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If so, please give me a bitesize summary of what to expect.
but have read next to none of it - so I'm probably not much help.
The only bit of NME I was ever really interested in were the album reviews - and the free edition only seems to review a couple a week (alongside several two-three paragraph reviews of other releases).
I hate being the sort of snob who moans about things like the NME (especially as it's now free and no-one's forcing me to pick it up) but I wonder how long it will manage to last even in this format. It seems a bit lightweight, and the three main elements, music, film and fashion, are already being covered elsewhere in a lot more detail.
It has a lot more in common with something like The Shortlist now. Rather than acting like music critics, they're giving a general guide to what's out there, with a much greater emphasis on films than ever before. The one I read had R-Patz on the cover and a huge feature on The Martian.
And flicked through it. There's really not much to read if you are a music fan. Music coverage is just a few pages and very lightweight / superficial.
It's OK to spend 10 minutes flicking through on the tube I guess, but that's it.
i wasnt impressed. its easy to sniff at NME but on the odd occasions I read it recently, it wasnt bad. some nice little features, gave coverage to a lot more lesser known bands than you'd expect
the new one had a big feature on Rihanna and the Big Bang Theory
basically the bottom of buzzfeed's barrel in a magazine
"10 reasons why the big bang theory is the new friends!!!!!"
and that anybody who disagrees is wrong.
Their reasoning didn't hold water.
So where can you actually get it now?
I've found it impossible to find one at any transport hub in London. Only copy I've got was when someone left one on a train.
* = but not TopShop.
as they were giving it out at the train station.
As someone else mentioned above, I was surprised how few actual album reviews were in it. Probably fewer than in the Friday Guardian in fact. I know you can read all about album releases on the internet now, but it still seems a bit odd not to have more of them in a music paper.
Probably hadn't read the paid-for version for about 10 years, so it's a bit difficult to compare it, mind.
It's like a really thin Time Out now. RIP NME.
especially for an older prick like me, and ESPECIALLY being from NZ where it was the only link to music, other then The Eagles and Dire Straits.
One had a feature entitled "Why New Simpsons is Just As Good As Old Simpsons".
as it kills some time on a Friday commute home. The only good thing I've seen in the new NME is the weekly column from Katherine Ryan which has been reasonably ammusing so far.
really wanted the first issue because of rihanna and peter robinson
went to hmv on the thursday evening after it had came out and they'd already put the robert pattinson ones out :( had a peter vs jeppo, though
has had about 500 copies of the launch issue sat in a corner for the past 3 weeks.
Picked up a copy off a tube seat and put it back a few stops later.
Still, it has been in decline for years. At least now I wouldn't have to go into WHSmith to leaf through it for nothing.
3 out of 10 tops. Or 1.5 out of 5 in new money.
the violated effrontery of their FB commenters since the switchover has been a joy to behold
eg, taylor swift is on the next cover
WHERE IS OASIS? Where are the Arctic Monkeys? Where are the strokes? Where is Morrisey? Where is Radiohead? NME Magazine, what a dissapointig.
Lots of people who probably didn't buy the NME moaning about stuff they don't like on the cover now it's free and wishing it was something they liked 10-15 years ago.
indeed, what's the point of reading an NME unless Morrissey is in it?
If you've ever been handed Shortlist magazine... this feels pretty much the same. Still, for free you get to read a weekly Katherine Ryan article and Peter Robinson interview, both of which are worth a quick gander. After that though, you'll be done in five minutes.
The magazine and its fans should accept it.
But I think perhaps they've just chosen the wrong one.
If they had looked to The Skinny for inspiration in terms of content I think that it's possible that the relaunch could have been doing quite well for itself by now, especially when you consider how NME can still pull huge names for exclusives like that Bowie photoshoot they had in 2013. I still think they have that 1 advantage over other music mags.
I work in Old street, but I've not seen anyone handing them out.
and had all their writers have Led Zep and Fleetwood Mac in their top five album lists?
Really made me think.
Someone called Taylor Swift on the cover. I think she's the pop artist we've all agreed to pretend we like to show we're not rockist bores.
Thanks for the warning. What was the exact nature of her problematic behaviour?
I've just read the interview and she seems like a thoroughly lovely young lady. I cannot believe for one second she is racist.
...it's a load of bollocks.
It has nothing to do with colonialism - they're actors on location in Africa. Have you even watched the video? The video's not even by a white guy, too. If you're going to pick on anyone for making a racist video in Africa, go rag on Die Antwoord for Fatty Boom Boom.
It just seems like people are looking for reasons to be offended. This whole PC bent is a bit weird; in the 80s/90s, it was about introducing and embracing MORE diversity. What's going on now seems to be about censoring anything that isn't as diverse as some people would want it to be - and those people are mostly white and middle-class, strangely.
South side, near the new(ish) coffee place called Grind, or London Grind, or something Grind. If it was me I'd call it Grinderman, and have Warren Ellis in an apron serving heart attack strong coffee to unsuspecting tourists, but I digress. NME. Hmmmm, it's shit isn't it. Very lightweight indeed. It's sat by me now, on my desk, I've flicked through it a few times, each time expecting there to be more in it than the last time but it just adds to the disappointment of it all. The only good thing about it is the greasy stain to the side of Taylor's face, which has caused a bit of amusement and bants on the team today. I nabbed an almond croissant from our work kitchen early morn, hid it by folding the NME around it, walked off to my desk. The pastry left the stain, but the lads think I've been putting my sweaty bits atop Taylor's face. I don't have sweaty bits. Top bants though eh. Anyway, NME, it's very naff.
Not even seen it.
It should have died ages ago. It's just a brand now. It's not about the bands / music it's about the adverts and revenue - which is everything the NME should be directly opposed to.
at a starting price of a fiver :D
They're trolling with "controversial" cover stars as a desperate last throw of the dice. I do believe the Taylor Swift love-in is mostly genuine, not people "pretending to like" her for anti-indie points, but the latter camp contains NME.
I'd bet my house on the magazine being dead by Xmas...