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2004 Stories by Jordan Harper

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  • I'll Drink to That

    published December 29, 2004

    This party is out of control. The keg is tapped, the air is gray, and cigarette butts float like rotten cherries in half the drinks on the... More >>

  • Another One Bites the Dust

    published December 29, 2004

    It's been quite a year for so-longs: Tangerine. Lo. Nadine. And just last week, Q95.5. '04 has seen the loss of many... More >>

  • Quick Picks

    published December 29, 2004

    New Year's Eve isn't the night for gorgeous melodies and playfully ironic lyrics. There are other nights for that. You're getting smashed, and you... More >>

  • And Then There Was One

    published December 22, 2004

    A Freudian slip from a phone call spells out the whole truth about the latest local-radio shakeup: "This is Dave Ervin over at... More >>

  • Dick's Got the Beat

    published December 15, 2004

    "I like Nelly. He's from St. Louis. He's a very good rapper. I like Eminem.... Oh, I don't listen to the lyrics. I just like the music. I like the... More >>

  • Show Stopper

    published December 15, 2004

    G.G. Allin always wanted to die onstage. That infamous punker, who threw feces into the audience and performed with blood streaming down... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 15, 2004

    Despite its French name, film noir is one of America's great original art forms. With its contrasted black-and-white images telling very gray... More >>

  • Aqua Boogie

    published December 8, 2004

    Singing and drinking. Drinking and singing. There have been drinking songs for about as long as there's been alcohol. But only recently have there... More >>

  • A Very St. Louis Christmas

    published December 1, 2004

    In last week's Thanksgiving column, I threatened to move directly to the Christmas column this week. You may have thought I was joking. I was not.... More >>

  • Like a What?

    published November 24, 2004

    1) Anthony Kiedis' Scar Tissue is an alternately compelling and tedious portrait of the artist as a dope fiend. Working with Larry Sloman,... More >>

  • Thanksgiving Buffet

    published November 24, 2004

    Thanksgiving is the best day of the year. That's a given. Gluttony is the all-American sin, and it's our day to let it all hang out. Sure,... More >>

  • Brian Eno

    published November 24, 2004

    The second set of Astrelwerks' Brian Eno reissues, the "Ambient Works," marks the birth and high-water mark of that most mellow of genres. Every... More >>

  • DUI or DWB?

    published November 17, 2004

    "They'd rather see me in the pen/Than me and Lorenzo rollin' in a Benzo." --N.W.A, "Fuck tha Police" Murphy Lee... More >>

  • MC Eiht

    published November 17, 2004

    The West Coast gangsta-rap sound of the early '90s is more responsible for rap's current chart domination than any of hip-hop's other variants.... More >>

  • Terror Blues

    published November 10, 2004

    There are times when the smoky, downtrodden voice of Jay Farrar just wouldn't be appropriate. You're probably not going to slip on one of... More >>

  • D.O.A.

    published November 10, 2004

    Joey Shithead. Just let the name roll off your tongue. See how the soft syllables of the first name, the stretched out "Jooo-EEE," collide with... More >>

  • Breaking All the Rules

    published November 3, 2004

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  • Transdermal Celebration Canceled

    published November 3, 2004

    On November 5, I will not be going to see Ween in Lawrence. Which might seem an odd thing to say. There are a lot of things that I won't... More >>

  • Nice Peter

    published November 3, 2004

    Beware the joke band. Unless they're the rare beasts who combine senses of humor with massive musical chops (Frank Zappa, basically), the chuckles... More >>

  • The Mosquitos

    published November 3, 2004

    Why, oh why, are the Mosquitos touring during the fall? Their mixture of bossa nova rhythms and melodic indie pop belongs to the sunniest,... More >>

  • Quick Picks

    published November 3, 2004

    Ryan Cabrera is probably feeling pretty good right now, seeing as how his ex-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson is the lip-synching laughingstock of... More >>

  • Finest Workshows

    published October 27, 2004

    Beware when Michael Stipe says, "I'm only going to speak for a minute and a half." The sentence has the same ring as F. Scott... More >>

  • Ready to Rumble

    published October 20, 2004

    Music is subjective. There is no right and no wrong. No winners, no losers. Just do what you feel, man. Right? Wrong! This is America,... More >>

  • Quick Picks

    published October 20, 2004

    It's the bouncers' night off at the Savvis Center this Friday when Norah Jones brings her polite, gentle jazz to town. Chaos, however,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 20, 2004

    This disc of Senegalese hip-hop won't change your life. For one thing, you don't understand Wolof, the African nation's native tongue. Even if you... More >>

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