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TONY FLETCHER UPCOMING DJ GIGS

FRIDAY AUG 6: STEP ON

With guest DJs Team Libra: Nick Cain (Earthprogram & Watermark Records) and Allen Key (Warmth Records).

Happy Hour, from 10-11pm, and Ongoing Theme for August 6: DUB. Expect to hear Renegade Soundwave, Lee Perry, Massive Attack, Studio 1, Mad Professor, The Clash, Depth Charge, Andy Weatherall, and all manner of dubbed-up acid house, techno, and indie

The Royale, 506 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, between 12th/13th Street. (718 840 0089.) 9pm-3am.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18: BALEARICA, The Social, Little Portland Street, London W1. DJ set and reading from HEDONISM. With Chris Coco and Rob Da Bank. 7-11pm. More info here.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25th:
DEATH DISCO, the Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London, from 9pm to 1am. With Alan McGee, Danny Watson and live bands. More info here.

FRIDAY JULY 30

RUFFLED FEATHERS

So we have this cat, Bixby, that was born in the wild and who still likes to spend most of his time outdoors. Naturally, this means he occasionally offends us by parading around the garden with dead birds in his mouth. Well, this spring, he obviously killed some poor bird's soul mate because over the last few weeks, we have been able to identify Bixby's proximity to the house by the sound of loud squawking. Initially, we figured this was just a warning call to other birds – "murderer in the vicinity!" – but for weeks now, we've been noticing something strange. The aggrieved bird keeps attacking our cat, literally dive-bombing on him like a lone participant in the Hitchcock movie Birds.

Bixby acts like he doesn't care, but it should be noted he's not trying to catch this other bird, so maybe he's just keeping up his tough exterior while freaking out on the inside. This morning I could have sworn that the bird actually managed to dive-bomb in and peck at our cat. I wouldn't have expected a small bird to take on a big cat, but I'm starting to think that this is going to end with a full-on kamikaze attack and considerable blood and guts strewn around the garden. Anyone ever experienced anything like this? Any ornothologists who can comment?


FRIED!

I didn't make it to Payback last night. Went to dinner with some music/wine friends and, for the very first time, tasted a wine from my birth year: a 1964 Giacomo Borgogne Barolo that was holding up surprisingly well. A light brown color, and lots of those caramel flavors that indicate a wine has lost its fruit, but yet with an amazing amount of tannin and acidity still intact. Anyway, after too many glasses of good Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc (we were proving that wine and Chinese food can and do go together!), I could feel my bed calling me and barely made it home with my eyes open. I sat up to watch Ambulance Ltd on the David Letterman show but must have missed it while recoiling from the sight of Michael Moore singing 'America The Beautiful' on the rival Jay Leno show. (A serious question: does anyone ever get to ask Michael Moore serious questions? Or does he only appear on shows that throw him soft balls? This was the second time I heard him interviewed in two days and the second time that he was given a free ride.) Anyway, I trust Payback worked out better than the NASA Rewind fiasco.


PLAYBACK

Doubt that I'll be able to hear or view anything from Payback the way that Orbital's final show was webcast and archived on Radio 1. But some consolation for missing out on (the very wet) Devo/Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Stellastarr* bill at Central Park Summerstage last Friday. Our local ABC affiliate is showing a whole Summerstage series on Saturday nights, 11.35pm, Channel 7, as follows:

7/31 Ben Folds
8/7 Guster
8/14 Devo
8/21 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
8/28 Stellastarr*

Ben Folds, by the way, just produced the new William Shatner album (yes, THAT William Shatner) entitled, with painfully self-conscious irony, Has Been.


