Going Ballistic

I'm a marked man -- and I'm not talking about tats

For the rest of you, please don't draw any unintended inferences. I'm not saying you shouldn't send your CDs for consideration. I'm not even saying you shouldn't send more than one copy. We'd like to see more submissions from bands and artists around town. Consider this an open invitation to all aspiring musicians in the Phoenix area -- amateur or professional -- regardless of genre or style, to show us their wares. We welcome the opportunity to hear what you have to say. Put all submissions to my attention, c/o New Times, P.O. Box 2510, Phoenix, AZ 85002.

Don't get me wrong. This doesn't mean that every yob who's ever made a bedroom boom-box recording of himself jamming to "Sunshine of Your Love" will get a three-page spread. But we do want to make this as democratic a music section as possible, and if you're willing to submit, we're willing to listen.

And as for my new pals in the Surf Ballistics, c'mon guys, let's end the bullshit -- and the annoying phone high jinks. It's bad enough I have to field calls from smarmy publicists pitching me Tommy Lee's latest project. And after all, you're not really pissed. You've gotten more press out of this than you probably ever will, and certainly more than your CD deserves.

Contact Bob Mehr at his online address: bob.mehr@newtimes.com

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