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FRIDAY MARCH 21ST

SPRINGING INTO ACTION

The first day of spring finds me looking ahead, quite excitedly, to my trip back to the UK the week after next. As per my last journey 'home' (a whole year ago? How did that happen?), I'm going to be DJing the Death Disco club night. Alan McGee and Danny Watson's anything-goes party has switched from its Oxford Street location back to its original home at the Notting Hill Arts Club, and if the location is a little less central, the hours are a little more friendly, from 9pm to 1am. It would be nice to see some of the London iJamming! readers there; if you know how to find me, express your interest and I may be able to comp you.

The same records I'll be playing at Death Disco (on APRIL 9th) I will also be bringing in to Radio London for Sean Rowley's late Saturday night show – assuming he gets it back in time. (The station went to 24-hour talk format at the start of the war.) That show should go out either April 5th or 12th; if you can't stay up to listen, the BBC web site will have it archived for one week after broadcast. Go here now and you can listen to last week's Rowley show, with an hour of music chosen by fellow author and DJ Paolo Hewitt.

The Shout! crowd last Memorial Day...

Staying on the DJ front, I'm also going to spin at the Shout! party here in New York on Sunday April 27th, a date with at least two reasons to celebrate: One, I do believe it's my birthday, and two, it will be the launch night for the Shout! compilation album (The Revolution Rave-Up Alive 1997-2003), for which I wrote sleeve notes. I had the time of my life spinning upstairs at Shout! on Memorial Day last year, and I look forward to joining Steve and Pedro on the main floor this time around. The Shout! album, though it's not out for a month, has already been manufactured and I have a copy in my hand: the superb sleeve design rocks almost as hard as the music, which includes highly touted acts like Calla, Elefant, The Boggs, and The Witnesses as well as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Shout! has always been about quality, and fortunately the club's foray into the recorded world is no exception.


THURSDAY MARCH 20

THINKING GLOBAL - AND LOCAL

I wish I could write about music today. And maybe I could if we weren't back at war. I was out of town yesterday, removed from the news (believe it or not) until almost the very moment the first strikes were launched on the Iraqi leadership. By that point, I was driving the whole way through a New York City that, police roadblocks aside, seemed far removed from a war on the other side of the world. I've written so much on this subject about my own personal conflict/disappointment/frustration - pretty much with everybody on the world stage - and my views have not changed. But we're beyond that now. And so today, I'm going to let a couple of my favored columnists speak for me instead.

Thomas Friedman wrote in Wednesday's New York Times:

The president's view is that in the absence of a U.N. endorsement, this war will become "self-legitimating" when the world sees most Iraqis greet U.S. troops as liberators. I think there is a good chance that will play out.

But wars are fought for political ends. Defeating Saddam is necessary but not sufficient to achieve those ends, which are a more progressive Iraq and a world with fewer terrorists and terrorist suppliers dedicated to destroying the U.S., so Americans will feel safer at home and abroad. We cannot achieve the latter without the former. Which means we must bear any burden and pay any price to make Iraq into the sort of state that fair-minded people across the world will see and say: "You did good. You lived up to America's promise."

And Johann Hari wrote in Wednesday's (British) Independent:

If only all of the people who joined the anti-war movement had instead fought to turn this into a humanitarian intervention à la Kosovo, the conflict would already look very different. It is not too late: there is plenty you can do now to help Iraqis.

If you are going to march, ditch the old, cheap slogans to "stop the war". Call instead for democracy in Iraq . . . We, as people who live in democracies, have the capacity to strengthen the hand of the democrats and weaken the autocrats. Another march against the war will achieve nothing now, but marches across the world calling for democracy could tip the balance in this direction. Now is the time to stand in solidarity with the Iraqi democrats, who have called all along for intervention and need our support.

But advocating democracy and freedom abroad means absolutely nothing if we don't maintain them at home. I have a profoundly deep fear and mistrust of the Bush Administration's intentions here on American soil, as evidenced by Attorney General John Ashcroft's incremental erosions of civil liberties. Sometimes I insist to myself that my fears are unfounded, in that I have yet to suffer from any attacks on my own personal freedoms, but I only need to read the small print to realize that I may just be further down the list of those that Ashcroft and co. would like to silence. To get to that small print, I rely on people like Nat Hentoff, a life-long defender of civil liberties at the Village Voice and the author of many books. This column, two weeks old, about the second version of the USA Patriot Act, all written up and ready to go, makes particularlyharrowing reading:

Many of the prisoners caught in the Justice Department's initial dragnet [after 9-11] were held for months without charges or contact with their families, who didn't know where they were. And these prisoners were often abused and out of reach of their lawyers—if they'd been able to find a lawyer before being shifted among various prisons. When, after much pressure, the Justice Department released the numbers of the imprisoned, there were no names attached, until a lower court decided otherwise.