LONDON CALLING

Me, I've been listening to all kinds of stuff this week. It’s not a bad world when so much interesting music shows up in the mail. I've been taking in the new Fatboy Slim album, alongside the new Orbital album. I managed to land an advance copy of The Vanilla Tapes – the original demos for London Calling, which will comprise the second CD in the 25th Anniversary Package of that seminal Clash album. Seems like only yesterday I was explaining DFA to someone in The Pub, and lo and behold, I just got two new DFA releases/productions: 'Sunplus' by J.O.Y. and 'Get Up/Say What' by Pixeltan, both of which fit right into the classic DFA punk-funk-disco sound. And I even went out and bought four new 12" singles from Halcyon in anticipation of upcoming DJ gigs in New York and London. (Sorry, I just had to type that out!) And it's taken me all week to digest The Homosexuals triple CD retrospective Astral Glamour. As of today, my piece on The Homosexuals from Jamming! 8 (Summer of '79) has been added to the Jamming! archives. Read it here.

The Cure, The Rapture and Interpol, among others, at Randall's Island tomorrow. I won't be there. But anyone who makes it feel free to report on it for the rest of us…

See you – sort of – on Monday.


THURSDAY JULY 29

ONE PERFECT SUNSET

Things got a bit misty-eyed round these parts yesterday evening as we tuned into the John Peel show for Orbital's last ever live performance. Phil and Paul Hartnoll played a solid ninety minute set from 11.30pm-1am UK time to a select personal audience of 40 or so vociferous (drunk?) friends and family – and a global audience that I hope stretched into the millions. Needless to say, it was something a Greatest Hits show, drawing early on from the new, Blue Album (including the final single 'One Perfect Sunrise' - tear-inducing video available online), but increasingly leaning towards those we have known and loved: 'Halcyon' (now with added 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' sample), 'Satan' and, as if anyone expected anything else, closing out with 'Chime,' still one of the greatest electronic instrumental tracks of all time.

Listening to the webcast during our family dinner hour was not quite the same as seeing the brothers in the flesh – Orbital were renowned for elastic live sets and phenomenal multi-media visual shows that rendered the performances as uniquely emotive as any number of rock bands you could name – but I can hardly complain. For one, I was fortunate enough to see them dozens of times, including every one of their first eighteen shows in the States, when we toured together. For another, I think the manner in which they chose to close the book on their partnership merits attention and applause.

Paul and Phil Hartnoll: Orbital. RIP.

After announcing their break-up (as musicians only we hope; they remain blood brothers), Orbital played several European festivals, an indoor show of their own at the Brixton Academy, and even got to Japan on their final run of farewell gig. But there was no way they could reach everyone in person. And so, the act that helped to make techno(logy) accessible over the last 15 years made the most of it at the final curtain, by playing, for free, to anyone in the world with an online connection. Not only did this make for a global communal celebration, but given the Beeb's ability to archive its shows, those who missed out still have at least a week to listen to and, if they're smart, record these final ninety minutes.

There was also something pertinent about giving John Peel the final back-announcement to their career. Peelie was sharp enough to embrace techno as he had punk before it, and for their own part, though Orbital spent many years as trailblazers for the global rave movement, there was a part of them that was forever British indie.

Best Orbital show, anyone? The thousands who witnessed their set the first time they closed out Glastonbury seem to recognize it as a major moment in electronic music and festival culture. I wasn't there. I can think offhand of any number of shows from that Communion tour, when they played on the floor next to the sound board; I recall the thrill of a packed Albert Hall in London 1996, and the buzz of Brixton Academy the previous New Year's Eve; and every show in New York was special, though the most emotional would have bene when they came to Roseland shortly after 9/11. Yet perhaps my favorite Orbital concert experience was one not totally unlike last night's, and it seems a suitable way to close out this teary post.

In 1997, Orbital co-headlined Lolapallooza, and we were invited to bring our baby Campbell. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but as the evening wore on – particularly once Tool took the stage - it was obvious that we could no longer bring our stroller front of house and present ourselves as good parents. I sent Posie off to enjoy the gig and hung back in the duo's dressing room: an open-front tent, complete with sofa and coffer table, set up maybe fifty yards behind the scaffolded stage. I poured myself a drink, put my feet up on the table and watched from behind as the sky lit up with the famed Orbital live show and the music reverberated around Randall's Island. Everyone else who had anything to do with Orbital was out front, giving me the whole backstage area to myself – apart from my (thankfully!) sleeping baby alongside me. It was, in many ways, the most personal show I ever attended.

