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The Monthly's music issue strikes a bum note

Austin's a little town with a big head; it's the punch line to the joke that begins, "Why does a dog lick its own balls?" The Monthly's editors are near-sighted cheerleaders who can see no further than the Stevie Ray statue on Town Lake. This isn't about being a homer; Lord knows the Dallas Observer's never been confused with a Chamber of Commerce publication. It's about getting it right. But the Monthly clearly can't be bothered to look beyond its own back yard, and so we're presented -- one more damned time -- with page after page about the Lubbock Mafia with Austin addresses (the issue should be renamed People Joe Ely Knows), dead bluesmen, and on-the-road-warrior clichés. And what would a Texas-music issue be without a piece about how Bob Wills -- "25 years after his death" -- is still the king? Uh...better?

Then again, it's simply hard to take seriously a magazine that picks as its "Tomorrow People" (i.e., "the voices of a new generation") the likes of Destiny's Child, which went multiplatinum around the time LeAnn Rimes started shaving. As a kid, I dreamed of writing for Texas Monthly. Tomorrow, I'm going to cancel my subscription.

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