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ditto to Sport Monthly - both being scrapped from January when the newspaper is redesigned.
So farewell, OMM. One less place to read Miranda Sawyer's empty opinions, on the positive side.
There was one good article about a Congolese band though in the last issue called Staff Benda Bilili. Otherwise it was mostly crap.
I still refuse to believe they're real. They're the product of some very drunken minds trying to fool the world.
There were witnesses and everything.
They're the Kinshasa Milli Vanilli.
The fella I was thinking of is on loan at Newcastle:
moan droan moan
no more press release blurb rearranged slightly into 'reviews' and given 3 out of 5 however bad they may be
I like that.
food monthly is staying
It was awful, Ben Thompson aside. Latest PR-driven guff uncritically given 5/5 whilst genuinely decent stuff largely ignored. And the usual front cover to Oasis or Robbie Williams or whatever tedious has-been is doing the rounds at the time. Good riddance.
I imagine last month's 'N Dudz, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk and Tynchy Stryder - the new Britpop!' issue was the last straw
You're all being too cooler than thou critical. OMM was brilliant. Aimed firmly at ageing middle England, it got them interested in some good music. And it was where I first heard of the Hot Puppies and Grammatics, to name but two. And they had Illinoise as the number three elpee of the year in 2005 when nobody else had even heard of Sufjan Stevens. This is a sad day driven by falling newspaper circulation rather than the quality of the magazine itself.
Fucking glad the food magazine is staying though. Need me monthly Nigel Slater fix. God, if he was a musician, the passion and commitment he would bring would put Kevin Rowland to shame ...
many, many people who had heard of sufjan stevens in 2005.
someone's Top 10 for 2003: http://reallyrather.blogspot.com/2003_12_01_archive.html
yes, i have no..
That's one less kowtowing, self-serving, music-less driven outlet for the majors (and PR-rich big-indies) to ply their wares.
In such circumstances, the death of the printed word is entirely the fault of the publisher; and indeed, the fault of the people who wrote the drivel contained therein. OMM was a reason NOT to buy The Observer.
See also: The Times' out-of-touch music columnists. Hai Paramore at Wembley!
In the Sunday Times is normally quite reliable. Tends to not like the new big thing, which is usually the correct position.
Grauniad Film And Music on a Friday is good too.
but then I've not really been moved by that much printed musical press for quite a while now. They sometimes covered some stuff I liked but they often didn't really talk about it, they just rambled for about 8 paragraphs then mentioned the acctual music right at the end... if you made it that far. Oh and gave everything 4, there was so many 4's on every page that they might as well of called it 4 Monthly. I've got no problem with them really liking everything they review but they didn't sound like they meant it. The Guradian are mostly shite for music anyway, they are either embarasing or really dull, sometimes both and on the odd occassion vaugly worth a read like when they interviewed the purple trilogy of Joker, Gemmy, Guido and linked to their mixes!
I've not read Q in ages though, just glanced at it on the loo in my sisters old house where her old house mate took it as some kid of bibal along with the nme. Which just made me a little sad :( but only cos he was really pertentious about it, I'm not fussed if people dont dig deeper than the BIG ye olde indie press as long as they enjoy it and don't come at me like its the be all and end all of music as we know it and if it doesnt make the pages its not worth it.
'For people who listen to music once a month'
Too nonplussed to even wish it good riddance, but it was pretty half-baked stuff, notable for decent to good journos (Garry Mulholland, He He He Morley) completely taking leave of their senses and going mental about Keane and Duffy and stuff...