Can I Close My Tab? Martin Cizmar Leaves as New Times Music Editor for Gig in South Florida

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​Tell people you're a music critic and they're likely to get all sorts of ideas about you -- some right, some wrong. More often than not, they seem to think you're a failed musician who picked up a pen when his band's demo failed to catch any important ears.

I've always been pretty clear about where I stand: For better or worse, I'm a journalist who covers music. I love music, sure, but I can't even play harmonica. My craft is writing. Before I took a job as Phoenix New Times music editor I wrote about shit other than music. Now that I've left my job as New Times music editor, I'll be doing that again.

I've accepted a job as a staff writer at Broward-Palm Beach New Times. This is an extremely bittersweet moment for me. I really love this city and this newspaper -- I'm one of those weirdos who digs Arizona. But I've also had my eye on a staff writer gig in the Village Voice Media chain, and there isn't one opening up here. So I'm off to Florida -- after a month or so, during which time I'll be working on a special project here.
 
Until a new music editor is found, please contact Niki D'Andrea and Jonathan McNamara.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has read my work here. I've really enjoyed my time in Phoenix's music community, and this is even as someone who reads pretty much every comment left on one of his posts, nasty or not.

My goal as a writer and editor has been to inform and entertain -- to offer the most interesting writing on any given topic, with total agnosticism toward whether something is "good" or "bad" -- and I hope I've done that. This is a dream job, I know it, and I tried to leave everything on the floor.

Eminem once said, "Look, I can't change the way I think... And I can't change the way I am... But if I offended you?"

I've always viewed myself as an embedded reporter, not a scenester, but I respect the hell out of the people who fight the good fight while I got the chance to stand by writing about it. Thank you all.

After my former employer, the East Valley Tribune imploded, leaving my good friend Jess Harter without his full-time dining-critic gig, he told me he planned to eat nothing but cereal for a week. Best way to cleanse the system, he said. I'm going to try the same thing now that I'm moving away from the criticism thing -- it'll be nothing but Jimmy Buffett for a week.

Besides, his music reminds me of the first big column I wrote for New Times, about Roger Clyne's Circus Mexicus. That was honestly the best weekend I've had in my life -- I'm hoping to have a few more like it in South Florida.

Margaritaville


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41 comments
Seabound
Seabound

You're still an idiot for writing that Seger article. 

Jmort5023
Jmort5023

It's funny reading all of these comments.  75% of them are people that disliked Martin.  Not surprised.  You should have accepted a job in Pittsburgh, Martin!  The city, according to you, is perfectly suitable for someone like, well, you.

Peter Simmons
Peter Simmons

What kind of well educated journalist would use the sentence, " Before I took a job as Phoenix New Times music editor I wrote about shit other than music." . Obviously he is just a community college graduate with a bachelors degree in something other than english or journalism. Your point will never get across when you use such obscene language to describe what you have done in your past. Obviously you must be really proud of what you've accomplished before you worked with New Times. Your a fiction journalist who writes with the premise of non-factual statements with links to non-sourced opinions. I hope the New Times finally realized that your work is mediocre at best and decided to choose someone with a better background suited for real journalism. 

Beans
Beans

Good Riddance, as long as your not covering music anymoere i guess youll be mediocre at best... 

K1derbread
K1derbread

Best of luck to you Marty. Much like the death of Bin Laden, VW Trainwreck shares Pres. Obama's pride and joy in ending a supranatural (yes, SUPRA, not super) and timeless enemy. This epic battle is done, but the war for justice in the Phoenix scene goes on.....and on.

-Kevin, VW Trainwreck

sauce-a-teer
sauce-a-teer

 you're a journalist? HA!!!!!  good one

Snail Quail
Snail Quail

One of my music friends met Martin Cizmar accidentally. As he told the story a few people asked if he was a total jerk. "Actually he was really, really nice. It surprised me."

