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Friday, March 16 2001

South by Southwest 2001

What do folks want most when they arrive for SXSW? The Big Bag. What's in it? Free CDs, mags, food, pens, lighters, CD openers, a flashlight, discount coupons, schedules of events.


Thursday, March 15 2001

An Interview with coco b’s basement songs

In this interview we discuss the EP, future projects, and why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the big Okie Dokie are so important.


Wednesday, March 14 2001

South by Southwest 2001

At the moment, there might 5,000 of the promised 15,000 participants from the music, film and Internet industries here. Most will arrive tomorrow when the music festival begins with the Austin Music Awards: Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, James Cotton, and others will be playing.


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.


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.


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.


Wednesday, January 24 2001

An Interview with Jello Biafra

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


Friday, December 29 2000

The Hann Family’s Hotly Disputed Christmas 2000 Top Ten Movies

Christmas Dinner ended at about 8:45pm—the Moet Chandon Brut Imperial is drained and talk turns to the best films of 2000. It is a short


The Best of the Worst: Top Ten Cult Reissues

Okay, so 2000 has been a pretty crappy year for movies. Lots of people I talk to are having a tough time coming up with a


Top Films and Television of 2000

Top Films and Television of 2000 Ordering this list was in some ways even more difficult than the one I made for PopMatters on music, and


Top Ten Films of 2000

Top Ten Films of 2000 In the order in which I have arranged them: 1. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier)The movie made me cry,


Best Media Matters of 2000

Best Media Matters of 2000 In a year without a mindblowingly original film like Being John Malkovich or a pop music epic like the Magnetic Field’


Top Ten Underrated TV Actors

Ah, ‘tis the season. Christmas trees and menorahs are household decorations, Dick Clark is emceeing his 93rd Annual New Year’s Eve Bash, and critics


Best Surprises of 2000

Best Surprises of 2000 Bad media are rarely startling. Good movies, videos, or TV shows, however, are often revelations—or at least pleasant surprises. Most of


These Precious Rantables: Nine Damned Annoying Pop Phenomena of 2000 (And One Joyful Event)

These Precious Rantables: Nine Damned Annoying Pop Phenomena of 2000 (And One Joyful Event) Far and away the best thing about writing for a pop culture


Sunday, December 24 2000

The One and Only Girl For Me Kirsty MacColl 1959-2000

In 1991, I was 20 and living in East Palo Alto, California. East Palo Alto is, for lack of a better word, a “ghetto” neighborhood made all


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