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2006 Stories by Jonah Flicker

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  • Ghostface Killah

    published December 27, 2006

    Ghostface Killah didn't wait long to offer up more of the raw material following the critical and creative success of this year's... More >>

  • Border crossing with Calexico

    published December 6, 2006

    When Dinosaur Jr. emerged in the 1980s, it catalyzed a new era in indie rock. Whereas The Guitar Solo was virtually anathema to the class of '77,... More >>

  • Manic Obsessives

    published November 29, 2006

    "It's this weird thing that happens. Every time we try to do something with a goal in mind, it comes down to not knowing why." As the Blood... More >>

  • The King of Pop vs. The Price of Baby Mustaches

    published November 15, 2006

    The '90s were some glorious years of heady, experimental beatmaking, with the likes of DJs Shadow, Krush, Cam, and the Russian-born Vadim ruling... More >>

  • Old Soul in Stereo

    published October 18, 2006

    Will Oldham's contributions to the American songbook have maintained a steady, scraggly, sublime output since the early '90s. Though Oldham has... More >>

  • Cut Chemist puts a new spin on the art of the sonic collage

    published October 18, 2006

    Taking a hands-off approach to releasing rock-solid indie artists, Stones Throw Records got down to the forward-minded business of never fakin'... More >>

  • Method Man gets a bit too methodical

    published October 11, 2006

    San Francisco would be far less funky without True Skool 's hip-hop parties. From the value-priced recurring club "The Big Payback" to... More >>

  • Chad VanGaalen

    published October 4, 2006

    The Canadian one-man band that is Chad VanGaalen would easily whup Conor Oberst's and M. Ward's asses in an indie rock version of American... More >>

  • Grizzly Bear

    published September 27, 2006

    Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear makes music that feels like a visit to a thrift store — while you're fully aware that you're in the 21st century,... More >>

  • Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

    published September 27, 2006

    Fans of Mojave 3 who've bemoaned bassist-vocalist Rachel Goswell's gradually diminishing role (particularly when it comes to her angelic... More >>

  • Motion Man

    published September 13, 2006

    From the dramatic opening strains of "Down for the Fight," where Motion Man exuberantly raps, "I live for this hip hop, I'm about to die for this... More >>

  • Payback's a cinch

    published September 13, 2006

    Bands come and bands go, and sometimes after they go, their members return in entirely new shapes. Singer Matt Suggs, formerly of lo-fi indie... More >>

  • Uneasy Rider

    published September 6, 2006

    For most bands, touring is the lifeblood that sustains the art. Besides providing the creative outlet and vibrant energy of performing songs... More >>

  • The Watson Twins

    published August 30, 2006

    The Watson Twins are probably best known for backing Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis on her solo debut that came out this past year, but the... More >>

  • Willie on my mind; Dropping acid

    published August 30, 2006

    With late-career homeruns and a relentless "On the Road" ethos, Willie Nelson 's renown has rightfully grown in recent years, saving the... More >>

  • Supersystem

    published August 23, 2006

    Is it possible to talk about a band like Supersystem without invoking the term “dancepunk”? Probably not, given its penchant for programmed bea... More >>

  • Ladies choice: Sister Carol and Team Dresch

    published August 23, 2006

    For 25 years, Jamaica's Sister Carol has been a leading voice of feminine strength within reggae — music that's notoriously... More >>

  • Hip Hop's Hit Ticker

    published July 19, 2006

    While hip hop may be a relatively nascent genre, it's already dealing with some identity problems. The influx of commercialism is arguably turning... More >>

  • An Open Letter to the Jaded Sonic Youth (Ex-) Fan

    published July 12, 2006

    Dear fading daydream nation, I know where you're at. You're fed up with Sonic Youth. You think the band has gone soft. You miss the signature... More >>

  • Unfold those arms, indie snobs!

    published June 28, 2006

    Arms-folding hipsters beware: Apollo Sunshine is too giddy to sit still to. The band performs like a loose-limbed Muppet parade, pulling... More >>

  • UK hip hop passes the mic

    published June 7, 2006

    The War of 1812 obviously settled nothing, judging by the intrusion of the Brits upon America's hallowed grounds of hip hop. The thing is,... More >>

  • Hip Hop's International Overflow

    published May 31, 2006

    In case you missed it, hip hop has gone global. One of America's truly homegrown musical genres and social barometers has definitely left the... More >>

  • Garage punks wryly needle religion; jazz stars skewer Orwellian politics

    published May 17, 2006

    Northwest No Wave shakes some well-coiffed plumage at tonight's pairing of Troubleman Unlimited labelmates. Portland's Glass Candy does... More >>

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