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TONY FLETCHER'S NEXT DJ GIGS...

MONDAY OCTOBER 18,
ATOMIQUE at ELEVEN, 152 Orchard St., Manhattan (between Stanton and Rivington).
Listening party for the new albums by Hope Of The States and The Zutons: come on early to hear those records and pick up some freebies. Night starts at 8pm, Tony Djing at 10pm, admission is free. More info at melodynelson.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5
STEP ON at The ROYALE,
506 5th Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn. 9pm-3am, Tony DJs from 9pm-Midnight. Free admission. Call 718 840 0089 for more info.

Penultimate night! STEP ON STEPS DOWN: Read why here.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16

The iJAMMING! HITLIST
OCTOBER 2004

THE FIERY FURNACES – BLUEBERRY BOAT (Rough Trade)

More idiosyncrasy from Chicago-raised, Brooklyn-based brother and sister team Matt and Eleanor Friedberger: those who found debut album Gallowsbird's Bark hard work won't get joy from Blueberry Boat. But for those who enjoy cerebral, challenging – yet ultimately celebratory - rock music, this is a triumph. It's also the second contemporary American album on this page to show the imprint of Pete Townshend's late Sixties mini-operas. (See Green Day's American Idiot for the other obvious example.)
Several songs on Blueberry Boat push alarmingly close to the ten minute mark, but there's so much going on in every one of them that tedium is never on the menu. Eleanor continues to write entire globe-trotting novellas – the lyrics to the eight-minute long 'Chris Matthews' take up an entire three pages of the CD booklet - and when Matt runs rampant with bright piano, suspended fourths on the acoustic guitar, fairground keyboards and David Muller throws in some symphonic Moon-like flourishes, anyone who's heard The Who's 'Rael' and 'A Quick One' will recognize the influence. They may be too unconventional for the mainstream, but The Fiery Furnaces are equally too big – in character, in ideas, in ambition and scope – for any underground niche you try to box them in.
Highlight: Those who find 'Chris Matthews' too sprawling may prefer the delightfully engaging, self-explanatory, blues-ridden 'My Dog Was Lost But Now He's Found.'

GREEN DAY – AMERICAN IDIOT (Warner Brothers)

It's not their finest album because it's political: punk rock was always about politics. Green Day's seventh album is their finest because it's musically sophisticated and yet louder than bombs, because it's lyrically furious but never stoops to clichés, and most of all, because Green Day continue to sound both hungry and angry. And of course, it's their finest album because it's a (punk) rock opera that never sounds pretentious or pompous. American Idiot is a fired up collection of immediate riffs and melodies, echoing the best of The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and, on 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,' Oasis too. But for all the obvious volume and venom, Green Day can be as sentimental as the next ageing punk: on 'She's A Rebel,' 'Extraordinary Girl' and ''Whatsername,' Billy Joe Armstrong sings wistfully of old flames and eternal mysteries. And 'Wake Me Up When September Ends,' with its underlying, unstated longing for a world where September 11 never comes around, will ring happily familiar to all fans of The Replacements' acoustic ballad 'Here Comes A Regular.'
Highlights: If it's protest punk you're after, it doesn't get better than the title track and its assertion, "Maybe I am the faggot America/I'm not a part of a redneck agenda." But if it's power pop that brought you to Green Day in the first place, the Mersey melodies of 'Extraordinary Girl' will do just fine.

BOWLING FOR SOUP – A HANGOVER YOU DON'T DESERVE (Jive)

Some punk groups never grow up – because the movement provided them with the opportunity to make a living wage by making music that perpetuates their youth. Bowling For Soup are archetypes of this sub-set, their seventh album plundering the usual punk-pop themes of drunkenness (title), ex-girlfriends (um, 'Next 'Ex-Girlfriend') and career and emotional failure of all stripes ('Almost'). But it's all done with humor, grace, skill - and the confidence that comes with being in a successful punk group where tomorrow is for fools.
Highlight: '1985,' about a suburban mom trapped in her youthful heyday ("There was U2 and Blondie and music still on MTV") is not just witty, but smart and sophisticated enough to rival, in both melody and subject matter, Fountain Of Wayne's equally endearing power pop anthem 'Stacey's Mom.'

