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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26

SHATTERED!

Broke a personal record yesterday, finally running a 5k in (20 seconds) under 20 minutes. This might not mean much to anyone who doesn't do some competitive running themselves, but it represents a major achievement on my part, especially as I'm getting on in years. Then again, checking the results, I see an 86-year old ran but a minute and a half slower than me; now, there's someone who should be feeling good about themselves today! (5 kilometers - 3.1 miles - is a comfortable enough distance, though I was so over-enthusiastic that I sprinted the first mile in 5:30, which meant the rest of the race was more about endurance than enjoyment.)

Ground Zero as seen last week: the cross at the centre is from a steel beam of the World Trade Centers.

The race in question was the annual American Heart Association Wall Street Run, which invites downtown corporations to supply sponsored office teams; in other words, you're talking about a field of several thousand people, many of whom were doing it more for fun or fund-raising than for speed. Which is fair enough, and they all seemed to have a good time of it.

The vast majority of runners, then, given that they work in the area, will have lived with the sight of the World Trade Center site in their midst these last two years and learned to make the gradual mental adjustment; for my own part it was quite stirring setting off from almost directly opposite Ground Zero, then running round two sides of the vast floodlit pit. I'm glad that I visited the site last week when my friends were in town or I may even have felt disrespectful in dashing past it; suffice to say I didn't do so without a choke of emotion.


ANOTHER VICTORY…

…This one for all of us who expressed outrage or signed petitions protesting the sentence of 'death by stoning' meted out to Amina Lawal in Nigeria for the spurious crime of adultery. Yesterday, an appeals court in her home state of Katsina overturned the sentence, citing "irregularities", which the rest of us will understand full well means they bowed to international pressure. Lawal had been tried under Islamic Sharia Law, which is currently in effect in 12 of Nigeria's 36 states. Despite my respect for religious beliefs, it's impossible to have anything but disgust for a rule of law that could even think of condemning a divorced woman to death for having sex (not necessarily consensual on her part) outside of her annulled marriage. And it's worth noting that the courts, which never charged the man who impregnated her with any crime, yesterday rejected "one of the key substantive arguments offered by the defense. Ms. Ibrahim [Lawal's lawyer] had argued that to consider pregnancy as evidence of a crime inherently discriminates against women, and therefore violates an important tenet of Islamic thought: that men and women are equal before the law."

In other words, we can expect to keep seeing such court cases as this and continue to stay busy signing our online petitions. In the meantime, Amnesty International should pause to take some pride in stopping at least one unconscionable murder; the Australian branch alone gathered over one million signatures protesting Lawal's sentence.


DEBATING VICTORY

The only one of the ten Democratic Presidential nominees who mentioned the USA's own death penalty during their two-hour debate in Manhattan yesterday was Ohio Representative Dennis J. Kucinich. The last candidate on line to answer the last question – "what would you do as President that would be least popular but most right" - he stated,

"First, I would take action to stop the federal death penalty. Second, I would move to cut the Pentagon budget by 15 percent, which would in no way affect adversely our national defense, and put the money into child care. Third, I would move to create a Department of Peace, which would seek to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society and to work with the nations of the world to make war itself archaic."

Not only were these positions unique (and arguably utopian) but he stated them in under the allotted 30 seconds, a challenge each of the other nine candidates failed. You would think such clear-cut positions would make Kucinich a leading light for the left-wingers, but his lack of evident charisma (and, I hate to say it, his old-fashioned, desperately unhip looks) means he's a desperate outsider who stands barely no chance of running against Bush this time next year.

Can you spot a future President in this Picture? Better yet, can you name anyone it it?

