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FRIDAY DECEMBER 12

HOUSE OF ROCK'N'ROLL LOVERS (PART 2)

If you study the live shot on the back cover of the Rapture's superb debut album Echoes (reviewed here), you may be able to tell that's bassist and vocalist Mattie Safer center stage, with guitarist and vocalist Luke Jenner over to one side. It was that way when I saw the Rapture live for the first time earlier this year, too: Safer at center, with Jenner so far removed he was almost in a different venue.

But beginning with their current tour, which I caught Wednesday, the middle night of three sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows, things have changed. Jenner is now in the middle, looking very much the commanding front man. It's a small shift in appearances with a major effect on audiences. By officially declaring Jenner their leader, The Rapture's famously delightful discombobulation is suddenly rendered a thing of the past. The group is finally a cohesive unit.

The Rapture center themselves. L-R: Gabe Andruzzi, Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, Matty Safer. Jenner is now clearly the front man.


They're a coherent unit now, too. In the past, too much improvisation and enthusiasm meant the live shows were better known for their ramshackle spirit than their musical perfection. Which is fine when you're growing and still going places. Once you've arrived, you need to prove you're not just some tarted-up one-night stand the rest of us are going to regret taking home once the drunken allure has worn off.

So Wednesday's show was a thrill for all the right reasons: the sound was crystal clear, the band was tight, the energy was palpable, the grooves were all in place – and the focus was on Jenner. He bounced and bopped and clutched his guitar high up on his chest and wailed that pitiful wail he has that renders songs as diverse as the ballad 'Love Is All' and the dancefloor anthem 'House of Jealous Lovers' such emotional triumphs. (Not coincidentally, those two songs were saved for the encore.) To his left, Safer stayed focused, occasionally singing lead, mostly underpinning the rhythm - and on one occasion, playing keyboards with his right hand while still coaxing out bass guitar notes on his left. Gabe Andruzzi rivaled Jenner for infectious behavior, dancing dervishly while playing sax, occasional keys and cowbells, and the group's unsung hero, drummer Vito Roccoforte, prevented the others' enthusiasm from ever descending into rhythmic chaos.

The Rapture's sound emerged through years of listening to other people's records and, it has been noted, copying them rather transparently. The most notable and important audio aspect of Wednesday's show, then, was the final convergence of the group's polar influences – the punk-funk chaos and the techno-house rigidity - into one, readily identifiable sound. (This was also true of LCD Soundsystem's gig at the Bowery a couple of months back. LCD's front man, James Murphy, is, of course, half of Rapture production team DFA. For both these Bowery shows, support was provided by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, whose name doubles up as a perfectly succinct review.)

If there's a criticism, it's a familiar one: one of familiarity. The set was drawn almost exclusively from a debut album completed a full year ago. Which means, on the one hand, there's no reason songs like 'Heaven,' 'Killing' and 'I Need Your Love' should not have sounded so refined. And on the other, that we could have done with more than the (admittedly impressive) one new number: if bands can't write new songs while waiting a year for their debut album to see release, they may be in the wrong job. Then again, the girls at the front were hardly complaining, judging by the sound of high-pitched squeals that wafted backwards after every song. The Rapture as pin-ups? It's almost inevitable.

The festivities concluded with a cover of Gary Glitter's 'Rock'n'Roll Part 2,' a perfectly irreverent reference point that pays homage to tradition - both as a cover and in its original format – while allowing for a singalong of sorts and a full on dance floor response. In the old days, the wisecrack would have been that having already covered Gang Of 4, the Cure, PiL and Pigbag in their obviously-influenced set, they had no choice but to head elsewhere into the British back catalogue. But as another English indie icon once put it, That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore. The Rapture have finally, fully established their own identity; the last laugh is on them.


THURSDAY DECEMBER 11

KEEP iJAMMING! THRIVING!

When I set up iJamming! three years ago, it was mainly as a library for my interview transcripts, a clearing house for occasional out-takes, and a home base where people could find me if need be. The financial outlay was minimal beyond the initial investment in time and software; the site took care of itself for a while. But over the last eighteen months, as I've kicked in with near-Daily Postings, iJamming! has taken up more and more of my time - to the extent that I've been doing less and less paid freelance work.

I'm not complaining. In fact, from a creative standpoint, I'm delighted. A freelance writer spends a vast amount of his/her time fruitlessly trying to sell ideas to editors; should those ideas get commissioned as features, they're often outdated by the time they get published. In the interim, the writer's initial intent is frequently compromised by the editor's own vision and commercial demands, the published magazine/newspaper may only be available in select markets for a short amount of, and payment can often be a problem. Sometimes it feels like a good way to earn a living; more often than not, it's frustrating. (This is one reason I prefer writing books.)

