Riff Raff

Perhaps you don't care for metal, that's your choice. I hate pop and hip hop. But please note in the back of your brain that we are here, and we're gaining numbers. We are a force to be reckoned with, and I'm sure your readers would love to know that there's more out there than JoJo wanna-bes and drug dealers-turned rappers.

Hughes was kind enough to provide a list of "kick-ass local bands to check out," to wit: Vile, Exhumed, Sangre Amado, Old Grandad, Lost Goat, Abscess, Weakling, Ebola, Impaled, and so forth.

The letter knocked us for a loop -- we were busy listening to Britney Spears when it came in over the transom. But let us be clear: While Cradle of Filth and similar black metal acts usually just make us giggle, we'll proudly defend any band's right to play 5,000bpm rhythms and offer us lyrics like "In a tongue hilted in invective rectums/ Over signs and seals the sorceress prayed." We've always wondered how the seals felt about that. (M.A.)

Send Bay Area music news, band stories, or petty gripes to mathitakis@sfweekly.com, or mail it to Riff Raff, c/o SF Weekly.

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