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The November Hitlist
30 Albums 10 Songs
IT'S MY FIRST TIME: HOW MUCH WILL IT HURT?:
Ten tips for the marathon virgin from someone who's now done it. Or...How to enjoy an exercise in maoschism.
FEATURED ALBUM:
TOM PETTY/HEARTBREAKERS
The Last DJ
FEATURED WINE:
Cartlidge & Browne California Chardonnay 2000
Featured Mix CD:
Back To Mine by New Order
NEW! From the Jamming! Archives: The Jam
Interviewed in 1979
NEW: The iJamming! Interview: UNDERWORLD
"I got it in my head that I was going to die in a cheesy hotel room covered in cat's piss." NOW WITH LIVE PHOTOS
New! Coming and Going
Chapter 3: The Palace
NEW: The iJamming! Interview
RICHARD BUTLER Part 2
NEW! 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)
The October Hitlist
30 Albums 10 Songs
HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
The whole Bloody 1990s cataloge
Last of The Summer Rosês:
Goats Do Roam, Vin Gris de Cigare and Rose of Virginia.
DID BIN LADEN WIN?
10 Reasons To Fear The Worst
From the Jamming! Archives:
PAUL WELLER
interviewed in 1978
"A number one single would be a bit scary."
LEVI'S STROKES EARS
New York's rock'n'roll rescuers play Lowlife - loudly
LUNA at SOUTHPAW
Local legends and international influence come home to party
THE AUGUST HITLIST:
28 Albums Rocking Our World
THE TWO ARE ALRIGHT:
The Who at Madison Square Garden
AREA 2:
A wash-out
24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
The Movie
The Party
THE HOOTENANNY REVUE REVIEW:
Cedell Davis, Tuatara, and The Minus 5 atthe Knitting Factory
WILSON PICKETT:
Still 'A Man And A Half'
THE JULY HITLIST
30 Albums, 5 Songs, 5 books and a handful of movies
TIMOTHY WHITE
An obituary by Chris Charlesworth
The REZILLOS:
Back On The (Flying Saucer) Attack
THE JUNE HITLIST
30 Albums, 10 Songs, 5 books and a handful of movies.
MAY MUSINGS
Eight Days in A Week's Music:
Ed Harcourt, Vines, Candy Butchers, Timo Maas, Ashley Casselle & Adam Freeland, Aerial Love Feed, and enough little club nights to shake several sticks at.
LONDON MUSING
Tony's (lengthy) trip down nostalgia lane from his visit home at the end of April. Stop-offs include Death Disco, old Jamming! Magazines, life-long friendships, road trips to Brighton, Damilola Taylor and political frustration, Morrissey-Marr, Zeitgeist, Oasis, Dexys, Primal Scream, the current British music scene and more.
The iJamming! interview:
CARL COX
"'Acid Trax' by Phuture came out and I was just 'Okay, forget all hip hop and all old school rare groove right here, this is it.'"
GOLDEN SHOT
hostess 'Lee Patrick' recalls her time as Keith Moon's amour
HEDONISM:
An intrigue of early 90s New York nightlife.
NEW CHAPTER now online
From the Jamming! Archives:
U2 interviewed in 1984.
"It's not U2 that's creating this great art. . .There's something that works through us to create in this way."
iJamming! Wino/Muso:
JOHN ACQUAVIVA
"New world wines are just too techno for me."
The iJAMMING! interview:
DAVID SYLVIAN
"I don't think people realize that life can become so exciting and interesting that it can draw you away for long periods of time from creating music - & why not?"
From the Keith Moon archives:
the JEFF BECK interview .
The iJAMMING! chat:
MARK PERRY

"If I was asked why Sniffin' Glue was so important, it was the way we conducted ourselves, the style of it, just the attitude. It had attitude in abundance didn't it?"
Forgotten Classics:
THE CHILLS: Brave Words
From the JAMMING! archives: PAUL WELLER ON POP
Featured wine region 2:
CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES
TRAVIS.
Fran Healy explains why "you cannot own a song." (And why Liam Gallagher "is going to turn into a really great songwriter.")
Featured Artist Web Site:
LLOYD COLE
From the JAMMING! archives: The Story That Spawned Creation
The iJAMMING! interview:
BOY GEORGE.
"Once you've had your go, what-ever it may be, they want you to piss off, and they can't bear it if you come back, they can't bear it."
The full iJamming! Contents
DECEMBER CHILDREN . . .
While December is the busiest time of year for people working on the retail side of music, those of us who make (part of) our living reviewing music see the month as providing a brief respite between the onslaught of major albums that precede the 'Holiday Season' and the equally hefty if rather less high-pressured attack of 'new acts' inevitably unleashed in the new year. Rather than taking a month away from music, I usually seize on this down period as an opportunity to catch up on all those records I didn't get to earlier in the year. Some of these date back several months, though for reasons I don't fully undertsand, the year 2000 saw an enormous number of marginal albums and new acts released in October and November, during which time I must have recieved at least fifty mix CDs, a wonderful addition to my party music shelf but hardly conducive to individual assessment. And given that magazine and newspaper editors have to concentrate on the Radioheads, U2s, Fatboy Slims (not to mention the Ricky Martins , Backstreet Boys and R Kellys) of this world, the likes of coverage being afforded Kriedler, the Dumdums and Longwave - to name just three obscure but worthy examples - is near minimal. So for the next month, as I get through my backlog of music while getting on with other things, then rather than simply consign the better releases to the "maybe next time" corner of my mind, I'm going to assign them a prominent position on the web site. Right here. Links lead to label or artist web pages, click on sleeves to (hopefully) hear tracks. Click here for Dec 11 onwards.

