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2003 Stories by Piotr Orlov

Archives: 2004 | 2003 | 2002
  • A Tale of Two Beats

    published December 25, 2003

    What does it say about the state of beat production in 2003 that as the Top 40 grows weirder (Kelis' "Milkshake," anyone?), songs that used to... More >>

  • Basement Jaxx

    published November 20, 2003

    Talk about an overload! There's so much action inside Kish Kash, the Basement Jaxx's romper-stomper of a third album -- bells, clicks,... More >>

  • Betting on ODB?

    published November 13, 2003

    When an infamous public life disintegrates, does anybody care to hear the moan? Was it always expected to be this way, especially as the life in... More >>

  • NYC Re-Nu-al

    published October 2, 2003

    "Are you ready for more?" "Are you talking to me?" Just when the exported goods of New York's renewed dalliance with the... More >>

  • Cedric IM Brooks

    published October 2, 2003

    Like other Jamaican musicians of the '60s, saxophonist Cedric Brooks didn't choose to make ska, rock-steady and reggae -- he got consumed by the... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published August 21, 2003

    From the department of "You can't teach epic,' it's either bestowed on you or it ain't": In a single five-song EP, TV on the Radio has set up camp... More >>

  • Madlib

    published August 7, 2003

    It'd be reductive to call Madlib the last of hip-hop's true jazz believers, but it'd be close to the truth. The Stones Throw Records studio rat... More >>

  • Paws Across America, featuring Kid 606

    published July 31, 2003

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  • Beyond Good and Evil

    published July 24, 2003

    The man formerly known as Daniel Dumile understands that today's heroes come a dime a dozen, doused in bravado, drunk on morality, and that it's... More >>

  • Spoon, and (Smog)

    published July 17, 2003

    Sure, it might be possible to put together a better adult indie-rock double-bill in this day and age -- but you'd have to really strain. Here,... More >>

  • Soft Pink Truth

    published July 10, 2003

    General consensus long held that in the history of popular music, avant-garde elements are rarely digested easily by the masses, and that when... More >>

  • Dub Bomb!, Baby

    published June 26, 2003

    Dub is not a genre! It is a state of mind, with funhouse mirror eyeballs, a drop floor, a love of the unknown, and the knowledge that if a... More >>

  • Original Soundtrack

    published June 12, 2003

    The PC forces may not want to hear this, but the porn industry of the 1970s wasn't all bad. It created numerous professional opportunities for... More >>

  • The Dismemberment Plan

    published May 29, 2003

    The greater Washington-Baltimore area has certainly been involved in a lot of tension-filled, white music since Minor Threat's hard-core... More >>

  • DAT Politics

    published May 29, 2003

    If you've been basking in the glow of grease oozing from your glad-they-renamed-'em "freedom" fries the past few months, find something else to... More >>

  • Basement Ax

    published May 15, 2003

    Pop culture historians like to pontificate that punk killed the guitar hero. Though anyone who's seen Doug Martsch's Stratocaster lead Built to... More >>

  • Manitoba

    published May 15, 2003

    Like other musicians whose primary instruments are laptop computers, Canadian-bred U.K. resident Dan "Manitoba" Snaith is simultaneously saddled... More >>

  • Yo La Tengo/Dump

    published May 8, 2003

    Every great band has a so-called "quiet" one -- they're the ones you gotta watch. For indie-rock statesfolk Yo La Tengo, that's James McNew, the... More >>

  • Howe Gelb

    published April 24, 2003

    Tucson's Howe Gelb is a premier American songwriter, the kind of guy whose career could only happen in the rock 'n' roll era. He's upheld its... More >>

  • He's a Happy Rat Now

    published April 17, 2003

    As we at last rejoin Billy Corgan, he seems pretty much where we left him when the Pumpkins smashed their last corroded power chord against pop... More >>

  • Postal Service

    published April 10, 2003

    One of the weird things about the ill '80s musical revival spreading through the Western world is the symbiosis between said revival and the... More >>

  • Majesticons

    published April 3, 2003

    Mike Ladd is hip-hop's Baz Luhrmann and its Alvin Toffler. A maniacally brainy, thirtysomething lyricist-producer, Ladd fashions Luhrmannesque... More >>

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