Urban Folk Issue Number Nine - Page Number 3
Letters to the Editor
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Hey,You know, you wrote about a night at the Living Roomwhere I played earlier this year, but you didn't mentionme at all. I was first on the bill, and all thirty people theresaid I was the best thing on the bill (my girlfriend's sistertold me so). Just thought you should know.Jack UllerDear Jack,There must be some kind of a mistake; we don't do liveshow reviews. Why? Beats us; maybe because no onebut Debe Dalton has ever submitted one.Of course, we're rectifying that with this issue, as wedefy current events and write about the Summer AntiFolkFestival. It's on Page 12. It's good; trust us.Dear Urban Folk,I didn't notice pint-sized power pop folkster Dave Cuomo'sname in the masthead of Issue 9 of
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made the zine - hell, HE madethe zine! What did you do with your diminutive dictator?Has there been some sort of a coup in the hallowed hallsof the finest AntiFolk zine known to man, woman andbeast?Signed,Anonymously IgnorantTo Whom It May Concern:Dave Cuomo, the founder and guiding spirit of Urban Folk,has taken a much-needed vacation. After a ten-weekcross-country gig schedule, and with a brand-new debutalbum to promote, Dave Cuomo, editor in chief, has takenon the title of Dave Cuomo, former editor in chief. We'llmiss him, of course. It was Dave's energy and excite-ment, along with the pages and pages he filled monthafter month, that kept the dream alive. No one else couldpossibly fill Dave's shoes - not without splitting the seams.Dear Folk at Urban Folk,Why do you spell AntiFolk like that?William in WilliamsBurgDear WiW,Why don't you?It doesn't seem like there's ever been a consistent spell-ing of AntiFolk out there in the great wide world. Theobvious one is anitfolk, but, lacking capitalization, it sortof just sits there. Then there’s anti-folk, which is a littlebetter, but suffers from the same problem. More popularis Antifolk, but what does that represent? Nothing butAnti, my friend, nothing but Anti.AntiFolk, however, taking from the great circle of life (theNYAF logo), gives representation to the two equally im-portant aspects of the word: Anti and Folk. AntiFolk?Get it? Hey, if you don't like it, make your own fanzine…Yo, UF!So who's taking Dave's place in the Captain's chair?Please tell me it's not that fat-headed Jon Berger. Hisego and drive to monomania will be the death of the pub-lication. You can find someone better than Berger to takethe helm, right? Like a greasy bag of donuts, or an adoptedsloth - adopted into a colony of mold.Please tell me you've found someone better to run theazine. Please?Sincerely,Hateful on HaightHey, HOH,You know, if you send a letter like that, you shouldn'tattach a return address.See you soon…Dear UF,What is Urban Folk?Ian in ArkansasDear I in A,Urban Folk is an electric shock in a vat of lime jello.Urban Folk is saying "Fuck" 14 times in nine differentlanguages.Urban Folk is the mystery dance - without a beat.It's the third Bully Goat Gruff. It's the red-headed step-child, all grown up.Urban Folk is a drop in the bucket, a day at the beach.It's about artists being sincere, and arch, and clever andirksome, and artful (yet artless) and raw and smart anddifferent - sometimes, just for the sake of being different.Urban Folk is a misnomer.Dear UF,But what is Urban Folk, really?Irksomely ArtlessDear IA,See Page 41.