There was a similar sensation last night. We listened from the sofa, feet up on the coffee table, having a beer and some take-away, and though we couldn't physically see the lights at the end of Phil and Paul's glasses, we felt like they really were in the room with us. We will never know how many people will end up listening to Orbital's last live show through that BBC broadcast, but one thing is for certain: when Phil thanked the audience profusely for "all your support over all these years," he was talking not just to the smattering of people in front of him, but to all Orbital's friends and fans worldwide.

Thanks, in turn, are due Phil and Paul – and all who sailed with them. Our world of music is a better place for the fifteen years they played as Orbital.


WEB FRIENDS DAY JULY 28

Only after posting yesterday's links did I grasp that my heading didn't suit Tuesday, so from now on, I'll make Wednesday Web Friends Day, the one time a week I send you off to check out other peoples' sites, blogs, music, animation etc., or simply alert you to what some of my friends are doing.

Tomorrow night, for example, Thursday July 29, New Yorkers with commitment to the dance scene will be attending Payback at Avalon. Following the farce that was NASA Rewind, in which our very good friend, neighbor, occasional Step On guest and fellow expat DB found himself $10,000 out of pocket due to his former partner Scotto's nefarious handling of the finances, a number of old school DJs, led by Jason Jinx, clubbed together and offered their services a second time around, this time for free. Somehow, mega Midtown club Avalon has also been talked into supporting the cause, with tickets pegged at an unbelievably low $7 up front, and just $10 on the night. Considering the line-up, that's a serious bargain. I haven't stepped foot in the former Limelight since it went by that name, but tomorrow may finally find me back inside the old church of my early 90s residency. Hopefully, by the end of the night, DB will be back in pocket, and what's left of a once thrilling East Coast rave scene will have emerged with integrity intact.



British novelist (Skywalking), DJ (Hey Ladies), former label manager (Wall Of Sound) and all round good girl Jemma Kennedy has launched a new weekly e-mail-out, The Sunday Verse, "an attempt to add a tiny bit of lyrical richness to our
lives, with a different poem to be circulated every week."
So far, she's sent out poems by W.B. Yeats, Carol Ann Duffy, Federico García Lorca - and Scott Walker. Yes, lyricists are poets too. If you want to sign up and be graced by a few verses of wisdom/rhythm/clarity each week, send an e-mail to jemmakennedy-AT-yahoo.com.


A plug for myself and the next Step On. I've been planning a dub theme for a while now, and with Posie out of town, I'm going for it next Friday August 6. I'll be joined in the booth by "Team Libra," that being Nick Cain (Earthprogram and Watermark Records) and Allen Key (Warmth Records). The pair have been regulars on the Step On dance floor for several months and share my love for Renegade Soundwave, Lee Perry, Massive Attack, Studio 1, Mad Professor, The Clash, Depth Charge, Andy Weatherall, and all other manner of dub-tinged rock, dance, hip-hop and house. I'm really looking forward to digging through the crates for this one. Hope you can join us.


Staying in the Park Slope area, I stopped in at Barbes last night for Ned Vizzini's Reading Series. You may remember I read at the opening night there with Ned and Amy Sohn, and had a blast. I was pleased to see the rain last night didn't keep people away from authors Elise Miller, Isabelle Duke, Mark Decker and Peter Hyman, the last of whom celebrated the publication date of his book The Reluctant Metrosexual by taking the F train the wrong way to the reading. Ah well, he made up for it with good humorous asides as he told a true tale of being busted for dope in Mexico - but readily admitted that the one about the failed threesome gets more laughs. You can sign up for the Barbes Reading Series updates through nedvizzini.com. You can also find out more about Ned's debut novel, Be More Chill, which is already in its second printing.


