
  • Boogying to the Max - Naphtali, Gremo, and Tammen Send Noises Scurrying Through Space


    Boogying to the Max - Naphtali, Gremo, and Tammen Send Noises Scurrying Through Space

    Max/MSP is a world of its own. It's a software program, or set of programs, that hundreds of composers are using, to the extent that you can say many of them are Max composers, the way Chopin was a piano composer or Nancarrow a player-piano composer....

    on June 18, 2002
  • Music



    Buzz Bin The Hives swarmed into New York last Wednesday accompanied by the buzz of a music industry and public magically aligned. The five post-pubescent Swedes shivered and shook onstage at Bowery Ballroom like they were either bees or afflicted ...

    on June 18, 2002
  • Souled Out - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on Today’s Pop Gospel


    Souled Out - God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on Todays Pop Gospel

    A party ain't a party until somebody starts demanding to know what fool went and invited Puffy anyway. In that case, gospel music must be the party to crash right about now. Sean Combs and Jermaine Dupri were presenters at this year's Stellar Awards ...

    by Keith Harris on June 18, 2002
  • Tired, So Tired


    Tired, So Tired

    Of all the big-deal magazine reviews of Maladroitor, more accurately, reviews of the less than two-thirds of the album included on pre-release promosBlender's revealed the most, for this reason alone: Alongside the main piece ran a tiny sidebar lis...

    by Nick Catucci on June 18, 2002
  • This '70s Show


    This '70s Show

    Pals at the Institute for Advanced Study, working with a team of renegade SABRmetricians, have developed a model for calculating the top musical act of any given decade. Without going into the intricacies and trade secrets, the math stresses three ba...

    by Jane Dark on June 18, 2002
  • Gamma Gamma Hey


    Gamma Gamma Hey

    A Newsweek cover story last month branded them "Gamma Girls"the allegedly emerging social class of female teenagers who aren't meanies yet are unconcerned with being popular. They get good grades, play sports, and shun social deviancy in an effort t...

    by Marc Weisblott on June 18, 2002
  • Article

    Crash Into Me

    You can't spell "dumb" without DMB, but simplicity alone cannot account for the collegiate domination of the Dave Matthews Band. Boston wiseacre Don Lennon thinks their hegemony is inevitable; his new album, Downtown, starts off with a deadpan accoun...

    by Josh Goldfein on June 18, 2002
  • Article

    Pet Sounds Boy

    Linus of Hollywood's Let Yourself Be Happy is not a "new" album, inasmuch as it came out over a year ago. However, Let Yourself Be Happy wasn't even new the day it was released, inasmuch as it's designed to sound like something that's inherently 30 y...

    by Chuck Klosterman on June 18, 2002
  • Very Much Like a Death


    Very Much Like a Death

    On Monday, September 3, 2001, shortly after John Fort completed his second album, i, John, he and some friends from New York were in a swanky Houston hotel called the Lancaster having a party. They stayed up late eating french fries, drinking White ...

    by Touré on June 11, 2002
  • Article

    Fearless Game

    I disagree with those who feel that hip-hop is in stasis. (I should be in such stasis.) Maybe there's no particular direction for the music, but that's just because it has so much matter-of-fact variation and innovation that it's always moving in a l...

    by Frank Kogan on June 11, 2002
  • Article

    Dee Dee Ramone, 1952-2002

    The last time I spoke to Dee Dee Ramonein March, just before the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famehe reminded me of one of the first conversations we ever had. "We were talking about metaphors," he said with a laugh, recalli...

    by Billy Altman on June 11, 2002
  • Article

    Down and Alt

    Duty impels me to note that one of the alt-rock albums selected below retains a major-label connectionas does the alt-rock album toward the bottom of Honorable Mention now renowned for having lost one. Justice impels me to point out that the others ...

    by Robert Christgau on June 11, 2002
  • Music



    20/20 Visionaries After being housed in a church basement, a rehab center, and the Knitting Factory, the Vision Festivalnow in its seventh year and ranging over 16 nights and 60 performancesfound an appropriate home in a Lower East Side communit...

    on June 11, 2002
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