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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Best Online Music Stream of 2004 – Jonesy’s Jukebox

Okay, now that I’ve dismissed most new music as utter crap, I want to pay tribute to Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols) and his radio show Jonesys’s Jukebox that streams over the internet every weekday from 12 noon – 2 pm. Because without it, life up here in a coastal town of 100 people would be unbearable. Jonesie is a testament to the penetrating, comprehensive grasp of modern popular music that informed late 70’s punk, standing in sharp contrast to the a-historic churning of clichés that passes for early 21st century “creativity.” One minute he’s playing Kay Starr, the next it’s Husker Du, then he’s off to some glam-rock nobody I’ve never heard of, all served up in a wash of Cockney rhyming slang and trenchant political insight (“All politicians are tossers, even Paris Hilton”). Jonesy proves that cultivated discernment and creative juxtaposition are imaginative acts, not merely exercises in meaningless nostalgia. So indulge yourself. Take a vacation from the crap. Tune in.