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-- Angela Taglia, Atlanta

No good offerings
(In response to "Give me downloads or give me death," July 31): I am a single working mom of two teenagers, not a college kid. I don't want to buy the latest CDs that these tone-deaf, money-grubbing, caterwauling morons have been cranking out lately. (My usual purchases, when I can afford it, are compilation CDs of the "old stuff.") My downloads consist of classic rock, classic R&B and older country, some of which I already own and some of which I haven't been able to find in stores. I don't see myself as a threat to the music industry. I used to be perfectly happy buying singles. I grew tired of buying an entire album/cassette/CD for one song, only to discover that the rest of the album sucked! Now, the music industry has seen fit to no longer offer this to us ... nothing good anyway.

I'm sure I am not the only one out there who feels betrayed by the turn that the industry has taken. As far as I'm concerned, when they come up with someone who can actually sing, I will start buying new music again!

-- Jeanette Combs, Ellenwood

Well, aren't we catty
Nikhil Swaminathan: Cut the crap. The Live Shot column (Vibes, "Cat Power," July 24) was trite and repetitive. Chan Marshall's "misfires and meanderings" are a part of her shtick, her stage persona; I know it, you know it, her fans know it and her detractors know it. So, excepting the references to specific on-stage banter, the review was utterly worthless and lazy.

Negative reviews are fine. Insightful reviews are even better. Trenchant rock criticism is most preferred. And what does a band or artist owe an audience or concert-goer? In my book, absolutely nothing! But I would rather see imperfection and fallibility than some old guy churning out perfect, mechanical guitar riffs for $50 a seat.

But it is not as if Cat Power is incapable of putting on a good show. Her show last March at the Variety Playhouse was one of the best performances I've seen this year. By the tone of your column, any performance you would've witnessed by Cat Power would have been negative. I cannot wait until Roni Sarig returns.

-- Hanson Dates, Griffin

Keep the faith
I was excited to read about Sam Patton ("Buh-bye boho," July 24). After all, I worked at another outlet for people with the anything-but-mainstream movie vice, Video Update. My wife and I have never been above the poverty line since we were married in 1971, at 19 and 16 years old. We now live in Savannah and own our own home with no mortgage. She's a baker, and I work for the equivalent of CL, Connect Savannah. We met as hippies and have lived as pagan explorers all our lives. Some of us make it out alive.

-- Charles "Shane" Truax, Savannah

In a word: helpless
Hollis Gillespie: I just read your piece in CL and it floored me. I, too, have had a very "interesting" life, so I probably relate to your stories more readily than a lot of others. From my present position, it's easy to identify with the state of emotional helplessness your father found himself in. You sure have a way with words, girl.

-- Tony Butcher, Macon

I remember reading CL for the first time while in Tampa, Fla., for a Cocteau Twins show around 1990 or 1991. I wished for something similar in Orlando, where I lived at the time. But I frequented Ybor City (Tampa), so I was able to get my fix of the Loaf regularly. When I moved to Atlanta seven years ago, I was glad to see a familiar masthead and felt thankful that I would continue to have the Loaf as an alternative to the mainstream local press in Atlanta.

Twelve years is a long time, and things do change. However, only the very naive could possibly believe that a union between the alternative press and mainstream corporate media will not affect editorial considerations within the alternative press. I have no love for corporate media or their bedfellows, and I am obviously no longer part of your demographic.

So this longtime reader is moving on; it was good while it lasted. The elimination of the established alternative press (CL is sadly one of the many currently being subsumed) will hopefully help pave the way for new voices -- new journals whose integrity will be based upon lessons learned from the folly of those who came before. In the end, the cycle of the new guard replacing the old is nothing new. It's too bad CL couldn't stave off the inevitable for a little longer.


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