After all, we all know we now live in a word where it's more important for a politician to be photogenic and charismatic than it is to be a free thinker or an idealist, which is why so many Democrats have rushed to embrace General Wesley Clark's nascent campaign. I watched most of the (rerun) Debate last night after my own run, and I didn't get much from Clark. He hasn't yet thought out his policies on the economy, which was the focus of the debate, and when it comes to arguing foreign policies, he's going to have trouble explaining his own ever-shifting position on Iraq. I wrote earlier this week how I was instinctively uneasy with the notion that a 4-star General and 34-year Army careerist could be the candidate of the peaceniks, and as those who work full-time in the political media have started examining his track record, my suspicions are being proven. The Village Voice this week runs two concurrent pieces on Clark's candidacy: Richard Goldstein rightly takes my musing a step further by asking "Can Progressives Love A Military Man?" while Sydney H. Schanberg examines "Clark's Changing Tune on Iraq," and how in his paid position as a Military Analyst these past few months, Clark often expressed strong support for the War in Iraq. It's worth reading the examples cited by Schanberg, who himself says he got many of them from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting; I actually find myself agreeing with Clark's previous positions more than I disagree with his possible contradictions, but then, as I said a couple of days ago, I'm not a pacifist - especially when it comes to pacifiying genocidal dictatorships. And I'm certainly not a pacifist suddenly declaring my unequivocal support for a military man on the mere basis that he can defeat a neo-military man.

I think it was Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean who stated on the podium at Pace University yesterday something like "any of the ten people up here would make a better President than the current one." He needed to do so because the career politicians and presumed front-runners, Representative Richard Gephardt of Missouri and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, went after Dean as if he were their political enemy, not Bush. (Then again, given Dean's front-runner status, for the time being he is.) This only turned me against Gephardt and Kerry, and I came away with a better feeling about North Carolina Senator John Edwards, who stayed away from the fratricidal bickering while successfully expressing his own views, most of which I found perfectly palatable.

Elsewhere on the podium, Senators Joe Lieberman (Connecticut) and Bob Graham (Florida) each pronounced positive policies, but looked and sounded like has-beens. I think progressive and conservative Democrats alike understand that they need a relatively youthful and most certainly a truly charismatic firebrand to successfully challenge Bush, which is why Clark, for now, and Dean, all the way to the Primaries I'm sure, are the current leading choices.

Based on relative youth and charisma, the skill to think on the go and an ability to delivery soundbites that also carry substance, the Reverend Al Sharpton ought also qualify as a leading candidate. And I do think, come Primary time, he's going to get a lot more of the vote than anyone currently wants to give him credit for. Still, there are a couple of reasons why Sharpton should not be seriously considered. The first is that he's never held political office. (Then again, neither has General Clark.) The second is that, for all his relative softening, he's proven unwilling to address his very vocal, highly damaging campaigns in the past, of which the ugly, divisive Tawana Brawley affair was merely the most visible. We're all allowed to make mistakes, and we're all allowed to turn over a new leaf. (Our current President is a reformed alcoholic, after all.) But if we want to become a new person, we have to bury the old one, and Sharpton merely wants to sweep his former character under the carpet. That's regrettable, because I was genuinely impressed with Sharpton's quick thinking, his sharp humor and his willingness to play peace-maker.

(At this point, it's worth noting that the debate was co-hosted by the conservative Wall Street Journal; the previous Democratic debate was hosted by the equally right-wing Fox News. Though this seems suspicious to some, it makes for necessarily hard questioning of the Candidates. The down side is the unstated intention of the hosts to divide and conquer, which they very nearly achieved yesterday when Dean was set upon by Gephardt and Kerry.)

This only leaves former Illinois Senator and current Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, who runs not only as the only woman against a nine-man field, but as a black woman at that. Sadly, in our current climate, this renders her instantly unelectable in a Presidential election - which is why many male white Democrats will not consider voting for her in the Primaries. Watching and listening last night, I found Moseley Braun likeable, perfectly pleasant and politically positive. Unfortunately, as we learned in the UK back in the Michael Foot days, pleasantries, niceties and a general political correctness don't stand a chance when the other side starts playing nasty. And we know that by this time next year it's going to be VERY nasty. Carol Moseley Braun seems too good a person to become President, and if that seems like an obvious contradiction, then it's a reflection of the world we live in.


