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I have never bought an issue of the above magazine, but it looks intriguing. Comments as to its goodness/badness?
but i sometimes feel a bit alienated by it, not knowing many of the acts or reference points.
last month's article on rustie was excellent, as was the burial interview someone posted here the other day. thanks for that, if you're out there.
their free 'tapper' cd's are always good.
I'm currently into more of the bands featured in their mag than I ever have been in the past. Saying that though, there's always stuff I've never heard of.
The listings/ads towards the back feature loads of cool gigs/festivals etc that I often don't see advertised anywhere else.
They also do pieces on exhibitions and installations, not just music per se.
Its coverage is good.
But its style is far too holier than thou for my tastes.
even tho it's too much avant garde for me to take
Tapper cds are always great to listen to while at work, and I discovered some great stuff, like Merz, Machinefabriek or Giuseppe Ielasi
ive never found it holier than thou, just massively well informed and obsessed with interesting music, ironically, its usually the bands they cover that come off as elitist
It's probably less avant-garde and free jazz-orientated than it was 5 years ago. I just love how they give equal exposure to big and 'cult' acts largely based on their artistic significance and not record sales or critical acclaim. They aren't afraid to feature people like Radiohead or Wilco when they feel their output is relevant to Wire readers (which really pisses off some of the purists in the readership). They also pick up on stuff like Dubstep eons before most of the mainstream music press.
I agree some of the language can seem a bit academic and the hip-hop review page can sometimes be a bit cringe-worthy but the style has been simplified significantly in the last couple of years and oddly I think it's the most down-to-earth music mag there is.
I've been reading my Dad's Wire for the last 18 years which is probably why I was into Zorn before I was into Nirvana and it's just got better and better IMO. Maybe start off with one of the Wire Tapper issues or a couple of features on bands you know so that you can understand their style.
my thoughts exactly. It's the only monthly I buy now, the amount of amazing music I discover from it every issue is daft. The only magazine I can reread too, I have stacks of them dotted around.
I can't throw mine away either, I've got tonnes. The beauty is that I end up going back to articles that I never read when it came out because I've just got into a particular band or I'm off to ATP or something.
Don't waste your money.
have struggled to ever be fully immersed in it. It's just too leftfield for me. I buy it every year or so to see if I've evolved enough to enjoy it, but alas not yet.
it's great. and additionally it's very rarely guilty of either snobbery or 'coldness' (which seem to be the main accusations levelled against it). it's essentially written by extremely articulate writers who really know what they're talking about. and the range and number of artists that each issue covers is second to none
i learn so much from reading it, especially about people i'd never heard of before. it's a fantastic reference point if you want to discover new music that is 'avant-garde' or a little 'different', whatever that means.
i say buy it, totally.