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Monday, October 9 2000

    Afu-Ra: Body of the Life Force

Martial arts references in hip-hop music are abundant. Part of the brilliance of Jim Jarmusch’s recent film Ghost Dog was the awareness it had


Sunday, October 8 2000

90 Day Men: (It Is It) Critical Band

I don’t know what it is about people drawing upon bands of the past that never really made it out of DC. There has


Big Ass Truck: Who Let You In Here?

With the increasing genre-fication of mainstream radio into ever-smaller stylistic neighborhoods, is there room for a band like Big Ass Truck? The Memphis, Tennessee combo’


Wednesday, October 4 2000

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-fonics: Rhythm Rhyme and Truth

With a name like Deke Dickerson, only three vocational options exists: Air Force test pilot, high school girls’ basketball coach, or roots rocker. Given that


Tuesday, October 3 2000

Elastica

I went with my friend Shannon, who almost didn’t get in. We were both lax in terms of buying our tickets, and it seemed


Radiohead: Kid A

Kid A forces its patrons to submerge themselves into the wiles of noise, to work for melody and signifieds, to seek within and find something that wants, needs, and is able to understand.


Green Day: Warning

Real old school punks know that punk is about following your own path, and that’s just what Green Day are doing.


Blonde Redhead: Melodie Citronique

Although Melodie Citronique isn’t the best starting point for the Blonde Redhead virgin, the fact remains that it’s a far better return on your money than the glut of formulaic discs currently playing pied piper to the wallets of American consumers.


Monday, October 2 2000

Robbie Williams: Sing When You’re Winning

If Robbie Williams knows one thing, it’s that he’s a star. As a former member of Take That, the British answer to New


    Wobbleshop: Bittergreen

People make music for all sorts of reasons: to make a personal statement, to make a name for themselves, to express themselves artistically, to make


Versus: Hurrah

For this reason, they’ve long been an underappreciated force in indie rock. What they do is subtle enough that they’re sometimes easily overlooked


Scarface: Last of a Dying Breed

Scarface has always scared the shit out of me, particularly in the video for the Geto Boys’ classic, “Mind’s Playin’ Tricks on Me,” and


Angus Maclaurin: Glass Music

Glass Music is possibly the most apt title I’ve ever heard, and it’s also one of the simplest. No, this isn’t a


The Movielife: This Time Next Year

The modern hardcore pantheon has always felt fragmented, at least to a relative outsider like myself. The New York hardcore kids listen to their stuff,


    The Lassie Foundation: Pacifico

Pop rock and roll somewhere between Heroes-era Bowie and The Flame-era Cheap Trick, The Lassie Foundation lay layered vocals over pools of guitars for an


King Black Acid: Loves a Long Song

Over the last 10 years, somehow Eddie Vedder’s seriousness spawned a legion of “alterna-rock” singers who sound like every word they speak is the most


Joan of Arc: The Gap

The art of aviation has always fascinated me. Here we are, earth bound creatures, with out the ability to propel our selves into the air


Guru: Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul

As one-half of the legendary Gang Starr, Guru has been working to maintain the lifeblood of hip-hop for over a decade. His “side project,” the


Don Caballero: American Don

Don Caballero, a Pittsburgh quartet with a history of interesting avant-rock records, is an instrumental band—no vocals. In that, they have plenty of company


Creeper Lagoon: Watering Ghost Garden

It’s pretty hard not to like the depressing, yet poppy, guitar-driven songs of Creeper Lagoon. In fact, even without creating what might be thought


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