Good luck with the writing gig in Florida. (:

kkhkk1
kkhkk1

Did you ever expect a corporation to have a conscience, when it has no soul to damned, and no body to be kicked? From: http://xrl.us/bh8tjk

Kathy
Kathy

I have been around the scene and the truth is...as i see it-- that there is a hostility from the city against music venues in general. The fines, the fees, the permits, the unbelievable menace against anyone having a good time. That's what this city seems to hate the most, people enjoying themselves. The leaders of this city should wear a button that says: STAMP OUT FUN. They despise it. Note to city: You can actually make money if you don't discourage business with fines and frickin fees.

goldwaterfan69
goldwaterfan69

ugh. its like when your annoying room mate finally moves out. You wanna be excited, but you're just tired and want to move on.

Jeff
Jeff

I have no reason to read New Times, now. If you can, please piss off people in Florida so we can read it online. On a positive note, I can send my cd in for review now, without fear of being thrashed by my favorite writer.

Gift Of Destiny
Gift Of Destiny

Good luck in your new endeavor! Have some Margaritas on the beach for us land locked Arizonans!

Phil777
Phil777

Is this news? Pompous tastemakers from Ohio/New Jersey/Illinois/California/Texas/etc. are always coming or going.

Sticking around and growing roots...now that would be news.

Tomato
Tomato

martin was a great music editor! he had detractors, but if he hadn't, he wouldn't have been doing his job. the music community is a largely untalented, vindictive bunch (notable exceptions, of course), and they went after him if he didn't love them. i will miss his great writging, wit, and most especially his sass

thesaurus?
thesaurus?

Excuse me, Mr. A. Cry. Regular readers of Martin know he's never been anywhere near a thesaurus!

American Cry
American Cry

Bye bye Mr. Martin Cizmar, drove your Taurus to the thesaurus but the thesaurus was dry ...

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Congrats, mon. You'll kick ass in FL. I always enjoyed our debates over The Sound Strike and other subjects.

Damnit, now who will I argue with?

Oh, I forgot, there's always Ray...

Eric
Eric

Another Cleveland guy taking his talents to South Beach...let the Cizmar jersey burning begin.

Yes
Yes

Yes! That's one less pompous asshole in Phoenix who pretends to be a journalist

JDStooks
JDStooks

Good luck Martin! Wasn't Jonathan McNamara one of the doctors on Nip/Tuck??

Pete
Pete

Congrats, Martin. Good luck in S Florida...

Layal Rabat
Layal Rabat

I'll certainly miss the entertainment of watching you piss people off.

Dfactor
Dfactor

MC - Wow! I was wondering why I got a new twitter request from you! Now I read why. Thanks for the early support and coverage for my music and I wish you the best in your new clime.

jeremx
jeremx

gonna miss your take on local music stuffs. good luck with everything you get up to.

:)
:)

Good riddance ..you suck

itswhatevs
itswhatevs

This is actually one of the saddest posts ever posted on Phoenix New Times. Now I have to start reading Florida New Times online. I hate Florida.

alifeofjames
alifeofjames

thanks for everything you've done for the az music scene!

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

I hope that at long last you're able to find something you like.

Chris p
Chris p

We'll miss you Martin! Best of luck with the new gig. I'm sure you'll kill it!

Ed Masley
Ed Masley

watch out for those pop tops, man. they're murder. Hope the new job treats you well.

NewkY
NewkY

Hard to grow roots in a desert.

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Tomato!!!!Where have you been hiding?

Oh that's right- in the Internet's closet.

"the music community is a largely untalented, vindictive bunch (notable exceptions, of course), and they went after him if he didn't love them"

That's a bold statement right there, let me tell you.Can you actually provide a list of examples to back that up?

After all, logical debate is your forte- and I am curious as to why you think PHX's musical community is so God-awful, and deserves such vitriol.

I'm quite sure your response will be enlightening.

respectfully,Wayne Michael Reichhttp://www.WayneMichaelReich.c...

SuperD
SuperD

 imagine that..... silence from the tomato

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