sixteen years ago good negro problem article

Posted on December 29th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Musicians, Music Criticism.

Sixteen years ago -- my god -- there was the Negro Problem's first album, Post-Minstrel Syndrome. People got tired of my championing their cause long ago. Still, I never heard lots of information contained in this article, and it contains many frank* Stew thoughts.
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* when I use "frank" it doesn't mean "offensive".

6 comments.

Scott Underwood

Comment on December 30th, 2013.

Thanks, I enjoyed that. I haven't been following Stew as closely since I sort of overdosed on Passing Strange -- I saw it in development at Stanford and twice in Berkeley. The article reminds me that PS is not his history!

I've seen him the last couple times he came through the Bay Area. He used a couple (great) local musicians, but they all seemed under-rehearsed and he was a little, I don't know, frantic? Chaotic? Plus, he was billed as Stew & the Negro Problem, which seemed sort of untrue.

I think he mentioned both times (Oct 2012 and one earlier) that it was weird playing without Heidi, so maybe that was it, but I think I will pass on the next show unless I hear some buzz about it beforehand.

Scraps

Comment on December 30th, 2013.

We saw the Negro Problem in Seattle supporting the Making It album approximately a year ago, and Heidi was in the band. (And it was a good show, but a little short.)

Gavin

Comment on January 10th, 2014.

Funny to see him referred to as "Stewart" instead of "Stew." Also funny about how many bands have this one definitive article written about them early in their career, laying out the protohistory, before they get tired of retelling that story.

Did you and I see TNP for the first time together, Scraps? In the basement of the Knit?

Scraps

Comment on January 10th, 2014.

No, I saw TNP at least twice before that. (I mean, I think; memory, etc.) I saw the tour in support of Joys and Concerns, probably 1999, and that might be the second time I saw them.

Gavin

Comment on January 10th, 2014.

Hmmm, I saw that tour too, but maybe we were at different shows--it wouldn't surprise me if it lasted for a while. If I had to guess, I'd say my first show was in 2000 (but before Guest Host came out). J. Wolf was big on them and took me to a show in the smallest K Factory room: maybe 30 or 40 people. Between songs, Stew was asking where he should get food after the show. They finished with a tabla jam.

Scraps

Comment on January 10th, 2014.

I definitely could be wrong. And the one that you describe is the one that you and I were there.

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