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1999 Stories by David Simutis

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  • Sophomore Flops

    published December 30, 1999

    Sophomore slump. Sophomore jinx. One-hit wonder. The idea that a band can release one record then either fade into oblivion or fail miserably with... More >>

  • Playbill

    published December 30, 1999

    Mojo Nixon's appeal comes from a riotous combination of his rockabilly-inspired adolescent humor and his disdain for icons. For the better part of... More >>

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    published December 23, 1999

    Some say on-line shopping is great for those who are too busy, self-important or crippled to go to the mall like normal people. In fact, on-line... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 25, 1999

    Beck Midnite Vultures Geffen Nerdboy is feeling frisky. Beck's "official" follow-up to the Grammy-winning,... More >>

  • Prolific Pop

    published November 18, 1999

    It has been a long time since Robert Pollard taught fourth grade. Since his indie rock band, Guided By Voices, started getting noticed about five... More >>

  • Rotation

    published November 18, 1999

    Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Burn to Shine Virgin Unlike most guitar heroes, Ben Harper concentrates on... More >>

  • Sonic Portraits

    published November 4, 1999

    Nick Currie's motives and intentions aren't always easy to understand. After all, this is the same Scotsman who has been releasing records since... More >>

  • Rotation

    published October 14, 1999

    Mark Lanegan I'll Take Care of You Sub Pop There are some kinds of music that really work only at certain... More >>

  • Fresh Pavement

    published September 30, 1999

    In the entertainment world, there are natural stars and there are reluctant stars. Stephen Malkmus, leader of Pavement, is that rare person who... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 30, 1999

    Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning A+M Maybe there's a person out there waiting for the Kim Thayil solo... More >>

  • Jamming for Dollars

    published September 23, 1999

    Major record labels are still pissed off about digital distribution. The concern that free, nearly perfect copies of songs and albums would be... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 23, 1999

    Air Premiers Symptomes Astralwerks Sukpatch Tie Down That Shiny Wave Grand... More >>

  • French Connection

    published September 16, 1999

    Stereolab is an important band. "Important" usually means pretentious or unjustly praised. In this case, it means "influential," a word that can... More >>

  • Rotation

    published September 16, 1999

    Richard Thompson Mock Tudor Capitol Richard Thompson is in a position of almost unlimited creative... More >>

  • New Releases Reviewed

    published September 2, 1999

    Tricky with DJ Muggs and Grease Juxtapose Island Trip-hop godfather. Hip-hop aficionado. Pot-smoking... More >>

  • Good Goo Dolls

    published September 2, 1999

    It might help to think of this summer package tour as a sandwich. Buffalo New York's Goo Goo Dolls is pretty much the white bread. Not exactly... More >>

  • The Old and the Restless

    published July 29, 1999

    Robyn Hitchcock is one of those musicians who are (un)lucky enough to be frequently compared to Syd Barrett. For more than 20 years, Hitchcock has... More >>

  • Celebrate Good Times, C'mon!

    published July 22, 1999

    There are few equivalents in the business world to the independent record company. Most are labors of love rather than profit. Music lovers first,... More >>

  • Youngshtuffs

    published July 8, 1999

    Teen pop, meet your nemesis: The Donnas. A quartet of bad girls a year out of high school who take inspiration from Kiss and the Runaways, the... More >>

  • Rotation

    published July 1, 1999

    Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin Warner Bros. Too bad all bands don't spend as much time thinking about what they do as the... More >>

  • Original Punks

    published July 1, 1999

    Gotta admire the longevity and stamina of Christian Arnheiter, elder statesman of the Bayou City's punk rock scene. Long after the vast majority... More >>

  • Pennywisdom

    published June 24, 1999

    Pennywise is probably the most pleasant, friendliest band that sometimes pukes on people and takes hostages. The Hermosa Beach, California,... More >>

  • All Nessed Up

    published June 24, 1999

    Mike Ness, leader of Social Distortion, is getting older and more willing to show his roots. On his solo debut, Cheating at Solitaire (Time Bomb),... More >>

  • Rotation

    published June 24, 1999

    Pavement Terror Twilight Matador Pavement has something to prove. Overhyped and overpraised, the quintet has, through the course... More >>

  • Natty Pompadour

    published May 27, 1999

    One great thing about novelty acts: They surprise. It's never the gag that gets you or the fact that some of the guys are decent musicians.... More >>

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