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An Interview with Tim Midgett of Silkworm


Consistent and unpretentious, Silkworm have been well-regarded for so long that it was possible to forget why. Italian Platinum, released last year, reminded people why Silkworm mattered in the first place: wry, razor sharp songwriting; incredibly tight playing; a certain grace that is absent from most rock. The last year has seen Silkworm touring and the recent release of a covers EP, You Are Dignified. Bassist Tim Midgett tells Dusted how it all came together...

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Eccentric Primitivism


Billy Childish recently released a retrospective of his musical work, entitled 25 Years of Being Childish. For this past quarter century, Childish has diligently and consistently worked to produce a vast body of work. His retrospective not only offers an introduction, it also offers a de facto history of rock and roll.

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Interview With Lou Barlow


Taking time out of recording his new Folk Implosion album, Lou Barlow talks about Sebadoh, success versus failure, and Avril Lavigne.

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Something Old, Something New (Jason Dungan)


In a year when rock once again "returned", some of the most exciting music was produced by bands who have been around for years. What's next for 2003? A burgeoning scene in Newark, NJ and no-wave's second coming. Jason Dungan explains.

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The End Of Apathy (Jason Dungan)


In a year of heated political debate, war, and the loss of too many great artists, music was important again, getting to dance and think in equal measure.

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What Makes Greatness Great?


A musing on the nature of musical greatness, focusing specifically on the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

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Reviews

Screaming In The Basement


Artist: The Baptist Generals

Album: No Silver/No Gold

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: Apr. 8, 2003

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Haunted and Lonely


Artist: Janet Bean and the Concertina Wire

Album: Dragging Wonder Lake

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: Jul. 8, 2003

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Artist: Black Eyes

Album: Cough

Label: Dischord

Review date: Oct. 18, 2004

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Artist: Black Eyes

Album: Black Eyes

Label: Dischord

Review date: Nov. 20, 2003

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By the Shores of Lake Superior


Artist: Haley Bonar

Album: The Size of Planets

Label: Chairkickers' Union Music

Review date: Apr. 20, 2003

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Artist: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Album: Sings Greatest Palace Music

Label: Drag City

Review date: May. 6, 2004

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Artist: Bunkbed

Album: Swimming Back To Shore Without Me

Label: Turn/Let's Go

Review date: Oct. 8, 2003

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Artist: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Album: Twinkle Echo

Label: Tomlab

Review date: Nov. 25, 2003

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Dude, This Pot Smells Weird


Artist: Caustic Resin

Album: Keep On Truckin'

Label: Up

Review date: Sep. 3, 2003

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Beautiful, Not Pretty


Artist: Central Falls

Album: Love and Easy Living

Label: Truckstop

Review date: Jul. 9, 2003

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Adolescent Commitment and The Joy of Noise


Artist: The Circus Devils

Album: The Harold Pig Memorial

Label: Recordhead

Review date: Jan. 21, 2003

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Artist: Clinic

Album: Walking With Thee

Label: Domino

Review date: Mar. 31, 2002

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Fusing Politics With Dick Jokes


Artist: David Cross

Album: Shut Up You Fucking Baby

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: Nov. 18, 2002

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Artist: Bart Davenport

Album: Game Preserve

Label: Antenna Farm

Review date: Mar. 4, 2004

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Artist: The Decemberists

Album:

Label: Kill Rock Stars / Hush

Review date: Jul. 25, 2002

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Balancing the Personal and the Epic