Under the proposed Ashcroft bill reversing that court decision, for the first time in U.S. history, secret arrests will be specifically permitted. That section of the bill is flatly titled: "Prohibition of Disclosure of Terrorism Investigation Detainee Information." In Argentina, those secretly taken away were known as "the disappeared."

Moving on, under Section 501 of the blandly titled Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, an American citizen can be stripped of citizenship if he or she "becomes a member of, or provides material support to, a group that the United States has designated as a 'terrorist organization,' if that group is engaged in hostilities against the United States."

Until now, in our law, an American could only lose his or her citizenship by declaring a clear intent to abandon it. But—and read this carefully from the new bill—"the intent to relinquish nationality need not be manifested in words, but can be inferred from conduct."

Who will do the "inferring"? A member of the Justice Department.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 19

NO DANCING ALLOWED?

It used to be that you'd go to see a techno-house-electronic act 'in concert' knowing that the dance grooves would probably be on DAT tape but that there'd be maybe live vocals, possibly guitar or bass, perhaps a dancer and likely a phenomenal light show to compensate. Oh, and that because of the accompanying DJs, the party itself, and especially the crowd, you'd be part of a communal experience that rendered the whole issue of 'live vs. tape' irrelevant.

Watching Röyksopp at Irving Plaza on Monday night, it struck me that the expectations have become reversed. There was little doubt that the acclaimed Norwegian duo of Torjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge were operating their keyboards and mixers in real time, and Svein also manipulated his occasional vocals in interesting ways, but a major question mark hung over the appearance of a stage center bass player throughout. Given that the bass lines (and they were seriously heavy, no quibble about their quality) started before he did, finished after he did, and that nothing he appeared to play seemed to make any difference to the onstage sound, one was left wondering whether Röyksopp were seriously pretending to use old-fashioned live instruments, or merely playing a joke on the crowd about the whole (ir)relevance of the musician. But while I don't know whether to give them too much credit or too little, I should note that the press release accompanying Röyksopp's debut American tour did promise "front and center guitars, vocals, drums, keyboards and a dazzling light and video show." Hmm. One bassist, no six-strings, a couple of percussion pieces, some filtered vocals and absolutely no videos. Can someone say budget cuts?

Don't get me wrong. Röyksopp live were an entertaining proposition; the debut album Melody A.M., a platinum best-seller in the UK and already a cult classic in the States, ensured a sold-out crowd and a rousing response. They've developed a sound that's somewhere between the progressive ambience of early Air and the hipster funk of early Daft Punk, with the additional bonus that they're not French. (Sorry, couldn't resist that! And I don't mean it. Really.) And the duo (when their bass player wasn't distracting us) provided some genuine analogue keyboard warmth and human emotion to accompany the fat (taped) bass and crisp digi-beats. But I wonder whether we've come to expect too little in concert from those who can still push the electronic envelope on record. There was no real sense of an event taking place, no communal dancing, no name DJs to warm us up or cool us down, and certainly no attempt to make this live show an experience to treasure forever.

Is there bass in your face? Röyksopp at Irving Plaza

Think back now to what will undoubtedly be known as the golden era of rave culture. The Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Underworld, Daft Punk, and Prodigy all invested substantial sums in stunning visual displays, fought to travel with personal DJs, and either danced up front and sang at us with a passion we could see in their eyes or danced behind the mixers and rocked the house like we couldn't believe. I don't want to accuse the new crop of dance music best-sellers as being lazy, but they don't seem to recognize their duty to render their live shows equal to their records.

Still, Röyksopp paced their set appropriately, opening with 'So Easy,' and placing their two vocal tracks, 'Remind Me' and 'Poor Leno' (on both of which Svein sung in place of fellow Norwegian Erland Oye) either side of the set-closer and floor-filler 'Eple.' The whole show was delivered with far more energy than on album, and the two new cuts – 'Don't Give Up' and a heavily percussive Chemical Brothers-like final encore – served as warning that the tempo is likely to increase on future recordings too.

