Wire is the only one I can think of so far.
It has really great interviews with producers and musicians, plus subscriptions are free! http://www.tapeop.com/
Thanks for playing.
and it's pissed me off so much. Equal parts insightful articles/talk of records someone might actually listen to and pretentious drivel/talk of records nooone in their right minds would listen to (eg. field recordings of Swiss (I think) cable cars in operation). I just don't understand field recordings which is probably the issue.
Amanda Brown of Not Not Fun & 100% Silk is featured roughly 100% too much.
this enough. You'd think she single-handedly invented music by the amount she's mentioned.
It's all seems a bit esoteric and smug
I did like those Swiss field recordings though.
on how broadminded your listening tastes are then, doesn't it?
What's to (mis)understand about field recordings anyway? They're recordings, made "in the field", job done.
1) Broadness of taste isn't inherently something to be proud of. I listen to a lot of different stuff but I'm happy to admit that there are things I don't like. Doesn't liking absolutely everything make it difficult to really value anything?
2) I didn't say I can't comprehend what field recordings are; I said I don't understand them. I like listening to them sometimes (Touch Radio podcasts) when I'm going to sleep but I can't see how they have any value as music.
I really wanted to be the sort of person who liked the sort of stuff it liked.
But in the end I had to accept that I wasn't.
We did a little week of stuff over the break with this in mind http://drownedinsound.com/lists/longreads-2011
I really like Notion, so much so I've written a couple of bits for it. And I think it's quite cheap to get subscriptions to all the free papers like Stool Pigeon and Loud & Quiet and the Fly, so that they're delivered to your door.
You should def subscribe to Stack if you want to be exposed to some new magazines. They did the takeover week for us and I got it last xmas and loved it (hence letting them do a takeover).
Well worth getting this month's Creative Review, there's a great bunch of features on music in there as it's a music special.
Tumblr already forces enough design/web/fashion/gifs in my face to tick other boxes.
Stool Pigeon is an idea but it's free so don't want to pay £15 to get it delivered. Oddly, I wouldn't mind paying way more for that if it wasn't free.
I don't want to pay for it coz it's free, but I rarely get chance to pick it up. If it was in the shop, I'd get it every month. SOME PEOPLE
Interesting you should say that... *strokes bald cat*
Is the best printed magazine for culture, most definitely, if that's what you're after. In terms of music, there aren't any GREAT ones. Online magazines like The Quietus are where I hear about most of the music I listen to these days, but Mojo comes pretty close to the mark, especially if you like older music.
Been a subscriber. Very dis / pitchfork compatible if a little light on reviews. But who needs reviews in a magazine if you've the interweb. The articles are all music centric and generally interesting or amusing. I used to be an Uncut subscriber but found it a little old mannish. The Cds on Word are also v good.
but its music coverage is one of its weakest aspects in my view - very hit and miss with a tendency to concentrate of loads of vaguely country sounding Americans who all merge into each other.
It does have some decent music writing occasionally, and is generally a good read for other reasons.
Still sticking withvit but I find DiS does it for me in terms of finding out about new music. I'd never really use anything other than the cover cds for that, and you're right that they're often rather folky.
Uncut and The Wire.
Uncut is generally fantastic - a really good mix of 'classic' rock/punk/Americana but presented in an interesting way, alongside newer DiS and Pitchfork friendly bands like Wild Beasts, PJ Harvey, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Horrors and a few pages of movie stuff. People are quite often put off by the endless Dylan/Stones/whatever covers but inside it's absolutely brilliant.
The Wire, as mentioned above, can be frustrating at times - but a lot of the analysis and essays are genuinely interesting. Even if I'll never listen to a lot of the stuff covered, it feels like I'm learning new things. It's also the only magazine where you'll find Zomby or Rustie or Wiley nestled alongside some obscure dead German psych band you've never heard of.
but I have a few of their compliation CDs and they're completely great. Might have a look at the actual mag this year.
Most issues will be fairly dad-friendly with the covers but they're always covering things like Animal Collective, Josh T Pearson, Panda Bear, Pixies, Black Keys, and so on.
we will see...
If so, Loops. It was/is magnificent longform music writing, and I love it.
Like The Idler, but for music, not being a lazy cunt.
I'm sure when I asked before they had a reason why there was a break but sounded like it was still a going concern.
Apparently it sold really badly. The first issue is knocking around HMV's remainder shelves for about £2.
it was fantastic
The writing's not always great, but it's pretty much perfect for me in terms of the artists it covers. http://rock-a-rolla.com/main/
great for avant-garde stuff and the heavier end of the rock spectrum. The writing can be a mixed bag but is generally pretty good (I particularly rate Matt Evans) and it can come up with some hidden gems.
My two favourite American music mags, although neither are easy to come by in the UK
Wire, Word, Mojo - all run by a ghastly group of demoralised middle aged men, obsessed with the past or the nearly or soon to be past. NME comprises nothing but predigested press releases and is corporate post-industrial sludge of the first order. The Sound Projector is good, Stool Pigeon as described above, otherwise it's blogs and on-line... Drowned, Quietus, This Music Wins, etc. Rock on the telly is even worse, dominated as it is by the execrable Jools Holland and dismal producer and pension-rocker Mark Cooper. Gah!
but have you actually read Wire? Obsessed with the past? Really? James Ferraro is definitely the past isnt he.
I subscribe to this. always interesting
Special Interests - http://www.special-interests.net/
As Loud as Possible - http://www.asloudaspossible.org/
...and all US music magazines suck big time. I read Uncut, Mojo & for some reason Record Collector. Yeah, I know what a lot of you are saying, but that's the way it goes. If I want the latest on new stuff I read online stuff like NME or Daily Swarm or Quietus. I hear what I need to hear.
US mag "Ugly Things" is the bible. In the UK, Shindig! does a fairly good job of something similar, but on nowhere even near the same scale. Decibel does a good job of covering Metal, although I prefer (the UK's) Terrorizer. Would've thought anyone into Indie Rock would find something of interest in "The Big Takeover", although the enthusiasm can get a bit too much.
it was better than I was expecting. So I'll say that, seeing as I was basically expecting The Fly.
definitely... great writing, and covers great bands
Can't seem to find it anywhere. :S
It's well worth it.
but i've seen it in newsagents and Sister Ray always have 'em. might have some info on their site though
Not really music heavy but it's still worth a look.