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Monday, December 20 1999

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

Best of 1999: Scott Sepich

1. Blur, 13 (Virgin)A lot of people really didn’t like this record. I’m obviously not one of them. Blur gets better and better with

Best of 1999: Steve Lichtenstein

1. Ben Folds Five, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold MessnerI think I could listen to “Army” every day, all day on a continuous loop. That being

Best of 1999: Brad Engler

1. Tom Waits, Mule VariationsEvery song just hits the nail directly on the head. The songs are instrumentally sparse yet always feel full of complexity. The

Best of 1999: Chris Angotti

1.  Outrageous Cherry, Out There in the Dark (Del-Fi)2.  Old 97’s, Fight Songs (Elektra)3.  Imperial Teen, What Is Not to

Friday, November 19 1999

Fighting the Hand that Feeds You (If the Body Wears a Microsoft Shirt)

In a Western setting, it seems that a central aspect of being a fan of someone or something always means being hungry for more of the same — it is not enough simply to be satisfied with what's already out there, and what originally made the fan become a fan, but there is a nearly unstillable hunger for continuous reaffirmation of one's reasons for being a fan, through new product.

Sunday, January 1 1995

The Cut-Out Bin #7

Stan Ridgway's neo-noir Western, the heightened contradictions of 10cc, and Claudine Longet, the best of the broken-English chanteuses.

The Cut-Out Bin #6

This month, Conor Oberst's philosophical investigations, how Too Much Joy was cursed with comedy, and a humble offering from Styx's Dennis DeYoung.

The Cut-Out Bin #5

George Michael demands the impossible with Listen Without Prejudice, John Phillips's mid-'70s muse, and sweet suffocation from the Carpenters.

The Cut-Out Bin #4

Raunchy Minnesota country punk from Tulip Sweet, the Psychedelic Furs late-career resurrection, and why Dexy's Midnight Runners should not be seen as one-hit wonders.

The Cut-Out Bin #3

Fin-de-siècle paranoia from Archers of Loaf, Loverboy's mall-friendly poodle rock and Roger Waters's vision of how Live Aid may have prevented nuclear annihilation.

The Cut-Out Bin #2

Holly Beth Vincent, bluesy belter Genya Ravan, and the sublime idiocy of The Lost Boys soundtrack.

The Cut-Out Bin #1

post-Bunnymen guitar pop by the Wild Swans, the quintessentially quirky Canadian songwriter Jane Siberry, and soft-rock sleaze from ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch.

Unito Nella Diversità: A Chat with Zucchero

'The blues is the blues; the soul is everywhere.' Italian blues legend, Zucchero, is bringing his music to the masses, courtesy of Starbucks and an all-star line-up fit for a King.

An Encounter with Tropicalia’s Trickster: The Tom Zé Interview

Under a pragmatist's influence, Zé says occasionally explicable things.

If It’s Good Music, It’s Good Music: An Interview with DJ Z-Trip

He's not just that DJ that mashes up rock, and now Z-Trip explains how he shifted gears.

Interview with Doug Yule

Doug Yule, a musician of simplistic yet authentic precision, talks to PopMatters about how sees his time in The Velvet Underground as just another part of his life.

On the Radio in Serbia: An Interview with Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart

The Songwriter Surprises Us By Not Freaking Out the Squares.

I Can’t Wait to Watch You Get Older: An Interview with Xiu Xiu

Our society assumes that musicians want to maintain their celebrity for infinity, and are constantly working to keep their place in the limelight. For Xiu Xiu, the recent surge in popularity has Jamie Stewart making big plans...for grad school. Is a break-up in the works?

Quit Your Day Jobs: An Interview with the Wrens

At this point, the Wrens' backstory - major label woes, six years without and album and all - has become something of a legend in indie rock circuits. But what's less discussed is what it takes to survive a half-decade plus hiatus - and apparently, the answer is a white collar career. PopMatters investigates.

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