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Thursday, March 1 2001

Slim Shady, Network Engineer

People have attempted to argue the point that the music of Eminem or any other such rapper is no worse than the music of my youth, the Alice Cooper's or the Clash. Bullshit.


Defending Eminem: Or, Steely Dan Ain’t Nothin’ to Mess With

By sweeping the rap categories but losing the big one, Eminem stays inside his own territory, throwing smart bombs against the cement wall that separates youth culture from the grown-up mainstream. And that is perfectly fine with me.


Tish and Snooky’s Manic Panic

Tish and Snooky are the Bronx-bred sisters who have been making the world more colorful with Manic Panic cosmetics for nearly twenty-five years. Although they started out with just a few hundred dollars and a single shop in New York City, today the sisters are at the helm of a thriving worldwide wholesale business.


Curious (Boy) George

But the kind of political field that I want to go for is the kind that empowers the listener and empowers the receiver of the communication. I think in punk rock there is too much bizarre hero worship stuff. And this is folk music. We all do this together in a community and it doesn't have stars and it doesn't have celebrities.


Wednesday, February 28 2001

    Mannix: Come to California


Monday, February 26 2001

Doves

don't yet think of themselves as proper English rockstars.


    Jacky Terrasson: A Paris


Friday, February 23 2001

Doves

' rather alluring set of films was projected on the screen behind the stage as the foursome (the trio is touring with a keyboardist) swaggered on stage cigarettes alight.


Thursday, February 22 2001

And the Winner Is—Everybody!

This year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will present a whopping 100 awards, of which only a handful will be presented during the live telecast. The rest will be presented off-camera before the telecast begins.


Monday, February 19 2001

Leonard Cohen: Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979

In the absence of any new material, Field Commander Cohen is a welcome reminder not only of Leonard Cohen’s genius as a songwriter but also of his abilities in concert.


Annie Hayden: The Rub


Boy George: Essential Mix


Thursday, February 15 2001

Mojave 3 / Sid Hillman Quartet

Mojave 3 have evolved considerably since their previous incarnation as Slowdive, the shoe- and navel-gazing darlings of the pre-Britpop early 1990s.


Tuesday, February 13 2001

Ten Modest Proposals

I'd like to point out that had this election not involved many large and cumbersome piles of punch-cards that the media insist on calling "votes," the process would have gone much more smoothly, quickly, and efficiently.


Thursday, February 8 2001

Q and not U is the way that DC is Getting Down

But the kind of political field that I want to go for is the kind that empowers the listener and empowers the receiver of the communication. I think in punk rock there is too much bizarre hero worship stuff. And this is folk music. We all do this together in a community and it doesn't have stars and it doesn't have celebrities.


Monday, February 5 2001

    Tram: Frequently Asked Questions


Those Peabodys: self-titled


Monday, January 29 2001

Bill Frisell: Blues Dream


Wednesday, January 24 2001

    Tagging Satellites: Abstract Confessions


An Interview with Jello Biafra

For years, Saturnine has been entertaining crowds on the indie circuit.


Monday, January 22 2001

    Various Artists: Turbo’s Tunes


Gossip: That’s Not What I Heard

The Gossip take a fast-and-furious approach to the blues, and will knock you off your feet before you realize what’s going on.


Flux Information Sciences: Private/Public


Calla: Scavengers

There’s something wonderfully cinematic about Scavengers. It conjures up images of a heavily smoky, barely lit bar in the lost reaches of some Southwestern desert.


Wednesday, January 17 2001

    Solid for Sixty: The Secret of Magnets


Monday, January 15 2001

Shipping News: Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company


Pan sonic: Aaltopiiri

Aaltopiiri carries on, mixing light and dark, warm and cold; sounds so minimalist that they are on the brink of disappearance and so catchy that a house DJ would be remiss not to sample them.


Hamid El Gnawi: Saha Koyo


Sunday, January 14 2001

Chewy Marble: Bowl of Surreal


Monday, January 8 2001

    St. Christopher: Golden Blue


Mediations of Japan: The O-N Series

ReDotPop -- The O-N Series.


Top Ten Films of 2000


Best Media Matters of 2000


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