MUSIC!

New York in the house, Danny Tenagila in the booth... Photo cribbed from sfprecords.com

Can't leave for the weekend without some musical commentary. While you're at the Village Voice web site, check out Tricia Romano's Q&A with the DJ's DJ, Danny Tenaglia. And wish that you could be among his close friends, for whom an invitation to a Tenaglia house party has a doubly positive connotation. Not only does Tenaglia's Long Island City loft cover 6500 square feet (at least ten times the size of most Manhattanites' apartments), but "it also houses the original Shelter/Body & Soul/Vinyl sound system, which I had redone 100 per cent." Presumably, being in a loft, he's free of immediate neighbors to voice noise complaints. That or he just invites them round.

If you want to know why Tenaglia commands such respect from his peers, consider this answer to the question, Justin or Christina? "I would not know either one if they passed me on the street. I can't even say I know one song by either artist! I do not watch MTV, I do not listen to radio, and I simply do not like bubblegum pop music. Let me know when a true new Stevie Wonder hits the airwaves again, then I'll turn on my radio." Justin-loving trend-hopping DJs take note. And is it too much to expect similarly strong, emotionally felt responses from our politicians too?


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25

QUICK COMMENTS

The Music Home Page has been greatly simplified to ensure easier navigation on your part and less frequent upkeep on mine. The Forum is still down but will return in a better protected form; I miss you all correcting my Girls At Our Best! errors while recanting your Arsenal at Their Boring Best anecdotes as if I should care given that Palace are busy knocking off teams like Doncaster these days...

I've been listening to a bunch of albums while assembling an October hitlist, and I'll venture forth an advance opinion that The Rapture album is indeed worth the wait, Bowie is at his best in a decade or more, and Neil Young's Greendale is as confusing and unfocused – and essentially short on proper songs – as other reviews had suggested. You have to admire Young's inconsistency, however: in the new Q, he insists that "this guy with the slit wrists [David Kelly] … I'd don't think there's a chance he did that to himself. I'm not buying that." Such a conspiracy theory, which even the BBC haven't tried on to take the heat off themselves, may yet win Young back some of the hardline fans who were unreasonably put out when their erstwhile counter-cultural icon dared to glorify the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on the song 'Let's Roll' from last year's Are You Passionate?. And if not, it might just make a Neil Young convert out of Michael Meacher.

Talking of Q, I enjoyed the October issue's cover story, in which Kate Moss was sent to interview fellow suburban south Londoner David Bowie who, playing the avuncular uncle, got them both to talk frankly about drug use and abuse. On kicking one's addictions, Bowie freely admits "coke was quite tough, alcohol is difficult. But nicotine takes the cake. There are 437 different drugs in a cigarette all designed to ensure you can't refuse one."

I've also been working through the new Face – I didn't expect my overseas visitors to arrive empty-handed last week now, did I? – and couldn't help but notice that of the magazine's ten "best record shops in the world," four just happen to have, like the magazine itself, London post codes. Good to know those West End trend-setters get out and about, isn't it? And just to show how totally unFace-like and totally unhip I can be when I put my mind to it, I'm writing this while listening to Steppenwolf's Steppenwolf album. Last year I was unexpectedly gifted their album Monster and was so blown away I didn't think twice about shelling out two bucks for a well-kept vinyl copy of their debut album while browsing a newly opened but barely stocked second hand shop out in the mid west the other week. (The type that you KNOW The Face won't put in their top ten list.) Surprise surprise, the album rocks. Where have Steppenwolf been all been my life? Why was I so prejudiced against late 60s U.S. rock for so many years? Will I play 'The Pusher' at the next Step On (October 2, in case you were wondering)? Watch this space...


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23

PACIFISTS FOR WAR

Military man in a civvy suit: General Wesley Clark has hardly made a career out of opposing war.

