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  • Unidentified Fretted Object - David Beardsley Paints Moods Without Moving


    Unidentified Fretted Object - David Beardsley Paints Moods Without Moving

    The September 21 concert of David Beardsley was the most peculiar I've heard in a few years. In the first place it was held at Chama, a tiny storefront East Village bookstore devoted to UFOs and extraterrestrial phenomena. Secondly, 25 percent of the...

    by Kyle Gann on October 8, 2002
  • The Present Moment - Sonny Rollins at the Summit


    The Present Moment - Sonny Rollins at the Summit

    "Give yourself a gift," Marcus Aurelius advised, "the present moment." Aldous Huxley populated his island paradise Pala with parrots that fly around squawking, "Here and now, boys, here and now!" All the wise men agreethe key to a healthy life is al...

    by Gary Giddins on October 8, 2002
  • Licensed to Lil


    Licensed to Lil

    Our nation's MCs are shrinking at an alarming rate. Not the number of MCsI mean their actual stature. Check out the astounding quantity of miniature-monikered rappers that a quick search of the All Music Guide turns up14 "Little," 52 "Lil'," and, t...

    by Keith Harris on October 8, 2002
  • Article


    De Stijl Our Hearts The sun-soaked crowdmedia hipsters, hooky-players, Berliniamsburghers, viral-market targets, secretaries who loved Secretarywere makin' the scene with their coffee and cream last Tuesday noon in Union Square to hear the Wh...

    on October 8, 2002
  • Accidentally on Purpose


    Accidentally on Purpose

    Born in 1980 in Omaha, Nebraska, Conor Oberst has been recording since age 13, and has already released seven CDs documenting his prodigious lyricism, egregious pessimism, indiscriminate romanticism, and passionate belief that his self-inflicted dark...

    by Joe Levy on October 1, 2002
  • Article

    Emo Pluribus Unum

    Today, the guys complain about the girls, the girls complain about themselves, and everybody complains about their parents and YOOOUUUU!!!!! The only big hit rock song to take a political bent in recent months was Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American," ...

    by Anthony Miccio on October 1, 2002
  • What the Geezer Saw


    What the Geezer Saw

    If you think New York makes you stressy, just listen to Thomas Jefferson, from his Notes on the State of Virginia: "The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of the government as sores do to the strength of the human body. . . . Let ou...

    by Sasha Frere-Jones on October 1, 2002
  • Nice Nice Guys Finish Last


    Nice Nice Guys Finish Last

    At the beginning of 1995, City Pages, the Minneapolis-St. Paul weekly not yet affiliated with the Voice, held a mini-version of Pazz & Jop with all local critics, and I will never forget the top two albums. The winner was Hole's Live Through Thisno ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on October 1, 2002
  • Article

    Simple Things First - New Discs From Out West by Peter Garland and Terry Riley

    I Have Had to Learn the Simplest Things Last is the title of a recent Peter Garland work. It's a great title, but it strikes me that Garland learned the simplest things earlier than most people do. At least Garland's music has always been simple, in ...

    on September 24, 2002
  • Lionel Hampton, 19082002 - After 75 Years Onstage, a Well-Earned Rest


    Lionel Hampton, 19082002 - After 75 Years Onstage, a Well-Earned Rest

    Putting aside the probability that in the fullness of time every musician, from Palestrina to Perry Como, will be looked upon as a precursor of rock and roll, in the instance of Lionel Hampton the claim has much validityindeed, it's surprising to di...

    by Gary Giddins on September 24, 2002
  • Goin' Out Walkin'


    Goin' Out Walkin'

    Soon as I saw the video of "Long Time Gone," debut single from the new Dixie Chicks album, Home, I knew there was gonna be trouble, and not necessarily as cute as the usual D.C. trubble (re: fried green tomatoes, served with Thelma & Louise's picnic-...

    by Don Allred on September 24, 2002
  • Irony is Hell


    Irony is Hell

    I'm just a writer of simple record reviews. I read The New York Times, but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference between the Hives and the Vines. Actually, my reviews aren't simple, and even if they were I'd have to make them appear complicated,...

    by Frank Kogan on September 24, 2002
  • Music



    Hey, the Mekons Are in Town "You know where Mitch is," sneered Sally Timms at Maxwell's on Friday, after a catcall for the Mekons' trickster roadie. (Mitch's visa was lost in the Court of St. James's.) "You were all at the show last night." Onl...

    on September 24, 2002
  • Hung With Guitar String


    Hung With Guitar String

    A sea change, the dictionary says, is a "notable or unexpected transformation." History's best-known sea change is described in song by the captive sprite Ariel in The Tempest, who gives the term connotations of death by drowning and calcification. I...

    by James Hannaham on September 17, 2002
  • Not Your Superwoman


    Not Your Superwoman

    "Taco Day," rapper Jean Grae's Columbine-inspired fantasy, from ex-Company Flow DJ Mr. Len's 2001 solo album, Pity the Fool, would have made her nametaken after the mutant Marvel Comics X-Men telepath and telekinete'sone worth remembering, even if ...

    by Harry Allen on September 17, 2002
  • Article

    Blood Feast Party Tonight

    The Avengers never amassed a large discography, so it's nice that New York Rel-X are willing to do the extra work for them. In addition to citing the pioneering West Coast band as a major influence on their own sing-along anthems of disaffection, the...

    by Todd Kristel on September 17, 2002
  • Article

    New Shapes and Colors

    The charm and potential doom of Coldplay is singer Chris Martin's great, sorry voice that's always trying to embrace its own nature. He has plain eyes and Eskimo-carved cheekbones. "God gave me style and gave me grace," he sings now. He moans. He smi...

    by Emma Pearse on September 17, 2002
  • Article

    Single Grilling Steady

    "Feelings that I can't describe/And never will be reconciled/Oh, something inside has died," sighs Ash's Tim Wheeler at the conclusion of "Burn Baby Burn." He's summing up every lousy emotion as an affair recklessly reaches a mutually ruinous conclus...

    by Barry Walters on September 17, 2002
  • Attack of the Chickenshits - Steve Earle Practices Rock and Roll Leftism for Its Own Sweet Sake


    Attack of the Chickenshits - Steve Earle Practices Rock and Roll Leftism for Its Own Sweet Sake

    Extry, extry: "Nashville Ex-Junkie Makes Nice to Traitor, Is Picked On by Nashville Talk Show Host!" That's what I call dog bites man. And also what I call great hype. I don't think Steve Earle wrote "John Walker's Blues" as a publicity stunt. I thin...

    by Robert Christgau on September 17, 2002
  • Music



    Alone Together Imagine a nightclub not clouded by cigarette smoke, a club with room to dance, where the music is never loud or painful. New media group Eyebeam created this idyllic environment last Saturday at 540 West 21st Street as part of the...

    on September 17, 2002
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