Monday, October 7 2002
One of the most instantly recognizable voices in music is that of John Fogerty. A dirty and rough sound, filled with aggression, passion and loneliness,
Make a note of that label. In years to come collectors will go all gooey-eyed at its very mention. Only two years old, Khaeon has
First things first. Get the nutshell version of the review out of the way. Kona Town hail from Hawaii and have since relocated to California.
In 1972, Johnny Paycheck released what eventually became one of his best-known singles, “She’s All I Got”. An emblematic example of the countrypolitan sound, the
Three kids get together to form a rock band; two of them play guitar and one plays drums. They sit around listening to U2 and
If you’ve listened to the radio lately, your attention might have been aroused by a mysterious voice singing what seems to be more of
You might have expected the favourite album of a PopMatters writer like myself to be one of the classics by the usual suspects of the
If I was to list my five favorite cover songs of all time, The Gourds’ country hoe-down version of Snoop Dogg’s signature song “Gin
Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.
In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.
Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.
American Dreams recognizes an important point: rock and roll was deeply dependent on television in its early days. And that hasn't really changed.
Thursday, October 3 2002
[Banished words/phrases in this review: Bollywood, India/Pakistan conflict, “gang-bhangers”.] Double-headed drums dominate the two main strains of Indian-derived dance music floating around these
I’ve always been a diehard Squarepusher fan. Since his days of acid drum and bass, I’ve worshiped every note he’s played on
Andy Stochansky’s music never made it out of my scorched earth break-up. For the longest time, he inhabited the ruined space of everything that
Take some smart guys a la Weezer, mix in a little bit of The Cars, add in some organic elements of J. Geils Band, stir
Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most important figures in jazz, period. An innovative and original trumpet player, prolific composer, musical visionary, generous teacher and
Steve Earle has always been a guy who is never afraid to shoot his mouth off, and with 'Jerusalem', his timing is perfect, as his own razor-sharp words slice through the shallow slop of almost all 9-11-inspired music that has come out to date.
In spite of a long and successful career, not to mention the odd Grammy or two, it remains the case that Natalie Cole has never
How much more minimalism is possible before a band dissolves into nothing? C.O.C.O is frighteningly empty of personnel (Chris Sutton—who’s