PAUL WELLER – STUDIO 150 (V2)

Paul Weller – as leader of The Jam – was my musical idol throughout my teens. Nothing will ever change that. Thing is, that was over 20 years ago, and maybe because I've stayed involved in the world of music, my tastes have changed along the way. Many other Jam fans, however, have become increasingly removed from new music as they've grown older, and formed an ever more solid bond with Weller as their soul provider in the process.
For those devout thousands, Weller's first album of cover versions may well be the ideal soundtrack for warm nights by the fire while playing with the kids. I can't hear it as anything but pedestrian. Someone please enlighten me as to what Paul and company bring to Tim Hardin's 'Don't Make Promises,' Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' or Neil Young's 'Birds' other than a numbing sameness rendered all the more mediocre by Paul's workmanlike vocal. Studio 150 is more interesting when it takes risks with the material: Weller's interpretation of Gil Scott Heron's 'The Bottle' has spunk, and in performing Noel Gallagher's 'One Way Road,' he brings the subject of influences full circle. But his straight-faced cover of the Bacharach-David song 'Close To You' only confirms what many have long suspected: that middle age Paul Weller is decidedly middle of the road.
Highlight: The string-laden rendition of Rose Royce's disco ballad 'Wishing On A Star' proves closer in style and spirit to Weller's own slow songs than might have been expected. (Of course, at the time it was a hit, early 1978, 'Wishing On A Star' was viewed with disgust, if acknowledged at all, by young punks like The Jam. And myself. Kudos for bringing it back to light.)

THE GO! TEAM – THUNDER, LIGHTNING, STRIKE (Memphis Industries)

Frantic, fucked-up, footloose and fancy-free amalgam of hip-hop, rock and soul that manages the unlikely feat of sounding like The Housemartins on harmonica, the Double Dutch Girls skipping rope and The Avalanches assembling songs from other peoples' music – all at the same time. (The music here is, however, all the Brighton band's own.) Deliberately tinny and largely devoid of what radio programmers fondly call a "chorus," it's destined to remain underground. Where its exuberance, energy and all embracing imagination should ensure it becomes a classic.
Highlight: 'Bottle Rocket' – which I first heard on an Uncut magazine promo CD – remains my fave rave, if only because the rapid-fire female rap distinguishes it from the many instrumentals. But Thunder, Lightning, Strike knows not the meaning of boredom, believe me.

FATBOY SLIM: PALOOKAVILLE (Astralwerks/Skint)

Dance music is not dead - look at any other number of acts covered at iJamming! for proof that the genre is continually reinventing itself - but for Fatboy Slim, the party is obviously over. Half of him knows as much: on Palookaville, Norman Cook can be heard struggling to find a way past the dance music clichés and into the 21st Century. Yet all the collaborations with all the real-life musicians and vocalists he can assemble (Damon Albarn, rapper Lateef, Bootsy Collins, Brighton-based DJ Justin Robertson and the town's new band Jonny Quality) simply can't make Palookaville congeal.
The other half of Palookaville finds Cook clinging desperately to formula as if it will continue to serve up the hits this far down the line. Yet whoever decided to make 'Slash Dot Dash' (a tired and uninspired retread of his trademark 'Rockafeller Skank' cut-up sound) and 'The Joker' (a straight cover of the Steve Miller song with Bootsy Collins on vocals) Palookaville's lead singles is living further in the past than Jethro Tull. Overall, Palookaville sounds fractured, distanced, desperately uncertain of itself
The tragedy is that Cook forged a way forward on his last album, 2000's Halfway Between The Gutter and The Stars, and even provided a final statement to the whole golden daze of dance with the epic 'Song For Shelter.' Maybe he should have retired Fatboy Slim the recording artist on that emotional, musical and commercial high. But he didn't, and by this point in the game, the Fatboy Slim recording moniker may prove to be permanently damaged goods.
Norman Cook remains one of the nicest people who ever made a mint - and as a past master at reinvention, odds are that he'll find a way to entertain and amaze us all over again. But it will take him a while to get over the colossal creative disappointment that is Palookaville.
Highlights: The dance-rock collaboration with Brighton band Jonny Quality on 'Long Way From Home,' and Justin Robertson's baggy contributions on 'Push And Shove' would both past muster – on those artists' albums. And a couple of songs that rely on the familiar use of barely-sung samples - the opening 'Don't Let The Man Get You Down' and the ballad for his wife, 'North West Three' - are temporarily endearing.' But they belong to the 1990s, not 2004.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 15