There's less overt humour in Brooklyn Noir. Or so I suspect: I've yet to receive my copy. Contributors to this first ever book of exclusively Brooklyn crime stories include Pete Hamill, Nelson George, Arthur Nersesian, Neal Pollack, Ellen Miller, Maggie Estep, and Chris Niles. Why was I not invited to contribute? Probably because I turned away publishers Akashic from their interest in Hedonism when they suggested I remove the lead character Monkey (she was too sexually explicit for the editor's taste), but as you can see, I'm not one to hold a grudge. Actually, the two things are surely completely unrelated and I still think Akashic is a great publishing company. There have been Brooklyn Noir readings almost nightly across the borough these last few weeks with several more still to come, including some on the island of Manhattan, as follows. Remember, the nice thing about book readings is that they're free.
-Fri., July 30 MANHATTAN, Tracks Bar (Penn Station), 6pm (Tim McLoughlin, Chris Niles)
-Tues., Aug. 3 MANHATTAN, Barnes & Noble Astor Pl., 7:30pm (Tim, Maggie
Estep, Arthur Nersesian)
-Thurs., Aug. 5 BROOKLYN, Barnes & Noble Park Slope, 7:30pm (Tim, Pearl
Abraham + Ellen Miller)
-Sun., Aug. 22 BROOKLYN, Community Bookstore (Park Slope), 3pm (Tim, Robert
Knightly, CJ Sullivan)


As a final note, apologies to anyone who's e-mailed me of late and not had a reply. I like to keep up with the e-mail, but there's been a lot of it winging my way recently, and I have to ask that unless it's something properly private, you sign up and post your comments at The Pub instead. I mean, it's not like we're all harboring secrets, is it? I'll be more inclined to respond if you've taken time to stop in there, you'll get your point across to more people, and hopefully, you'll provoke some responses from other iJamming! readers in the process.

One of the other boards I frequent has a request that new members post a brief 'Who Am I?' introduction, which is useful when people get into hefty debates and want to know more about where someone is coming from. One of our own Pubgoers had the bright idea of asking Regulars: How Did You Discover This Site? And I'm now going to start a similar thread, Who Are You?, asking you to tell us all a little about yourselves: where you live, what brings you to iJamming!, your age if you're willing to divulge and your general tastes in music and pop culture. You're welcome to keep your real name private. But pubs are social places, and introductions are always nice in social circles, aren't they? See you there.


TUESDAY JULY 27

WEB-FRIENDS DAY!

Long-standing Jamming! contributor and friend Anthony Blampied, who among other things conducted the Killing Joke interview with me back in 1981, sent in the following quiz over the weekend. It's from the French magazine Rock et Folk and the task is to supply the original questions to the answers provided. I thought I'd publish it here as we don't have that many readers in France – but we do have many Who fans. As one of the latter, I have to say, it looks Piss Easy… So, what are the questions to the following answers?

1/ The Ox
2/ "The Last Time"
3/ Abbie Hoffman
4/ "Boris the Spider"
5/ masturbation
6/ Ann-Margret
7/ Monterey
8/ Billy Idol

Let's see some of you answer this – by asking the questions – over in The Pub. Now!



Staying with Pete Townshend and The Who, this story has had major play in the UK, far less in the USA. Seems that Michael Moore wanted to use 'Won't Get Fooled Again' in Farenheit 9//11 and when Townshend refused, as is his prerogative, Moore publicly accused Townshend of supporting the Iraq war. Townshend, whose refusal to toe the politically correct line includes once kicking Abbie Hoffman off stage mid-rant at Woodstock in 1969 (whoops! There goes one of the quiz answers), has in turn called Moore a bully. I'm with Pete: Michael Moore's tactics are exactly like that of Cheney and Rumsfeld and crew whereby, if you don't offer blind support for their vision, you stand accused of being unpatriotic. Two wrongs never make a right.



On subject of which, this JibJab animation by Atom Films has already crashed several servers in the States, thank to its overwhelming popularity. No wonder: this has to be one of the funniest, sharpest satires ever to make its way across the Web. Best thing about it: it's non-Partisan. I supply the link in the very small chance that there may be some overseas readers who've yet to be pointed its way.