Here at iJamming!, I can communicate immediately, and directly, with those people who are interested in what I have to say. Whether it's a record review, a comment on current affairs or the music scene, an archived interview from Jamming! Magazine or the Keith Moon book, the wine-music connection, or even, when time and energy allows, an exclusive interview as with Underworld or 2 Many DJ's, I get to publish to the whole online world. And I get immediate feedback from my readers - which spurs me on to further writing. Along the way, I feel like I've built up a unique community – there isn't another site out there with quite the same interests as iJamming! - and with the opening of The Pub, that community has become interactive. I'm enjoying watching people correspond across the Oceans. As much as anything, the writing remains accessible – potentially for ever. It's published permanently, globally, for free.

But I have to be realistic. The more pages I put up, the more I have to work on the infrastructure. The more people come to the site, the more correspondence I get. The more I review records, the more people ask me to review their records. Etc.

So while I firmly believe that information wants to be free, I'm asking anyone who cares about this site to consider financing that freedom. Think of it along these lines: Would you buy iJamming! at the newsstand? For how much? How often? Is it worth $5 a month to you? Is it worth the price of a pint once a week? Or a cappuccino-latte? (Or a glass of wine!) Can you afford a year's subscription? Can you afford anything? If the answer is yes to any of the above, click on one of these buttons and make a donation using a credit card. PayPal and Amazon are pioneers of online transactions; you're as safe with them as anyone. Paypal charges a lower commission, should you not have a preference.

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The time I spend on iJamming! will surely never pay me what I could earn full time at a magazine, book publisher or TV show. That's not the point. I get up in the morning excited to work on this site. In that sense, I consider iJamming! a major part of my work. (The other major part of my work is writing books, which will continue; I know now the two can co-exist.) Sites like mine have been, until now, experiments in a brand new form of media for a new Millennium. That experiment appears to be working; I'm proud to be at the forefront of this sea change in communication. And I'm not alone in taking stock at this juncture; I know there are other niche sites asking their own readers for donations at this very moment. I support some of them financially. So should you. You have an opportunity to bypass editors, publishers, advertisers and distributors, and support your chosen writers directly. Seize it. And keep iJamming! thriving.

(This pitch will continue through the holiday season. I'm deliberately hitting you up while you're in a festive spending mood.)


GLOBAL TECHTRONICA

MANA MEDICINE, an ambient- techno-dub compilation of blissful excellence. Reviewed in the New iJamming! Hitlist: Global Techtronica.

Newly posted in the Music Section: Global Techtronica, reviews of ten albums from around the world, featuring such delightful artist names as Klute, Zongamin, and Plastikman. You'll see that this particular Hitlist remains undated: by setting the reviews up as a genre, I was encouraged to go back and listen again to a few albums from earlier in the year that merited renewed attention. Consider it a round-up. And by all means use it as a guide for the more open-minded people on your Holiday Shopping List. They're all good albums.

One of the reviewed artists is Argentinean Gaby Kerpel. To accompany his album, I've reviewed the Santa Julia Torrontes wine from the Mendoza region of that same country. Torrontes, widely planted in northern Argentina, is not totally unlike my beloved Viognier, and the Santa Julia bottling is available globally for a song. Seems like an ideal match.

There are more Hitlists to follow before the year is out: Solo Artists (the posthumous Joe Strummer album, though very much a collaboration, is superb), and Different Strokes for Different Folks. Keep watching this space.


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10

Q: HOW MANY GUARDIAN READERS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?

A: Change shouldn't be imposed on the light bulb, however much it may be suffering under an odious regime; the change has to come from within.

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist offering that response... To brighten up a story about the possible extinction of the incandescent light bulb, the Guardian has opened up its Discussion Boards to light bulb jokes. Not surprisingly, there are plenty references to New Labour, Old Tories, social workers, Trade Unions and something called the LibDems. Naturally, American politics is not spared and I did have to laugh at this one:
Q. How many Florida residents does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Nobody knows, they're still counting.

Some brave souls have challenged the paper's politically correct joke-telling, however: I love the response to How many women with PMS does it take to screw in a light bulb? It's a little long and angry to include here though you should be able to find it at this page.

There are a few more innocent and obvious ones, like that which I included in Hedonism:
Q. How many Goths does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None: Goths prefer the dark.

There's one for the mods:
Q. How many member of Ocean Colour Scene does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Two. One to change it and one to ask Paul Weller if it’s okay.

And one for all us ManU haters:
Q: How many Man Utd supporters does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to screw the bulb in and the other to drive him up from Essex.

My own personally relevant contributions to the book of light bulb jokes that never go out are as follows. I may have even made them up myself; I can no longer remember.
Q. How many A&R men does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Let me get back to you on that one.

And
Q. How many music journalists does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Plus one.

Got any light bulb jokes of your own? Don't keep us in the dark; share them with us in the Pub. We could do with the enlightenment. Sorry.


TUESDAY DECEMBER 9

IT TAKES 16 VILLAGES

Newly posted at the Wine Section: a thoroughly updated, redesigned feature on the wines of the Côtes du Rhône Villages. Since I first posted about this region of the southern Rhône, several of the Villages I'd deemed obscure and forgotten have been 'rediscovered' by the importers and distributors. (E.g., The wines of Séguret, in the heart of tourist Provence, are becoming increasingly popular. Domaine de Cabasse produces a 100% Grenache 'Cuvée Garnacho', the elaborately designed bottle of which is shown at right.)

