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2000 Stories by Eric Waggoner

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  • Dark Waters

    published December 28, 2000

    Aaron Blount, lyricist and guitarist for Austin-based Knife in the Water, is but two degrees of separation from president-elect George Dubya, kind... More >>

  • Musicology 101

    published December 21, 2000

    "I'm not a musicologist," Dave Alvin insists for the third time in 15 minutes, "but let's say you have a certain amount of knowledge that there... More >>

  • Rick Shea

    published December 21, 2000

    Rick Shea recently began serving time as one of Dave Alvin's Guilty Men, but he's no prison fish: Sawbones is his third solo album. Shea's... More >>

  • Erykah Badu

    published December 21, 2000

    If you're like me, you tend not to pay much attention to the actual CD itself; you just tear the plastic wrapping and peel off whatever annoying... More >>

  • Victoria Williams, Mark Olson and the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers

    published December 14, 2000

    If Vic Chesnutt is the Faulkner of contemporary Southern music -- brooding and gothic, with a strong thematic emphasis on the dark conflicts at... More >>

  • Los Lobos

    published December 7, 2000

    Done up in the style of a '50s-era movie poster, all flat paint and a grab bag of typescript, the cover of this boxed set says all that needs to... More >>

  • Richard Pryor

    published December 7, 2000

    While listening to Live on the Sunset Strip -- a 1982 performance in which Richard Pryor discusses his first trip to Africa, his 180-degree... More >>

  • Talk Show

    published November 30, 2000

    Laurie Anderson, you will not be surprised to learn, is a downright charming conversationalist. Furthermore, to the delight of anyone who's... More >>

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    published November 30, 2000

    The boxed set, that most ubiquitous and painstakingly completist of modern-day music anthologies, can be a force for good or ill. The form has... More >>

  • Lou Reed

    published November 16, 2000

    We who labor under the auspices of the music desk at this here urban newsweekly have only your best interests at heart, and may God or Lilith or... More >>

  • Foreign Affair

    published November 9, 2000

    Kay (pronounced kai, like sky) -- who, like the other members of mostly punk outfit Sunshine, prefers to go by his first name --... More >>

  • Gomez

    published November 9, 2000

    You know that commercial for the really skinny television? The one that fades out with Gomez's cover of the Beatles' "Getting Better"? Did you... More >>

  • Versus

    published November 9, 2000

    Maybe it's the fact that they're on Chapel Hill's Merge Records, maybe it's the boy/girl vocal interplay, maybe it's their celebrated and... More >>

  • Winter Hawks

    published November 2, 2000

    "This past summer," says Andrew Rieger, "we were in Kyoto, Japan, and there was a great crowd came out, they were really into it. And when we were... More >>

  • Johnny Cash

    published November 2, 2000

    The first words Johnny Cash sings on American III: Solitary Man are "I won't back down"; the last are "I am just going over Jordan/I am... More >>

  • Robbie Williams

    published October 26, 2000

    I have seen the future of pop music, and its name is Robbie Williams. . . . is I guess what we're supposed to say after wading through this... More >>

  • Jaguares

    published October 26, 2000

    The difference between being trendy and being au courant is just this: For the former, you need only watch half an hour of television each... More >>

  • Pazz and Jop

    published October 19, 2000

    Pay attention now. This is complicated. This was in Chicago, long about early 1994. Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge had been in a band called... More >>

  • Lightening Up

    published October 12, 2000

    A sort-of interview with J. Mascis, part one:It's not that J. Mascis is sullen or inarticulate, or any of the accusatory words he's... More >>

  • Morphine

    published October 12, 2000

    In 1994, Boston-based trio Morphine mounted an extensive tour throughout America and Europe in support of its second album, 1993's Cure for... More >>

  • Natch'l Wonder

    published October 5, 2000

    In a way it's not surprising, though categorically unfair, that Taj Mahal often gets snubbed by blues purists. As far back as his self-titled... More >>

  • Godspeed you black emperor!

    published October 5, 2000

    Back in the day, kids, there used to be this shaggy musical wildebeest called the triple album. Great bloody sprawling affairs were these, six... More >>

  • Politically Indirect

    published September 28, 2000

    It gets so you don't even read the adjectives in the press releases. Week after week, brown envelopes full of this typescript hooey come... More >>

  • Patty Larkin

    published September 21, 2000

    Patty Larkin plays a hell of a guitar. Specifically, she plays a 1946 Martin D-18 acoustic, and if you don't understand how cool that is, bad on... More >>

  • Spoozys

    published September 21, 2000

    Forget that the title of Spoozys' freshman release is a hideous illiterate redundancy, like saying, "I'm wearing jeans pants and a tee shirt top."... More >>

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