• Eminem - Encore

    EminemEncoreShady/Aftermath/Interscope In one of many surprising asides in his recent memoir, Chronicles, BobDylan says that he suffered a crisis of confidence in the late 1980s,brought on by a meeting with Kurtis Blow. After Dylan rapped--yes,rapped-- on Blow's 1986 song "Street Rock," Blow turned him on to N.W.Aand Public Enemy. Then, during the making of 1989's Oh Mercy,as Dylan struggled to create the kind of wild-mercury music that hadonce come so easily to him, he became convinced that he'd lost the"power and dominion over the spirits" that made his music possible--youknow, his flow--and that the next person imbued with that power wouldbe a rapper. "Somebody different," he remembers thinking, "was bound to come alongsooner or later who would know that world, been born and raised withit...be all of it and more. Someone with a chopped topped head and apower in the community.

  • Eminem, 'Encore' (Aftermath)

    In one of many surprising asides in his recent memoir, Chronicles, Bob Dylan says that he suffered a crisis of confidence in the late 1980s, brought on by a meeting with Kurtis Blow. After Dylan rapped--yes, rapped-- on Blow's 1986 song "Street Rock," Blow turned him on to N.W.A and Public Enemy. Then, during the making of1989's Oh Mercy, as Dylan struggled to create the kind ofwild-mercury music that had once come so easily to him, he becameconvinced that he'd lost the "power and dominion over the spirits" that made his music possible--you know, his flow--and that the next person imbued with that power would be a rapper. "Somebody different," he remembers thinking, "was bound to come along sooner or later who would know that world, been born and raised with it...be all of it and more. Someone with a chopped topped head and a power in the community.

  • Green Day: P*ssed Off and Better Than Ever

    Two punks, dressed in black, get on a plane. They are famous, as punksgo. They make a very nice living at what they do. But when they have tofly somewhere to do it, they tend to fly coach, and they tend to flySouthwest Airlines, which offers nothing but coach. It's tempting toread larger implications into their preference for this mostegalitarian of carriers-things about punk principle, aboutworking-class sympathies, about a desire to breathe the same recycledair as everybody else who needs to get to Utah on a Friday afternoon.But we won't. Two punks get on a plane, and it happens to be aSouthwest plane because Southwest flies out of Oakland, California,which is close to where they live. The captain has turned off the fasten-seat-belts sign, and themiddle-aged woman next to me asks if the man sitting across the aisleis a musician.

  • The Libertines - The Libertines

    The LibertinesThe LibertinesRough Trade If Neil Young was right and every junkie's like a settingsun, Pete Doherty is burning some serious daylight. In the two yearssince his band the Libertines released their gloriously sloppy debut, Up the Bracket,the 25-year-old singer/guitarist has struggled with an epicsubstance-abuse problem. Last year, he burglarized the London flat ofLibertines co-founder Carl Barat, serving two months in jail. And thisJune, he fled a rehab program at a Thailand monastery; according to aBritish newspaper interview, Doherty spent the next three days holed upin a Bangkok hotel, ordering heroin from room service. At press time,the band had replaced their troubled compatriot with guitarist AnthonyRossomando. It's possible this album isn't entirely aboutDoherty's travails and the toll they've taken on his bandmates.

  • The Long Way Home

    Everyone'sa little punchy this time of night. Your eyelids feel gummy, like usedpostage stamps. The white line down the middle of the highway startsswinging like a pocket watch. And Isaac Brock is in his element. The29-year-old Modest Mouse frontman is a night person and a road dog, andhe likes to talk. Tonight, as he regales a captive audience from thepassenger seat of a rented SUV, he holds his Corona low, where the copscan't see it. He munches on pungent mini-mart jerky. He taps hisWinston Lights out the window, and the wind turns the ashes into tracesof orange neon against the night sky. Behindthe wheel, Juan Carrera, Modest Mouse's manager and tonight'sdesignated driver, keeps it at 70 on the dime as Brock talks a bluestreak. When Brock was younger, he was one of those kids who mostly satback and observed; now he speaks as though he's been saving up thewords for years.

  • Bands to Watch - Scissor Sisters

    Onthe set of his band's photo shoot, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shearspolitely requests that five mirrored disco balls be removed from thepremises. He's seen the Sisters referred to as a "gay disco band" onetoo many times, and doesn't want to stoke the, um, inferno. "Writersthrow out these references because I'm gay and we dabble in dancemusic," Shears says. "Fuck off. We're not the Village People." Indeed:The band's self-titled debut album is often campy but never kitschy.And while Shears' falsetto hits helium heights worthy of the brothersGibb, there's nothing disco about the boisterous single "Take YourMama," which evokes Elton John at his honky-tonkin'-est, or "Lovers inthe Backseat," a seamy tribute to Scary Monsters-era DavidBowie.

  • Happy Woman Blues

    PollyJean Harvey does not suffer fools gladly, especially fools with taperecorders. When questioned, she does not answer so much as reply, oftenprefacing her response with a purse-lipped "Mmm," as if she'sthinking of a way to address the query without accepting the suspectpremise behind it. When she is asked a question so poorly phrased--and,if we're being honest, so dumb in the first place--that it will not berepeated here, she says, matter-of-factly, "I'm just stunned you askedme that." See that low divan she's perched on, in this musty-by-designLondon hotel room? That's the driver's seat.

  • The Get Up Kids, 'Guilt Show' (Vagrant)

    They grow up so fast. Rock'n'roll may be the sound of maturity deferred, but lately that hasn't stopped punk-bred bastards of young from trying to act their ages. On Dashboard Confessional's latest, Chris Carrabba put aside high-school drama and dared his cult to follow. Blink-182 put on grim expressions-not to mention pants-for their surprisingly dark new album. With their fourth full-length, Kansas City's Get Up Kids also struggle with the tough stuff that can make or break a life: commitment and betrayal, hard promises and bitter pills. This isn't the Kids' first attempt to break rank with their emo peers-that would be 2002's On a Wire, produced for maximum moodiness by Scott Litt, arranged for acoustic guitar and furrowed brow. Guilt Show feels more organic.

  • Belle and Sebastian, 'Fans Only' (Matador)

    With Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Scottish über-wallflowers Belle and Sebastian finally went from crayons to perfume, sharpening their hooks and addressing adult concerns (such as the sexuality of Mets catcher Mike Piazza). But ifCatastrophe's burnished cynicism made you miss the old days-when the band played rock'n'roll as if it were an enjoyable diversion between teddy-bear picnics-cop this item, a DVD retrospective so charmingly twee you won't know whether to watch it or knit it a pair of mittens. Along with all the band's pre-Waitress videos (from "Dog on Wheels," an elliptical tale of man-puppet love, to theJules et Jim homage "Jonathan David"), the disc includes some priceless rare footage: TV performances, home movies, and film of an actual sunny day in Glasgow. BUY: Amazon

  • Q: Are we not metal? A: We are Probot!

    It is a bright, crisp Sunday in Los Angeles, and Dave Grohl issurveying a room full of young, half-naked women and smiling as ifit's Christmas morning and Santa has brought him a brand-new dirtbike–and left that dirt bike in a room full of young,half-naked women. Grohl, who currently fronts the Foo Fightersand once played drums for a popular rock band from Washingtonstate, is here to shoot a video for "Shake Your Blood," the firstsingle from his heavy-metal side project, Probot. Theyoung, half-naked women are models from the indie-punk website known toone-handed Net surfers as SuicideGirls.com. They've left theirbedrooms, their webcams, and their collections of Death Cab for Cutie7-inches to come to this Hollywood soundstage and appear as backupdancers.

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