Friday December 8

THE BIRDWATCHER
THE DARKEST HOUR IS JUST BEFORE DAWN
Arena Rock Recording Company

You have to be pretty immersed in the American indie scene to be excited by the fact that The Birdwatcher is the alter ego of D Matz from Windsor For The Derby. Who? What? Exactly. Better to immerse yourself instead in this album's delicate charms, which the CD sticker pronounces as "an amorphous blend of subtle, barren pop." I would add the adjective "quiet" to this otherwise accurate summary: the opener 'Cutting Rope' is as near to ambient as guitars get and the subsequent 'First Bright Light' has four minutes of restrained rhythms before vocals so dainty as to be whispers enter the equation. When we do hear guitars, drums and harmonica it's like they've been recorded from the inside of a biscuit tin. And just to add to this record's highly endearing strangeness, the band name is unusually apposite: all songs appear to concern our feathered friends (except perhaps the gorgeous, Spiritualized-like cover of the Stones' 'Great Expectations' as a finale). Indeed, the singalong 'Little Birdie' makes a nice companion piece to Eeels' 'I Like Birds.' Not an album to throw on for its individual highlights, more a concept piece that invites - and warrants - your command.
Thursday December 7

LONGWAVE
ENDSONGS
LUNASEA

As a guitarist, Longwave's Steve Schlitz has a precocious ability to coax the sort of sounds out of his instrument that turned the Edge and Johnny Marr into gods. As a songwriter, he has a good grip on melancholic, sometimes bittersweet verses that rise up into exuberant choruses ('Pretty Face' and 'Something' are the best examples here). As a vocalist though, Schlitz lacks both emotional and tonal range, and what could be a superb debut guitar band ends up merely very good. This is all the more frustrating because Longwave clearly has the potential to rise above the morass of New York City bands and do something interesting for American guitar rock on the national stage - but they won't get the opportunity until they sort out the vocals.
Weds. December 6

DUM DUMS
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING
MCA AMERICA

You can usually spot new British bands a mile off; they're so set in the country's ways it's like they're carrying a Union Jack. Not so the Dumdums. A trio from Kent with three top 30 UK hits under the belts already this year, they sound more like Green Day's younger brothers or a Smashmouth support act than any product of the Blur-Oasis generation. And that might not be a bad thing: all songs are stripped of artifice and arrogance, loaded to the hilt with power chords and harmonies and delivered with refreshing and unrpetentious exuberance. It's a little one dimensional at times, but the infatuation of 'Can't get You Out of My Thoughts' and 'You Knock Me Off My Feet' is infectious when taken in suitably single slices. There's more than a subtle hint of Squeeze's songwriting prowess tucked in on the likes of 'Until My Ship Comes In,' which suggests an ability to mellow and mature, but for now, Dumdums are for the Warped kids.
Tuesday December 5

KREIDLER
KREIDLER
MUTE
The new generation of Krautrock continues its steady forward course as Kreidler's third album, their second for Mute in the State, blips and bleeps, clicks and clacks its way into your consciousness. You'd hesitate to call it dance music, but it's certainly more than mere ambient electronica; give it some head space and you'll find yourself shuffling to its subtle grooves. The always adorable Momus lends a delightfuly horny vocal to the song 'Mnemorex,' though I'm more intrigued by the suggestion that 'The Boy Who Wonders' is about "Roddy Frame, head of Aztec Camera, who forgot everything he knew on his way to America," something one would never have guessed without aid of a record company bio given that the track's an instrumental. (And you'd have to be pretty sharp to automatically connect a German electronic group in the year 2000 with the 1984 Aztec Camera song 'the Boy Wonders.') Pretentious they may be, and yet this can still be enjoyed on the pure pop level - provided your pop background includes Kraftwerk and co.
Monday December 4

TERRY LEE BROWN JUNIOR
FROM DUB TILL DAWN
PLASTIC CITY

A German-based producer with an obvious obsession for Detroit and Chicago, Brown is one of those artists who has been quietly but surely pushing his way forwards as he perfects his gentle, easy-listening (yet not overtly mainstream) techno. As the title might suggest, From Dub Till Dawn pulsates quietly throughout, segueing from one track to another: the funky bass line of 'Take Your Time' morphs into the short vocal sample of 'No Doubt' which gives it up to the more kicking deep tech-house of 'The Chase.' It's a relatively anonymous sound that does little to counter any charge that mid-tempo electronic techno is mere wallpaper music. And yet its pleasantary and lack of aggression in a field that often commands you to dance or else defies you to switch it off, is also its charm; I'm sure it's infectious at a loud volume in a club but it's certainly ideal background music for puttering about your work in the house.
Friday December 1

45 DIP
THE ACID LOUNGE
PLATFORM

A good barometer for some of what is currently going on in music, The Acid Lounge is a little bit of everything yet not quite anything, perfectly affable yet not exactly phenomenal. It's the (currently) one-off project between Mark Daniels and Christopher Bernard, who were the nucleus of acid-jazz act Marden Hill and have gone on to typically peripatetic lifestyles in the dance community. This album they made simply for the fun of it, to rediscover the thrill of recording whatever takes one's fancy, and it shows: titles like 'Green Tomatoes' (Marden Hill were once credited with writing the 'Green Onions' for the 90s), 'Searching for Marden Hill' and 'Beer Star' reveal both their humor and give an idea of how many musical detours this aptly-titled album takes. The organ work is excellent, the post-modern grooves are meticulous, the occasional vocals ('Lizzie's Balloon,' 'Scar Culture') a boon. But it lacks a real bite, fails to fully justify itself. Having said that, the attached QuickTime cartoon is a treat on its own.

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