Something's been weighing on my mind. As I'm sure even overseas readers are aware, retired General Wesley Clark threw his hat into the ring of Democratic Presidential Candidates on Wednesday, and immediately, millions of Democrats responded as if he were their savior. The fact that Clark is considered 'electable' – primarily because, as a military man, it's assumed he can face down the military wing of the Republican party - appears to outweigh anything and everything else about him. This was most apparent in the female caller to the Brian Lehrer show on the day Clark announced his candidacy last week who said, and this is damn close to verbatim, "I'm a life-long pacifist, and I'm thrilled that General Wesley Clark is running," asserting that he had her full support.

Think about this. A life-long pacifist supporting a 4-star General who spent 34 years in the military. Clark's full bio is not available on his web site – it fails to mention his service in Vietnam for instance, an experience which destroyed the souls of many who survived, and which forced millions around the globe to question American military purpose, but which did nothing to deter Clark from staying in the military – but it does mention his career highpoints, including the fact he was NATO Supreme Allied Commander between 1997 and 2000. During this stint, and here I do quote the web site, "General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo."

I supported NATO actions in Kosovo, though then again, I'm not a life-long pacifist. And because I supported those actions, I'm quite happy to note that NATO, under the apparent Democrat Clark, during the period of Democrat Bill Clinton's Presidency, acted in Kosovo without United Nations authority or approval. It's also worth mentioning, and this is something I've gathered through media reports the last few days so you may have heard it too, that Clark was so gung-ho in Kosovo that after repelling Serb militias, he wanted the British military commander, General Michael Jackson, to block the Pristina airport from advancing Russians by any means necessary. Jackson refused to carry out the order, apparently telling Clark, "I'm not going to start World War III for you."

And so I come back to my confusion. Why would a pacifist possibly support General Wesley Clark? There can only be one answer. To defeat President Bush. Democrats are furious at Bush for a number of reasons, and so they want him out. (Republicans were furious at Clinton for a number of reasons and so they wanted him out. And so it goes.) Many of those Democrats were violently (I choose my term deliberately) opposed to the war in Iraq and consider that a retired General who has suddenly proclaimed his own opposition to the war – a stance that's being called into question now that Clark has declared himself public property – is thereby the "ideal" candidate. But I don't buy this. If you oppose war – especially if you declare yourself a pacifist – you oppose war, full stop. You don't support some wars fought without UN approval just because they were launched by a Democratic President, then oppose others fought without UN approval because they were launched by a Republican President. And you don't campaign for a 4-star General to be your President. Not unless you're a hypocrite. I fully admire pacifists – I wish I maintained enough inner peace to declare myself one of them – but that's largely because I expect them to be consistent with their ideals. Pacifists, in fact, should not be voting for Democrats in the first place, given the party's history of launching and supporting wars. Indeed, the majority of the current Democrats in Congress gave Bush the war he wanted in Iraq, so it's embarrassing for them to turn round now and pretend that they didn't.

Obviously this aforementioend pacifict caller offered just one opinion, but the sudden show of support for Clark among left-leaning Democrats, for the simple reason they consider him 'electable', raises an important question: How far are Democrats willing to bend from their party ideals to kick Bush out? By supporting Clark, on initial inspection, too far. The man is hardly a life-long liberal. If Democrats try to launch Clark on an 'anti-war' ticket, the Republican media machine will tear them apart, believe me. On any other issues, Clark has no track record. He's never held office. In the meantime, Governor Howard Dean has run an honest, grass roots, energetic, even entertaining campaign rightly promoting himself as representing the 'Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.' He's gathered so much support it looks as if he might even be able to win the election. Plenty other candidates represent solid Democratic views, even though some of these candidates have neither the public presence nor the charisma to win the White House. Democrats who want to show that they stand for higher values than the current Administration need to show consistency and back the candidate(s) who best represents those values. Clark has a lot going for him. But the anti-war brigades will be making fools of themselves if they throw their weight behind such a military man.


