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2000 Stories by John Floyd

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  • Ornette Coleman

    published December 28, 2000

    Ornette Coleman is the kind of artist trad-jazz idiots like Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Crouch, and the editors of The Penguin Guide to Jazz... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 30, 2000

    Like a zombie in a shopping mall, impervious to the bullets fired at its heart by the desperate and weary, the tribute album continues to stomp... More >>

  • Brian Wilson

    published November 16, 2000

    Watch any fairly recent interview clips with Brian Wilson, and you're faced with a very good example of therapy gone horribly forever wrong. A... More >>

  • Richard Buckner

    published October 12, 2000

    It's seldom a good thing when songwriters decide to indulge their literary pretensions and try to set the great American novel to music. For every... More >>

  • Three-Minute Hero

    published September 14, 2000

    Deceptively simple, inherently romantic, and by its very nature obsessed with the past, power pop is a hard thing for most artists to get right.... More >>

  • The Waco Brothers

    published September 14, 2000

    His full-time band the Mekons haven't made a decent album in damn near a decade, but Jon Langford's punked-out country group the Waco Brothers... More >>

  • Billy Bragg & Wilco

    published August 24, 2000

    Give or take an occasional oddity, such as For a Few Dollars More or The Godfather, Part II, sequels seldom work as well as their... More >>

  • Sugar, Sugar

    published August 17, 2000

    The first time I ever heard the Sugar Hill Gang's “Rapper's Delight,” it was introduced on a Memphis R&B radio station by a disc jockey w... More >>

  • T-Model Ford/Robert Belfour

    published August 3, 2000

    The scope and depth of north Mississippi blues are amply documented on the latest releases by the Oxford-based Fat Possum label, the highly touted... More >>

  • Archers of Loaf

    published July 13, 2000

    Alternately dissonant and melodic, cacophonous yet inarguably tuneful, Chapel Hill's Archers of Loaf were one of the greatest guitar bands to... More >>

  • George Jones

    published June 29, 2000

    Among the most enduring and wrong-headed myths surrounding the Seventies work of country legend George Jones is that his producer at the time,... More >>

  • Farewell to the Mambo King

    published June 15, 2000

    My first exposure to the music of Tito Puente came, as I'm sure most gringos would admit, via Carlos Santana. "Oye Como Va," the massive hit... More >>

  • Alvin Youngblood Hart

    published June 15, 2000

    From the opening blast of distorted electric guitar that kicks off Start with the Soul, Alvin Youngblood Hart both distances himself from... More >>

  • Devo

    published June 8, 2000

    Its ideology was patently stupid and misanthropic, its cartoon gimmickry was just silly, and its eventual embrace of synthesizers produced some of... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published June 1, 2000

    At a time when most indie labels have either lost their artistic punch, aligned with the majors, or simply folded, Chicago's Bloodshot Records has... More >>

  • MC5

    published May 25, 2000

    From its affiliation with the White Panther Party to its political platform that called for "Rock and Roll, Dope, and Fucking in the Streets,"... More >>

  • Got Those Cowpunk Blues Again

    published May 18, 2000

    A man is alone and drunk, stumbling around the emotional prison that is his bedroom, his heart completely shattered. Another man is haunted by the... More >>

  • Kelly Hogan

    published April 27, 2000

    There's something gracefully modest about the ten-year career of Kelly Hogan, a postpunk diva from Atlanta whose mastery of songcraft is rivaled... More >>

  • Monkey Time

    published April 13, 2000

    There is a compilation disc of Miami-based bands that frequented Churchill's Hideaway, the Little Haiti haunt that has been a long-standing haven... More >>

  • Robbie Fulks

    published March 30, 2000

    Robbie Fulks is the rarest of pop-music commodities: a wiseass singer/songwriter who's actually funny. Over the course of four longplayers, Fulks... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published March 23, 2000

    Despite the intensity of its rabid cult following and the countless hits it produced in the Fifties and Sixties, doo-wop remains the most... More >>

  • Blue Skies over Willie

    published March 16, 2000

    He's easy to take for granted, the weird-voiced singer named Willie Nelson. He's been at it for so long it's hard to imagine a time when there... More >>

  • Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    published March 9, 2000

    Bruce Springsteen's career, onstage and on record, arguably is the most consistently brilliant of any artist of the past 30 years. But his latest... More >>

  • Tommy Womack

    published March 9, 2000

    After taking a spin through Tommy Womack's latest album, Stubborn, it's obvious to see the guy can do practically anything. The... More >>

  • Oh No, He Can't!

    published March 2, 2000

    The career of Sammy Davis, Jr., was long and strange -- laced with tragedy, blessed with success, loaded with contradictions, and defined, for... More >>

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