Beyond that, you almost got most of the facts right. Somehow, in your account of my telephone conversation with Alvin Brooks, you neglected to include his failure to respond to my observations that: (1) The (unconstitutional) Missouri prohibition of concealed weapons was a "Jim Crow" provision aimed at making it impossible for black men and women to defend themselves from the KKK, and (2) the biggest victims of Brooks' wrongheaded lawsuit are the hardworking men and women of the inner city who become criminals if they carry a gun to protect themselves from the goblins that commit mayhem there daily.
It is nice to see that Alvin is so well connected that by merely snapping his fingers, he can unleash the Pitch on whomever has displeased him at the moment.
It doesn't really matter much. I'm still here, and he's still wrong.
Kansas City, Missouri
Of course, we have all been inundated with information about Ali Kemp's murder (as we should). I mean no disrespect to her family or her memory, but my heart goes out to all the mothers who have lost daughters and haven't had the benefit of the exhaustive police investigation and publicity that the Kemp family has had.
Keep up the great work!
Although I don't read the Pitch every week, this is the second time I have found the word redundant or one of its derivatives used improperly by your music critics -- on the earlier occasion, a critic opined that two musicians were "radio redundancies." Mr. Wilson should either learn English or stop writing.
Name Withheld Upon Request
Perhaps he should take a vacation from this "journalism career" he's piled on himself. Maybe he's received too many promos from the new metal crap rock bands that love KC? Take a breath or three and give a listen to the wrath of monocultured "music" that plagues our generation like cancer. Maybe then he'll realize what good the Mates of State actually bring to this world, instead of focusing his negativities in a published review. Is he his own editor? The Mates are actual proof that there is still hope for this cookie-cutter-MTV-laden shithole of a culture.
Please do all of us local musicians a favor and give a chance to some music reviewers who don't write venomous, self-serving soapbox rants on what is cool and what is not. Take that for what it's worth, friend.
P.S. Please come to my shows (Everest, Life on Earth) and bring your notepad. I need some direction.