“I started listening to their music a few months ago and it really just fuckin’ touches you and makes you feel what they are feeling.”

Week of July 13, 2006

Feature, June 29, 2006

More Blood on the TracksFeel the noise:I love the Maddhouse Clique, Mistah Creepy, Nuttin Nyce, Hellsent and the Wet Grimlinz. I started listening to their music a few months ago and it really just fuckin' touches you and makes you feel what they are feeling. I help promote their music as one of their Street Sweepers.

I wouldn't want to be trying to get people to listen to anyone's music but theirs, because I love them guys and because they are going places and are gonna make it. And hopefully Ben Westhoff's "Bloodsuckahz" will help them make it there. Thanks for that.
Courtney Hudson, St. Louis

Kind of sad:So this guy is 24, pretends to be a vampire and still lives with his mother? That's not scary. That's just kind of sad.
Nina Hayward, University City



Who you callin' goth?As a DJ and a lover of music, I can appreciate the constant naming of new genres. However, seeing as how I have associated myself with the goth and industrial scenes for the past decade, I always feel inclined to step up and say something any time the RFT uses the term "goth." (Will we ever get decent representation?)

While "goth" means a lot of different things to different people, it seems to be used freely by the uninitiated to label anything that is "dark," and quite often any medium that portrays sadomasochism and violence of the horror/shock-rock nature. Over the years and many places I have been, the overall tone of gothic counterculture has been more of dark romanticism and mysticism than shock or horror. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but it barely strikes a percentage and probably owes to the existence of Marilyn Manson's usage of gothic imagery mixed with shock rock (which he borrowed from Skinny Puppy and Alice Cooper, both not traditionally "goth" bands, I might add).

The phrase that strikes me as an oxymoron is "goth rap," because most goths I know hate rap. Gothic music tends to be a blend of style and substance born from avant-garde post-punk and new wave, while its lyrics are often introspective and sociopolitical. These guys sample "creepy" organ music and put on some fangs and make-up, but deep down they are still rapping about, as a friend put it, "the same old thug misogyny and amoral braggadocio." You can dress up a turd in a box, but it's still a turd...in a box.

This article makes me wince.
Joel Lovins, St. Louis

News Real, June 15, 2006

Ready for a RuckusRFT unfair to Wallace:In regard to Randall Roberts' "Ruckus on Cherokee," the Gravois Park neighborhood resents the lies concerning one of our most respected members, Shirley Wallace. If the reporter had done his homework, he would know that Lyndsey Scott had no permits. Minerva Lopez had a contract with LRA to install and remove an art project. The Hispanic Business Owners Association asked Shirley to get involved because they were having a problem stopping Ms. Scott from messing with their festival. One of the requirements for the project was a separate insurance policy and signed agreements which Ms. Scott did not acquire. When the Cinco de Mayo Festival organizers could not make her pay for insurance, they made her buy an event permit to make sure the people on the LRA lot would be under their insurance for one day.

When Ms. Scott talked about her project, she agreed it would be temporary. When she glued it to a building, it became graffiti. Gravois Park works very hard to stay ahead of its problem residents and business owners that try to ignore the rules that make it possible for all of us to live together.

The city denied a permit for a bus station on Cherokee; not Shirley. Gravois Park has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for its efforts, and as commercial property owners in the district we will continue to monitor the activities in the area.

The Board of Aldermen had to pass a new law to be able to remove graffiti, which is done for free, from buildings like National Rent-to-Own that refuse permission. Last year the rental center refused to allow Operation Brightside to remove a phrase about burning other people's buildings down. When the law was changed to allow Operation Brightside to go on private property and remove the offending graffiti and bill the owners, National removed the offending graffiti.

Miss Mari said she got permission to keep painting the fire hydrant. I am sure she did, because it is once again the legal color required by the fire department. I asked Ms. Wallace what meeting she refused to go to, because in the seven years I have known her she has never missed one yet. She was not invited to such a meeting. Lies are so much more interesting that truth.

The RFT usually creates the problems Galen Gondolfi finds himself in. No one accused him of selling drugs. Galen gets so much free publicity from your newspaper for all the venues he opens without permits that he spends a lot of time having to explain his activities at city hall. It's not surprising that so few people would talk to you because they understand you prefer made-up news to actual facts.
Rita Ford, president, Gravois Park Block Link Neighborhood Association

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