Monday, October 8 2001
Hip-hop has been mistaken for many things and it is unlikely that hip-hop, even in its most commercial forms, has ever been mistaken for “smooooove”
Here we are again. Downtempo time. Trip hop as it was once known. Dubby beats, B movie dialogue, Old School scratching, synthesized soundscapes, a little
Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong?
As far as world music goes, Germany never gets a fair hearing, does it? All of my acquaintances who dig “world music” gush relentlessly about,
It’s no secret that Moonshine Records has long been a label to look toward for cutting edge techno and electronica albums and DJ mixes.
Completely without vocals, The Timeout Drawer finds ways to make its variety of instruments and synthesizers speak. In this abstract world, The Timeout Drawer is
The silver jubilee of punk has recently prompted PopMatters to put together an excellent collection of essays on punk rock in its various guises during
Musical talent must run thickly through the veins of the Rene siblings. Gabriel and Gina Rene, along with Andy Caldwell and turntablist Mei-Lwun Yee, form
Neither Eminem nor Bubba Sparxxx actually raise that many real questions -- except about the importance of image and marketing in what is supposed to the form that represents the authentic voice of Now.
Ah, Sweden. Home of high taxes, red candy fish, universal healthcare, Bergman, and heavy drinking. Every year my high school would host two Swedish students—
First, I’d like to devote a little time to talking about schizophrenia. There are those who toss the word around often, especially those whachamacalit
Manchester is the Madonna of music towns—brilliant, mercurial, by turns trend-chasing and trend-setting, but always managing to come up with something startling and relevant
If it weren’t for their largely clean-cut image, the Rembrandts would make a good subject for a movie. Their career has progressed as if
If you missed this one last fall, you still have time to catch up with one of the best blues records of 2001. A 17-track “blues
For 25-plus years now, Jonathan Richman has been expressing love through his songs. He’s in love with people, places and things, with smells, sights
The extent to which you will enjoy this album depends in great part on your reaction to writing such as this selection from the liner
Thank goodness for the double wonders of Stephen Duffy’s midlife crisis and his creative procrastination. Much has happened since 1999 and the critically acclaimed Lilac
The very idea of threading Christian messages into pop music that we’re free to buy or ignore still bugs enough believers and non-believers to
Here’s my best case against the pompous crust that is known as Radiohead. I ask myself from time to time if people would actually
In the post-Celine Dion universe, women with big, booming voices tend to be viewed with suspicion. It’s like how no one wants to wear