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    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    I gave up when Sounds went out of print. My sister bought this weeks NME, which I flicked thru for the Crystal Castles interview, but there was nothing else even worth reading in it.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
    Mark me down for a 'yes', Warren. I read Paste regularly. They had an extensive interview with The National in last year's 'best of' issue, and generally have awesome music on the included CD. Sometimes it's stuff I haven't heard.

    There's another monthly music magazine that puts out a special John Lennon issue every year on the anniversary of his death (not his birthday for some reason?), and I've picked that one up a few times, but I don't recall the title...

    Generally I find magazines (and mainstream comics) just piss me off with all the ads. I can't believe the ads/journalism dualism in something like Vanity Fair or Rolling Stone. I'm sure the whole market for magazines in general is sinking with this internet thing. I barely read actual newspapers anymore, and with MySpace and YouTube and blah blah blah, the music magazines are probably not doing so well anymore. However, I did first read about Madam Blavatsky Overdrive in Paste, and their album is probably my favorite 2008 album so far. Well... that's not true, but it's pretty good.

    EDIT: That John Lennon magazine is called Uncut. And all these links I think support my statement about the utility of the internet over actual magazines. Not that reading them online is different from reading them.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    i still miss Rockpile, which died a sad death a few years ago. it and Wonka Vision (then) had local appeal when I lived in Pennsylvania. The Noise in Boston served the same purpose. Typos were home-grown quirks.
  1.  (2011.44)
    Signal to Noise improvised and experimental music

    Tape Op recording

    Ptolemaic Terrascope experimental and psychedelic

    Progression progrock

    the annual Leonardo Music Journal

    Bass Player bass guitar - the artist overviews are decent, and the reviews concentrate on commenting on the bass playing,

    and then not exclusively music-oriented mags such as Leonardo and Neural for their coverage of new media/experimental, and Arthur for psychedelic/esotericist music, respectively.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    I only read Rocka Rolla and Wire on a regular basis...
  2.  (2011.46)
    I just bought myself a subscription to SONGLINES, which I've been meaning to do for years.
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    Plan B and The Wire, but both rarely.
    Artrocker seemed interesting but I don't see it on stands around here.
    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    read kerrang a lot for a while as girlfriend used to buy it. It has reasonable reviews and features on old influential bands etc but ulimately fails where all commercial music mags seem to fail, and thats by pandering to sales fears and plastering the same popular bands on every cover, and filling the content with related articles about said bands, overlooking the essential need for fresh bands, artists, unknown/unsigned or uncommercial music. Oh god and their radio station has gone so far down the toilet now it resides in the sewer.

    Why does everything good become shit over time??
  3.  (2011.49)
    ROCKSOUND magazine is an interesting one. they cover a lot of mainstream comercial rock and metal but the editors both love the decent side of the genres too so that gets a lot of coverage also. I blame rocksound for introducing me to a whole ton of awesome bands in the past.

    they've a big distribution but they're always struggling...
  4.  (2011.50)
    Just a hint of how bad things at Rolling Stone have gotten.

    I love the line about "The Roots" though. "Cause like, they're black rock guys who are totally all about keepin' it REAL"
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    This is why I preferred the French edition of Rolling Stone. Too bad it didn't make it.
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    Imperfect, but the CD samplers introduced me to CocoRosie a while back. RIP.

    Maybe I'll subscribe to one of these other suggestions.

    - Z
      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008 edited
    The fucking Sun has a more varied music review section, no joke.

    The Something For The Weekend section of the Sun is an anomaly in the UK press, and a wonderful one at that. If they're interviewing Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan while the broadsheets are all still chasing that little squit from Arctic Monkeys every week, you know something has gone wrong with the "qualities".

    I'll still pick up Uncut from time to time. It covers a lot of the music I like, has good journalists, and the cover CD is often fantastic. I can see myself graduating to Wire eventually. The only time I bought it was when Christian Fennesz was on the cover, which must have been ages ago. It was interesting and daunting in equal measure.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2008
    @offtandiscord - I used to get rocksound on a monthly basis, but coming from the UK the "exclusive" tracks were a month old by the time it hit Australian stores and their love affair with Slipknot at the time gave me the massive shits. Still, they introduced me to Apoptygma Berzerk, and that's not a bad thing. I've always been tempted to pick the magazine up again, but these days I hardly know any of the bands they're talking about :P
  5.  (2011.54)
    I hardly know any of the bands they're talking about

    that's the point isn't it? ;)

    and yeah, they know they need to sell magazines, so they cover the bands that will sell, hence the slipknotery. if they could put Isis on every cover they would, but then they'd go broke...
    • CommentAuthorHarlotbug3
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
    I recently read the cover article of Terrorizer and it made me want to buy a Boris cd.

    I almost bought said recent issue but, hard as I try, I can't make myself love music journalism more than I hate music magazines.
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008
    Every now and then, I get an issue of Paste, usually for the CD, and I've not yet regretted it.