Monday, December 18 2000
My phone never rings. On the rare occasion, I make sure to grumble with a guttural: “yeah.” I want the caller to think that I’
1. Q and Not U, No Kill No Beep Beep (Dischord)Born and bread in Washington DC and proof that rock music can be both inventive
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 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
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
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
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
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
Roberta Bayley interview
Tuesday, July 4 2000
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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”