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Monday, December 18 2000

Best of 2000: David Fufkin

It was almost impossible to narrow this list to 10 recordings. My sincere congratulations to all of the artists listed here. The recognition is truly deserved.


Best of 2000: Cynthia Fuchs

Best Hip-hop Albums of 2000 Hip-hop endures. Whatever the hubbub, hip-hop simultaneously accommodates and alters the cultural landscape. While superstars appear on magazine covers and TV


Best of 2000: Barbara Flaska

1. Song: “Light Rain” by Geoff Muldaur, from Password (Hightone)The sexiest voice. Additionally, the best sustained use of steel brush on cymbals. “Light Rain” will


Best of 2000: Andy Argyrakis

The end of the year is the hardest time in a critic’s job because that means they have to agonize over each and every


Monday, November 6 2000

I Can Sing a Rainbow: Towards a Sensible Music

According to Coldplay, recently lofted bafflingly high in the UK charts, 'It was all yellow'. Quite what it was and how it came to be yellow are not specified, although several unsavoury suggestions come to mind by the time of the fourth hearing of this song (ingeniously entitled 'Yellow').


Saturday, September 2 2000

Notting Hill Carnival 2000

The last weekend of August has meant one thing and one thing only to Londoners for 36 years, the Notting Hill Carnival. This street party is


Wednesday, August 30 2000

She Just Takes Pictures

Roberta Bayley interview


Tuesday, July 4 2000

London: The Urban Plastic Utterance

Listening to Jamie, the lead singer of Hepburn, mangling the phrase 'Have you ever been down? / Deep deep down?' recently, you might have been forgiven for thinking that London has finally lost its privileged place in the geography of British music.


Tuesday, May 30 2000

My Jewel

 Jewel’s book for me shows true poetic meaning, the type that comes from right inside you, igniting your deeper fires, and bringing forward


Saturday, March 18 2000

South by Southwest 2000

One of the best things about SXSW is the way it mixes things up — musically — and brings things together, socially. People from various music-related vocations


Friday, March 17 2000

South by Southwest 2000

Last night, in a cold rain, with thunderclaps and lightening no match for the the wattage of the 100-plus bands playing in this amped-up conference-driven


Wednesday, March 15 2000

South by Southwest 2000

I'm betting that South by Southwest, "the most comprehensive music industry event of the year," will be as interesting, as complicated, as curious an event as it was the first time I went a few years ago.


Friday, March 10 2000

South by Southwest 2000

One of the interesting tensions at SXSW this year, being played out on today’s panel discussions is an old one. Patti Smith invoked it


Monday, February 7 2000

The Clash, From Here to Eternity

The Clash were fun and serious, smart and silly, and, yes, they were sincere, and most bands are not. In the end hearing the Clash play rock 'n' roll is thrilling because it is so unusual for someone to give a damn.


Monday, December 20 1999

Best of 1999: Sarah Zupko

1. Travis, The Man Who (Independiente, UK)Who know they had it in them? — a truly great, subtle album that digs its way slowly and almost


Best of 1999: Justin Stranzl

1. Beck, Midnite Vultures (DGC/Interscope)“Great party record,” “sexiest rock album since early Prince,” blah, blah, blah. Everyone keeps talking the album up, and while


Best of 1999: David Starkey

This was a good year to shuck off the armor of po-mo irony we all take for granted and re- embrace pure affect. Although serious


Best of 1999: Peter Solderitsch

I’m not a fan of the “Best of” terminology, because what’s “best” in my eyes probably isn’t “best” in yours. Plus, “best”


Best of 1999: Jimmy Smith

In no order, not even alphabetical. Beck, Midnite Vultures (Geffen)The Artist of the Decade makes a soul’n'blips record that both your doddering Uncle


Best of 1999: Sarah Sharpe

1. Gomez, Liquid Skin (Virgin)This album hooked me from the first listen, and I still smile with uncontrollable delight every time I push play and


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