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So, is there any good music magazines still out there doing the rounds?
I tend to look through Rocksound's review section as well.
Plus the reviews section is large enough they'll always be a couple of things in there that sound interesting.
I've discovered such good stuff from the rock sound cds, there's usually always some brilliant stuff on those. The reviews section is pretty damn good.
The Stool Pigeon
Loud and Quiet
Other than that I just tend to refer to the internet
it is not a patch on The Stool Pigeon but it costs me nothing and I will usually find something of interest.
Is brilliant, maybe my favorite magazine even. Whats your problem with it?
I shall endeavour to right this wrong. Soon.
Some of it can be pretty good.
that and one of the dad ones like Uncut, I think
IE "You FUCKING need this album" "This kicks SHIT out of..." "FUCK me if this isn't the best album released this year. FUCK year!" etc etc.
spectacularly good real NOISE magazine
So good and important that the wire had a little cry about it in their editorial and an uncharacteristically noise-centric issue immediately after in a rather obvious and feeble attempt to save face.
Special Interests - http://www.special-interests.net/
Another good noise/power electronics magazine a bit more the utterly reprehensible-side-of-things-centric. But good.
http://v2.ztmag.com/ Zero Tolerance was/is passible for extreme metal + some noise etc but i haven't read it for ages as it seems impossible to find in London since Borders closed. Also had some of the worst graphic design. Yeah, why not have pages and pages of 8pt text printed white on rich black... >_>
Rockarolla is OK if you like magazines with Sunn 0))) on the cover every single issue and pretty badly written articles about the same 5 bands.
I shall seek to employ it more often myself.
NB: It's also been used a few times to pleasing effect by his partner in noise, OneTruePresident on Social.
Never read it.
Have you checked WH Smiths? The one in Plymouth used to (still?) stocked it, but the Plymouth one is quite good at stocking good music magazines. Maybe ask your local one to get you in a copy.
I've picked it up in a bunch of different London branches
Most are small train station ones I guess. Maybe the oxford st one will but I seem to remember not finding it there either.
and its second issue is coming out about a year after the first.
Pretty much makes it the Power Electronics equivalent of the Beano Annual rather than an actual mag
Great mag, lovely people that run it as well. I quite like Rockarolla but it is quite a hip niche i.e bands that play supersonic festival.
For indie I'm a big fan of Loud and Quite, PiX and The Stool Pigeon!
has had an awakening. I just read a recent issue with Pulp on the cover. Great articles and a fun read for a music enthusiast. Need more evidence. They had an article on how influenital NEU! are in this same issue.
...for God's sake. They printed an article about Neu!'s influence about 10 years ago!
I have to agree that the NME has noticeably been trying to drag itself out of the ditch recently though - & good luck to 'em, it was a fantastic paper "back in the day". Grab a couple of old 80s/90s copies off of eBay & you'll see what I mean, they're still surprisingly informative...
mostly for its constant emploment of the two 'H' words and supposed abundance of reviews for impossible-to-purchase Improv CDRs (not entirely true, though this month's did have a feature on two guys who were still releasing wax cylinders...), but it's genuinely the only music mag that I actually find at all thought-provoking, and that's, well, a rare treat
Ones about music I know about which are pretentious, inaccurate, irritating nonsense, and ones about music I don't know which makes it sound like the most interesting, groundbreaking and important thing ever but then when I check it out turns out is some boring minimal house or whatever.
^^^this to wax poetics, one off the few magazines i can read cover to cover & always introducing me too new(old) records and the hip hop special was ace. The only problem is its bout 8 quid and there only place in uk what stocks it (soul jazz).
though I did pick up a copy of The Sound Projector and it was amazing, so I'll be on the look out for that again.
but i enjoyed the recent Darkstar issue of Notion. Well worth a read.
but AU over here is pretty good. And they made it free a year ago which was a bit of a result.
I usually pick up The Fly as well but I haven't seen a copy in months.
with intelligent high-quality writing.
and all their interviews are shit.
..Stool Pigeon (obviously) the Wire & Fly (which i quite like), Rocka Rolla, As Loud As Possible and Zero Tolerance..
What about older ones like Clash, Artrocker and Fact?
Only exists as www.factmag.com now.
Time to reel out the old line I've said many times before on here: "I miss Jockey Slut" (which kinda has a legacy of sorts in www.dummymag.com ).
uncut and the nme has improved.
Stool pigeon is good.
The Fly's articles can be good, but the reviews seem... immature almost, and way too short.
For Loud & Quiet, covers loads of great bands, decent live and album reviews section. Is probably my favorite music mag.
Clash magazine any good? It seems to cover the sort of music I listen to? But when I read it about 18-months ago it wasn't very well written.
seems rushed and written by people who don't know / care about music. Lots of blatant product placement as well.
and the first issue came through today and it's a mag called Zoetrope, which is edited by different people. This one is edited by Thurston Moore. Not read it yet but looks great http://www.all-story.com/
discovered some really good magazines through it. Good Yorks based magazine called Article in my last package that i thoroughly enjoyed.
Loud & Quiet
Vibrations (really good Leeds one)
which seems quite a good way of doing things really
new issue has a rather jelly-faced ramadanman on the cover.
quite a few mags are readable via this site http://issuu.com/explore
I know that XLR8R are available to download as .pdfs from their website and it says how you can get international subscriptions here: http://www.xlr8r.com/about (about half way down).
A good fairly new free one is the English version of Electronic Beats Magazine from Berlin, it seemed to have good taste and writers Art direction is good too, just the right side of Dazed and Confused. Only seen it in one place so far (upstairs in rise Bristol by the books) but hopefully it'll take off. ( http://www.electronicbeats.net/ )
Only other one I can think of is Drunken werewolf which is more of a zine and though technically free in some shops is hard to find anywhere. Writing can be all over the place but often cover some good things that wouldn't get attention anywhere else ( http://www.myspace.com/drunkenwerewolf )
which is kinda icky but then most free magazines are highly sponsored, if anything its better when its by an unrelated company that want to associate their brand with something that they think is 'hip' over specific record labels or clothing brands with products to sell in that area that can effect editorial content.
Personally rather like AU magazine, it's free and if you get it delivered there's a chance you might get a free sticker.
is this just in Ireland?
But for me it's really gone downhill over the last 18 months or so.