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  1.  (2011.21)
    I am in love with XLR8R's podcasts. I rarely see the magazine in stores though.

    I like The Fader quite a bit, too. For what they cover, and their photographs.
  2.  (2011.22)
    I read Spin, and it may well be behind the curve, but I'm still way ahead music wise of pretty much everyone else I know. Perhaps a casualty of small town living. If you aren't as dedicated to music as some of you clearly are, it's enough. Enough for me, I guess, is what I'm getting at.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I have one copy of Future Music that I bought solely for the interview with James Holden, and one copy of iDJ that I bought because it had a review of my first release ever in it.

    In a perfect world, I'd probably read Future Music, Wire, and XLR8R. As is, I don't have the money and the internet does a good enough job of keeping me up with music.
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    i used to read (here goes) uncut, q, nme, sounds, melody maker occassionally, knowledge, AM, wire, revolver, mojo and some others randomly

    uncut still has it -- it does occasionally get a bit one track (constantly ramming a musical genre down your throat) and wastes issue on Oasis
    q doesn't deserve to be in existence anymore since it started featuring the likes of ronan keating, the spice girls and cliff richard on the cover (it's articles suck now too)
    nme never really cut it article wise and i only bought it if there was a band of interest or a cd
    sounds out of print
    melody maker trying too hard to be the anti-NME and lost its personality
    knowledge good cd if you're into drum and bass
    AM nothing much to it -- purchase depending entirely on cover artist
    wire consistently informative and interesting and well-written (great cds)
    revolver meh -- the same as AM
    mojo well-written but as dry as a nun's snatch

    sorry if i blathered too much -- off to go and ritually beat myself for causing possible offence
    • CommentAuthorRob Diston
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    Checked out a friends copy of Rock-A-Rolla when he came to visit and was very impressed. Find it hard to get something that covers less mainstream music, but this does, although a fair bit was still relatively well known less mainstream music like Boris, Fuck Buttons, Skullflowers etc.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    My husband just let his subscription to "Revolver" lapse. He had started subscribing on a lark and was looking for something new to listen to. I'll agree with muse hick that there is not much too it, but I did enjoy the articles about metal back in the day.
  3.  (2011.27)
    I haven't read a music mag in so, so long. I used to read them when working at the record store to keep up, but not much since. It was the occasional NME, Melody Maker, Mixmag, Jockey Slut (my preference), etc. There are so many relevant sites now that the magazines just don't compete for me.
  4.  (2011.28)
    revolver is like the MTV2 of magazines- 95 % of the "underground/hardcore" stuff thats in it has already been around for years, and is just starting to break when they finally give any pages to it. its kind of fun to flip through though.
    • CommentAuthorabkosher
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    My favorite music magazine is a UK mag called Plan B . The writing generally strikes me as very personal, not nearly as snarky as what's in vogue online. I feel like they recognize how underexposed the music they're writing about is so most of what you get is very positive as well as original in its description and it's very much worth noting that it doesn't read like a collection of press releases (so many U.S. mags cover the same 15-20 bands in a given month). They hire visual artists to produce work exclusively for the magazine. They print on a wonderful stock of paper that I also love the smell of. They review comics. They even have a section towards the front of bands they find on MySpace and include links. If you're going to go to the trouble of having a print mag, this is the way to do it.
  5.  (2011.30)
    PLAN B! Totally forgot all about that (sorry, Gillen).
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    i just flick through the free street press at my local takeaway joint. Mostly to see what bands are coming out and read the album reviews.
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    We tend to get Plan B and The Wire, sometimes Artrocker, and my girlfriend gets Terrorizer and a mag called Rocka-Rolla, which covers an interesting range of noise.
    I get the NME every now and then, just to check out what "the kids" are listening to, but it just seems more painful every time, and astonishingly mainstream - it's a microscopic fraction of the mag it was in the early nineties. The fucking Sun has a more varied music review section, no joke.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I used to get Rolling Stone (Aus version anyway) but it gets kinda preachy when touting the next Big Australian Act (usually someone who's been around for about 12 years) and doesn't like introducing you to new music from the US/UK if they can help it. Which is what I want, the jerks.

    Uncut/Mojo are usually purchased for the free CDs and the occassional good article.

    I also tend to 'library' my local mag shop and just read instore without having to purchase. They're nice about it, usually.

    Pitchfork and couple of bloggy places (like Lucidmedia) tend to be my friends.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I don't think I've ever read a music magazine, except perhaps for an article here an there in Rolling Stone, maybe...
  6.  (2011.35)
    When I lived in Oxford the was a good free local music rag called Nightshift that covered any and all music from Oxford and the surrounding areas as well as reviews of touring bands. It was good for a read and you got a real mix of stuff.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    XLR8R is quality in print as well as podcast. not for writing quality, but introducing good mixtures of electronic and hip hop music. they always have guest reviewers whom actually perform the music they talk about, gives a bit of validity to it. free pdf versions on their site.

    URB when they do their "next 100 _____" issues. I've looked back at past issues and they're generally spot on.

    any reviews written by adam brodeur at the Weekly Dig are typically short form comedy gold.

    otherwise, blogs and contextual linking on and itunes have turned music magazines functionally useless for me. i want to HEAR new music, not READ interviews with the singer talking about vomiting on their basement tour of Warsaw.
  7.  (2011.37)
    i have a love/hate/lifetime subscription to rolling stone.

    it's rarely good, and often utter shit... but i've been reading it since i was 12... and can't quite bring myself to stop.

    the lifetime sub. was a gift many years ago, and i don't often look gift horses in the mouth.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I don't know what's wrong with me, but I seem to have broken my ability to read about music, since I started playing regularly again a few years ago.

    In college (mid 90s), I'd read Alternative Press (Ohio, represent) and Spin from time to time. I'd read Rolling Stone if my car broke down and that was the only even remotely readable thing at the store I was loitering at while waiting for my rescue to show up.

    Now, I respect and admire the work that goes into Skyscraper. It's thick and beautiful and full of love. It's almost nothing like those other magazines.
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I read The Fly if I see a copy to pick up. It has the redeeming feature of being free ( or was last time I saw it) and the nostalgia of sixth form college in the benighted backwaters of Hull. Also, occasionally they hit notes of bitchiness in the reviews that make me snigger.

    I gave up on NME and Q when it become completely clear that their heads were stuck firmly up their own arses. Mostly I pick up stuff from places like here or my LJ friends list + friends. Also, five quid gigs at the windmill, which often involves going in blind.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
    I read Wire, XLR, URB, and whatever else catches my eye at work. Do I exchange currency w/ dead white men on them, rarely. It's worth it to note that Wire in the US now has the wiretapper cds glued to the front so you don't have to subscribe to get the cds.

    (This is a slanted view since most of the music I get into lately seems to fall into genre cracks or be too small to be reported on yet.)