Janovy: "End of the Line?" November 27
C.J. Janovy's column about the U.S. auto industry reminded me of my mother's '66 Pontiac Tempest wagon, navy blue with blue interior and a luggage rack. Every summer, she drove us to Dallas to visit her mother. In the early years, we took old U.S. Highway 69 through southeast Kansas. In later years, it was Interstate 35, which was an hour or two faster and went under and through a rest-stop place that was built spanning the highway. It looked like something from The Jetsons or James Bond. If we begged long enough, my mom would stop there for ice cream. Once I caught a snake or lizard at some rest stop and took it, in a cup, along for the ride. When we got to Dallas, it was gone from the cup.
Maybe we all need another road trip to Grandma's.
Chris Steineger, Kansas City, Kansas
The Beatbox: "Kredulous, Tears of an Angel," December 11
In all of my readings of The Pitch, I have never been so disappointed in a review.
I am a native Kansas Citian who reads The Pitch every week. I also have been following Kansas City rapper Kredulous for some time, and wow! The review of this CD seems a little unfair. No, I am not a Kredulous friend or family member, just a fan who thinks one of my favorite artists got a bad deal.
It is clear that Kyle Koch didn't even review this album — it is more like a personal slam than anything. Kyle, maybe you didn't listen to the words, or maybe you just listened to a track or two, or maybe you are not into rap. This artist has always been complimented on how deep his topics are, and to call this a party CD shows you didn't even scratch the surface. You say the artist displays "gangster wackness" when, in all of his tracks, he is claiming how disgusted he is with the "gangsta" rap!
This album has been praised by Murder Dog Magazine and VIBE, and it's so sad that an artist's hometown would give him such a horrible review.
Kred: Keep going. Don't let one ridiculous review get you down! The best of the best have their fair share!
Larissa Haggard, Independence
Music: "Buckle Bunny," December 4
What in the world is going on in the music department? It must have been a slow-as-hell news week. Two columns' worth of "music news" about John Huff that have very little to do with music? Instead of writing about what sort of music he's been producing as of late. We are subjected to tales of his home-decorating and fashion aesthetics, plus his employment situation. That's all fine and dandy, but move that to another section. I guess if nobody gets interested about his music from that article, at least maybe he'll get some job offers.
There are tons of great bands making great music in the area that deserve some coverage about their music. Ask around. The Ants have a new home studio; Pendergast is calling it quits; there was a Mongol Beach Party reunion; an interview with guitar virtuoso Marco Pascolini would be fascinating, etc. Please keep the music section about music.
Thanks (and much respect to John Huff and Be/Non),
Jason Beers, Parkville
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