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1999 Stories by Jordan Oakes

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  • Critical Mass

    published December 29, 1999

    As anyone who's read Nick Hornby's High Fidelity knows, music critics -- especially that species known as Criticus hiparawkasauraus... More >>


    published December 22, 1999

    Tim Rose's middle name might as well be Danger. While in Kiev, working as the creative director for an ad agency, the songwriter of Sun Sawed... More >>


    published December 15, 1999

    In contrast to the iconic hippie van of the '60s, power pop brought back the convertible, as if to pick up its date in music history. It saw the... More >>

  • Sloan

    published November 10, 1999

    It's not surprising that Sloan, who serve classic-pop sources -- Badfinger, Big Star and the Raspberries -- through a fraternity beer keg,... More >>


    published October 20, 1999

    The hanging-by-a-string lounge revival, which ground into a swing rut, merely hinted at a world of great undiscovered music. Those who stopped at... More >>

  • Hang Ups

    published October 20, 1999

    The Hang Ups have made a string of overlooked albums that carry on the baroque neurotica of the dB's, and, like the best modern pop, the Hang Ups'... More >>


    published September 22, 1999

    The core of Badfinger's bittersweet apple, Pete Ham wrote the group's hits — radio classics such as "Day After Day," "Baby Blue" and " "No... More >>


    published September 8, 1999

    Pat Oldani is such a charismatic self-promoter that he often seems like rock & roll's answer to that guy with the question-mark jacket who... More >>


    published August 18, 1999

    With their intriguing name, you might think Fingerpaint Diary is smudged with references. "The name was just kind of thrown out," says... More >>


    published August 11, 1999

    Rustic and full of daring couplets, Hotel Faux Pas could be the Coral Courts on acid. But the late motel (and Route 66 landmark) had more to do... More >>

  • K's Choice

    published August 11, 1999

    Will the real K's Choice please stand up? It's not as though this Belgian group wears stylistic disguises, but their moodiness takes the listener... More >>


    published August 4, 1999

    When Mark Carter examines a used CD, he does so with the flaw-detecting acumen of a jeweler. His thumb and forefinger clasp the disc's rim, and he... More >>

  • Black Magic

    published June 30, 1999

    Rock bands get off on the past. They're living in the same head space as their influences -- just rearranging the furniture. The Pixies threw the... More >>

  • Close Quarters

    published June 30, 1999

    Lately, life has gone digital. The boom of the bass could be your own stressed heartbeat. It's into that mire of overcrowding, social isolation... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published May 19, 1999

    The Old 97s Friday, May 21; Duck Room In the liner notes to Fight Songs, the new record by the Old 97s, among the countless credits and... More >>

  • Sound Checks

    published May 5, 1999

    Trey Anastasio Friday, May 7; American Theatre What to do if you're a Phish phanatic and can't wait for the group's summer tour,... More >>

  • Blondie on Blondie

    published April 21, 1999

    Band reunions are a (rock &) roll of the dice. Aside from the occasional Fleetwood Mac indulgence, the practice seems less about starving for... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published April 7, 1999

    CIRCUS CHA-CHA: The struggles musicians face when trying to start a band in this town are monumental. "Trying to find a tuba player," says Matthew... More >>

  • Speaking Frehley

    published March 24, 1999

    His name is Scott McClusky. But you can call him Ace -- that is, with the understanding that "I'm not trying to be the new Ace Frehley, the guy... More >>

  • Local Time

    published March 10, 1999

    TORCH SONGS: The science fiction of music, electronica, may still be an underground phenomenon locally, but nationally and internationally it's... More >>

  • Listening Post

    published March 10, 1999

    A LITTLE LOVIN': Is there any song as alluring as Dusty Springfield's version of "Just a Little Lovin'"? With a smoky, sleepy tone, she sings of... More >>

  • French Fried

    published March 10, 1999

    VARIOUS ARTISTS Respect Is Burning, Volume 2 (Astralwerks) Why is it that most people, even music lovers, in this... More >>

  • Wandering Stars

    published January 20, 1999

    The snow has turned St. Louis as white as Dick Clark's teeth. The sidewalks are glazed -- virtually unwalkable -- and cars are like roller skates... More >>

  • Last Laugh

    published January 13, 1999

    Mr. Show doesn't have a first name. That's OK; its irreverence demands respect. Behind the program's ambiguous, satirical title is comedy growing... More >>

  • 1998: The Year in Music, Part 2

    published January 6, 1999

    Steve Pick The best albums I heard this year held true to the eternal verities of melody and song form. I list them in alphabetical order... More >>

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