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Comment Archives: stories: Music: We Got Cactus

Re: “Joshua Levine Was Right: Neutral Milk Hotel Announces Reunion Tour, Haters Can Suck It

Good post, David. I agree with you in principle: "fuck the writer" is a bad attitude and never constructive. I don't mean to condone that, but I try to address hater feelings because I believe in some cased (not all), it's the kind of thing people revert to when they have intense feelings they want to explain but can't put into words. So in frustration some just vent in a way that overshadows any possible value in their thoughts, and I try to be sympathetic sometimes when that happens. The tour is HUGE news for sure and I would expect the mag to cover it in a post, all I meant is: can an article be news if it's 1/3 reporting an announcement, 2/3 personal vendetta? There are about 20 people involved in the comment discussion he references. 20 who have any idea what the hell was discussed. The vast majority of prospective readers have no context whatsoever. So how does this work for a public audience? It doesnt. Personally, it's galling to see this extremely questionable characterization of the original comments re-published here because I know almost no one will seek out the comments to read and analyze for self. Accountability. The writer can cherry pick details, whatever he wants, knowing his statements are unlikely to be challenged. This new article/announcement becomes the received wisdom from that discussion? No one to challenge that, to speak up and prevent this from being reported/considered journalistic fact? Not on my watch. I just couldnt let this pass because basically, the article he wrote amounts to someone declaring "victory!" at a random moment in a war where all the soldiers were done fighting, then scampering off to.hide as fast as possible before anyone can react in any way, all the way feeling like a winner who got the last laugh. I'm being slightly dramatic here, but you can see what I'm trying to say. And the discussion of Josh' s original article went cold a long time ago, we said what we said and all moved on. The participants are long over it. Reopening those antagonisms--way too personal to be incorporated in something considered "news," in my opinion. I'm ecstatic to know they are touring! Best news in a while for me! But whatever this particular article may be about, it isn't really about the news-its about something else, but I can't finger what, precisely.

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Posted by Jeff Scott on 05/03/2013 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Joshua Levine Was Right: Neutral Milk Hotel Announces Reunion Tour, Haters Can Suck It

That's just, like, your opinion, man.

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Posted by Eric on 05/03/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Joshua Levine Was Right: Neutral Milk Hotel Announces Reunion Tour, Haters Can Suck It

Jeff, I'm cool with the NMH fans who disagreed with Levine's review -- differing opinions are fine, and I prefer them to everyone patting everyone else on the back.

But when readers like the commenter who couldn't stand to have his/her perceptions of Mangum challenged, and thus said of our writer "fuck him" (and since had his/her comment deleted), I'm not particularly concerned about their feelings.

Also, considering that the NMH reunion announcement was big enough to merit a fairly visible post on some of the most visible blogs in the country, I'm willing to call this "news with a slightly lengthy aside."

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Posted by David Mendez on 05/03/2013 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Joshua Levine Was Right: Neutral Milk Hotel Announces Reunion Tour, Haters Can Suck It

Dude, seriously? This article isn't "news", if you actually consider this article worthy "content" I simply can't help you. You think the fact that this small circle of friends has decided to play together again proves/changes anything about Jeffs motive for touring? Correlation =/= causation. I stand by all of my analysis on the other thread. This article is a shameful, cowardly cheap shot that contributes nothing. Frankly, you sound like a petulant child. I KNOW exactly where Jeff's head is at in all this. It astounds me that any magazine would allow its writers to taunt prospective readers like this. Seriously- I'm utterly flabbergasted.

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Posted by Jeff Scott on 05/02/2013 at 11:59 PM
Posted by moose cowboy on 05/02/2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Just In: KFMA Day 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced


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Posted by Mechelle Ballentine-Ringnell on 05/01/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Just In: KFMA Day 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

I'm stoked for The Killers <3

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Posted by Celina Romero on 04/27/2013 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Tickets Already on Sale for Next Year's Country Thunder

I meant Blake Shelton. Sorry. I guess my mind slipped into thinking of something more pleasant than contemporary country music for a moment.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 04/20/2013 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Tickets Already on Sale for Next Year's Country Thunder

Most contemporary country artists and their music are interchangable anyways. If you enjoy Tim McGraw then you probably enjoy Kenny Chesney or Alan Jackson or Blake Lively or George Strait or...I could go on forever.
In simpler terms, most of this stuff has the same variant as the amount of days in a year. If we're lucky we might find a true original in one out of every four artist or songs, but in all reality it is far less than that even. WAY far less.

Posted by AZ/DC on 04/19/2013 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Rodrigo y Gabriela to Play Rialto in July

They are a force to be reckoned with.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 04/17/2013 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Primus Announces May Rialto Show

Primus sucks.

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Posted by Jeff Coy on 04/06/2013 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Just In: KFMA Day 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

Minus the bear!!! GETCHYA OMNI ON YALL!

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Posted by Tommy Ohlrich on 04/03/2013 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Just In: KFMA Day 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

$41.00 after that date. Just went and bought 2 of them ! :) can't wait.

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Posted by Jocelyn Dgaf on 04/01/2013 at 8:09 PM

Re: “The Blues Explosion Returns to Tucson

JSBX rules!!

Posted by AZ/DC on 03/28/2013 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Attractive Nuisance #4: Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

Michael, since I have returned to Arizona, where I was born 65 years ago, I have been looking for a quiet way to contact Linda. We briefly were enrolled at Catalina high school at the same time and, although my sister was an friend of Bob Kimmel, I was never introduced to Linda. If she would like the yearbook that she has a picture of her prior to leaving for LA I would be more than happy to give it to her. Post your email on this thread if she is interested (it would be a gift, as one tucsonian to another)

Posted by Toni on 03/26/2013 at 1:26 PM

Re: “To 'HELL YEAH' and Back With Molly Hatchet

OK, this article, and my original response, are months old, but I've come back a few times to see if there were any additional comments. Every time I look at my original reply I realize I forgot a couple of other points.

Your "humor" about original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd being "eaten by alligators" after the plane crash, is tacky and tasteless. If these were musicians you held in higher esteem, I doubt you would make such a remark. Whether you like their music or not, human beings with families and friends died in the plane crash. It's not something to poke fun at.

You make comment of how with all your musical training, you wish you could be as dumb (you dont use these words but might as well have) as the audience so you could appreciate the music. Well, the members of southern rock bands are trained, knowledgeable musicians. They didn't just wake up one morning and decide to pick up a guitar and play. I obviously can't speak to each band member's background, but I know for instance that Billy Powell, the original keyboard player for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was classically trained. This "well *I* know SO much more than anyone else, and only people who know nothing about music could enjoy this" crap is absurd elitist garbage. Open your mind a bit and don't judge people who play and enjoy music you don't happen to like. You aren't better than them, really.

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Posted by Finatic on 03/25/2013 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Peter Ivers and New Wave Theatre

Very nice.

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Posted by Josh Frank on 03/21/2013 at 10:05 PM

Re: “It Looks Like Prince Is Coming to Tempe

Sorry then I misconstrued. Prince does what Prince wants. :-)

Posted by Courtney Tavernit on 03/21/2013 at 1:56 PM

Re: “It Looks Like Prince Is Coming to Tempe

$250 plus fees is gonna be a pricey show

Posted by TucsonPrincer on 03/21/2013 at 1:53 PM

Re: “It Looks Like Prince Is Coming to Tempe

I don't think I'm dragging his name down, that's certainly not my intention. Especially if he's an actual doctor.

I just want to be able to buy some tickets without going on an online scavenger hunt. That's all.

Posted by Dan Gibson on 03/21/2013 at 12:16 PM

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