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Re: “Cut the Music, Bring the Noise at the Solano Stroll

It has been a year since some of the above comments were made and the Solano Avenue Association would like to follow-up.

A) There were concerns that our temporary restriction of payments to performers was permanent and that this is obviously the end of payments to performers “from now on”. In 2012 the Solano Avenue Association issued almost $8,000 in payments to performers (some were paid more than they asked for; all others were paid exactly what they asked for – without negotiation). So you were all wrong and your attempts at predicting the future are appreciated and amusing, but inaccurate.

B) Someone took the time out of their day to look into our books to amuse themselves. Our director’s personal salary has been posted and we will note that he is worth double. There are mentions of a raise. You will also note that along with the Directors raise, we let-go of our webmaster, saving the Association thousands of dollars in fees. Yes our director received a raise; he also had to learn HTML and take over the responsibilities of the website, increasing his workload by twenty percent. Next time be sure to know what you are taking about before you open your mouth.

C) Thank gosh for global warming, crow tastes shitty cold. This is “journalism”? Please. Like spinach, your concerns and comments have boiled down to nothing.

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Posted by solanoavenue.org on 10/08/2012 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Local Licks

Note that Eggplant Casino plays every 2nd Thursday at Disco Volante as well. Hot Einstein's Oct. 20th show at Disco Volante is also a monthly gig--every 3rd Saturday. Thanks for helping spread the word about these bands--and yes, Eggplant Casino has a great stage presence.

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Posted by Kevin Cook on 10/04/2012 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Dan Deacon

This album is full of amazing surprises and it gets better with each listen

Posted by Whitne on 10/02/2012 at 8:53 PM

Re: “And That's a Rap

I've always *loved* your writing and looked forward to savoring your insights and they way you beautifully phrase them in each Wednesday issue (actually rushing online to read them Tuesday night, of late). I hope your transition to "hard news" will leave room for all the style you've cultivated to continue to come through and grow. I'm scratching my head as to what publication you might write for, and chuckling a bit to myself at what "hard news" even is, and who on earth prints it.

Posted by jo Jo ma on 09/29/2012 at 11:45 PM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Rachel, we hardly knew ye! Best of luck from the jazz fan, KV.

Posted by Kelly Vance on 09/28/2012 at 11:00 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Sad to be coming to the Express just as you're leaving it. But I agree with Ben (from my left-but-not-forgetten LA Weekly) - wonderful piece, and best of luck to you!

Posted by Lenika Cruz on 09/27/2012 at 12:45 PM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Rachel, best of luck. Loved your Los Rakas piece back in the day, think it's an example of hip-hop journalism as portal. Suerte on your camino! <3 <3

Posted by Natalia Linares on 09/27/2012 at 2:42 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Fantastic piece.

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Posted by Ben Westhoff on 09/26/2012 at 4:26 PM

Re: “And That's a Rap

First, your writing abilities are great I enjoyed your article.
I wanted to know what this meant> Sure, Common is a much safer rapper than Biggie Smalls. But it's quite clear, to any avid hip-hop consumer, who is the better artist.<

Common isn't a "safe rapper", to most liberal americans, he's an angry black man. Speaking up for black culture and how it was raped and discredited. He speaks about his Muslim beliefs and calls white america out. Any "avid" hiphop listener/consumer would& should pay attention to the message being told by the rapper. Biggie rapped about his past, his lifestyle and his future of death. Just because Common wasn't rapping about "bitches and blow" doesn't make him less of a rapper, or make Biggie a better rapper. They're both great emcee's with the ability to write poetry. With that statement, you took away from hiphop.

I believe this is the problem with rap and hiphop. We credit people like chippy (whose photograph is featured in the print article) who is an awful lyricist and a joke for hiphop music. For some reason people give in to her shit show because she's willing to show her ass on stage and "twerk"? Emcees like Rocky Rivera don't get shine? Come on Bay Area, get your life!

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Posted by Jupiter on 09/26/2012 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The Legend of Thadeus

Only thing wrong with these guys is they like the Raiders....Musically best rock shows ive been to in 10+ years

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Posted by Ryan Leusch on 09/26/2012 at 12:42 PM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Hey Rachel This is Rashinel from Hobo Junction. Great article. I have always loved your articles best of luck to you. See you are around

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Posted by Rick Andre on 09/26/2012 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Legend of Thadeus

Yes, Thadeus is the real deal. Probably one of the best front man I have ever seen. I feel sorry for the bands that have to follow Electric Sister. Its great to see that he never gave up on rock n roll because now its all paying off. Nice article, Kathleen!

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Posted by Dan Harrington on 09/26/2012 at 11:09 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Such a smart goodbye. Always floored by your talent, Rachel. Good luck!

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Posted by hirsch.jesse on 09/26/2012 at 9:35 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Chinaka, you are a rare talent.
Ms. Charlip -- yes! Lunch! I hope you are being paid handsomely and garnering many great teacher awards.
Slav -- thank you!

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Posted by Rachel Swan on 09/26/2012 at 9:14 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

As always, appreciative of your even handed, thoughtful criticism of our beloved art. As a critic and one reviewed, I'll miss your insight dearly. That said, I'm juiced for whatever comes next. Thanks for always bigging me up. I owe you an arm or two.

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Posted by chinaka on 09/26/2012 at 7:42 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

Bravo. All around.

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Posted by Slav Kandyba on 09/26/2012 at 3:43 AM

Re: “And That's a Rap

As your old high school English teacher, I'd say, well, it's time to have lunch again! More importantly however your contributions to our local culture are going to be missed. As one of Your Devoted Readers, I certainly look forward to your next venture, may it continue to be in the writing world and through your laser sharp, critical lens, your droll sense of humor, crazy compassion in unearthing the most desperate urgent voices in music. Call me.

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Posted by Susan Charlip on 09/25/2012 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Loudtalkers Generate Chatter

What a great article! Awesome reading references about our scene of old (I loved Silent Film Stars). Great writing. Keep it up.

-Brad Dollar
(the "guy from TRI" that recorded this masterpiece)
Http://BradDollar.com

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Posted by BradDollar on 09/23/2012 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Carol Kleyn

Jean Ritchie, good call!

Posted by Kellie Morgan on 09/19/2012 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Digital Music Midterms

How is eMusic, from the musicians' point of view? As a (non-musician) fan, I like it for greater variety than iTunes, and at a lower cost, but I'd like to make sure that the artists I love are getting, if not a truly fair cut, at least no worse than they'd do elsewhere. Not much on social, at all, though.

Posted by Jean Rossner on 09/12/2012 at 9:34 PM

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