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Comment Archives: stories: Music

Re: “Noise Annoys

Jason LeValley's comment reads like an extended Trump tweet

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by TheRockist on 02/25/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

While it would be great if everyone in the music world were beyond the "women who rock" trope at this point in time, I think accusing the station of trashing or "pimping" them is a bit heavy handed.

The folks at Downtown Radio put a ton of passion, love and sweat into the station - almost all of us on a volunteer basis, and nobody is "making a profit" off anyone. We play a ton of local music, because we love it and think it's great and we feel like it deserves to be heard on the radio.

We are always honored as hell when any of these bands/artists play one of our featured shows or benefits, as most of them have repeatedly done.

If they really "need us less than we need them" that's great news for everyone. And super generous of them. I'd love it if local acts were always getting the recognition they deserve, whether in print or over the airwaves. I know you as a writer do your part to help make this happen. As a DJ, I try to do my part as well.

But whether they need me or not, I'm still playing these bands on Downtown Radio. Not for "exposure" or because they are women. Because they're GOOD and if I want to hear them, I'm betting my listeners want to hear them too.

15 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Julie Jennings Patterson, Downtown Radio DJ on 02/24/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Just when I thought the TWeakly couldn't get any worse, along comes once-fired Josh Levine to offer up some amateur, bloggy bile. Writers should check their facts, look into the history, and talk to people involved in the event before making assumptions especially weak, inaccurate ones.

Contrary to the assumption Levine makes, The Women Who Rock Tucson II show is not a benefit for Downtown Radio. The artists will be paid.

Additionally, the first Women Who Rock Tucson was put together and named by a female musician. There was no 2nd edition in 2016 because I would have had to do it and I was way too busy running the station at the time.

The article on the website that you refer to was also written by a woman.

How Levine could twist a celebration of women in the local music scene into the toxic scenario that he describes reflects entirely on him.

The women involved in this event are fantastic, talented musicians. I genuinely love their music and am glad that we have a scene here in Tucson that encourages women to be a part of it.

Levine and the Tucson Weekly owe Downtown Radio a big apology for printing this garbage.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jason LeValley on 02/24/2017 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Who the man

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Geri Gates on 02/17/2017 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Very cool love the production great stuff

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Geri Gates on 02/17/2017 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Beyond the Blues

Enjoyable piece and clearly about the release but I wish there would have been some mention of the show at Club Congress in the piece, rather than my having to do a separate search. If it is in there and I missed it, I apologize.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Steve Williams on 02/16/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

I don't understand a word this fella says.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by levine-after-midnight on 02/02/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Take The Highway

enjoyed this write up.

Posted by David Rodenborn on 01/29/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Linda wouldn't have had any way to know this, but she became a "star-in-waiting" with 'Different Drum'. For those of us who were paying attention then - and who had their ears to the ground, she was welcomed with open arms. It was never a matter, for the listening public, that she'd end up being a 'one hit wonder'; she had already walked through the door. It wasn't a matter of 'if, it was a matter of 'when'. All it would take was another 'successful' 45, and in 1970, with 'Long Long Time', she came closer. Then, everybody knows what happened in late 1974 with 'Heart Like A Wheel' and 'You're No Good'. But the point is, she already had a seat at the table in 1967; it was just a matter of time. I'm so happy that she stuck with her career. All of us are the richer for that decision.

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Posted by innocent bystander on 01/23/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

Terry Lee most likely had heard Peter, Paul & Mary's 'A Soalin' before adapting some of it for 'Flight Thirteen'. PP&M were huge during this period. Their 'In Concert' LP, from 1964, got to #4 on Billboard.

Here's their version from that LP: https://youtu.be/hDlG4TS6wFA

Posted by innocent bystander on 01/22/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl Tucson

'Don't Blow Your Mind' is a damn good record! Thinking back, it's amazing how relatively open local radio playlists were then - and how completely wired teenagers were to AM radio. FM was just for "serious" music like Classical, Jazz and "Easy Listening".

Thanks, also, for the local history about Copper State Studio. Looking at that address on 'Street View', the building to the right of #211, with the sunburst grills on the windows, sure looks as though it could've been a recording studio once. Is this the same building or was the original torn down to put up 'The Cadence' apartments? Anybody know?

Posted by innocent bystander on 01/22/2017 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Know Your Product: Ace Frehley

Ace!

Not only the coolest thing to ever belong to the KISS family (sorry Gene, you've become really pathetic, especially when you open your mouth) but also the reason I started believing rock and roll rules.

Major props! DC

P.S. Thanks to Brett Callwood also. I am envious of you for getting to do this. Fucker! (I hope you realize that part was jest.)

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 01/19/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Noise Annoys

Can't believe this place is already closing. They'll be missed!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Support Local Music on 01/17/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

flippin so cool /i raise a glass to Shep

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Posted by William Sedlmayr on 01/15/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Metal Injection

Hot stuff!

Young ladies who can rock and are easy on the eyes.

Who could ask for more?

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 01/12/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “People Who Died: Dale 'Buffin' Griffin by John Convertino

Underrated drummer from an underrated band... thank goodness Ian Hunter is still going strong.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Firsttimecaller on 01/02/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “People Who Died: Paul Kantner by Rich Hopkins

All of the Jefferson Airplane's albums were very good - and Kantner was their leader. Check out his demo of "We Can Be Together" which is on You Tube. Thanks for your essay Mr. Hopkins - Ray Bonis, Richmond, VA.

Posted by Fred Rogers on 01/01/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “People Who Died: Leonard Cohen by Howe Gelb

Russ Tollman?? Gee there's a name from my past. Howe on my fellow Montrealer is perfect. Cuz really, Howe was my Leonard in a way that Westerberg was my generation's Dylan. Howe you wrote the song Astonished (among many more), its right up there in Cohenville. Thanks for that, and this. Cheers.

Byron

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Posted by Oatsy on 12/31/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “People Who Died: Prince by Curtis McCrary

The "1999" single was released on September 24, 1982.

The 1999 LP was released on October 27, 1982.

I knew when I read that you remembered these songs from 1981 that the information was incorrect. Although I have been off by a year or two myself when recalling these things (especially considering that you are not all that much younger than I am), I would never have an article published without double checking this information before it went to print.

Fact checking, especially with online technology, is really easy these days.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/31/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Jingle Bell Shame

Hi Serene!

Just out of sheer curiosity, I have explored online and I can't find any credible evidence of that Roseanne Christmas album ANYWHERE. It seems to only exist in articles such as this one. At this time, I am convinced it is a hoax. I would at least be able to find evidence of it on Amazon or Discogs, since those sites list even the rarest of things whether they currently have copies available or not. eBay doesn't even have any history of this item ever being offered and Wikipedia doesn't have this album listed in Roseanne's discography.

One thing which I did find interesting is that it is listed on a Spanish language website which also includes the "Gene and Richard Simmons Holiday Duets" album...which I know is complete bullshit. Maybe you needed to do more research before including it in an article as if it is the real deal, or maybe you're aware it's phony-baloney and you're having a hearty laugh at my attempts to investigate it. If I overlooked something, please enlighten me. I like it when someone can actually take the time to prove me wrong and have something besides a link to a teabagger website to back their information up.

I'll be checking back here occasionally for a return response. DC

Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/31/2016 at 8:16 AM

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