NEW YORK WINES AND DINES

The Hermann J. Wiemer Johannisberg Riesling from the Finger Lakes: as good as New York gets

From yesterday's post on Brooklyn bars and restaurants, it's but a small leap to the subject of New York wine. October is New York Wines & Dines Month, with wine stores, bars and restaurants alike promoting the Empire State's Grape-Growing efforts. Discovering New York wines is a frequently frustrating, and far too expensive, venture, which is why it's a good time to take advantage of the free tastings being offered as part of the October Promotion. Here in Park Slope, for example, the 7th Avenue Wine and Liquor Company is pouring two different New York wines a day all week. Just my luck that I don't have time to get there every day and try them out. For more on New York Wines & Dines, visit the site.

For my own experiences with the State's wines, visit New York W(h)ines part 1. And New York W(hines) Part 2. But also note my enthusiastic reports on New York Cabernet Franc , and these following indivisual wines: the Hermann Wiemer Johannisberg Dry Riesling, the Ternhaven Cellars Claret d'Albah, the Schneider Potato Barn White, the Dr. Konstantin Frank Gewurztraminer, and the Pindar Viognier. All good wines where and when you can find them.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 14

"KEEP ON PUSHING"

Slim pickings for you today. This is turning into one of the busiest weeks I've had in years. On top of some magazine deadlines, the CMJ Music Marathon, the must-watch Presidential Debate, the attempt to complete an October Hitlist before it's too late, the mastering of Apocalypse tracks and the ongoing personal issues that come with expecting a baby in a few months, this happens to be peak period for marathon training. Last Sunday, I somehow knocked six minutes off my best previous Half Marathon time, in the Saugerties Fall Classic - on the hills of the Catskills, no less - though the pleasure is proving short-lived: this weekend I have to do a final training run of over 20 miles. It's all physically tiring and enormously time incurring. (And yes, I do wonder why I'm doing it - though on November 7, running the streets of New York, I'm sure the reasons will come back to me!)

After this weekend's run, the training "tapers down" and I start conserving energy for the big race. Hopefully, I can put more of that excess energy into the site. In the meantime, I'm gong to keep pushing you to keep iJamming! thriving. If you log on here hoping for something new every day, and you're disappointed when that doesn't happen, bear in mind that this is all a labour of love - and that there are costs involved in running the site. So again, I'm going to ask: if you enjoy what you read, please consider putting a few pennies in the collection bucket. You can contribute to iJamming!'s upkeep by following either of these links.

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Those who have sent e-mails in recent weeks, today's opening paragraph may explain why I haven't gotten round to replying. The Pub is always the place for anything that isn't strictly personal. But The Pub too, costs money to maintain. If you like popping in for a virtual pint and a chat with our international crowd, look on a contribution to iJamming! as the equivalent of "tipping your bartender." (Note to British readers: we tip bartenders in the States. In return, we get "buy backs." And you get plenty of those at iJamming!)

Talking of Pubs, a number of Brooklyn bars and restaurants have agreed to donate 5% of their take next week to the DevelopDon'tDestroy organization that is fighting developer Bruce Ratner's plans to force a mini-city into an already thriving borough. The list of participants is here; you can get more info on this issue at the same site.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13

WEB FRIENDS DAY

"Recently I discovered Viognier: white wine – fantastic! Didn't know I liked it. I was 64 when I discovered it. Something new: joy in my life I wasn't expecting!"

...That's John Cleese discussing his new show about wine for the Food Channel. I was 34 when I discovered Viognier. And was no less excited than Mr. Cleese, as these pages dating back to iJamming!'s launch will confirm. Cleese's show intends to take the snobbery out of wine: he did his part as Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, as anyone who remembers this classic exchange will confirm:

Fawlty: "I can certainly see you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret."

Click here to see Çleese explaining the show's concept in person. You'll also get a convoluted and suitably comic Bush Administration light bulb joke.


Is it 4real? The Party Party claim to have built an entire cover version of 'Imagine' using the cut-up speech(es) of George W. Bush. It sounds convincing. It sounds funny. Tragically so. It also shows the leaps and bounds that sampling culture has taken in the last dozen years. I have a clear memory of Emergency Broadcast Network cutting up the first President Bush's speeches to form a cover of Queen's 'We Will Rock You.' At the time, it sounded revolutionary. In comparison to what's being done now, it would sound merely ponderous and awkward.

