1. Neu! The perfect sound track to Richter’s “18. Oktober 1977” cycle. With its mesmerizing oppositional and aimless tracks, this rerelease, from the same fraught world (’70s West Germany) as Baader-Meinhof, encapsulates that culture’s urge to self-define.
2. P.J. Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea No longer a singing interface to some archetype of a suffering, rejected woman, P.J.’s energy has become less labile, more Patti Smith.
3. The Strokes, Is This It Like Vanessa Beecroft’s bored mannequins, the Strokes ooze ennui. I’d imagined them as normal kids who’d discovered the VU. Turns out they’re cosmopolitan Manhattanites. Regardless, songwriter-vocalist Julian Casablancas is a real talent.
4. Nirvana, “10th Anniversary Box Set” Reportedly quashed by scary Cobain estate executrix Courtney Love. One of my generation’s most fragile artists, screwed again.
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