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Thursday, June 28 2001

The Naked Apes: An Interview with the Gorillaz

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.


Thursday, June 21 2001

Robert Johnson and the Art of Jimi Hendrix

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.


Wednesday, May 23 2001

Forever Older, Forever Wiser? Dylan Hits 60

Bob Dylan has resisted the fatal demons that came to haunt so many of his contemporaries. On May 24th, 2001, that giant of the Sixties reaches 60 himself.


Friday, May 11 2001

Recovering the Memory of Pop: Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’

Since 1997's 'OK Computer', Radiohead have been crafting a horrific vision of modern life in an age of technological global capitalism. Theirs has been the voice of the embattled idealist, desperately hanging on to the shards of authentic identity left to an individual in a world of money and commerce, corporations and conglomerates. The hell of 'Amnesiac' is the fear of becoming just another cog in the corporate machine.


Thursday, April 26 2001

Joey Ramone 1951-2001

To paraphrase Griel Marcus, punk takes on many forms, and exists in a multitude of moments. In the days After Joey, let us let this be.


(Your Name Here) Is a Punk Rocker: A Tribute to Joey Ramone

I love the Ramones -- I have for half my life. But what moved me most on hearing the news was my long-overdue realization that Joey Ramone was a hero to me. I generally avoid using autobiography as a way to comment upon culture, but I can't resist the impulse in this case. Joey's death made me realize how he, the Ramones, and punk rock, saved my life, not once but twice. I can't help but believe that he did the same for many others.


Wednesday, April 11 2001

No More Puff Daddy

But even if we can see that hiphop has survived even Puff Daddy, an obvious, if not exactly pressing, question remains: how did he ever sell so many records?


Thursday, March 29 2001

Interview with John Scofield

It's not exactly a Clark Kent-into-Superman kind of thing, but the way guitarist John Scofield can shift between straight ahead jazz and jam-band inspired funk is impressive.


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 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.


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


Monday, December 18 2000

Best of 2000: Sarah Zupko

1. Coldplay, Parachutes (Nettwerk America)I was all set to dislike this band as I spent this summer in London being inundated with endless pre-release Coldplay


Best of 2000: Ben Varkentine

Best new albums Michael Wolff, Impure Thoughts (Indianola Music Group)Pianist Wolff holds African tribal, funk, Indian drone, jazz and even a bit of the


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