Dick may be a killer...

...But John has killed people, motherf***a!

Another Party Party track reorders Bush's words to create a satirical take on gay marriage under the title 'Dick Is A Killer.' The Party Party site has produced t-shirts of Dick Cheney to match. (An important aside: it was obvious in last week's VP Debate that even arch-conservative Cheney does not support the Constitutional Amendment on marriage. Fortunately, neither did the Senate.) But the real killer out there is not Dick but John. This quote from one of Kerry's advisors in the Sunday New York Times' magazine's lengthy cover feature on the presidential candidate:

"Unlike Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, he's looked people in the face and shot them dead.''

In American vernacular, this is called a pissing contest. Let's hope it's played out to its limits in tonight's debate. Can you imagine Kerry saying the following: "With respect, Mr. President. Who amongst us has actually looked people in the face and shot them dead?"

(What is it Morrissey sings? "The president is never black, female or gay and until that day you've got nothing to say to me.")


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If you have any interest in actually winning the battle against the Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, as opposed to simply getting rid of Bush, do read the Times' profile on Kerry. It's informative, and it's important. However, if you prefer just ridiculing Bush and avoiding actual solutions to our many problems, you'll have a field day surfing Neil Krupnick's site, his digital edits of the prior debates, and his links to the many other such sites doing the same thing.


On a similar note, if you're opposed to the spread of S.U.V.'s – especially in Europe, where they've yet to become a true menace – you'll enjoy this site. However, if I was considering buying an SUV, I would not certainly not be dissuaded by this quote:

“Hey! Get a smaller Car!” Blake Ludwig – Global Generation

Partly because I have no idea who Blake Ludwig is. But also because no one likes being told what to do.

There are many, many, many reasons we should be opposed to the spread of SUVs, and the Stop Suburban 4x4s site does elaborate on many of them once you surf around it. A personal note from my visit back home in August: I was staying in Beverley, Yorkshire, a small market town that dates back a thousand years or more, and whose narrow roads are an absolute traffic nightmare at the best of time. (The UK is adding 500,000 cars a year to its roads, and now has more cars out there than it does registered drivers. This is not merely an American problem.) We drove down to the town centre on a Saturday, market day, and I watched in exasperation as a middle-aged woman tried to reverse-park her expensive, expansive SUV. She had very little control of the vehicle which could barely fit in the allotted space anyway. Now it's possible, given Beverley's location, that she had needed the 4x4 to drive across her muddy farmland and off her estate – but considering that this was the middle of summer, I seriously doubt it. The public roads in the region are well kept and serve smaller vehicles just fine. No, what I saw was a not very good driver inside a powerful, potentially lethal vehicle of which she had very little control and which was completely out of proportion to her requirements.

We've lost the battle against these vehicles in the States: driving upstate as often as I do, I've really come to feel like unless I get a taller vehicle myself, I'm going to get in a crash soon because I can't see over or around all the badly driven S.U.V.s. (By which you can tell that I'm among the last hold-outs.) And so I really hope the battle can be won in Europe. More so than boycotting the fast food industries, or WalMart, or Hollywood movies, Europeans can distinguish themselves from the worst of American environmental excesses in a peaceful and positive way, by shunning SUVs.


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CMJ is on this week. That is, the annual CMJ Music Marathon hits New York with more shows than makes sense. I'm not 'doing' the event in the same way as I have previous years, but I'm going to try and take in some live music over the next couple of nights anyway. Unfortunately, just about everybody I want to see is playing on Thursday: The Concretes, VHS or Beta, Inouk, Colder, Dead Combo, Hope Of The States, The Music, Clinic, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Raveonettes, Morningwood and Moldy Peaches. Talk about an embarrassment of riches.

If you can't make it to any of these shows, you could always download another cover off the web. Tommy have their version of 'Won't Get Fool Again' (sic) available at their site. One listen and even Paul Weller's version of 'Close To You' will sound good. Or Fatboy Slim's version of 'The Joker.'


