What Bellacore Really Meant
Although we appreciate it tremendously when we receive a write-up in a publication as important as Scene, we feel it is as important to point out that Gordana Vucenovic's article about Bellacore ["A Twinkie in the Eye," January 14] was laced with inaccuracies and errors. First: Vucenovic misrepresented how we feel about Cleveland music and the local scene. Though we do feel that recording on a local level (read: low budget) may result in a "flat" product, we do not feel this issue to be a reflection upon the bands that record with a low budget. We champion local bands who put out the effort to get something recorded--our biggest point to the author was that we are big fans of local bands such as Rosavelt, Cyde, Bloodshot, Jericho Turnpike, and Tender Blindspot; these are bands that specifically strive for a quality product at every level. Together we unify and strengthen Cleveland musically.
Second: While obviously "Cleveland" bands such as Filter (one half of this band not being from Cleveland) and Nine Inch Nails (Reznor is from Mercer, Pennsylvania) have been signed within the past "twenty years," it is common knowledge that both of these, along with a host of many others, have actually had to leave Cleveland in order to ink their high-profile label deals. This is what we said to Vucenovic, and this is what we meant.
Third: The article negatively implied that our "mixmaster" was "largely indecipherable" on the album. We encourage any listener to judge the relevance of our sound; however, we feel it must be pointed out that, in our case, this CD is not a rap piece focused on a DJ. Our mixmaster was chiefly responsible for the sophisticated drum loops and refined midi-samples on a third of the songs on the album.
Lastly, our public relations firm is named Sampson/Carnegie, not Simpson/Carnegie.
All we're trying to say is that we want to add what we can to an already thriving and exciting music scene in Cleveland. We are trying to do our part in order to maybe help our fellow musicians garner the national recognition so richly deserved.
Clubster Finds Winter HQ
Congratulations on your recent makeover. It's good to see some things in the New American City don't sit still.
However, I must take offense at your scathing December 31 review of That Groovee Little Nightclub [Makin' the Scene]. From what I could tell after examining the article, it was nothing but one long complaint. First, in case you haven't noticed, most of the Warehouse District clubs have a very different clientele. Let's face it: With Cleveland, everyone is going to check out someplace new just to see how they like it.
And what's that nonsense about people keeping their distance? Remember, the month began with two frozen weekends, which is enough to keep any brave or sane person at home. And much like Aqua, the owners aren't doing too much advertising because they don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harriet on the North Coast storming the place, turning it into another dive like every place on Old River Road. But from what I've seen and heard, it's a good thing when traffic backs up around the bar near the dance floor. Besides, it's a lounge, not just a place to dance. Perhaps that's why my friends and I have made it our winter headquarters, so to speak.
Critiques aside, Scene still looks great. Keep it up!
Erick Adam Sanders
Makin' a Comeback
It's nice to see Scene carrying more local news and responding to its core readers. I was very pleased to see that the Makin' the Scene section has recovered from the low of four short items and a twenty-year-old picture of Billy Joel to a nice list of local music news. Like many other readers, I turn to this section first. How about showing some real respect and moving it toward the front?
Thanks for the Keefer
I just wanted to write a brief thank-you for your acknowledgment of Beck Center's production of Bent, and of the performance by Mark Mayo and me ["The Eighth Annual Coveted Keefer Awards," December 31]. The show was a truly rewarding experience, especially as it was so well received by the Beck audiences--reactions that still impress me in their voracity. I was pleased to be reminded of the show by your awards, and I'm glad that it was fondly remembered so long afterward.
A Dandy on Randy
It was great to read such an insightful article about Randy Newman ["Slouching Tall," January 21]. Unfortunately, any criticism came because of what music is all about; namely, more so than quoting words out of context, catchy tunes are catchy tunes. Regardless of whether people recognized that "Short People" and "Rednecks" are ironic stabs at prejudice, they can sing the catchy refrains out of context. One might know damn well that the song is totally opposed to prejudice, but still sing "Short people got no reason to live" whenever they see a short person. It's ironic when irony backfires. Maybe he's too ironic for his own good, but that's what genius does to you.