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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


Best of 2000: David Starkey

1. Rancid, Rancid (Hellcat)The first couple of listens are misleading. It sounds as though Rancid has abandoned the quest for irresistible hardcare hooks that made


Best of 2000: Geoff Stahl

1. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (Matador)So this has to be their masterpiece. A longtime coming, but what buildup. A


Best of 2000: John Schietinger

1. Richard Ashcroft, Alone with Everybody (Virgin)Ashcroft’s work with The Verve solidified him as the single best songwriter of the 1990s; Alone with Everybody


Best of 2000: Patrick Schabe

As a staunch defender of mainstream pop, the year 2000 wasn’t a great year for music. It’s almost as if all the big names


Best of 2000: Devon Powers

For a music whore like myself, even a good album can be a little like a one night stand. There’s that lovely moment of


Best of 2000: Tony Peregrin

1. Richard Ashcroft, Alone with Everybody (Virgin)Most of Aschroft’s solo album functions as a morose lullaby, meaning that this is the kind of record


Best of 2000: Mike Pace

(in alphabetical order) 1. DJ Assault, Off the Chain for the Y2K (Intuit-Solar Recordings)I haven’t even heard this double album, but the man’


Best of 2000: Kevin Oliver

1. Slaid Cleaves, Broke Down (Rounder)A singer-songwriter with a folkie flair for the story song and simple, memorable tunes. A stunning album, full of the


Best of 2000: Wilson Neate

1. Primal Scream, Exterminator [XTRMNTR] (Astralwerks)Writing in another venue back in February, I went out on a limb and claimed that Primal Scream had already


Best of 2000: Eden Miller

1. No Doubt, Return of Saturn (Interscope)Who would have thought that songs about the desire for marriage and family could be so exciting? With equal


Best of 2000: Kembrew McLeod

1. Outkast, Stankonia (LaFace/Arista)Imagine if Sun Ra collaborated with 2 Live Crew or if Afrika Bambaataa and Chuck D had a threesome with Pauly Shore,


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