TUESDAY OCTOBER 12

KEEP IJAMMING! THRIVING

If iJamming! was an old vinyl record, it would sound scratched this week: I'm going to continue pushing the "pledge drive" at the extent of other posts until more of you pitch in and keep iJamming! thriving. In the meantime, thanks very, very much to those who responded to Thursday's pitch and made a contribution: your support encourages me to keep putting in the hours. But if I'm going to be able to keep iJamming! at its current level of creativity and quantity, I really do need more of you to help out. Rather than waste time today composing new words on the same theme – I'd sooner be writing about new music and media anyway - I'll copy and paste from Thursday's post to better explain myself:

"I operate iJamming! as a labour of love – it's become an integral part of my life and that's not going to change any time soon – but there are costs involved in running the site, not to mention the increasing demands on my time. I have deliberately steered free of advertising on this site, both because of the bureaucracy it would create, and because I want iJamming! to be 100% independent and not influenced by any outsider's interests. And so, the plain fact is: I put in several hours a day on this site, thousands of people visit every week, and I don't get a penny from it.

Some of what you get at iJamming!: An interview with Karl Hyde of Underworld... on the subject of alcoholism.

...And wine reviews (with music to match). Whoops....


"In the old days, as some of the regulars at the iJamming! Pub know, I would attend gigs with a plastic bag full of Jamming! fanzines, approach those I thought might be interested in what I/we had to say, and ask them to part with approximately 25p for the privilege of buying a copy. (Sometimes this covered the printing costs; other times it didn't.) Now I'm doing it the other way round: You get to read anything and everything for free, in advance, and if you feel like you're getting something from it, I ask that you consider a contribution. Think of it as dropping a coin in the busker's bucket, or making a donation for upkeep to a beloved museum/church/library. Overseas readers – who make up a significant percentage of iJamming! regulars – should not feel like they can't get involved. Using either paypal or amazonhonors is as simple as clicking on the buttons below and paying through a credit card."

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This is only the second time in four years I've come all out and asked for financial support to keep the site going. On the other hand, my favourite radio station spends an entire month, twice a year, breaking with regular programming to ask its listeners for donations. Likewise, because I've contributed to charities in the past, I usually get three or four letters in the mail every day asking if I can make another payment. In comparison to these solicitations, I'm trying to keep my own requests to you to an absolute minimum. Please contribute this week and then we can get back to the new postings.

When I made my first pitch for your aid last year, I offered this explanation. It still seems relevant. Please read it if you'd like a further elaboration on my thinking.

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...And reprints from Jamming! Magazine, like Tony Parsons on Bruce Springsteen

If you're new to iJamming! - and this site constantly picks up fresh readers - then please take some time to cruise around: I have archived over 350 pages since launching iJamming! four years ago. Click on the red square buttons at the top of the page to access different areas of the site; follow the links at left to read some of the more recent major posts. In particular, scroll to the bottom of this page and follow the links back through this year's posts, to see the sort of stuff that goes up on the site almost every day of the week. (Daily Musings for 2002 and 2003 can be accessed from here.)

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2004 MUSINGS
OCT 4-10: Best of Best Of New York, Keep iJamming! Thriving, WebFriends, October Hitlist
SEP 26-OCT 3: This Sporting Life Parts 1 & 2 (football and Olympics), Full Court Music Press, Rudi, The Clash, Apocalypse
SEP 19-25: The Zutons/Thrills live, Brian Clough RIP, Iraq, Hunting, Virgin Trains, Punk Voters, Step On Steps Down
SEP 17: The V Festival Review: Pixies, Charlatans, Scissor Sisters, Fountains Of Wayne. Basement Jaxx, Audio Bullys, Freestyler, The Killers, Pink - and camp cameraderie.
SEP 12-16: Johnny Ramone, Village Voice vs. New York Press, Love Parades
SEP 11: Absolute Affirmation: A New York Hitlist.
SEP 3-10: The Futureheads live, The Good News, Step Off, No Sleep Till Brooklyn
AUG 23-SEP 2: No postings: On summer holiday.
AUG 16-22: 33 Notes on 45 Bands: Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival
AUG 9-15: Step On, The Summer Hitlist
AUG 2-8: Crystal Palace are shirt, Crazy Legs are back, The British are Rapping, Losers Lounge, Step On
JULY 26-AUG 1: Farewell to Orbital, the Nike RunHitWonder, Pere Ubu in the Park, Devo, Dave Wakeling, Berger & Wyse
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,

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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 biggest night out that you'll ever have in." Jockey Slut
"Hedonism will have you gripped from start to finish, guaranteed." International DJ


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