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ABOUT TIME THAT SOME-

body put to print why Washington, D.C.’s dance music scene is so vapid (“Deep Dis,” 4/5). Maybe it’s because Washington City Paper virtually ignores anything but sappy, pseudo-punk bands, while dance music gets almost no coverage at all. Anybody home, City Paper? Still stuck in the “underground” mire popularly known as “alternative rock”? Travel to Europe and even other parts of America, and the underground dance music culture is where it’s at. Go to London or Berlin and you’ll read about massive events such as Tribal Gathering and Love Parade, which draw in the tens of thousands of people. Techno, trance, jungle, deep house, progressive house, triphop—you name it, underground dance music is today’s sound. Instead, City Paper accents groups such as Uz Jsme Doma, the leaders of the Czech avant-punk invasion, on the City Lights page. Come on!

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Props to Ali and Sharam for mentioning Buzz at the Capitol Ballroom as the only place in D.C. that understands what is musically popular beyond the Beltway. It’s actually embarrassing that City Paper hasn’t covered Buzz, which weekly pulls in thousands of appreciative dance-music fans (ravers, clubbers, hippies, hiphoppers, and others fed up and bored with petrified punkfests, industrial-dance flashback parties, and retro new-wave recollection nights). What do your writers listen to?

And if you think rave is some dirty, four-letter word that hasn’t been uttered outside an abandoned warehouse since 1992, then please look deeper. Who do you think used the WUST hall before the 9:30 Club converted it into its frat-boy, “alternative” brawlroom? You didn’t even mention the Catastrophic parties that occurred there fortnightly during rave’s early days in your glory piece on the new Nightclub 9:30.

Haven’t you even noticed the sleek Buzz ads every week contrasting sharply against the sloppy, cut-and-paste designs that clutter your paper? And when will your music critics begin reviewing something other than harDCore and other whiny protest-punk bands or the “Congolese-Zairian style of guitar-led dance music now known as soukous.” Does anyone listen to this stuff enough to merit a mention in your Discography column, when stores like Musicnow in Georgetown are licensing local D.C. artists who sell thousands of records throughout Europe? Now, that’s a story that should have been covered ages ago. City Paper is stuck playing catch-up and looking rather foolish on top of it all.

Deep Dis indeed! Wake up, City Paper!

Greenbelt, Md.

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