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Like it or not, it seems to be the one I agree with most.
Probably FACT Magazine for music site, though Pitchfork, XLR8R and The Quietus aren't far behind.
Blog-wise, Sonic Router and Blackdown Soundboy.
plus... Butterz, Fullygrown Grime, Blissblog to laugh at Simon Reynolds talkin about dubstep, Deviation Music, Dutty Artz, Everyday Jungelist, Blunted, Grievous Angel, Keytars & Violins, No Pain In Pop, Rouge's Foam, Tranquera, Resident Advisor, Highrise Clothing, Bearded, Fabric Blog, dubstep forum, grime forum...
It seems like he occasionally mouths off in a massively inaccurate way (the ketamine article springs to mind) but he has written some stuff that's massively worth reading... Energy Flash is pretty awesome.
I like Energy Flash too its a good book. I dont think he goes to clubs anymore then just trys to wind people up or has no idea about whats goin on or has no tatse or all of the above. He's like the Everett True of dubstep forum instead of here hahah.
But i've seen a lot of 'this guy knows nothing about music or journalism' comments and if anyone has read Energy Flash or Rip It Up and Start Again, it's pretty obvious that''s rubbish. The latter is one of the best music books ever written.
its why its so insane that he talks so much shite now and doesnt really know whats going on. I guess he just fell off a bit and stopped following the music as much.
But he's viewing stuff from his place in NYC. Probably not the best vantage point for comment on what started as a pretty local thing. He basically applies all his theories he wrote about the 'Hardcore Continuum' to dubstep as if it's just a carbon copy of every dance scene since 89. Which is pretty narrow-sighted.
I take him with a pinch of salt really there is pleanty of dubstep goin on in NYC from what I've heard. It wouldnt be a bit annoying if he didnt have such a big platform to shout about it on like the guardian and stuff like that.
in 04/05 was pretty damn good actually. I actually didnt realise until recently he was writing about dubstep outside of his blog and even then there was much better stuff being written by Blackdown and others. I wasn't putting down NYC though but his grip on the UK scene is gonna be built from mostly secondhand accounts.
or more on it at least. I dont think he even gets a 2nd hand account of the uk scene it looks like he just looks for tunes on youtube.
They were written over the space of a few years with no plans to extend into a series, but it all holds together really well. His primer on grime is there, and the ones on ambient jungle and two-step are particularly good.
Checkit, they can just be downloaded:
Did you ever enjoy Gutterbreakz? That was funny dude
last thing i read by him was talking about how much better chainsaw calligraphy was than hyph mngo lolll
They make the best playlists, the 'As Long As I Can Hold My Breath' series was particularly excellent.
Fuck you all.
cocaine blunts, pitchfork, ilm, sonic router, the quietus, rinse
been listening to Untold's FWD one loads at the moment, so good.
filled with some interesting and occasionally really good, usually obscure indie, noise, emo or punk bands
... my blog.
musos guide (www.musosguide.com) - bit of a jag there as im a contributor!
Cokemachneglow, TLOBF, and The Sleeping Shaman.
A la that stupid article on Dirty Projectors and 'Brooklyn hipster ephemera', are more than outweighed by the amount of great writing on there. Some good interviews, impressive contributors and occasionally outstanding reviews.
The Quietus has plenty of excellent material, great writing, and their year-end list of 2009 was better than pretty much all the others combined
It features writing among the highest quality you'll find on music on the web. The features are especially excellent.
More so when it's not all about italo-disco.
Stylus was great. I miss it.
Bit quiet at the moment but quality free music, micro-mixes, B.Cox ranting about whatever takes his fancy - highly entertaining.
and this little one
I also like the line of best fit,sweeping the nation and the devils tuna blog.
Constant reviews, recommendations and artist mixes of ambient, electro-acoustic, neo-classical type stuff. And two quality channels broadcasting 24 hours. I spend a lot of time listening to them.
The Line of Best Fit deserves more love in here as well.
but what is it with wanton self-publicists and the DiS music forum?
if mapsadasical has recommended it, can't fault anything on his blog. http://mapsadaisical.wordpress.com/
ranges from noise rock to twee (MY TWO FAVOURITES!) to 60's french pop and hippity hoppity. its good
this i like
http://www.mbvmusic.com - although i realize this might count as cheating as it's an amalgamation of some of the best blogs on the web
very pretty and good mp3s.
I sometimes read Music for Kids who Can't Read Good and a couple of local music sites (Bhone and Attn Magazine)
Blabbermouth is always fun
Punknews is decent enough