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  • Stand and Deliver


    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
  • The Anti-Bling Kings


    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
  • Tori’s Got a Gun


    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
  • 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
  • Intelligence Data


    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



    " '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



    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
  • The Stockholm Syndrome


    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


    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
  • Looking for Better Than That - Figuring Out Who’s in Tune as the Smoke Clears


    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
  • Fade to Black - The End of Frivolity as We Know It


    Fade to Black - The End of Frivolity as We Know It

    I'm willing to bet, perhaps crassly, that a lot of current careers and genres were shredded as a result of last Tuesday. Some probably don't know it yet, but they're dead. It will take about half a year for the majors to sort out, but they're going t...

    by George Smith on September 18, 2001
  • Talking World War III Blues - A Hard Rain Starts to Fall


    Talking World War III Blues - A Hard Rain Starts to Fall

    One of the only records I've been able to stomach since 9-11 hit was released that very day. Bob Dylan's Love and DeathI mean Love and Theftbegins with the image of twins, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, throwing knives into a tree, and continues, "Tw...

    on September 18, 2001
  • Love the Sun, Lasso the Moon


    Love the Sun, Lasso the Moon

    On certain records, time stands so still you can hear a needle drop. It's permanently 1 a.m., the night is made of burnt-out dreams, and amnesia is just a sigh away. "Candy Says" fixes the slo-emo oblivion of the Velvet Underground with the halting g...

    by Howard Hampton on September 11, 2001
  • Learn to Forget


    Learn to Forget

    The Clean's response to the more-common-than-you'd-think musical conundrum "What becomes a Kiwi-rock legend most?" was to split up. First in 1982, barely a year after the landmark drone and clatter of the Boodle Boodle Boodle EP (citing fame fatigue...

    by Dennis Lim on September 11, 2001
  • Article

    Contort Yourself

    "Take me to the dancefloor, show me it's OK to dance," sings Red Monkey's bassist, Rachel Holborow, on "The Jazz Step Forwards (Shake It Down)." Normally I would consider this to be an encouraging sign for a band whose herky-jerky rhythms and radical...

    by Todd Kristel on September 11, 2001
  • Who?



    Let me provide a mnemonic device possibly useful as a touchstone in the coming analysis of Owls bandleader Tim Kinsella. Ready? OK: Kinsella holds his "id" at an "ironic distance." That is to say, Owls is a concept album about how interpersonal relat...

    by Nick Catucci on September 11, 2001
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