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Comment Archives: stories: Music: We Got Cactus

Re: “R.I.P., Jesus Acedo

The first time I ever heard Black Sun Ensemble's music was just over 20 years ago and it stopped me in my tracks. The unique and bizarre mixture of Middle Eastern and hard rock influences were impossible for me to ignore. I was ten times as surprised to find out music this phenomenal was the product of a home town visionary. Local genius!
My condolences not only go out to his friends & family but also to the local music scene for losing a true original. A spirit like his will not die, it will simply transcend from the material world. I can picture a super group in the great beyond that includes him jammin' along with Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Cliff Burton, Bon Scott, John Bonham and/or Keith Moon.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 03/06/2013 at 10:51 AM

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

Your "I'm above all this" attitude is pathetic. I can understand if Southern Rock isn't your genre of music, to each his/her own. But to put it down as though only neanderthals could possibly enjoy it is condescending and immature. I happen to enjoy Southern Rock, and my IQ is in the 130's. And I'd like to hear how "Sweet Home Alabama" is racist exactly. Is it because of the line "In Birmingham they love the Governor"? Perhaps you don't hear the "boo boo boo" sung by the the backup singers after that line. The writer of the lyrics, Ronnie Van Zant, was quoted clearly as saying neither they nor the song were pro-Wallace. So please don't throw out the "racist" thing so irresponsibly.

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Posted by Finatic on 10/25/2012 at 12:39 PM

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

$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: “R.I.P., Jesus Acedo

I will miss, Jodie Cosmo, Loki Wolfey, Funny Bunny, The Seven Headed Dragon of ?, Apollo the Destroyer, and the rest... Maybe not The Shiek so much. More than anything I will miss Jesus. He used to talk about wanting to see heaven.

Dada was Gaga

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Posted by Obie Serious on 03/05/2013 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Fall Out Boy Releases Album on Vinyl

If you listen to music on your computer and car stereo only I hardly think you can call
your self a music enthusiast. Go out and buy your self a real 2 channel amp and some
shit kicken speakers and a turn table. Listen to them for 25 years, then come back and
write an article on music, other wise stop wasting our time. Thank,s Doug.

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Posted by Doug on 01/30/2013 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Howard Salmon: 'My Doctors Say I'll be a Goner by Year's End'

I was a bartender at the CC in those halcyon days. The Limbs and Howie always packed the house. Not only did they tear it up, but they made sure the working stiffs went home with plenty of gravy. Those were the best times of the rockin' Old Puelbo. Thank-you, Mari.

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Posted by Tim Vanderpool on 10/03/2012 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Fall Out Boy Releases Album on Vinyl

Being an music enthusiast doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be a snob about someone else who claims to be but doesn't meet your standards. For all we know, the writer of this piece may own a few cds or cassette tapes; maybe the stereo in her car has kickin' speakers. (I will not ever label speakers as shit kicken [sic] because that to me implies that you are a fan of Country & Western music, which for the most part I am not; especially what passes for contemporary mainstream C & W music.) Maybe she's been into music as early as she can remember.
Hell, I'm a music enthusiast and I haven't owned a turntable in over 20 years; I still purchase vinyl as collector's items though. I understand the argument supporting their better sound quality & larger artwork, but that was never enough to make me stay committed. To me, vinyl was always sort of a hassle. You couldn't play records in your car and I always worried about playing the damn things too much & possibly damaging the grooves. Plus, when all new vinyl releases became expensive, hard to find (pre-internet boom) limited-edition imports in the early '90s, it made economical as well as practical sense to switch over to the compact disc.
I myself am a snob in certain ways though. I have never downloaded a song and probably never will. If the artist cannot make the effort to release their recordings on a viable media format, then the music can't be all that great as far as I'm concerned. If I cannot hold their products in my hands, then I will not bother to spend my money on these bands!
I also find it strange that there are cassette only releases/music labels, this tells me that the people involved in this aren't too concerned that the music reach a wide audience, which should be the only goal a music artist/label should have. The artist/label may think they're making a statement about how underground, trendy and/or unconventional they are, but all I'm seeing is a group of people who are going to have trouble making even the smallest amounts of money. As an artist or label I do believe that you should never sacrifice your visions, but this concept should never apply to the format that the music is presented on. This is a very strange concept, considering these artists/labels may assume that most people who never even owned a cassette deck would all of a sudden go out and purchase one because of music they like being released as cassette only products. What's next, reel-to-reel & 8-track only releases? Cookooo!
I think it's cool that Megan is expanding her horizons by considering the purchase of music media. I would highly suggest starting with cds though if she hasn't already and I would also suggest starting with artists that have more depth and talent than (ACK!) Fall Out Boy. Okay, maybe there is a connection between that enthusiast & snob thing. Thanks for reading.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/31/2013 at 12:58 PM

