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"Stuff White People Like, but Stuff Black People Should Say." Love it. Erica, I can't wait to read it.
It feels good to officially hand this beat over to some new blood. Have fun, guys! Drink water and pace yourselves. Don't leave the hotel room until you've uploaded everything. That is, if you ever make it back to the hotel.
Thanks, Joe. I totally would've wasted precious time on this.
Sal, what did you think of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark?"
Don't let em get you down, Donnie! And let us know where you land. I STILL talk about Diner 437.
Very unfortunate. Something hung in the window should've been a compromise if someone felt there was a risk of offending more sensitive passers by. This is an emotional reaction to an image that carries a different meaning to each viewer and the fact that this was painted over is the very definition of censorship. So, the landlord can tell you what art you can hang on the walls, now? By threatening to not renew a lease? Isn't that getting dangerously near some kind of coercion? Just unfortunate. I hope some day we can laugh and discuss images (not to mention WORDS) and appreciate them for the emotions they make us feel and the conversations they create instead of being compelled to hurl a fucking brick through a window, because we can't articulate what we're really feeling. Grow, people. Up, etc.
Leilani, I did as you asked, I clicked on Andrew's name. Only because I love Andrew (and his writing). It turns out that Andrew is so prolific that I had to search through four pages of author archives before finding his previous Warped coverage. Holy shit, you're absolutely right, Andrew has been to a lot of shows, he's written extensively (and intelligently) about a lot of shows, and that includes festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. That being said, I think the more interesting "story" here, isn't that Andrew has covered Warped in the past but that Andrew is "over" the Warped Tour - he's outgrown it. This is not a bad thing. Punk, pop-punk, whatever - it's a life stage thing. We've all been there. I used to listen to Bad Religion. Shit, I used to listen to The Offspring, and that's just fucking gross. Andrew wrote about this festival as objectively as he could, considering his position. It's his responsibility to point out the corporate/pipe and drape/merch area that feels like a trade show. Daniel, the cost of those booths (and the prices at them) are a far cry from the local band shilling CDs for gas money, and Andrew's right in pointing out that distinction. I give Andrew credit for calling it like he sees it. VANS Warped Tour is the Florida State Fair of Punk Rock.
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