Hitting the Note
Rude chatter interrupts the music: It would be so great if the habitués of Revolution Cafe would shut their mouths while the musicians play ["Radical Classical," feature, 9/5]. The music is so great.
Blog Comments of the Week
A thousand reasons for suburban poverty: Very well said ["Bay Area Poverty Is Growing Faster in Suburbia Than in Urban Areas," Albert Samaha, the Snitch, 9/6]. After the "thousand points of light" administration was voted out in the mid-'90s, America experienced a robust economy, an elimination of the federal deficit, and a euphoric sense of financial confidence that could be felt but not explained. The late '90s were the beginning of run-amok consumerism, an escalation of greed, two wars, and in 2008, the disastrous "downward spiral." We can point fingers in every direction because each one of us had a part in this mess.
Banking fees hit those on the brink: Sadly, the ones hit by these fees are the less fortunate ["Bank Fees Are Costing Consumers Way Too Much Money, Study Says," Suzanne Stathatos, the Snitch, 9/5], the ones who are working really hard, trying to keep it together and make ends meet. Sometimes it's because their kid needed medicine, or their only car broke down, and they hoped and prayed that everything would work out. Bank fees are designed to strip away the last penny from the working poor.
Nothing wrong with voting with your wallet: This seems so silly ["Should Bands Use Kickstarter to Fund Their Releases? Here Are Two Fiercely Opposing Views About That," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 9/5]. The whole point of Kickstarter is that it's a gauge of public interest in specific projects. If a project gets funded, it means there is enough interest. The people have spoken: They want an album from these guys. Doesn't it stand as a criticism of the fans to say that directly supporting an artist or band's project is a bad thing? Hell, I'm not even certain how someone could call this "unethical" considering that it's not mandatory that anyone contribute funds. Also, it's terribly disheartening to hear that people are actually calling artists greedy for wanting to make a living wage, while standing in support of the old industry model. Just because the infrastructure is there doesn't mean artists must use it, nor does it means it works as it should. In this case, the music industry has time and again proven itself to be rotten to its core; most musicians keep their day jobs because labels (and everyone else in the distribution chain) historically take the lion's share.
Criticism of criticism: This is a terrible article ["Worst New Song of the Week: No Doubt's "Push and Shove," Rae Alexandra, All Shook Down, 8/31]. No Doubt had been working hard, and to devote a whole article to putting down the band's song is pathetic. Music is a matter of opinion, and to write a rather unprofessional article on how "horrible" it is disgusts me! Watch No Doubt take over this year!