Though prices have gone up somewhat (a problem compounded in the States by the weakness of the dollar to the Euro), Côtes du Rhône Villages continues to provide some of the world's best value red wines. I love 'em, anyway. The Wine Home Page has been cleaned up too and now contains a proper index for the whole Wine Section.


The English Rugby team parades through London on a Monday lunchtime and 750,000 people take to the streets to cheer them on. My question is: Are these all true rugby fans? Or are we English so desperate to be best at anything sporting, that we'll temporarily take rugby superiority over football and cricket? I just know that during my years in the UK, rugby came a very distant third to those other national sports. Of course the other question is, if the Rugby team can inspire such a mass turn out following a World Cup victory, what would happen should England win the real World Cup? Somehow, I don't think the we'll be concerning ourselves with that one in the near future.


Al Gore endorses Howard Dean. A double-edged sword? Meantime, David Brooks in the Times inadvertently reminds New Yorkers to book their holidays to consider with the GOP (Republican) Convention in the city next summer. He does so with wry humor: "New York is not a place where Republicans can feel at home. New York has Central Park, which is a large pastoral area without a single putting green. It is a city with nearly eight million people, none of whom own riding mowers." And this admittedly overstated zinger: "If a Martian landed in a Manhattan playground, he would conclude that humans being start out small and white, and grow up to become middle-aged Jamaican women." Whose bright idea was it to host the Convention in this City anyway?


David Kelly in The Times proves that it is possible to write a totally joyous book review. Then again, his subject matter is Monty Python, which Kelly shows he knows perfectly well with these insider's asides: "Graham Chapman, alas, has been bereft of life since 1989." "When the sniveling little rat-faced gits at EMI withdrew their backing for ''Life of Brian'' at the last minute…"


I don't know whether Julie Burchill was smiling as she typed out the words "makes you want to go back and bomb Dresden all over again, only properly this time" in her Guardian column on Saturday. Probably. As I wrote last week, she's the Queen of deliberately antagonistic flippantry. Most likely, I think she's just getting exercising every last degree of editorial freedom before switching to the Times next year. What can the Guardian do, after all: sack her? (Besides, this is the paper that printed Fuck Cilla Black across the cover of its second section at the start of the year; it can hardly complain.)


MONDAY DECEMBER 8

THE MONDAY MORNING MINUTE

I'm here, I'm alive, I'm well, and I'm working on some other items (including longer site pieces). There's plenty to digest on this page from last week. And I'll try and post properly tomorrow...

2003 MUSINGS:
DEC 1-7: Cabaret Laws, Ready Brek, Kinky Friedman, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jonathan Lethem, Julie Burchill, Blizzard running
NOV 17-30: Lost In Music, Lost In Translation, Neil Boland, Political Polls, Press Clips, Australian Whines
NOV 10-16: Ben E. King live, Hedonism readings, A***nal, Charts on Fire
NOV 3-9: Brother Bear, Oneida, P. Diddy, Steve Kember, Guy Fawkes, Iraq, the Marathon
OCT 27-NOV 2: CMJ Music Marathon report, NYC Running Marathon preview, Prey For Rock'n'Roll, Yellow Dog, Gen Wesley Clark, Halloween
OCT 20-26: Television Personalities, defending New York rockers, Bill Drummond Is Read
OCT 6-19: LCD Soundsystem live, Renewable Brooklyn review, Blind Acceptance is a sign...
SEP29-OCT 5: New York w(h)ines parts 1 and 2, Bruce Springsteen at Shea Stadium.
SEP 22-28: Atlantic Antic, Pacifists for War: General Wesley Clark and the Democratic Debate, Danny Tenaglia, Running Wild, Steppenwolf
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 Feet 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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WHAT'S NEW IN iJAMMING!...

The DECEMBER HITLIST
Bruce, Bowie, Iggy, Joe and Jodie...

FEATURED WINE REGION:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES
updated and re-designed

From the Jamming! Archives
TONY PARSONS on BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, 1984

THE IJAMMING! HITLIST:
Global Techtronica

FEATURED WINE:
Santa Julia Torrontes, Argentina

THE DECEMBER HITLIST Part 2
TRIPPED OUT BRITS: Nine albums of vaguely psychedelic bliss

FEATURED ALBUM:
Eargasm by Plump DJs

FEATURED WINE:
Paul Durdilly Les Grandes Coasses Beaujolais Nouveau 2003

THE DECEMBER HITLIST Part 1
BRITISH DANCE MUSIC:
Down But Not Out

THE OTHER NEW YORK MARATHON: 10 Live Reviews from the CMJ Music Marathon, October 2003

THE OCTOBER HITLIST:
Albums from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Denmark, New York and New Jersey.

NEW YORK W(H)INES:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

DANCING IN THE DARK:
Bruce Springsteen at Shea Stadium

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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