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Wow, that sounds boring, but thanks for the recap on Mayor McRock's glorified press conference. I'm not a big fan of saying our city is great by not being LA or NYC, it seems like it would be more positive to point out the things that make this cities' music community so strong (a lot of women involved in booking and promoting local clubs, strong DIY ethics, the Vera Project, a lot of unique locally owned non-corporate AEG/Clear Channel venues, genre leading and creating bands, local labels, local radio, indie music stores, etc.). The biggest thing that sets Seattle apart from LA and NYC is were are waaaay less corporate/music industry oriented, although that's probably the opposite of the message city government wants to push.

The best things that have happened in Seattle have come from from small independent bands, labels, stores, press, bookers and venues with exciting visions and music, which have prospered because of a huge supportive local music fanbase. Government's only role in this should be to back off from venues and bands and to let the music and art happen, rather than suppressing it or encouraging companies like AEG to continue to move in.

Posted by dan10things | October 30, 2008 12:21 PM

"Government's only role in this should be to back off from venues and bands and to let the music and art happen, "

Hear, hear! I love it when we agree on something.

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 30, 2008 12:26 PM

Never mind the suits who couldn’t legislate a “scene” if their life depended on it, add in the advice of a guy that couldn’t break Maktub 2 years before Knarls Barkley and people who built a cool teen venue, only to take an office next to the number one suit that stands in the way, and I will pass on their “vision”. Bunch of dinosaurs humping the dead caucus of rock and roll till they get their piece of the guitar hero pie. Most of the quoted have been part of the problem for years.

Posted by Adam Smasher | October 30, 2008 2:56 PM

Ha ha ha! Although I think you meant carcass not caucus.

Posted by dan10things | October 30, 2008 4:30 PM

Wow, it would be cool if the Stranger had a music editor who didn't skip a very important part of an event because "things were dragging on...". Your job is to report on all of what was said, for the people who couldn't be there -- regardless of whether you feel a little bored.

Granted, there probably wasn't a lot of specific information about music venues offered at the mayor's dog-and-pony show. But thanks to you, there's absolutely no information about it in your post, and that's where many musicians and music lovers were looking for it.

Readers count on the Stranger to report intelligently and thoroughly on issues that no other papers in Seattle bother with. Could you try a little harder, please? (For instance, maybe you could have spent a little more time on this and less time hyping Partman Parthorse....)

Posted by Mattster | October 31, 2008 9:51 PM

I have to agree with @5 here. Very irresponsible journalism. If you even have anything like an editor at The Stranger, he/she should wring your neck for skipping out on an arguably important and certainly relevant story.

Posted by Matthew | November 2, 2008 4:58 PM

Re: "New Faces look like Jonas Brothers"
Um, yeah, Jonas Bros wish they had the individualism and style of these guys, this is a band of interesting young independently styled youngsters... They ARE going to be huge, I promise you.
Why hasn't El Corazon got them playing as the house band on Thursday nights yet???

Posted by Curt Doughty | November 3, 2008 12:29 AM

"Readers count on the Stranger to report intelligently and thoroughly on issues that no other papers in Seattle bother with."

The funny part here is I think you're being serious. What readers are you talking about? I read The Stranger because it's funny, not for real news. And besides, you admit it was the Mayor's dog and pony show, so what real news did we miss out on? How pudgy, fat and red-faced Mayor McCheese looked this week? Or did he break down what clubs he'd bust for noise violations next?

Posted by SaraJ | November 3, 2008 6:39 PM

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