• Beck

    Moonwalking in L.A. With Beck

    In the four years since his folk-hop opus "Odelay," Beck's world has turned upside-down. Teens and meatheads have taken over, slacking has given way to cell phones, and everyone seems liposuctioned and sleek. But as he pimp rolls and funk trolls, Beck makes one thing perfectly clear: he's still a Hollywood freak. There's a destination, a little up the road, past the Church of Scientology and the House of Pies. The Los Angeles neighborhood of Beck Hansen's youth isn't particularly where it's at. In fact, it's mostly defined by where it's not: neither downtown nor Koreatown, neither South Central nor Hollywood. Sort of MacArthur Park, vaguely Pico-Union, the Latino area is patrolled in the summer by white, ambulance-van ice-cream trucks - "the ghetto-style," Beck says–their approach announced by a tinkly melody instead of sirens.

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    MYTH No. 1: Radiohead Can Do No Wrong

    REALITY: Radiohead kinda blow. They're the vanguard of music, a post-rock think tank, the absolute state of the art. They've also been righteous, giving a confused music world a moral center. So we sit, wearing headphones and frozen grins, and continue denying that guilty, nagging feeling that actually, in some ways, when you think about it...Radiohead kinda blow. Few, save for Liam or Noel Gallagher, dare speak this heresy aloud, instead couching it in longings for a "back-to-basics" album or a "return to form," despite the fact that Radiohead are at their critical and commercial peak.

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    The SPIN Interview: Elvis Costello

    He's tackled nearly every form of contemporary music over 27 albums. Now Elvis Costello is taking his cultural ambassador skills to their logical conclusion...as a talk-show host. "Inside the Actor's Studio," he says. "Is that the guy with the extraordinary beard?" In December 1977, Saturday Night Live introduced America to a man who would become one of the most iconic and enduring figures in rock history: a spindly, pissed-off-looking Brit with oversize specs and a palsied stance who (as a last-minute sub for the Sex Pistols) halted a performance of "Less Than Zero" mid-verse to instead race through the uncleared anti-censorship screed "Radio Radio" in a torrent of pressured speech and incendiary playing, winning himself the scorn of the network and a fiery rep as the new hyperverbal bard of punk.

  • Me and You and a Dog Named Blue

    One spring afternoon in 1999, Steve Burns was on his way to a date.He was driving through New Jersey, fighting jitters, primping inthe rearview, when something on the side of the road caught hiseye: a mailbox with blue cartoon paw prints on it and a messagethat read "You Just Figured Out Jonathan's Birthday!" While mostrock singers would have shrugged off such fleeting details, Burnsrecognized them as symbols revered by millions of Americans --Americans under four feet tall and on a first-name basis with SteveBurns. "It was obviously a Blue's Clues party," says Burns, who was, in fact, the host of Blue's Clues,one of the most popular children's programs in television history. Heglanced at the toys and props left in his car after a recent charityappearance. The khaki pants.

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