People like you give modest and decent people bad names. Your unwarranted perceived importance of your selves and your opinions not only mean very little to those you "criticize", but also exemplify the exact reason why you all will never make impressions other than being shitty human beings on others. I would take the time to understand your opinions (Lionel, Corey, and Josh) if judgement had not been passed by all of you. But given that you have, I will only treat you as you have treated us. You deserve as much respect as you give others.
Rockpile ! Thought I was the only one who appreciated their excellent pop music and excellent song writing. Lowe and Edmunds for sure.
For the funeral stick with Steely Dan
I shudder to think what a punk revival from the "Everyone Wins" generation will be. If this is any indication, maybe these kids would be better served trading their instruments for an XBox One. "Folk Violence From Denver" Rage Against The Starbucks? Fury Against the Hybrid? Criticism comes with the territory... Especially in music...if you want a trophy after the event, why not take up swimming or karate?
Right or wrong, criticism should be taken as a tool to improve yourself. I wasn't at the show, but I have been in this game for long enough to know that if you are putting in the time, if you truly care for your craft and gravitate towards the DIY scene, something like this should galvanize you. It should be like carbon as you temper and fold your blade in the fire. The idea that a positive review is in some way owed because you showed up is absurd. Not everyone gets to win. Not everyone is equal, especially in music. This goes with the territory and saying you would avoid Tucson because of ONE bad review would cause me to question the motive for doing music in the first place.
Mr. Butler and Mr. Nicholls, had I known that being "dedicated," "kind," "doing the things they love," and driving for hours are attributes that entitle an artist to a positive review, I wouldn't have come to see the show and critique the actual music. But if that's the case, then every band is incredible and above criticism. And if everything is amazing, then everyone is lying: Is this what you would have preferred?
Mr. James, while you are understandably unfamiliar with my live reviews in this newspaper in regards to my "favoring" local bands (which is false), I admire and agree with your decision to not let this review affect you and your music; your dedication to your music would be questionable if you did.
I don't see anyone from Tucson commenting on this thread so apparently not many even read this trash.
It's okay, Micah. People aren't always on the same wavelength, and it's clear to me that the perceived notion of being above others who aren't locals is very prevalent in this article. We appreciate the chance to play anywhere; it's fun, it's slightly nerve-fraying, and it's experience! But it's people's choices to like us or to not. I'm not going to get upset about this review, it felt like it came from a pretty close minded place that clearly catered to the local acts. All I can say is from our experience with the friendly folks out in Tucson, I'm sure we can opt out of damning their pretentious and close-knit community with our presence. And besides, the venue was closing anyways, if the DIY scene remains this uppity and unfriendly to touring acts, they can keep all their local bands so they don't have to support musicians from all walks of life.
this is really disheartening. I really loved Tucson and have had some really awesome times there. But talking shit on a touring band (a great one nonetheless) is pretty low. I appreciate the kind words said about me, but I admire these guys, and I assure you if I had written this review there would have been some big differences. It just make me sad to see an extremely talented, kind, and dedicated band drive for hours to play a show just to get bashed in the local newspaper.
I bought my first punk record at Toxic Shock in Pomona in 1984. The album was the day the country died. Bill was always super cool about turning us newbies on to awesome music. Thanks for carrying the torch for so long Bill.
Before the internet and before I had my license and could drive to and record stores that had decent punk. I mail ordered everything from Toxic. In a lot of ways they shaped my taste in music and introduced me to bands I still listen too 25 years later. Thanks for everything. Ryan from Illinois.
before the internet, booking agents would call me up and ask me if I ever heard of such and such a band, and I would immediately call Bill at Toxic and go Bill do you know this band, and he would tell me all about them.... even without a physical building, Bill & Julianna's devotion and love for DIY culture will always have a permanent place in the history of Tucson, all of us in Tucson thank you for all you have given to this town we couldn't have done it without you
Best record store in Tucson. Changed my life in a lot of ways.
You'll be missed.
And by west I mean east...
I remember at 18, visiting and helping my grand folks out, in Dec. 1988 and seeing a sign over a little store a couple of doors west of Bobo's on Grant. Toxic Ranch Records huh? Sounds... wonderful. Left with an armful of records and t-shirts the first chance I got. Coming from a small New Mexico town within earshot of '80s college radio but no record store of its own, I was in heaven.
Moved here in '94 and freaked when I saw the coolest record store in the world was gone. I found it though. I can't thank Bill enough. Not many of us can. For coming to Tucson, for sticking through it, for Gimme Indie Rock! (fuck you Tony Ford), and for just being a genuinely nice guy I'll always love you Jolly Rancher and I hope you can continue.
Anything that Nick Lowe puts his hands on is pretty much a winner!
This store brought me into a world 20 years ago that I have never left. Punk rock is tribe and I feel much pride in saying that Toxic Ranch was my homeland. I remember living in the dump basement apartment across the alley and coming out to defend the store during the UofA basketball riots one year. The cops thought we were rioters too and shot at me with beanbags! But the store windows survived as far as I remember...Thanks Bill for always keeping me plush on nirvana t-shirts and 45s. Wish I were in Tucson to see you off!
This is pretty tragic, but if Bill's at peace with it, I should be too. It's always somewhat annoying when a property owner starts gassing on about doing something different with a place that a business has been in for a long time, though. But it's their place, I guess... I fear a new yupster "bistro" may be on the way.
Toxic is a grand oasis of genuineness and good taste in a world gone mad!!! All the best to Bill and Julianna!
You honestly need to get your head checked. Blind Man Deaf Boy are a group of amazing musicians, and great kids doing the things they love.
What a nice tribute! I've never been to the shop but knew of its reputation from Canada. Tucson was lucky to have such a great cultural institution for so many years. All the best Bill!
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