Staying with Flash animation, cartoons and satire – oh yes, we like our segues here at iJamming! – my great friend Pascal Wyse has finally established a web site for his own fine work as half of the gentlemanly duo Berger and Wyse. I've known Pasc since he was a baby – we share Godmothers – but my support for his work extends way beyond cronyism. Berger and Wyse produce The Pitchers cartoon for The Guardian, a sabre-toothed send-up of self-absorbed film types. They've recently expanded into the potentially lucrative world of television commercials, but you'll note my choice of adjective; so until they get rich, you can check their work for fre. And the entire Pitchers series is archived at The Guardian's Film site.


And if you want to know why I have so much time for Pasc, simply click on the picture below to see Mr. Wyse beat-boxing like a true Bronx home-boy. The location? A 500 year old pub in his decidedly non-urban birth-place(and mine): Beverley.

Beat-Boxing Beverley Boy (and Pitchers producer) Pascal Wyse



Staying with freely distributed art on the World Wide Web, and returning to a popular iJamming! subject of the last few weeks (that of Joy Division cover versions), Brooklynite Chris Burke just sent me a link to his newly released MP3 of Unknown Pleasures' classic opening track 'Disorder.' Under the name Glomag, Chris is a key figure in the New York laptop and gameboy music scene and keeps a schedule that makes me look lazy by comparison. He came down to Step On a couple of months back, the night we opened with the Factory tribute hour, and was like a little kid let loose in the candy store when he heard Dan Selzer playing 52nd Street and Quando Quango. We simply couldn't get him off the dance floor. I can't claim the Step On experience inspired him to the Joy Division cover: he's already posted a fantastic sample-ridden rendition of Kraftwerk's 'Numbers' and a particularly explosive cover of The Normal's 'Crash (Warm Leatherette).' His 'Disorder' is cool version by any criteria, but when you note that the music is "entirely Gameboy," it's all the more remarkable. Go check 'em, for free, now. Isn't technology a wonderful thing?


MONDAY JULY 26

OHIO SWINGS NEW YORK PARKS

The pictures above were taken by my missus Posie on Thursday evening in Central Park. The group at left claims to be A Flock Of Seagulls (that's Mike Score at the keyboards); the act at right purports to be General Public (that's Dave Wakeling on the guitar). The two groups, if we can still call them that, were playing as part of Nike's RunHitWonder, one of the more preposterous corporate exercises we've encountered of late. Posie took part in the 5k race (there was also a 10k) because it counted as a qualifier for next year's Marathon and because, as a long-term Dave Wakeling fan, she was quite enamored by the idea of having him play for her in person while she ran, as opposed to on the headphones, as is often the case. But she was the first to admit that there was something sad about seeing such a great guitarist, vocalist and songwriter reduced to performing at street level on a public park main road for a corporate event at which, adding insult to injury, participating runners were told "Do Not Stop at the Band Locations."

Posie roundly ignored that demand and reported that, though there was no sign of former Beat and General Public partner Ranking Roger, Wakeling's voice was magnificent as ever as he sang 'Save It For Later' and 'Tenderness,' She was, however, smart enough to speed up when she came to A Flock Of Seagulls, only doubling back when she remembered I wanted a picture. She was also sensible enough to show up for the pre-race "party" in Morningside Park long after Kajagoogoo were scheduled to, um, perform. (You don't think I would marry anyone who would go out of their way to see a reformed Kajagoogoo or Flock Of Seagulls now, do you?) Fortunately for the several thousand attendees, Limahl and his crew canceled. Unfortunately, Nike didn't get the word out in time that their replacement was another of VH1's Bands Reunited: Dramarama. One of the very few groups to break nationally out of the New Jersey scene in the late 80s/early 90s, Dramarama were the source of great pride down at our old New Brunswick haunt The Melody, so Posie felt a little disappointed to find that in deliberately missing out on one group she couldn't stand she accidentally missed out on another she'd like to have seen. But that's the way it goes when you're dealing with, um, has-beens.