And so I don't doubt for a moment that Royksopp have the skills to stick around. But I understand why there are less young Americans coming to the post-rave dance party than in the mid-nineties heyday. Or put it this way, for those who understand the reference: compared to Saffron dancing with a DAT-taped N-Joi, or the crowd-boosting 808 State with their hypnotic lasers, I'm not sure we're in a better place now than we were.



From Irving Plaza, it was down to the Transmission night at Plant bar, which will be closing up its booth soon due to an ongoing conflict with the city. As referenced over at the iJamming! Forum, Plant (recently labeled the "coolest bar in the world' by The Face) was padlocked last week after the city found people dancing there once too often. If you don't live in New York, this might sound Kafkaesque – isn't the whole point of a DJ booth to encourage people to dance? – but then if you don't live in New York, you might not know that allowing people to dance is a crime if your bar has no cabaret license. How do you get a cabaret license? By having deep pockets for expensive lawyers and time for the lengthy application process, and often that isn't enough. In Plant's case, where there's an expensive apartment block going up over the street, the politics of gentrification win out over the politics of dancing. The cabaret laws (which date back to when the city was desperate to control speakeasys and jazz clubs) were used by the Guiliani administration as a hammer by which to bludgeon underground nightlife; despite initial hopes that Mayor Bloomberg would recognize the industry for its cultural contributions and focus on more important issues (like terrorism and fiscal crises), it seems that he too has caught the draconian bug.

Dan and Luke getting busy at Transmission...

Plant has always been a highly public offender, a regular drop-in for surprise superstar sets by anyone from Fatboy Slim to 2 Many DJs. And last time I spun there, at Transmission just a few weeks ago, people were literally dancing on the tabletops. Starting in April, such memories will become exactly that: Plant will survive, but not as a dance destination, and apart from sets by co-owners Dominique and Marcus, there will be no DJs. I'm angry and I'm sorry, but I know that the Plant empire will continue to bloom. Dominique and Marcus have their hands in Plantain Records, Plantain Films and the DFA Production duo. They're classic New York success stories, and the city's petty vindictiveness will not destroy them.

So while watching a few people nervously shake a leg, I took what may be my last opportunity to hear Transmission host Dan Selzer and Monday night bar tender and Rapture rabble-rouser Luke deliver their typically eclectic mix of new wave (the Human League's Seconds), classic Chicago house/Detroit techno (Underground Resistance's 'Jupiter Jazz') and ultra-modern tech (a Morgan Gheist white label). And I had fun catching up with my old Jamming! Magazine printer Joly, who's busy these days videotaping concerts for his website punkcast. But I couldn't help leaving the bar thinking how ludicrous it is to keep imposing legal restrictions on our public right to dance at a time we're going to war in the name of freedom. I'm sure Orwell would have something to say about that irony.


TUESDAY MARCH 18

CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND OTHER MORAL QUESTIONS...

It's another pleasant spring morning offset by the depressing reality that, probably by the weekend, bombs will be dropping on Baghdad, again. Walking home from the deli a couple of hours ago with my bagel and coffee (about all the ammunition I need to get through the day, apart from a functioning computer, of which more later), I stopped by a tree a few doors from my house on which have been posted some anti-war materials. This is a visible example of free speech in a democracy. The main focus of the postings is the reprint of a speech by 13-year old Charlotte Aldebron at a recent peace rally in Maine. She rightly warns of civilian casualties in a coming war. Here's a sample paragraph:

"If I am lucky, I will be killed instantly, like the 300 children murdered by your smart bombs in a Baghdad bomb shelter on Feb 16, 1991. The blast caused a fire so intense that it flash-burned outlines of those children and their mothers on the walls; you can still peel strips of blackened skin souvenirs of your victory from the stones."

My initial reaction to the above was to forget about breakfast. The worst words in the modern dictionary are 'collateral damage (though 'friendly fire' runs a close second), and nothing harmed the U.S. cause in Afghanistan 12-18 months ago as much as the mistaken, errant and sometimes unapologetic targeting of civilians. I abhor it. It makes me sick to my stomach.

But back in the house I got to thinking some more about this. First, I noted that the 13-year old Charlotte attends Cunningham Middle School in Presque Isle, Maine. This means that unless she's planning on returning to Iraq this month, or unless the Bush Administration is planning on bombing Presque Isle, she won't be killed by any American bombs any time soon. Which makes the thrust of her speech mildly disingenuous. And if she's lucky enough to be attending school in America (a new development, I'm sure, otherwise she wouldn't known that "you can still peel strips…" back at the Iraqi bomb shelter, which I'm sure Saddam preserved as a memorial to Amercian malice) with the freedom of education that entails, it's a shame she can't call it her government as opposed to yours. (Taking responsibility for one's community is a large step towards changing it.) Otherwise, it's a powerful speech, especially so for a 13-year old. I couldn't have written something so eloquent at her age without outside help.