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: “R.I.P., Jesus Acedo

I hope one day music historians will write and focus more on this man's musical genius, songs and records, and of course guitar playing and make only a mere mention of his mental illness and troubles. Most "sane" musicians never have the career or fan base this man has and will continue to foster-which garners admirers from around the globe, and have included members of The Beatles among other well known and talented peers. His prolific and creative output has been incredible when considering his toils. Long before I was in the band or even thought more than a few moments about that town called Tucson, I heard "Lambent Flame" being cranked in a a record store in NYC. I too was stopped in my tracks, and became an instant fan. Then, twelve years later, I was in the band, and it was one of the best times in my life, performing at SXSW with the Black Sun and Jesus. He had a huge and good heart, and I can honestly say that I had a shamanic experience playing next to Jesus at the now just a memory 7 Black Cats. I had one beer in gut, not enough to rip the cosmos, no it was Prince Master Blaster's playing that caused that rip in space and time for me. He was a fucking incredible musician, more honest and true musically then anyone I've ever known. Thank you Prince, you are now an Angel of Light. JPM

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Posted by Cozmic Jon on 03/09/2013 at 12:23 AM

Re: “R.I.P., Jesus Acedo

Jesus called my old man on Saturday, saying he was suffering from a "panic attack". Hearing that he passed the day after is heartbreaking. Condolences to all who loved Jesus. Tucson has lost more than its share of local music legends.

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Posted by aznemesis on 03/07/2013 at 10:57 AM

Re: “A SpudBoy Picks His 10 Favorite Devo Songs

I don't see Girl You Want, Freedom of Choice, Satisfaction, Peek-a-Boo or Turnaround mentioned. SpudBoy my ass.

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Posted by AZ/DC on 05/24/2013 at 4:58 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: “Attractive Nuisance #4: Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

Thank you. Love this collection... so wish someone would issue it on vinyl. A great album.

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Posted by David on 02/17/2013 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Attractive Nuisance #3: Lou Reed

This inspired a re-listen; thanks for the grist!

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Posted by una on 02/01/2013 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Attractive Nuisance #2: Band of Susans

What, you dismiss "Hope Against Hope" and "Love Agenda?"
For shame!
Anyways, i saw the BoS a bunch of times back when, mixed 'em a few times too (talk about glorious stage volume!) and they're great. Last time I saw Robert, he was mixing front-of-house for Suicide.

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Posted by Andy P on 01/25/2013 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Most Important Concert Ever Coming to Town

Didn't destroy anything for me! KXCI, Calexico, Sergio & the guys... In the Barrio by the Tucson Museum of Art!! Take those phony casino concerts and toss your money to the wind... Local music and art and radio and people will be here and support you... the other guys won't.

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Posted by nutridawg on 01/14/2013 at 6:12 PM

Re: “About the Name 'We Got Cactus'

"[A] sarcastic and self-deprecating pride that focuses almost entirely on the seemingly negative aspects of the city."

This is an apt description that can be applied to this song as well. I recommend this song as another uniquely Tucson song, that celebrates the city even while mentioning all of it's negative aspects. If "We Got Cactus" told the story of Tucson in 1985, this tells the story of the Old Pueblo in the Aughts. - And it ends in a rousing sing-along of local business jingles.…

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Posted by Louie La Compte on 10/03/2012 at 1:36 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

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