Douglas Wolk


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  • 18 years ago

    Rock critics shouldn't be allowed to review albums till the 19th go-round -- long after the initial buzz has worn off, long after the thrill (or, for that matter, terror) of listening to something for the first time has dissipated. Beck Were such ...

  • 19 years ago

    Ween Ween is just about the most frustrating band in the world. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) and Gene (Aaron Freeman) are extraordinary songwriters and musicians -- versatile, charming, and clever -- who can pull off any kind of vibe they like: old-ti...

  • 20 years ago

    The process is nothing if not scientific: At the end of every year, we contact each contributor to our music section and ask him/her to submit a roster of the 10 most overrated, mediocre, or generally offensive records released that annum. In orde...

  • 20 years ago

    I know I love Jo despite all the things I hate about her. I know I love her with as much certainty as I love Belle and Sebastian. --From Belle Lettres, a Web site of original fiction inspired by Belle and Sebastian (

  • 20 years ago

    "The name of the record is 69 Love Songs," Stephin Merritt drawls, pouring himself the day's first cup of tea, from his first of two pots. "I've got 53 so far. Only 16 more to go." This is his plan for the sixth album by the band for which he's...

  • 20 years ago

    Lyn Collins, "The Female Preacher," is probably the most-heard unknown singer in America. If you've listened to any hip-hop in the last 10 years, you've heard her voice sampled over and over, most famously calling out the chorus of Rob Base and DJ...


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