But then I got thinking this too. That the referenced bombing of the Iraqi bomb shelter in 1991 was inexcusable, but that so was Saddam's invasion and looting of Kuwait which provoked the military assault. And that the death of Iraqi civilians under Allied/American attacks is offensive to any one who considers themselves a peaceful human, but then so has been the constant persecution, by the most horrendous methods, of the Iraqi people under Saddam. I mentioned that I've been reading The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq, which is not nearly as one-sided as you would imagine from the title. There are all kinds of horrific examples of Saddam's brutality cited, and when I get my wonderful Adobe Ebook Reader working properly, I'll reprint them word-for-word. (I previously had the book out the library, and yesterday made it my first download purchase, but I've got some frustrating computer problems that are affecting this right now.) For now, I'll quote directly from an op-ed in today's London Times, by Ann Clwyd, a Labour MP for Cynon Valley in Wales and the chairman of a group called Indict, which collects signed, sworn statements from survivors of government oppression. Try this Iraqi example your bagel:

“Women were suspended by their hair as their families watched;
men were forced to watch as their wives were raped .
. . women were suspended by their legs while they
were menstruating until their periods were over, a
procedure designed to cause humiliation.”

That crime, I'm sure, will not befall any dissenter's mother up in Maine in coming weeks. (And if you want to read worse, try the opening paragraph.)

Fortunately, I've just read an op-ed column by someone who has broken down this double-speak logic better than I can manage. In today's Guardian, David Aaranovitch pointedly asks whether "Iraqis only count as dead if we actually kill them?" It's part of a very well-written column that questions the "conventional wisdom" of British media, particularly the BBC, which has for many months now (dating back to approximately 9/11/01) presented an anti-American, anti-war stance as the norm and thereby justified making it a 'neutral' position from which all political debate spins off.

It's quite a shock to read such forthright morality in the Guardian, whose editorial yesterday was a classic cry for ongoing appeasement/containment. (I can no longer find the link, which is probably just as well). I doubt if the editors are trying to cover their tracks, but Aaranovitch's essay has been doubled up this morning by an op-ed accredited to none other than Bill Clinton, who has come to Tony Blair's aid on the day he most needs it. Clinton is a master of pleasing all sides at once, and his column manages to excuse almost everyone except Saddam, but do digest the following: "Blair is in a position not of his own making, because Iraq and other nations were unwilling to follow the logic of 1441."

Clinton himself holds some responsibility for our global mess, as his Administration was typically indecisive in its handling of the Iraqi regime from the years 1992-2000. Still, it's worth reprinting these words from the former U.S. President in 1998, the year when the British and the Americans heavily bombed Iraq after Sadddam's eviction of weapons inspectors:

"What if [Saddam] fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction? ... Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal."

Yes, it does sounds like George W Bush speaking to the American nation last night and effectively declaring war. So once again, I insist this is not about partisan politics. If you make it such, it's my belief that you're missing the bigger picture and the opportunity to do something about redrawing it in the future. I wish we weren't going the route we're going down, and while the American resident in me regrets that the Bush Administration seems so keen to have pursued it, the British passport holder in me is proud that Tony Blair did his best to bring Bush through the United Nations and along the multilateral path. I still wish we could have international unanimity on this matter, but I'm not going to hold Bush and Blair responsible for its failure.


MONDAY MARCH 17

WAR-N OUT

For once, I'm stuck for words. That's partly because I wrote so much last week - for the site - and I needed to spend this Monday on paying projects. It's also because I wrote so much last week - about the war - and I've got nothing new to add to the hourly unraveling news bulletins. We're going to war, and nothing you or I can do any more can prevent it. Blame who you want – there's plenty of it to go around and hardly an innocent party to be found here (except the Iraqi people) – but knowing now that it's inevitable, I hope it goes the way that Bush and Blair have intended it too all along. And fast. (And even if you've taken to the streets to oppose this war, once it starts, I do hope you also hope that it goes successfully for all concerned, i.e. the Iraqi people and the "coalition of the willing." Their goals are not mutually exclusive.)

So probably like many of you, I'm a little depressed today, which happens to be the first beautiful New York Monday in many many months. Figures.

