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State of the Airwaves

Vigor, Victors, and Vegetables

By Dan Katz

If January was a stagnant concert month, February is clearly getting off to a good start to make up for it. For one thing, the Paradise Rock Club is finally hosting decent acts again, starting with Scottish rockers Travis two days ago and continuing with Jump Little Children tonight. They’ve got stiff competition, though, from the Airwaves Show of the Week, a much-anticipated They Might Be Giants show at the Avalon (for which tickets went on sale in early December). If you prefer a more local flava, Boston’s answer to TMBG, The Gravel Pit, show up at the Middle East on Saturday night, while the Orchestra Morphine will perform at the Somerville Theater Sunday night in a continuing effort to raise money for music education in the name of the late former frontman of Morphine, Mark Sandman.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for... the winners of the State of the Airwaves Reader Awards. Due to the low number of entries, we had a quite a few ties, but in most categories, somebody managed to claw their way to the top (usually simpy by getting multiple votes). Without further ado, here are your winners:

Album of the Year: The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails (my #2 pick for the year ... )

Single of the Year: “Static X” by Push It

Live Act of the Year: Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (clever choice)

Music Video of the Year (TIE): “Falling Away From Me” by Korn and “Shock The Monkey” by Coal Chamber

Most Annoying Personality of the Year: Katie Jeffreys (in a disturbingly unanimous decision)

Thanks to everybody who voted, and everybody who continues to read this column into the year 2000. (No, you’re not going to get any dramatic and inaccurate millennium comments... )

Quick overview of the latest singles to hit radio: the Foo Fighters’ impressively dark “Stacked Actors” proves that Dave Grohl can follow the heavier turn taken by Stone Temple Pilots’ latest album, but with better execution.

Staind’s “Home” is a little slower than “Mudshovel,” a little poppier and less obnoxious than “Just Go,” and in general, just the thing to keep them on the road to being the successors to Korn’s neo-metal thrones.

And “Trash” is not the second single I would have recommended Jimmie’s Chicken Shack to pull off their excellent album, Bring Your Own Stereo, but it’s catchy enough to succeed. (Plus I always approve of a radio single that contains the line, “Tell your mom to stop calling me.”)

So last week, diabolical herbivore and widely acclaimed annoying personality Katie Jeffreys revealed my deep, dark secret, and this week, I must fess up to it. Yes, it’s true, I am currently dating a vegetarian. (And for your information, Katie, the “somewhat” you cited is no longer valid.) I have found the warmth within my heart to look past this small transgression, to see the wonderful person she is despite her strange antipathy to consuming dead animals. However, some vegetarians lack that shining light beneath the green exterior -- some instead possess more green within, in the form of jealousy. Poor Katie, so obsessed with me that you have to point out my girlfriend’s faults to the entire campus. But alas, I am taken, and you’d best find some other non-vegetarian to date in order to vicariously live out your subconscious desire to eat a hamburger.

No more voting to do, but you can still write to me! Send me opinions. Send me complaints. Send me arguments. Send me clever things to say about vegetarianism before I run out of ideas. Whatever you send, send it to <>, and make an old music critic very happy. Until next week, same Airwaves-time, same Airwaves-channel, keep expanding your horizons.