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22

ATLANTIC ANTICS

Three years since we last had the pleasure, the Atlantic Antic returned to Downtown Brooklyn yesterday, Sunday September 21st. Though numbers seemed down a little on previous years, it was still a glorious day – aided by the sudden and rather belated appearance of something called summer weather, and amplified by its classic combination of cultures, creeds and colors.

The shops, restaurants, bars and houses of worship that run the couple of miles down Atlantic Avenue from New York Harbor to 4th and Flatbush Avenues are known locally to cater for all sorts. But this last couple of years, the Avenue has been most frequently referred to in the news for its core, long-standing population of Arabs and Muslims. Given the street's physical proximity to downtown Manhattan, and the Antic's annual appearance on the calendar late September, it was no surprise that the Street Fair was called off in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. In the weeks that followed that terrorist attack, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike came together on the Ave nue to express their sorrow as well as their support. (In the longer run, as I wrote about almost a year ago, the Government continued investigation of fund-raising activities at the Al-Farooq mosque, which had a decade earlier hosted speeches by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian convicted for his involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.) A heavily subdued Atlantic Antic was held in May '02, after which there were hopes that the Street Fair would return that September. Nobody seemed aware that the City was only willing to grant one license to each area last year, and it became necessary to wait until now, 2003, for the long overdue return of an event that does so much to promote harmony.

Three generations/nations of food: Lebanese at Tripoli, Jamaican outside the church, French at the brand new Bacchus

Perhaps it's no surprise that the streets felt just a little less crowded than in previous years; newcomers to the area may not even be aware of the Antic's importance on the cultural calendar. For those of who have lived nearby longer, the Antic offers a multitude of annual opportunities. For one, we get the chance to shop in the open air – the antique stores in particular take full advantage of the event to wheel out some of their more cumbersome (and expensive) items, ensuring much examination of credit card balances amongst the local homeowners (most of whom eventually wander down the street and settle for a local t-shirt instead). For another, we get to eat and drink in the open air: be it falafel from Waterfalls or Tripoli, baklava from Sahadi's, curry from Brawta or the nearby West Indian church, or freshly cooked sardines, corn, burritos or pizza, Atlantic Avenue offers as much variety in food as it does in international ancestry. And while I'm sure Giuliani banned alcohol from street fairs after the Puerto Rican Day Parade got so out of hand several years ago, that law certainly didn't apply yesterday: the many modern bars along the Avenue all did a roaring trade in nicely-priced $3 pints, the Mexican restaurant Mezcal's sold margaritas of course, and the new, highly appealing restaurant-café-bar Downtown Atlantic was one of the few to offer wine.)

Out of retirement: The Guardian Angels keep watch over the Blackwater Music Experiment. A dancer returns to the stage to accompany the Amer Aba Orchestra.


Best of all, at least from my point of view, we get to watch music outside. Stages are erected up and down the Avenue, and if you time it right, you can usually take in live music from all corners of the globe. The stage by Boerum Place leading up to the Brooklyn Bridge is particularly renowned for its middle eastern musicians, and I enjoyed an uplifting half hour watching Eddie the Sheik Kochak lead the Amer Aba Orchestra through some relatively risqué ditties as teenage Muslim girls, young Middle Eastern men in brightly colored shirts, African Americans and Caucasians alike all cheered and danced along. If this seems like an ideal of the New York tourist board experience, that's somewhat deliberate: much of the music on the Avenue provides an almost comical caricature of the stores and restaurants that supply their stages and/or amplification.

