Letters for December 23-29, 2004

So hang in there and practice, practice, practice, and no more phone calls, please. Thank you very much for the wonderful rage rap example you recorded on my voice-mail. I've been giving a listen to my industry "cronies" and have been getting only positive feedback.

I will not use the term "escalating behavior" just as I would usually never say "-------'s band sucks." Regardless, I must commend you as a pure Dostoyevskyian genius. What a wonderful, misguided attempt at self-promotion. Very reminiscent of Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the '80s -- you know, when we were in middle school. A really huge thanks for making my panties oh so wet.

Austin Carl

Billabong Pub

Hallandale Beach He's with Austin:Personally having witnessed all three of Radar O'Reilly's shows at the Billabong, I believe they should screw live chickens on stage. It would sound better than the music they play and would be a bit more interesting to watch.

I do, however, agree with one of Doug's points. He is correct when he states that the Billabong was "packed" when his band played there. What he fails to mention is that halfway through Radar O'Reilly's set, the Billabong was almost empty. I've never seen a band clear a room so fast. For someone who claims to have such knowledge of music and rock bands, one would think he must realize how horrible his band actually is!

To make matters worse, Doug's band seems to have the "longest" set on the local scene. It goes on and on and on until it just becomes painful. Or maybe it just seems that way. Doug, I would suggest much shorter sets. Perhaps five or six songs at the most. This band... the last time I saw them, they did a cover of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" that probably had Bon Scott spinning in his grave and begging for some aspirin. Had any of the members of AC/DC been at the Billabong that night, they would have stopped the show.

I've seen hundreds of professional and local rock bands, and Radar O'Reilly is quite possibly the worst excuse for a rock band I have ever seen. I commend Austin Carl for his stand against mediocre talent. Maybe I will give the Billabong another look, now that I do not have to worry about my ears bleeding for two or three days.

Aaron English

HollywoodUp Chuck

Who you really shootin' at?For all the value that alt-weeklies bring to a market, it's sad to see them embarrass themselves by faking a scrappy attitude and mindlessly attacking other papers. I picked up a copy of the November 25 New Times and turned to a story ("Enslaved," Chuck Strouse) that was teased on the front cover, claiming the "local fish wrap" -- I assume that means the Sun-Sentinel -- is trying "to muscle a couple of Joe Blows." The piece should have made everyone in that office cringe.

Essentially, the writer finds two employees -- oh yeah, two employees of New Times! -- who previously worked for the Tribune Company (which owns the SS), signed some kind of anticompetition forms and now are being hassled by the Tribune for selling ads for New Times. The author ties that together with the circulation scandal at the Tribune-owned Newsday, then declares that the Tribune is "one of the most dishonest and rapacious employers in America." But wait! Is this an attack on the large daily, or is it a thinly veiled swipe at the Tribune-owned City Link, the New Times' alt-weekly competition, which the author describes as "a faux alternative publication that has recently taken particular aim at young readers -- a market that New Times dominates."

There's too much of this junk in these publications. To all alt-weeklies guilty of this trite squabbling, heed this message: Grow up! You don't serve your readers with this garbage, and you certainly don't gain points by taking meaningless sucker punches at other publications. Why not focus on putting out a good product and let your readers decide who's better?

Jason Feifer

Concord, Massachusetts

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