Monday, July 30 2001
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Tuesday, July 10 2001
-- I personally have no problem saying that 'The Sopranos' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP' are masterpieces. I am simply waiting (maybe in vain) for media critics to acknowledge the creative genius of Black rap 'gangstas.'
Here is what Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, says about rappers: “I like to use MCs as another layer of music. You don’t have to get the heavy load of what an MC’s saying that might piss you off, some sort of bullshit you don’t wanna hear about.”
Monday, July 9 2001
Not only is the question of 'What 'is' Americana?' open to debate, but so is the very 'Americana' label itself. After all, the genre has a variety of colorful monikers: 'Insurgent Country', 'No Depression', 'Cowpunk', and 'Alternative Country' -- probably the most well known -- to name a few.
I can't imagine what made David Gray change his style. Perhaps there was some personal tragedy or triumph. Maybe it was the frustration of trying to break through, or maybe it was an electrical life-changing charge that went through him on hearing some new piece of music. Whatever it was, Gray stands poised to make some quality, affecting pop in the years to come.
Sunday, July 8 2001
In the second of our summer reading lists, Mark Dionne recommends three books -- 'One is a postmodern thriller, one is a dystopian science fiction masterpiece and one is the story of a closeted Irish lesbian mourning the death of her partner' -- that he simply cannot believe more people haven't read.
Friday, July 6 2001
Tuesday, July 3 2001
The first thing that separates the White Stripes from the redundant, boring wank that passes for adventurous music these days is that the White Stripes can actually, you know, rock.
Monday, July 2 2001
is one of the more compelling performers in contemporary country, a musical landscape cluttered with well dressed divas (and sometimes their husbands), Hat Acts, and an unsettling new interest in 'boy bands'.
Saturday, June 30 2001
G. Love threatened to take James Brown's title for Hardest Working Man in Show Business away from him recently -- at least for the night he was playing Park City.
Friday, June 29 2001
. They eschew attention, yet they're media darlings. Reactions to their recent recordings are anything but lukewarm, yet they refuse to explain themselves. They transform studio-centric creations into live songs that are both towering and incandescent, yet they tour infrequently.
Thursday, June 28 2001
Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn's (Blur) idea for a thoroughly manufactured, animated and performing (in the classic sense) antidotal pop group has now bubbled up through the mucky soup of today's mediocre pop landscape and staked out its own pristine territory.
Wednesday, June 27 2001
Tuesday, June 26 2001
the dubious distinction of 'supergroup'. Yet they're all still anonymous enough that you don't get the pretension that is usually attached to anything 'super'.
Monday, June 25 2001
Mountain Soul is not a career-revival strategy but a homecoming for Patty Loveless.
Sunday, June 24 2001
Thursday, June 21 2001
In his attempt to reconcile his blues heritage with his pioneering psychedelic rock, Hendrix created an unbelievable recording that defies any categorization. Like Johnson, his accomplishment was singular.
Martino, whose career stretches right back to supplying rock ‘n’ roll licks for the likes of Chubby Checker and Bobby Darin, first made his mark playing with some of the ‘60s’ best known organ combos. Even the most nostalgically inclined will have to admit that this current line-up is the equal to any of them. But remember—PLAY IT LOUD.