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Dear editor:

It is with heavy heart that I put laser printer to paper and take issue with Monica Kendrick's review of RCA's Lit (Spot Check, March 12). The Spot Check column is presumably meant as a guide to live bands--local bands and bands from out of town. In some cases it reads more like anonymous bathroom wall scribblings.

Her criticism of Lit's recent release A Place in the Sun focuses largely on the industry naivete of guitarist Jeremy Popoff. Specifically, she wrote (with regard to Popoff's press release quote, "When we met the folks at RCA, we knew we had finally found the people who believed in our music the way we do"), "Save it for the flaming bag you leave on their doorstep when they drop you, guys: what the 'folks' believe in is the cold hard cash that one in a million blandly tuneful Buzz Bin boy bands can generate."

I personally don't care about a band's industry sophistication, particularly when such considerations are put before their music. Taking issue over points that the average listener (i.e. the non-music critic consumer) doesn't care in the least about seems petty and so off the mark that it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I saw Lit's performance at the Vic and thoroughly enjoyed it. The "Buzz Bin boys" served up energy, interesting songs, and strong stage presence.

I urge Kendrick (and all music critics) to stick to substantive criticisms. If you don't like an album, please tell us why. Don't resort to trivial personal attacks. I want to know about the music. Anything else verges on good ol' fashioned self-aggrandizement.

Rob Putnam

W. Barry

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