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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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means being hungry for more of the same it is not enough simply to be satisfied with what's already out there, and what originally made the fan become a fan, but there is a nearly unstillable hunger for continuous reaffirmation of one's reasons for being a fan, through new product.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
Stan Ridgway's neo-noir Western, the heightened contradictions of 10cc, and Claudine Longet, the best of the broken-English chanteuses.
This month, Conor Oberst's philosophical investigations, how Too Much Joy was cursed with comedy, and a humble offering from Styx's Dennis DeYoung.
George Michael demands the impossible with Listen Without Prejudice, John Phillips's mid-'70s muse, and sweet suffocation from the Carpenters.
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.
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.
Holly Beth Vincent, bluesy belter Genya Ravan, and the sublime idiocy of The Lost Boys soundtrack.
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.