Sunday, November 24 2002
Sometimes you need to hear something different. In a world overpopulated with soundalike bands that refuse to make any demands on a listener, and radio
Bellingham, Washington, may not initially seem the type of place one would associate with being a hotbed of indie-pop. Twenty minutes south of the Canadian
In 1996 there was a band called The Delta 72 who released a little known album The R&B of Membership on Touch & Go Records.
Thursday, November 7 2002
For all the talk about the “New York scene” these days, the truth is that there are actually many scenes going on all at the
The Dating Game, Quango Style I’m sitting in my chair with four new Quango comps before me. I know I have to choose one
And if Skinner isn’t an innovator, he is at least one of the most endearing musical personalities to come along in many years: he’s tough but vulnerable, slangy but somehow correct, down with the homeys but strangely removed from it all.
The memory is still quite vivid—I was the last one in the prom night limo, traveling across Queen Blvd. en route to the bridge
When you’re hot, you’re hot. After swimming in commercial mediocrity for years, Nas continues to ride the wave of success generated by a
By the time Thelonious Monk appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1964, anointed as the cool weird slightly scary jazzbo that it was okay
It’s been a great year for San Francisco’s Naked Music. Actually, every year in the house label’s scant four-year existence has been
The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? —Pablo Casals Recorded in a digital studio
Charles Lloyd was booked to play at The Blue Note in New York City during the week of September 11. Though his performances were postponed until
Jonathan looks at me sincerely, waiting for my answer. A friend’s band will be opening for Imperial Teen, and we talk about how much
Most prominent among Ikara Colt’s influences are Sonic Youth and Joy Division. Couple that druggy, growling aesthetic with the vim and vigor of a
Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge that it’s just not cool to like the Gin Blossoms. They were one of those bands
Fairport Convention, as it existed in the mid-to-late ‘60s, may be the best folk-rock band you’ve never heard of. This is especially true if
If there has been a more mellow, melodic and downright charming jazz release in 2002 than Grace, could someone please forward it to me directly? I
If you like your blues raw and a little bit ragged, Fat Possum is a label to explore. On this record in particular you won’
'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.
We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.