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2001 Stories by Randall Roberts

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  • Crunk and Disorderly

    published December 12, 2001

    High is high, low is low/Everybody wants to get to heaven/but nobody wants to die/Nobody wants to die/Nobody wants to do the don'ts/Don't the... More >>

  • Third Lip Cabaret, featuring the Julia Sets, the Highway Matrons, Cloister, Fred's Variety Group and dHHP

    published November 21, 2001

    St. Louis, as most of us are keenly aware (and as Jonathan Franzen reminds us on nearly every page of The Corrections), ain't no cultural... More >>

  • Dub Taylor

    published November 21, 2001

    In addition to having a very funny dancing style, the Germans also have a funny way with house music. Unlike the big and booming irrational... More >>

  • Bit Player

    published November 7, 2001

    Kid 606 is in Southern Cali on a passenger train headed from his home turf, San Diego, up to Anaheim, where he's performing later in the night.... More >>

  • The Strokes

    published October 17, 2001

    Once every few years, a band arrives to "save" rock, to inject the music with a spoonful of amphetamine designed to slap ass and jerk neck. The... More >>

  • Handsome Family

    published October 10, 2001

    Inevitably, critiques of the Handsome Family's music contain a few specific words: macabre, grotesque, dark. Songs about death and... More >>

  • Björk

    published September 5, 2001

    Breathy gasps occupy empty space on Vespertine, Björk's newest and best album, as though she's drowning in nectar. Elsewhere on the... More >>

  • Bad Rap

    published August 8, 2001

    Lavell Webb sits in front of a television at the Boonville Correctional Facility, watching a videotape, surrounded by a few prison officials, a... More >>

  • Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS benefit featuring Bahamadia, Phat Kat, Jive Turkey, Bits 'n Pieces, DJ K-9 and DJ Don Tinsley

    published August 8, 2001

    If Nina Simone had been born 40 years later and shot that forked tongue of hers at raps instead of between-song rants, she might come across like... More >>

  • Children's Audio

    published June 13, 2001

    In hindsight, the mano a mano with mighty technology was fitting. Nobukazu Takemura, one of the most compelling Japanese electronic... More >>

  • Washington Avenue Beat Festival 3

    published May 23, 2001

    Because you can't drive down Washington Avenue without plummeting nose-first into a gargantuan crater or sideswiping a concrete barrier, you might... More >>

  • The 2001 RFT Slammies

    published May 16, 2001

    Artist of the Year -- Nelly Recording of the Year -- Country Grammar Best Rap Artist -- Nelly We abased ourselves to... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published May 16, 2001

    What's the point of listening to house music on a dinky stereo? Absent a mass of freaks shimmying on the dance floor and the bass-induced rattle... More >>

  • Listing Heavily

    published May 9, 2001

    This is the final Radar Station under the iron fist of one fearless music regime; a more capable regime will assume power in two weeks and attempt... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published May 2, 2001

    Some laptop composers are too clever for their own good. Locked in a room in which the only Windows are those owned by Bill Gates and the only... More >>

  • Primal Scream

    published April 25, 2001

    The best recordings sound the most startling after they've been buried for a while. Once played out, they're filed away -- entombed -- in the... More >>

  • Donkey Business

    published April 18, 2001

    Apparently 1973 was a year of transformation in St. Louis, as two recently reissued documents reveal. Twenty-eight years ago, rock and jazz were... More >>

  • Ani DiFranco

    published April 18, 2001

    Any musician interested in making a career in music the right way should be required to study the "Ani DiFranco method," for it is the path... More >>

  • The Times, They Are A-Changing

    published April 11, 2001

    We've got good news and better news. The good news: You won't have Radar Station to kick around anymore. We've been "reassigned," kicked... More >>

  • They Got the Beat

    published April 4, 2001

    The sun-stained revelers wander the beaches of Miami during the day, hot and lathered up but still tattered and burnt from the previous night's... More >>

  • Radio Active

    published March 28, 2001

    She could have been a plant hired to portray a listener who had shown up during an interview, someone in the neighborhood just swinging by to... More >>

  • Joe McPhee, Davey Williams and Philip Gelb

    published March 28, 2001

    Saxophonist Joe McPhee's jazz philosophy can be distilled into three simple sentences uttered during an interview with Webzine Alliance... More >>

  • Nobukazu Takemura

    published March 28, 2001

    Twenty years ago, when gullible tech heads were lapping up the latest improvement in sound reproduction, the compact disc, and tossing all those... More >>

  • Raising the Bar

    published March 21, 2001

    Blockheads seldom feel the need to backpedal or apologize, especially for furthering the cause of unsubstantiated gossip; that's our job, after... More >>

  • Steve Earle with Stacey Earle

    published March 21, 2001

    Steve Earle is a damned talented songwriter, one of the best at capturing honest, heartbreaking emotion this country has seen in the past... More >>

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