That meant a lightweight reggae quartet performing Bob Marley's 'One Love' outside the Jamaican restaurant Brawta, while a fuzzed-up middle-aged rock trio performed 'What's so Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding' down the street. It meant a serious blues band inside the seriously rough bar Hank's and inoffensive R&B from something called something like the Black Water Experiment on one of the Antic's own stages. It meant indie rock bands outside the new bar Magnetic Field (itself almost the name of an indie rock band) and it meant a quartet of young women performing sing-along routines for the littl'uns outside a kids' store. Leave it to the loonies at Last Exit to present rising burlesque stars The Pontani Sisters, a soul DJ playing classic 45s, and then provide beanbags and a stage so the kids could dance when the professionals weren't. No surprise that this was a particularly popular bar for young adults with young kids in tow.

Left: 'One Love' outside Jamaican restaurant Brawta (check out the hollow guitar), serious blues inside Hanks Tavern.

That all said, I could still count four different musics missing from previous Antics: The children's' steel band, the first-generation doo-wop bands, the incongruous Line-Dancing, and the house DJ. I hope they all return in time; as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier.

Finally, a street fair wouldn't be a street fair without proselytizing and politicking. The Antic provides an opportunity for the various churches and houses of worship on the Avenue to show themselves in their best colors, so I didn't particularly mind that there were Prayer Stations or that I had various bible comics thrust into my hands as I wandered up and down. Fact, at the very end, as I approached the Al-Farooq mosque, I gratefully accepted a free translation of 'the Glorious Qu'ran,' which came accompanied with a note from the Institute of Islamic Information and Education stressing, in its opening paragraph, that "A Muslim is supposed to live in peace and harmony." Sadly, a few yards down, a rather more radical Muslim was shouting at the late-afternoon revelers to "save yourselves from the reality of Hellfire," warning that "you will be questioned on the day of judgment about Islam" and how our only hope is to convert.

Of course, you can hear the same stuff from bible-thumpers any day of the week anywhere in the Christian world, but it was still unwarranted on a street (and outside a mosque) so closely connected to the ongoing trials and tribulations of New York City. That nobody paid the man any mind could serve as a great advertisement for New York's ability to live and let live - even to those who may not, possibly, harbor the same intentions. It could also be read as a general apathy and lethargy, which has already been proven to have disastrous results. But then was I ready to engage him in a mid-street plea about leaving us all alone in private peace to worship and respect our own Gods, assuming we actually have them? No; it was far too beautiful a day to bring myself down in such a way, and I expect others felt the same.

Keeping the kids happy. At left, the old-fashioned way: With song and dance outside a childrens store. At right, the modern way: on stage to a soul DJ and in between the Pontani Sisters' burlesque sets, outside the bar Last Exit.

You can read that as a collective generosity of spirit. But there was also a certain amount of selfishness on hand among the various single causes that lined the sidewalk, gathering signatures and donations and distributing leaflets. During the course of the afternoon, I was asked to oppose the proposed Sports Stadium, which would steal the basketball playing Nets and hockey playing Devils from neighboring New Jersey (belated revenge for Los Angeles stealing the Brooklyn Dodgers?) and put them in a Frank Gehry-designed complex above the Rail Yards quite close to my house. I was asked to challenge the idea of an Ikea in Red Hook, the latest rising neighborhood and one currently starved for commercial developments. I was asked to stall the re-opening of the recently closed Brooklyn Detention Center in the middle of Atlantic Avenue; and I saw posters in windows opposing a planned shelter for abused women on Clinton Street.

These causes have but one thing in common: NIMBY...Not in my back yard. Brooklyn's become such a desirable destination these last few years that none of the new arrivals want to take on anything that might possibly detract from their new-found 'quality of life', and it seems to me that many of those who were waving the leaflets hadn't given much thought to the possible benefits of any of these institutions, nor the fact that most of them must - and will - inevitably go somewhere. Can we get by in Brooklyn without super stores, stadiums, women's' shelters OR jails? No. But in the meantime, can we celebrate what we have in common, and dance to our differences? Absolutely. Welcome back, Atlantic Antic. We missed you.