The event was, by my reckoning, the worse kind of corporate cock-sucking. The bands had to reduce themselves to the stigma of being OneHitWonders, and the runners had to wear blue polyester Nike race shirts if they wanted to participate. The photo-op pay-off for the sponsors: ten thousand people lined up in their logo, and, they would hope, increased credibility and visibility with casual runners. (For all that Nike started out as a shoe company, serious runners prefer Asics, Saucony and New Balance.) The pay-off for the runners: a free concert back at Morningside Park upon conclusion, headlined by DEVO. It's eight years since Akron's finest put their flowerpots on and sang 'Mongoloid' and 'Jocko Homo' in public and though front man Mark Mothersbaugh has gotten fat, in more ways than one, on the riches of his soundtrack and commercial compositions in the interim, their performance reportedly lacked for nothing in energy and charisma. By standard criteria, Devo were indeed one hit wonders – 'Whip It' made the American # 14 in 1980, their only appearance in the top 40 – but proof of their lasting influence and popularity was in evidence the following night, when they headlined Central Park's Summerstage series, with this year's new hit wonders, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (and Stellastarr*) in grateful support.

Jocko Homos: Nike's OneHitRunners in corporate gear prior to their jog round Central Park.....and Devo, fronted by a chubby Mark Mothersbaugh, headlining at Morningside Park afterwards.

I would like to have seen Devo in Morningside Park myself, but a) Nike wouldn't let anyone in who wouldn't suck corporate cock, and b) I was busy watching, or at least listening to, Ohio's other crucially influential 1970s new wave group, PERE UBU, in Prospect Park down in Brooklyn. It was one of those pieces of perfect synchronicity: who would have ever predicted, back in, say 1978, that Devo from Akron, and Pere Ubu from Cleveland, would be performing, in New York City public parks, for free, on the very same night in July 2004?

In all other regards though, the two concerts were polar opposites. While Devo played the hits to a limited crowd of Nike-sanctioned runners, David Thomas's Pere Ubu were providing a one-off soundtrack performance to accompany Roger Corman's movie The Man With The X-Ray Eyes, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn series. These live soundtracks are a regular part of the park promotions: this Thursday, jazz act BQE provide the music for the 1931 movie of Frankenstein, for example. But Pere Ubu was a particularly prestigious booking, and the Band-Shell was filled almost to its 5,000 capacity for the event.

It was a beautiful night by every criteria imaginable: the weather was just perfect, the event was free (a $3 donation is suggested), and the good-natured audience was equally distributed between well-informed Ubu fans, well-informed movie goers, and eager young enthusiasts of both mediums. I noticed several dozen other dads, every one of them surely a long-standing Ubu fan like me, out with their kids (like me), hoping the littl'uns would be so intrigued by Corman's classic B-movie schtick that they'd let us enjoy Ubu's music in peace. Our hopes were fulfilled, as the entertainment served both generations: for the children, Ray Milland dominated the big screen as a doctor who injects himself with a serum that grants him X-Ray vision - and finally sees too much to maintain his sanity – while for the adults, David Thomas dominated the sound.

Actually, the movie crossed over to the adults, and the music to the kids. Thomas conducted Ubu through lots of appropriate psychedelic synthesized sound effects, occasional full instrumentals, a brief burst of 'Louie Louie' during a party scene, and the regular, and welcomed, sound of him playing loud-mouth by impersonating, imitating and otherwise commentating on Milland's cliched dialogue. At times, that dialogue was brought down in volume as Ubu upped the ante, but for the most part, we could hear every word from the screen, Ubu knowing all too well that in cinematic situations, less can often be more. We felt all the more fortunate for the fact that this was a classic Ubu line-up featuring, and I hope I have this right, Tony Maimome on bass, Chris Cutler on drums, Keith Moliné on guitar, and Robert Wheeler on synths.

Opening act was Clem Snide, who would qualify as Brooklyn-based but for singer, guitarist, and songwriter Eef Barzelay having recently moved to Nashville. Barzelay seemed more than a little nostalgic for his former home turf, stating his desire to come back the next night for a repeat performance, and raising the group's mostly atmospheric avant-garde country-jazz to unexpected fever pitch with a cover of Jay-Z's '99 Problems' - followed by the announcement, "That's how we Celebrate Brooklyn." Indeed. It was one of those nights that makes Summer In the City not just bearable, but something close to essential.

