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I didn't renew my subscription a few months ago, but then their number of reviews dropped to about 20 per month, and they got in the habit of missing out loads of significant releases (High Violet, things like that). The articles were good and all that, but there was too much opinion (to pay for, DiS is different), the CDs had got too folky/americana based and it was too pricy really.
Still, a sad day.
used to be really good but their focus seemed to narrow in the last couple of years and i stopped buying it.
Obviously they couldn't have known at the time, but I guess it was a pretty psychotic time to launch a music magazine - fair play to them for holding on as long as they did.
The YOOF buy NME or Q (and used to buy Melody Maker), while the older generation buy Rolling Stone, UNCUT and Mojo. All of those magazines are obsessed with older generation cover stars (Dylan, Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, Bowie, etc) and so draw a sort of 30 to 40 something upwards audience. If you're interested in the sort of music that DiS reviews, you're never going to find much on those sorts of artists (even biggies like The National) in magazines like Word. You had to commit to at least half the issue being retro-dominated writing (which was good writing, but retro none the less). It always put me off in six years of being a subscriber and they always justified it in editorial by stating that their readership plummeted if they didn't put a big name on the cover.
They diversified with their website (a good idea), but if you're already using DiS, P4K etc for keeping up-to-date and for music discussions, that website is superfluous.
Spotify has rendered cover CDs an irrelevance (as have track previews on amazon, to be honest), and so that draw is no longer there either. Oh well.
that felt like it would at least have 1 good article in everytime I bought it, wasn't great for quantity of reviews but was alright for quality of them. Couldn't Q magazine die instead?
Despite the content, the cover made it look amateurish.
I used to enjoy the podcast too, until they limited it to subscribers last year. Are they still sponsoring a the second stage at Latitude this year?
noticed Tesco stopped stocking it a few mths back which is never a good sign. Pity. Liked it.
The general articles and stuff on film etc are really good and it's well written and interesting.
There is some good writing on music in it, but I agree with those above who say it never really worked out where it was meant to sit. It sometimes tried to be a bit more adventurous (I remember, strangely enough, some good stuff on dubstep well before it was noticed by most of the mainstream) but latterly it has settled into a focus on lots of tasteful and quite boring vaguely countryish Americana that you might hear on Radio 2 in the evening.
Given the current success of 6 music I think there is a market for a smart, well written, monthly that focuses on 'alternative' (for want of a better word) music from the 80s up to the present and ignores older stuff.
What seems strange to me is that when Q and other magazines started in the late 80s they were covering The Who and Hendrix and the like (which made sense as it was the music around in the youth of their 40 something readers) but those sort of magazines are still covering the same music now. Surely the equivilent now should be The Smiths or The Stone Roses or New Order?