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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
On my drive from Seattle to Portland today, I stopped in Olympia to wait out a storm that featured little pellets of ice. Since my rental car lacks both a cassette player and an input jack for a digital music player, I decided to look for something to listen to on the rest of the trip. I settled on the CD compilation of the late-70s San Francisco band Crime's work. While browsing the selections, I noticed a preponderance of Northwest bands, both of the Kill Rocks Stars-and-K variety and those on more obscure or even self-invented labels. But aside from Neko Case, who is from the state of Washington, there wasn't a single Tucson artist to be found. Because I'm presenting a paper Saturday that focuses on the the city's alternative music scene, particularly as it is represented in the documentary High and Dry, I found its absence from the racks significant. And refreshing. It's nice to see evidence that the sense of regional belonging I'll be talking about is alive and well.

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tpratt From: tpratt Date: April 19th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
What bands (or sonic artists) ever gave Tucson a good name? I don't say that scornfully, it's just that I don't know. I mean, are there still pockets of emotion for such acts as the Useless Pieces of Shit (who has my vote for the best tour name ever - "Go See Cal") and the Marshmallow Overcoat? Then again, I don't know much about those K records groups either unless I've witnessed one of them live. Hmmm.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 28th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's mostly post-punk experiments with the blending of genres, from Giant Sand on. But there have been some good punk bands from here. Recently, the Knockout Pills did a good job with the Buzzcocks-style fast-and-poppy format.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: April 20th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's where I live!
I wish I had known you'd be in town.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 20th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I'd have totally looked you up if I'd been there longer. But I got in Wednesday at 6pm and left Thursday midday. Two conferences in the same weekend, three hours apart. Crazy. Congrats on the thesis-finishing, BTW.
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