Artist: Destroyer

Album: This Night

Label: Merge

Review date: Nov. 14, 2002

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Artist: Eleventh Dream Day

Album: Prairie School Freakout

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: Oct. 21, 2003

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An Anonymous Genre


Artist: Fairline Parkway

Album: Fairline Parkway

Label: Lazyline

Review date: Oct. 10, 2002

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Artist: Kyle Fischer

Album: Open Ground

Label: Polyvinyl

Review date: Mar. 31, 2002

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Artist: The Fucking Champs

Album: V

Label: Drag City

Review date: May. 21, 2002

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Artist: Guided by Voices

Album: Human Amusements At Hourly Rates

Label: Matador

Review date: Feb. 2, 2004

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Artist: Guided by Voices

Album: Half Smiles of the Decomposed

Label: Matador

Review date: Dec. 2, 2004

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Artist: Guided by Voices

Album: Universal Truths and Cycles

Label: Matador

Review date: Jun. 17, 2002

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Brain Transplants and Band Identities


Artist: Guided by Voices

Album: Earthquake Glue

Label: Matador

Review date: Aug. 28, 2003

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Words and Guitar? Yes, Please.


Artist: Darren Hanlon

Album: Hello Stranger

Label: Drive-In

Review date: Sep. 30, 2002

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Beer, Late Nights, and The Possibilities of Electric Guitar


Artist: The Karl Hendricks Trio

Album: The Jerks Win Again

Label: Merge

Review date: Sep. 5, 2003

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Acoustic Melancholy, Echoes, and Static


Artist: Holopaw

Album: Holopaw

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: Apr. 23, 2003

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Artist: The Kingsbury Manx

Album: Aztec Discipline

Label: Overcoat

Review date: Jan. 29, 2004

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Artist: The Ladybug Transistor

Album: Ladybug Transistor

Label: Merge

Review date: Nov. 19, 2003

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Artist: The Lonesome Organist

Album: Form and Follies

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: Sep. 19, 2003

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Artist: P.W. Long

Album: Remembered

Label: Touch and Go

Review date: Oct. 7, 2003

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Artist: The Magic Magicians

Album: s/t

Label: Suicide Squeeze

Review date: Oct. 17, 2003

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Pavement Who?


Artist: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Album: Pig Lib

Label: Matador

Review date: Mar. 17, 2003

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Artist: The Mekons

Album: Honky Tonkin'

Label: Quarterstick

Review date: Jul. 4, 2004

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Artist: The Mekons

Album: Punk Rock

Label: Quarterstick

Review date: Jan. 29, 2004

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Artist: The Mendoza Line

Album: Lost In Revelry

Label: Misra

Review date: Apr. 22, 2002

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Artist: The Mendoza Line

Album: Fortune

Label: Bar-None

Review date: Sep. 2, 2004

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Artist: The Mendoza Line

Album: Full of Light and Full of Fire

Label: Misra

Review date: Mar. 12, 2006

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Artist: Metropolitan

Album: Down For You Is Up

Label: Crank Automotive

Review date: Jul. 2, 2002

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Would You Rather Be 'Math Rock' Or 'Emo'?


Artist: Minus the Bear

Album: Highly Refined Pirates

Label: Suicide Squeeze

Review date: Jan. 23, 2003

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Artist: Motorpsycho/Jaga Jazzist Horns

Album: In The Fishtank No. 10

Label: Konkurrent

Review date: Oct. 15, 2003

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Artist: Mull Historical Society

Album: Loss

Label: XL

Review date: May. 14, 2002

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Old-School Midwestern Punk, With Flourish