A few quick positives to alleviate the pain:
1) I just downloaded my first ever e-book. I figured the inability to carry it around (it's on the desktop; the Adobe reader doesn't yet work on OSX or Classic, i.e. my laptop) might be compensated by the ability to highlight text, make typed notes, find text easily, and copy and paste into the web site. Plus, it is kind of neat to order a book online and start reading it just a few minutes later.
2) The weather's so beautiful, I went for a run in Prospect Park this morning for the first time since before the NYC Marathon. (Though of course my snow-covered Brooklyn half marathon took me through there last week.)
3) I discovered the Rogue Snow Ale over the weekend, an organic beer from Oregon served in 22oz bottles that's totally delectable.
4) I'm off to the UK in a couple of weeks, looking forward to seeing friends in London, my mother's new home in Beverley (the Yorkshire town where I was born), getting some business done, and maybe DJing at Death Disco again.
5) I'm going to see Röyksopp tonight.

There we go, I feel better already. Lots of new stuff up on the site (see the menu at left) and lots more to come. Stay safe.

2003 MUSINGS:
MARCH 10-16: Live reviews: Stratford 4, Flaming Sideburns, Joe Jackson Band, Linkin Park. Why I Oppose The War (For Now).
MARCH 3-9: The Pursuit of Happiness, Weekend Players, U.S. Bombs, Al Farooq, A New Pessimism, Brooklyn Half Marathon
FEBRUARY 24-MARCH2: Orange Park, Ali G-Saddam Hussein-Dan Rather-Bill Maher-Jon Stewart TV reviews, Stellastarr*, James Murphy, The Station nightclub fire, the Grammys
FEBRUARY 17-23: Village Voice Poll, Singles Club, Smoke and Fire
FEBRUARY 3-16: Snug, The Face, Pink, Supergrass live, Keith Moon, Phil Spector, Gore Vidal
JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 2: Communist Chic, Spiritland, Daddy You're A Hero, Keith Moon, State of the Union, CPFC and more on Iraq
JANUARY 20-26: Divisions of Laura Lee, Burning Brides, Words On War, Child Abuse of a Different Kind, Losing My Edge
JANUARY 13-19: Pete Townshend, Pee Wee Herman, South Park and more Pete Townshend
JANUARY 6-12: Interpol in concert, Tony Fletcher's Top 10 Albums and Singles of 2002, More on Joe Strummer and The Clash, Fever Pitch and Bend It Like Beckham.
DECEMBER 31 2002 -JAN 5 2003: A tribute to Joe Strummer, Radio 4 live on New Year's Eve
2002 MUSINGS:
DECEMBER 25-30: NO POSTINGS: ON VACATION
DECEMBER 16-24: Metro Area, Breakbeat Science, Sting makes Wine, New York Downtown redesigns, Keith Moon anecdotes, Campbell's jokes.
DECEMBER 9-15:
Tiswas, pledge drives, The View from Up North
DECEMBER 2-8 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Weekend Players and Snow Lit Piano Bars)
FOR NOVEMBER 25-29 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Joe Hurley, Thanksgiving, Sven
Väth, Richie Hawtin)
FOR NOVEMBER 16-24 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Longwave, The Pleased, Get Your War On, Powder, Radio 4, Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Ben Neill, Baldwin Brothers, Thievery Corporation)
FOR NOVEMBER 9-15 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes CMJ report including Datsuns, von Bondies and My Favorite, and political Eagles)
FOR NOVEMBER 2-8 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Halloween, the New York Marathon, and British Cuisine)
FOR OCTOBER 26-NOV 1 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes live reviews of The Streets, Mooney Suzuki, Sahara Hotnights, Flaming Sideburns, Stellastarr*; Jam Master Jay; Halloween)
FOR OCTOBER 19-25 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Underworld live, Atlantic Avenue antics, Girls and Boys night)
FOR OCTOBER 12-18 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Bali Bombing and stupid editorials, the Electro-Clash festival, VHS Or Beta, Ballboy, Mindless Self Indulgence, 2 Many DJs, Tom Petty, The Streets, pointless stop-the-war e-mails)
FOR OCTOBER 5-11 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Steve Earle and John Walker's Blues, Dreaming Of Britney, Girls Against Boys and Radio 4)
FOR SEPTEMBER 28-OCT 4 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes White Stripes live, Morel live, My Generation re-issue)
FOR SEPTEMBER 21-27 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes The Creation live, Village Voice, Wine not Whine and more)
FOR SEPTEMBER 14-20 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Firefighter Andre Fletcher, Untamed, Uncut, and more September 11 Musings)
FOR SEPTEMBER 7-13 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Sep 11 memorials, Did Bin Laden Win?, Scissor Sisters and Electro-clash)
FOR AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6 MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes The Strokes live, The Rising, Saint Etienne, Team USA, a.i., Tahiti 80, Dot Allison)
FOR AUGUST 17-30 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes holiday musings, wine reviews, Luna at Southpaw, and more)
FOR AUGUST 10-16 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes lengthy Who live review)
FOR JULY 27-AUG 9 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Area 2, 24 Hour Party People Party, Hootenanny Tour, 2 Many DJs and more.
FOR JULY 20-26 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Wilson Pickett, John Entwistle, rebuilding downtown NYC)
FOR JULY 13-19 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Love Parade, Teany, RenewNYC, Femi Kuti, NRA, Londonisation of New York, Britishification of Global Rock)
FOR JULY 6-12 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes Mike Meyers as Keith Moon, the RAVE Act, John Entwistle, Michael Jackson, Southpaw, Moby Online, Layo & Bushwacka!,
(accidentally deleted)
FOR JUNE 29-JULY 5 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes World Cup Final, John Entwistle's legacy, The Who's decision to carry on, the meaning of July 4)
FOR JUNE 22-28 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes World Cup diary, Dr. John, Doves, Mermaid Parade, John Entwistle's death, Timothy White's death, Clinic Firewater and Radio 4 live, The Who's decision to carry on)
FOR JUNE 15-21 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes World Cup diary, Liars live, GiantFingers, the Big Takeover)
FOR JUNE 8 -14 DAILY MUSINGS CLICK HERE (includes World Cup diary, StellaStarr*, Jose Padilla, Dee Dee Ramone, suicide bombings)
FOR JUNE 1-7 DAILY MUSINGS, CLICK HERE (includes World Cup diary, Southpaw, Six Foot Under, Andrew Sullivan)
FOR LATE MAY DAILY MUSINGS, CLICK HERE
FOR MAY'S EIGHT DAYS IN A WEEK'S MUSINGS, CLICK HERE
FOR LATE APRIL LONDON MUSINGS, CLICK HERE
FOR EARLY APRIL MUSINGS, CLICK HERE


