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”
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.