Jrdn Wbrl 
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Re: “Built to Spill Announces Local Shows, Angers Some Locals

This isn't even journalism. You didn't even bother to get my full name. Ten seconds of your day and - bam! - this attempt at journalism looks just a little less hacky. I hope lifting comments from Facebook and pasting them into an "article" isn't your MO. That would be embarrassing.
You know, this could have been something more than a hack-job on people you don't even know and didn't even bother to contact one-on-one. I know this was only meant as lip service to Martsch and Gilbert, but - c'mon - have some integrity. There's obviously a reason that a lot of people were annoyed/embarrassed/riled up about the prospect of a 21 and under show. It had nothing to do with whether or not we would be able to attend, so I really fail to see how anyone was "butt-hurt" or a "wiener." Sick ass ad hominem attacks, by the way. A large portion of those put off by the age-discrimination were under 21. As for myself, as much as I love Built to Spill, I wouldn't be able to make the drive from Fucking, Austria (if the internet is to be believed) or Idaho Falls, Idaho (if journalistic integrity is the goal). Other people that commented and expressed displeasure with the set up of the show were from other states entirely. Why would someone from California take time out of his day to mock an under-21 show? That seems worth exploring and maybe even interesting, at least to a journalist.
If any care was given to actually present the public with something interesting to read and not just operating a half-assed blog meant solely to please "cool" guys like Eric or to seem edgy and snarky, this article would have at least touched base on things like ethics in punk rock and why they're important to people - especially in the wake of Ceremony insisting on an all-ages show - even though it meant playing two sets back to back - during their stop in Boise. It's important to note and a big deal to a lot of people. Hell, you could have even contacted Ceremony and got their opinion on why they never want to be exclusionary. I'm sure they would have replied.
Why did you leave out the part where our collective voice was heard and the show was changed to "under 21 preferred"? After that, I withdrew my complaint and declared "under 21 preferred" as "reasonable." This isn't a case of "wieners" getting "wienery" about things. This is a case of people with strong emotional ties to the music community raising concerns and, as a result, a concession/compromise was made. No one stomped their feet around and demanded they get their way. If I wanted to make a giant scene or get all "wienery" about something, I'd raise hell about the fact that a certain kick ass all ages venue (that could house at least three times as many people as the Crux) is continually shit on and disregarded by Boiseans. I am not a local, so I don't want to get mixed up in local politics and I stuck to the broader issue at hand.
You could have written a worthwhile piece here. Clyde, though admittedly a wiener, is a musician. He's been on tours and booked shows. He has experience. Personally, I've booked shows since I was sixteen and I opened up the Wax House, an all-ages DIY venue in Idaho Falls last October with my friends. Man, I bet we have both opinions and experience. (Almost every band that I've booked these seven-plus years has insisted that the show be all ages, with no exceptions like 18-plus or 21-under deemed acceptable. Why would broke ass bands on tour potentially take less money in order for their ethical standards to be met? Gee, that seems worth exploring, Mr. Journalist.) I've also heard that Darian is a musician who has experience booking shows. No mention of that is anywhere to be found.
Our contributions get left out, but you still make mention of the Colorcube. The Colorcube! A venue so disastrous that it's still an inside-joke to this day, even in Idaho Falls. Even Spondee gets lip service here. Spondee! My friend was in that band for a few months and absolutely refused to own up to it because he was so embarrassed. Did these two get mentioned to add credence to that guy's statement because it helped the lazy narrative of this article? I wonder.
If the need ever strikes you to ever write a meaningful article about why terms like "DIY," "all ages" and "ethics" are more than just words to some people, that story is out there and easy to find. You won't even need to talk to a wiener such as myself. I know many people that actually live in Boise that would love to answer whatever questions you may have.
In the future, will you please do me a favor and not quote me or call me mean words like "butt-hurt" or "wiener" unless you give me a chance to explain my position or respond? That would kick ass and be, I don't know, journalistic of you.
I don't know why I keep stressing journalism. I don't even know if you fancy yourself a "news" source, Boise Weekly. After all, isn't this the same rag that posted a picture of a house show and connected it to HammerFest? If I am wrong here and news is not the goal, but rather agenda pushing and cocksucking, please disregard everyone and feel free to carry on.

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Posted by Jrdn Wbrl on 11/28/2012 at 3:06 PM

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