DEAR SIR(S): Regarding your "Months of the Year" Pull-Out February Calendar [Feb 1]. As a Catholic I find your portrayal of our "Sacred Heart of Jesus" an insult. I'm certain this comment is falling on deaf ears, so it isn't necessary to say more.
Thomas R. Steffen
BAD HAIR NOT WELCOME?
TO THE EDITOR: Just a response to Mr. Mike Wu's comments [Letters, Music feature, Feb 8]
I've heard POOLSIDE'S Indyglow. Came to a quick conclusion that it was mere mediocre indie rock with a SUPERCHUNK twist. Opinion about getting an audience: do something unique, well-constructed, and with heart. Follow that up with good live performances, stage (and social) presence, and a bucketload of propaganda.
About Jamie S. Rich's hair and words on Steve Malkmus: let it go. I don't expect the writers of the Mercury to do any more than express their opinions (which I tend to agree with more than not). Steve Malkmus needs to be held to the same standards as anyone creating music today: "IS IT GOOD?" or "IS IT BAD?"
Okay, now the hair come on. Social etiquette requires the "artist" to maintain higher levels of maturity when engaging in a public forum. If I have bad hair, then I'm not welcome at your "shows?"
THE MERCURY IN THE 6TH DIMENSION?
TO THE MERCURY: I heard that you might start using sixth dimensional newsboxes. Is this true?
The Mercury responds: Actually, that would be the Portland Tribune. Goddamn, those motherfuckers have a lot of money.
ANN VS. NXNW
TO ANN ROMANO: May all great blessings come your way for blowing the lid off HYPOCRISY and EXPLOITATION [RE: NXNW, One Day at a Time, Feb 8]. Those that profit off the youthful hopes and creative work and convince these people that they ARE BEING DONE A GREAT FAVOR should be publicly hanged. Anyway, you did what you could. Thank you and the Mercury. I hope you thrive.
JULIANNE VS. NXNW
[From the editor: The following is an e-mail exchange between Roland Swenson, the managing director of SXSW, and Julianne Shepherd, regarding her article on the demise of NXNW in our Feb 8 issue.]
TO JULIANNE SHEPHERD: Fuck you. That was a totally dishonest article and you know it.
TO ROLAND: Can you please be more specific in what you mean by "dishonest"? Thanks!
TO JULIANNE: [Quoting article:] "It appears that instead of being able to take criticism that would have made their festival better, NXNW has chosen to turn it around and blame the people who supported them the most. And with that attitude, we say who needs 'em?"
I did not blame anyone but us for NXNW's failure. And I admitted that we had failed to win over people who didn't like what we were doing from the beginning.
TO ROLAND: Actually, you did blame others for your failure. Here's what you said: "we'll miss going there every year. But obviously, pressure was mounting from many of the event's detractors, and the Willamette Week was tired of taking the heat."
Blame goes to "event's detractors" and Willamette Week. Also, your press release states "...from the first year, various local media outlets and music organizations called out for us to cancel the event."
Blame goes to local media outlets and music organizations for daring to offer criticism (horrors!).
And while we're on the subject, saying "fuck you" to local media outlets isn't the best way to prove you're able to take criticism.
TO JULIANNE: How about "kiss my ass"?