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WHY I OPPOSE THE WAR
as of March 11

THE MARCH HITLIST:
5 SUPERB COMPILATIONS
20 ALBUMS, 5 EPs

FEATURED ALBUM:
VOLUME 4 by THE JOE JACKSON BAND
Live at Mercury Lounge

FEATURED WINE:
HUGEL, Pinot Blanc Cuvee Amour 2000, Alsace

FEATURED MIX CD:
DJ-KICKS by TIGA

THE FEBRUARY HITLIST:
25 ALBUMS

2002: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Ten Major Memories and a number of lists

INTERPOL in concert

JOE STRUMMER: A TRIBUTE

THE DECEMBER HITLIST:
5 ALBUMS, EPs, MIX CDS, COMPILATIONS and SONGS

the iJamming! Book Review
WHY TERRORISM WORKS
by Alan Dershowitz

CABERNET FRANC
The 'Other' Cabernet Grape Takes Root In New York
Part 1: The Basics/Regions
Part 2: New York Wines
Part 3: Loire Wines
Part 4: Conclusions

THE NOVEMBER HITLIST
30 Albums 10 Songs

HOW MUCH WILL IT HURT?:
Tips for the marathon virgin.

From the Jamming! Archives:
THE JAM
Interviewed in 1979

The iJamming! Interview: UNDERWORLD
NOW WITH LIVE PHOTOS

Coming and Going
Chapter 3: THE PALACE

The iJamming! Interview
RICHARD BUTLER Part 2

From the Jamming! Archives:
ADAM ANT
Interviewed in 1978

REMARKS REMADE:
Available Now!
The introduction to the new edition of my R.E.M. biography is here.

A Decade In Dance
BT & BANCO DE GAIA
10 Years (Apiece)

2 MANY TASTINGS:
The iJamming! Wine Round Up October 2002, including:
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Rhône Rangers
Southern France
Zinfandel

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
The whole 1990s catalogue

From the Jamming! Archives:
PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978

The iJamming! interview:
CARL COX

GOLDEN SHOT hostess 'Lee Patrick' recalls her time as Keith Moon's amour

HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online

From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.

iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA

The iJAMMING! interview:
DAVID SYLVIAN

From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .

The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song."

From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation

The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.

The full iJamming! Contents