2004 MUSINGS
JULY 19-25: Live reviews: Mission Of Burma/Electric Six/The Fever/Van Hunt/Brazilian Girls/Apollo Heights/L Maestro; Crime Watch, Book Watch, TV Watch, Booze Watch
JULY 12-18: Jeff Mills' Exhibitionist DVD review, Midweek W(h)ines, Los Pleneros de la 21/Kékélé live, The Homosexuals,
JULY 5-11: Nick Hornby's Songbook
JUNE 28-JULY 4: The Streets/Dizzee Rascal/I Am X/Funkstorung live, Wine, Football and festivals,
JUNE 21-27: Lollapalooza, Morrissey, Deadwood, London Calling, Stone Roses, Euro 2004,
JUNE 14-20: Fast Food and Cheap Oil, Party Prospects, More Clash, Radio Indie Pop
JUNE 7-13: MP3s vs AIFF, Step on, June Hitlist, The Clash,
MAY 31-JUNE 6: Benzos/The Hong Kong/Home Video live, Tribute Bands, Lester Bangs, Glad All Over
MAY 24-30: The Clash, Fear Of A Black Planet, Marvin Gaye, Sandy Bull, Richard Pryor, Stoop Sale LPs, Michael Moore, Nat Hentoff
MAY 17-23: 5th Ave Street Fair, James, Surefire/The Go Station live, Crystal Palace
MAY 10-16: Radio 4 live, John Entwistle, Jeff Mills, Wine notes, Joy Division covers
APR 26-MAY 9: Twenty Twos, Morningwood, French Kicks, Ambulance Ltd all live, More Than Nets, Mod, Turning 40
APR 19-25: 5 Boroughs Rock, The Number 3 Bus, Orbital split, MC5 reform
APR 6-19: British Press Cuttings, More Than Nets, Art Rockers and Brit Packers
MAR 29-APRIL 5: The Rapture/BRMC/Stellastarr* live, The Chinese Beatles, Freddie Adu
MAR 22-28: Singapore Sling live, Kerry on a Snowboard, Pricks on Clits, Eddie Izzard, Who's Two
MAR 15-21: TV On The Radio live, Tracking Terror, Bloomberg's Education Bloc, The Homosexuals,
MAR 8-14: The Undertones live, Winemakers Week, Madrid Bombings, Just In Jest
MAR 1-7: Rhone-gazing, Pop Culture Quiz answers, Who's Hindsight, March Hitlist
FEB 16-29: Lad Lit, American Primaries, New York novels, Candi Staton, the Pop Culture Quiz, World Musics In Context
FEB 9-15: Grammy gripes, Spacemen 3, Replacements, Touching The Void, Moon myths, Voice Jazz & Pop Poll
FEB 2-FEB 8: Suicide Girls in the flesh, Johnny Rotten's a Celebrity...So's Jodie Marsh
JAN 26-FEB 1: Starsailor/Stellastarr*/Ambulance live, Tiswas, Wine Watch, Politics Watch
JAN 19-25: Brooklyn Nets? LCD Soundsystem, Iowa Primary, The Melody, TV On The Radio
JAN 12-18: The Unicorns live, New York w(h)ines, Sex In The City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, S.U.V. Safety, Bands Reunited
JAN 5-11: Tony's Top 10s of 2003, Howard Dean and his credits, Mick Middles and Mark E. Smith, Mick Jones and Don Letts,

2003 MUSINGS:
DEC 22-JAN 4: Blind Boys of Alabama live, Joe Strummer, Year-End Lists, Finding Nemo, The Return of The King
DEC 15-21: Placebo live, Park Slope, Angels In America, Saddam's capture
DEC 8-14: The Rapture live, Guardian readers change lightbulbs, Keep iJamming! Thriving
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
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