The new Zagat guide to music lets the mob rule.
Music Guide (Zagat Survey) Rock criticism might still be a viable organism, but it’s hard to tell: how do you know if something is moving on its own when people […]
Fannypack So Stylistic (Tommy Boy) Fannypack’s debut, So Stylistic, is a seriously confusing album. No doubt you’ve heard the single “Cameltoe,” a hip-hop novelty record in which a couple of […]
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (Interscope) In one of the more startling scenes from The Filth and the Fury, Julien Temple’s recent Sex Pistols doc, the band plays a benefit […]
Simply Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad About the Loser’s Lounge (Zilcho) Knitting on the Roof (Knitting Factory Records) By Josh Goldfein The tribute album is the celebrity roast of recordings, with […]
Beck Midnite Vultures (DGC) Ol’ Dirty Bastard N***a Please (Elektra) By Josh Goldfein Nineteen ninety-nine was the year the devil himself felt overwhelmed by sleaze: in the year’s best movie, […]
The Artist Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (NPG/Arista) By Josh Goldfein This year should’ve belonged to the artist once known as Prince, and not just because he wrote the theme […]
Touch and Go v. the Buttholes: Case Closed Law geeks hoping to hear conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia utter the word butthole from the bench this term are […]
Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs (Merge) Holy Modal Rounders Too Much Fun! (Rounder) Randy Newman Bad Love (Dreamworks) By Josh Goldfein In this post-queer, post-feminist, post-rock, post-enthusiasm age, when nothing […]
Pavement Terror Twilight (Matador) Mekons I Have Been to Heaven and Back: Hen’s Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1 By Josh Goldfein The fox knows many […]
New York hip-hop is shaking up and waking up to a new electronic music that’s both innovative and commercial. The new style is not so much a sound as a strategy, a cold fusion that maps a middle ground between tripped-out Wu-Tang science and overeager Puffy pop.
After nearly 20 years of putting out records without lawyers or contracts, Corey Rusk was forced by one disgruntled band to defend his system in court. The outcome may change the way the underground does business.