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  • Clarify Your Dissent

    Article

    Clarify Your Dissent

    True story: In a hipster enclave of Carroll Gardens, two Ivy League-educated 23-year-old women, recently acquainted, are chatting amiably about nothing in particular. One of them happens to bring up an amusing workplace confrontation she'd had with a...

    by Jessica Winter on October 9, 2001
  • Timing Is Everything

    Article

    Timing Is Everything

    A few weeks ago, System of a Down were just another band of Armenian Americans from L.A., vaguely mining the scorched-earth theme of that city's dystopia, with a three-year-old near platinum debut to their credit. Following the music industry convent...

    by Greg Milner on October 9, 2001
  • The Uptowners Among Us - That Old-Time Complexity Is Good Enough

    Article

    The Uptowners Among Us - That Old-Time Complexity Is Good Enough

    I haven't written much about composers of a generation younger than mine, and I feel bad about it. I've sometimes gone to their concerts without writing about them, because I've had trouble explaining them to myself in a Downtown context. I'm petrifi...

    by Kyle Gann on October 9, 2001
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    The Out-of-Towners If ever we needed the drummer from the world's greatest rock and roll band, this would be the moment. Janet Weiss, of Sleater-Kinney, and her side project, Quasi, were at the Knitting Factory Friday night, and we hoped to banish...

    on October 9, 2001
  • Because I Got High

    Article

    Because I Got High

    It's always impossible to pin a date on these things, but somewhere in the time line of alternative rock, the scruffy set's preoccupation with guitar noise as an end itself (following the likes of Sonic Youth in the U.S. and Jesus and Mary Chain in t...

    by Scott Woods on October 9, 2001
  • Planet of the Apes

    Article

    Planet of the Apes

    "Who will save rock 'n' roll?" ask the Dictators, who've been trying hard for 25 years. Well, ladies and gentlemen, here's the answer: ZEN GUERRILLA. But don't take my word for it, cuz words are dry little lifeless approximations, refractions of the ...

    by Viva Las Vegas on October 2, 2001
  • Stand and Deliver

    Article

    Stand and Deliver

    I love Dead Moon: the preeminent rock band in the Pacific Northwest, where rock bands are as common as moss. But let's be safe, and call them the preeminent garage band in that region, since DM share some superficial characteristics with the garage i...

    by Tim Midgett on October 2, 2001
  • Article

    Strictly Solalian - Martial Solal Plays Everything All at Once

    Probably the worst label one can stick on a jazz musician is Intellectual, a nebulous term that almost always serves as a warning: You may be expected to do some workif you consider close listening work. The second most insidious label is Virtuoso, ...

    by Gary Giddins on October 2, 2001
  • Tori’s Got a Gun

    Article

    Toris Got a Gun

    The first girls who memorized every gasp and coo of Tori Amos must be getting on in age by now. Postadolescence isn't quite dotage, but in the nearly 10 years since Amos rose from the ashes of Kellogg's commercials and ill-fated quasi-hair-band escap...

    by Irin Carmon on October 2, 2001
  • The Anti-Bling Kings

    Article

    The Anti-Bling Kings

    Rap's a funny business, really. People will pay to experience as "entertainment" what in real life they'd run a mile from: bug-eyed sociopaths threatening cruel and unusual deaths, nouveau riche bores bragging about their income and expensive possess...

    by Simon Reynolds on October 2, 2001
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    'Til the Tears Run Dry "If you hear me crying by myself/sitting on the bed with the tears watering out/thinking about all the trouble I'm in. . . well I'm crying for the good times," belted out Craig Fox on Saturday at the Mercury Lounge, during t...

    on October 2, 2001
  • Article

    How Life Isnt Anymore

    It is difficult, in light of September 11, to consider Macy Gray with any degree of seriousness. She explicitly revels in Dionysian pleasures, and her mostly harmless sophomore release, The Id, appeared exactly a week after the terrorist attack on th...

    by James Hannaham on September 25, 2001
  • The Stockholm Syndrome

    Article

    The Stockholm Syndrome

    "I have discovered a mind-blowing world of music that nobody seems to know about," a pop manager of my acquaintance announced over his cell phone several years ago, running through LAX, "and it is named Sweden!" The long Backstreet/Britney/'N Sync mo...

    by James Hunter on September 25, 2001
  • Not That Innocent

    Article

    Not That Innocent

    Sometimes you just wanna have fun, and sometimes you fake it so real it is beyond fake. And sometimes they're the same thing. Stella Soleil and the Rondelles both sound like they're having lots of fun on their new records. Dirty Little Secret and Shi...

    by Amy Phillips on September 25, 2001
  • Intelligence Data

    Article

    Intelligence Data

    I'm not sorry for nothing I've done. I'm glad I fought, I only wish we'd won. Pretty wry for a spry guy, this Bob Dylan character. The codger's got plenty kick left in him yet. Feel like a fightin rooster, feel better than I ever felt, but the Penn...

    by Greg Tate on September 25, 2001
  • One-Hitter

    Article

    One-Hitter

    " 'Cause I got high, 'cause I got high, 'cause I got hi-igh, ya-da-da-da-dada!" If you haven't yet heard the yodeled refrain of Afroman's comic paean to the perils of puffing, the rock you live under must live under a rock. The song rolls with the fi...

    by Neil Drumming on September 25, 2001
  • Article

    Down But Not Out - Downtown Scene Not Diminished

    I'll never forget my first trip on the New York subway, in 1981. I saw a sign that referred to the WTC, and my mental screen froze. Why in the world, I thought, is there a notice in the subway for Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier? I would have had a hell...

    by Kyle Gann on September 25, 2001
  • Music

    Article

    Music

    Clubs Crawl The week of the World Trade Center disaster, nightclubs around the city were to be filled with artists ranging from White Stripes to Herbert to Richie Hawtin for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Instead, the stages were desolate and empt...

    on September 25, 2001
  • Looking for Better Than That - Figuring Out Who’s in Tune as the Smoke Clears

    Article

    Looking for Better Than That - Figuring Out Whos in Tune as the Smoke Clears

    Early Tuesday, September 11, conniving for a lead to begin this column, I fancied myself Diogenes in search of an honest singer, squinting through the light of my lamp and defeated by darkness time and again. A meager joke, but at 8:30 a.m., having l...

    by Gary Giddins on September 18, 2001
  • Article

    Ghost Dance - Its a Bomber, Its a Bomber, Its a Bomber

    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 had been postponed. "Nothing like profound tragedy to make our myopic punk rock world and scene squabble...

    by Robert Christgau on September 18, 2001
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