2003 MUSINGS:
SEP 15-21: Radio 4/DJ Vadim live, Manhattan Mondaze, Circle of Light, Renewable Brooklyn
SEP 8-14: Central Park Film Festival, Roger (Daltrey) and me, September 11 Revisited, The Raveonettes/Stellastarr* live, Recording Idiots of America,
SEP1-7: Film Festivities, Party Monster, Keith Moon RIP
AUG 25-31: Punk Planet, Carlsonics, Copyright Protection, Cline Zinfandel, BRMC
AUG 18-24: Black Out Blame Game, John Shuttleworth, British Music mags, Greg Palast, The Thrills live.
AUG 11-17: The New York blackout, Restaurant reviews, The Media as Watchdog, What I Bought On My Holidays
AUG 4-10: Step On again, Shaun W. Ryder, Jack magazine, the BBC, the Weather, Detroit Cobras, football and Rock'n'Roll
JULY 28-AUG 3: De La Guarda, The Rapture, Radio 4, Stellastarr*, Jodie Marsh, A Tale of Two Lions, Hedonism launch photos,
JULY 14-27: Manchester Move Memories, Hedonism is Here, Holiday postcard
JULY 7-13: Chuck Jackson live, Step On, Beverley Beat, British Way of Life
JUNE30-JULY6: David Beckham, Geoffrey Armes, Happy Mondays, Step On at Royale
JUNE 23-29: Ceasars/The Realistics live, weddings and anniversaries, Cabaret laws.
JUNE 9-23: Hell W10, The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Nada Surf live, Field Day debacle
JUNE 2-8: Six Feet Under - Over, Field Day, Siren Fest, Crouching Tigher Hidden Cigarette
MAY 19-JUNE 1: Ian McCulloch live, New York's financial woes, Six Feet Under, Hedonism, Tommy Guerrero.
MAY 5-18: Live reviews of The Rapture, De La Soul, Carlsonics, Laptop, The Libertines, Echoboy, The Greenhornes; observations on Chris Coco/The Blue Room, The Apple Music Store, Alan Freed, Phil Spector, The Matrix Reloaded, Rare Earth, Tinnitus and Royale!
APRIL 28-MAY 4: Flaming Lips, Madonna, Bill Maher, The Dixie Chicks, the war
APRIL 21-27: Rotary Connection, War(n) Out, Cocaine Talk
APRIL 14-20: Belated London Musings on Death Disco and CPFC.
APRIL 7-13: London Musings: Madness, Inspiral Carpets, the Affair, the Palace, the Jam
MARCH 31-APRIL 6: Music be the spice of life, London Calling: Ten Observations from the Old Country
MARCH 24-30: Six Foot Under, Peaches/Elefant live, MP Frees and Busted Boy Bands
MARCH 17-23: Röyksopp live, Transmission, Worn-Out War Talk
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!,
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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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FEATURED ALBUM:
'Take Them On, On Your Own' by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

FEATURED WINE:
CLINE CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL 2001

THE AUGUST HITLIST
What I bought on my Holidays (CDs, 12"s, books and magazines from the UK)

HEDONISM
What, Where, How and Why...

MANCHESTER MOVE MEMORIES:
A report from a proper Field Day Festival (includes R.E.M., The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, and Badly Drawn Boy)

THE JULY HITLIST:
10 NEW NEW YORK ALBUMS

THE JUNE HITLIST:
15 NEW ALBUMS
10 OLD ALBUMS
5 MOVIES

THE MAY HITLIST:
20 NEW ALBUMS,
1 ONLINE ESSENTIAL,
3 NEW MAGAZINES

FEATURED MIX CD:
2 CD's & MP3's

INSPIRAL CARPETS
live at the Brixton Academy

The iJamming! Interview:
2 MANY DJs
"We bypassed the record company and the industry - we just did this thing and it went off."

From the Jamming! Archives:
KILLING JOKE
interviewed in 1981

WHY I OPPOSE THE WAR
as of March 11

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

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

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.

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