Artist: The New Creatures

Album: Media Brainwash/Penelope Flowers

Label: Smog Veil

Review date: Dec. 2, 2002

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Meaningless Fun


Artist: The New Pornographers

Album: Electric Version

Label: Matador

Review date: Jun. 11, 2003

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Turning Dread Into Gold


Artist: NoahJohn

Album: Water Hymns

Label: Killdeer

Review date: Oct. 30, 2002

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That Mollusk Can Wail


Artist: The Octopus Project

Album: Identification Parade

Label: Peek-A-Boo Industries

Review date: Sep. 2, 2002

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Long Live the Plague


Artist: Rebecca Pearcy

Album: Constellation

Label: Yo-Yo

Review date: Jan. 9, 2003

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Artist: The Pixies

Album: Wave of Mutilation: The Best of the Pixies

Label: 4AD

Review date: Jun. 6, 2004

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Artist: Portastatic

Album: Autumn Was A Lark

Label: Merge

Review date: Nov. 30, 2003

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Good Times and Guitars


Artist: Quasi

Album: Hot Shit

Label: Touch and Go

Review date: Sep. 8, 2003

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Artist: Rachel's

Album: Systems/Layers

Label: Quarterstick

Review date: Nov. 13, 2003

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It's All In The Details


Artist: Rainer Maria

Album: Ears Ring EP

Label: Polyvinyl

Review date: Dec. 8, 2002

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Brain or Beauty Queen?


Artist: Rainer Maria

Album: Long Knives Drawn

Label: Polyvinyl

Review date: Feb. 27, 2003

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Artist: The Rosebuds

Album: Make Out

Label: Merge

Review date: Oct. 15, 2003

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Mirrors and Echoes


Artist: The Sea and Cake

Album: Glass

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: May. 4, 2003

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Artist: Sentridoh

Album: Lou B's Wasted Pieces: '87-'93

Label: Shrimper

Review date: Oct. 9, 2003

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Artist: Shrimp Boat

Album: Something Grand

Label: AUM Fidelity

Review date: Sep. 16, 2004

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Artist: Shrimp Boat

Album: Speckly

Label: AUM Fidelity

Review date: Jun. 21, 2005

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Artist: Silkworm

Album: It'll Be Cool

Label: Touch and Go

Review date: Sep. 27, 2004

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Artist: Silkworm

Album: Italian Platinum

Label: Touch and Go

Review date: Jun. 4, 2002

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Acoustic Reverence


Artist: Silkworm

Album: You Are Dignified

Label: Touch and Go

Review date: Jul. 17, 2003

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Reawakening, Reclamation, and Reinvention. With Melodies!


Artist: The Soft Boys

Album: Nextdoorland

Label: Matador

Review date: Oct. 28, 2002

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Artist: Sonic Youth

Album: Murray Street

Label: Interscope

Review date: Jun. 17, 2002

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Warm Nostalgia and Patient Self-Indulgence


Artist: Tobin Sprout

Album: Lost Planets and Phantom Voices

Label: Recordhead

Review date: May. 7, 2003

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A Fertile Soil


Artist: Summer Hymns

Album: Clemency

Label: Misra

Review date: Jul. 22, 2003

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An Embarrassment of Riches


Artist: Superchunk

Album: Cup of Sand

Label: Merge

Review date: Aug. 14, 2003

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Artist: Swearing At Motorists

Album: This Flag Signals Goodbye

Label: Secretly Canadian

Review date: Jul. 15, 2002

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Tension, Release, Repeat


Artist: Taking Pictures

Album: Friends Are Ghosts

Label: My Pal God

Review date: Mar. 26, 2003

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Artist: The Thermals

Album: Fuckin' A

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: Jun. 21, 2004

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The Sound of Silence


Artist: Treasure State

Album: Retain the Risk

Label: Moneyshot

Review date: Sep. 23, 2002

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Artist: Ugly Casanova

Album: Sharpen Your Teeth

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: May. 6, 2002

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Artist: V/A

Album: Old Enough To Know Better

Label: Merge

Review date: Aug. 9, 2004

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Artist: Patrick Wolf

Album: Lycanthropy

Label: Tomlab

Review date: May. 3, 2004

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A Pleasant Tweaking of Reality


Artist: Woodbine

Album: s/t

Label: Domino

Review date: Feb. 3, 2003

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Sexual Illing


Artist: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Album: Fever To Tell

Label: Interscope

Review date: May. 23, 2003

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Artist: Yo La Tengo

Album: The Sounds of the Sounds of Science

Label: Egon

Review date: May. 14, 2002

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Folk Only In Name


Artist: Richard Youngs

Album: Airs of the Ear

Label: Jagjaguwar

Review date: May. 27, 2003

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