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2003 Stories by Jordan Harper

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  • '03, Oh My!

    published December 31, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. As 2003 dies out, the year isn't suggesting any easy... More >>

  • Remembrances of Things Pop

    published December 31, 2003

    Well, here we are: one year closer to death! A.D. 2003 is hooked to a respirator, rejecting solid foods and waiting for Dick Clark to pull... More >>

  • W-Vibe

    published December 31, 2003

    Oh, your aching head. Sure, you had all of New Year's Day to recover from your drunkenness, but your head still feels like an over-inflated... More >>

  • On the Rise

    published December 31, 2003

    What is hardcore? Is it tattoos? Hoarse vocals? Male bonding? Or is it just massive amounts of ass-kicking distilled into musical form?... More >>

  • Sins of the Editor

    published December 24, 2003

    I'm a sinner. I admit it. I indulge in each of the seven deadly sins on a fairly regular basis; but there are two sins in particular that I share... More >>

  • Peelander-Z

    published December 24, 2003

    Japan is like America, only more so. We have a strong Puritan streak running through us; they have a tradition of gutting themselves when they... More >>

  • Old News

    published December 17, 2003

    If there's a music lover in your life you really care about, you'll buy her an iPod this Christmas. But if your love doesn't carry a $500 price... More >>

  • Black Christmas

    published December 17, 2003

    Bad Santa is badass. If you haven't seen it, go: Billy Bob Thornton is fantastic as a drunk, cruel store Santa with a heart of... More >>

  • Auk!

    published December 17, 2003

    The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is sponsoring a two-night festival this weekend at Mississippi Nights, featuring fourteen local bands. So whats... More >>

  • Taxicab Confessions

    published December 10, 2003

    If you're trying to figure out if humanity is basically good, to paraphrase Anne Frank, or if people, when given a chance, will gleefully torture... More >>

  • Grand Theft Audio

    published December 10, 2003

    There's been a lot of talk in St. Louis about car theft recently, including a recent in-depth report from some other local paper. But you... More >>

  • Ghost of Christmas Music

    published December 3, 2003

    It probably won't pump up my indie cred to admit that I'm going to miss 104.1, "The Mall," the "Hits of the '80s, '90s and Beyond" station that... More >>

  • Cheer-Accident

    published December 3, 2003

    Experimental rock bands walk on the edge of a knife. The razor-thin line that leads to transcendent music is easy to fall off of, resulting in... More >>

  • The Bastard Sons of Brian Eno

    published November 26, 2003

    In the beginning, there was Brian Eno. And he created Music for Airports, an incredibly soft, incredibly slow album that had more silence... More >>

  • Stag Party

    published November 26, 2003

    You don't see too much Champagne at a rodeo. There aren't a lot of slippery nipples served at a bar mitzvah. And if you're sipping Michelob Ultra,... More >>

  • The Science

    published November 26, 2003

    You'll hear it at least once this Thanksgiving: Some relative will lean over you and, with a gravy-smeared smirk, ask, "Gettin' sleepy? It's the... More >>

  • Rock and Load

    published November 19, 2003

    WED 11/19 There's Bill Murray and there's Chris Rock. That's it. Sure, you can probably think of other Saturday Night Live... More >>

  • St. Louis Blues

    published November 19, 2003

    I like St. Louis. Probably more than you do. I wasn't born here, so I don't carry around that half-embarrassed baggage that most Lou lifers strap... More >>

  • Chumbawamba/The Flaming Lips

    published November 19, 2003

    It must be nice to be the best band in the world. After more than a decade of creating brilliant but ignored albums, the Flaming Lips have... More >>

  • Punk Rock Love

    published November 12, 2003

    Most people, when they're stuck in traffic, love to bitch about it. All those cars in front of them, moving too slowly! All those cars behind... More >>

  • Del Rey

    published November 12, 2003

    Blah, blah, blah. Do you really care what most bands have to say? Do you parse the lyrics when you're listening to them at a bar? Of course not;... More >>

  • The Radar Station That Loved Me

    published November 5, 2003

    If there's one thing in the world cooler than a pimp, it's a secret agent. Which is why I was riding in style at Nelly's birthday party... More >>

  • We Wuv You!

    published October 29, 2003

    Your T-shirts are ironic and too small. It takes more than three words for you to order coffee. And you love Belle & Sebastian. You think they... More >>

  • Catharsis Regained

    published October 29, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. Jia Davis is showing me his St. Louis. And... More >>

  • Kingsbury Manx

    published October 29, 2003

    The late '90s saw the birth of a genre called "slowcore." As is true of most movements with annoying names, no band ever claimed to be slowcore,... More >>

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