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Isthmus kills music.

Postby The Rube » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:22 pm

I'm all hopped up on the Isthmus promoting the Madison independent music scene, while the paper and Rich Albertoni single-handedly narc'ed out and shut down the most independent venue of recent memory, Mierda Verde. They ran the story, parents freaked out, and the police were aware enough to begin patrolling. All because the uber-left safety patrol thought the possibility of unapproved fun was taking place. An indicator as to how, over the last 10 years, Isthmus has morphed from an alternative weekly, to an insert from Parenting magazine. What about Kiki's house? Same thing, different subset of patrons. I guess you have to be old and boring to be Isthmus approved. :twisted:
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby fisticuffs » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:25 pm

Wow how topical with this issues of the day. How many years ago did Meirda get shut down?
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby supaunknown » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:34 pm

BASTARDS!
A Changing America
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby Michael Patrick » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:35 pm

We're old and boring, but Isthmus still hasn't put us on the cover. Those bastards...
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby acereraser » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:33 pm

How long did you think the illegal fun at M.V. was going to last? If Albertoni and the Isthmus are so old and boring, how did they find out about the Secret Youth Scene anyway? And, once they did know, what was going to stop everyone else from finding out, even without the article? Nothing gold can stay, Pony Boy.

At least the legend of M.V. is still viable, which wouldn't have happened if it hung around long enough to be legitimized.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby dead ed » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:43 pm

isthmus was never really an alternative weekly. when you say 'over the last ten years it has morphed...' - how was it ever alternative 10 years ago? it looks like an alternative paper, as there's no other alternatives.

i believe alternative music will always be alive and well in madison. when one venue closes, others open. for a city this size, i've never seen anywhere that comes close.

just to give some perspective, pete rabid gave the same 'isthmus kills music' rant as you, but it was over 25 years ago. give it a rest.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby jammybastard » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:45 pm

Kiki's is dead?
Does she know this?
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby christopher » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:04 pm

HEY, The Rube, GOOD IDEA!
YOU SHOULD START A DIY VENUE IN MADISON!!
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby Stomach » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:16 pm

acereraser wrote:If Albertoni and the Isthmus are so old and boring, how did they find out about the Secret Youth Scene anyway?


I think they may have found out through their secret underground myspace page and secret posters they put on kiosks around town and maybe even through their top secret posts on the TDP Hype Exchange.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby supaunknown » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:44 pm

This just in: Isthmus cock-punched Inn Cahoots. Sources say the so-called alternative weekly got tired of looking in their general direction.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby Uncle_Leaver » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:54 pm

Stomach wrote:I think they may have found out through their secret underground myspace page ...

Ding, ding, ding!

Rupert Murdoch killed your scene, you stupid little shits. MySpace is about as punk as Rachael Ray.

You went all viral with your promotion, but Isthmus is supposed to take the fall for letting out the secret? That's like "sexting" your friend and then crying like the little child you are when pictures of your schlong start popping up all over the playground.

And not that it matters at this point, but Mierda Verde is about the stupidest fucking name for a venue (secret or no) I can possibly conceive of.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:05 pm

la mierda sucede
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby supaunknown » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:22 pm

Briefly putting myself in the shoes of a then 16 year old. Kid lost an underground hangout spot that was never meant for Isthmus' target demographic. Even though a few years have passed, this whiney kid may not yet be of legal clubbin' age. It's possible the closing of MV negatively impacted this kid's entire teenage existence. Bummer.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby jjoyce » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:25 pm

Uhhhhhh....

MV also emailed listings directly to the Isthmus calendar editors for publication in the not-alternative weekly paper.

Nothing says underground hardcore like a press release.
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Re: Isthmus kills music.

Postby jjoyce » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:31 pm

Speaking of killing music, there's only one more day left to vote in the 2009 Isthmus Band to Band Combat!

At noon on Wednesday, 11/11, we'll shut down online voting and the top two bands will qualify to play a live show at the Frequency on Thursday, November 19 (21+).
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