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Friday, September 28 2001

Adventures in Dust: A Journal of the 2001 Burning Man Festival

What follows is less a review than a personal narrative. Maybe a journalistic recap of Burning Man is possible, but to me it misses the point. It's a participatory event, and everyone's experience of it is extremely different.


Thursday, September 27 2001

Tears, Fears, and Mariah Carey

A Tribute to Heroes', why I was glad to see that she looked less frazzled than I expected.


Friday, September 21 2001

Eddie Kramer Reminisces about the American Chap with the Big Hair

He crawled out from under the avalanche of Hendrix tapes he is continually working with to chat with PopMatters about the latest Jimi Hendrix release, 'Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection'.


Monday, September 10 2001

It goes on and on and on

Criticism is product too, absorbed and deployed by the machine, as a sign of genius and innovation (like Cobain or Biggie Smalls), and also as a product to be sold, to be sucked back into the ever-envelope-pushing machine. Aaliyah is part of it, yes.


Thursday, September 6 2001

Genius of Cool: Dan Hicks and the Post-Ego Trip

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


The Dan Hicks Interview

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


Tuesday, July 10 2001

Is There a Gangsta Double Standard?

-- 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.'


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.


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