'Chronicle' Music Coverage Sucks

RECEIVED Wed., Nov. 17, 2004

Dear folks at the Chronicle,
   Well, I finally had to write and bitch after all these years of sitting by and watching your mag slowly become nothing more than a springboard for whatever new record Willie Nelson, Jimmie Vaughan, or Los Lonely Boys decide to fart out. The glaring omission of last Friday’s (Nov. 12) show at Emo’s by the group the Sun City Girls was the straw that broke the camel's back. I used to feel that when you left something out it was because the venue ran no ad; no ad – no mention. And I guess I could live with that, times being what they are. But when I noticed that Emo’s, who run an ad every single issue received no mention of this very important show, I realized that you guys really don't have a clue, or have become too lazy to stay up past 10 and check out what's really going down these days in the underground of your very own city. I can remember a time when in the Chronicle’s salad days, no punk rock act was deemed too obscure to rate a mention, if not a two-page spread with photos. Now, right under your dumb noses, on any given night, whether it's at the Church of the Friendly Ghost, Ceremony Hall, Ballet Austin (or any of the few alternative venues left in the city that the economy hasn't managed to kill yet), 200 people might line up to see a world-class sax player from Germany do a solo set, or listen to a visiting Japanese musician playing electronic music that changes the very fabric of space and time. And, to be fair, you usually give some touring and local acts the polite nod and wink, but you never make like you enjoy it, understand it, or find it the least bit interesting. But, let some white girl with an acoustic guitar play Flipnotics to 20 people and your crack team of reporters is all over it like stink in a boot. Emo’s was packed to the rafters by the way without your help, with lovers of experimental mayhem from all parts of our fair country, not just the same 50 local people. So job well done, Chronicle! Go on back to sleep and dream of the next Jerry Jeff reunion, I guess the Austin experimental scene doesn't really need you anyway. But it would be nice to share this adventure together.
Rick Reed
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