If you haven’t already checked out the excellent Bigmouth Podcast you really should – especially if you're a former Word Magazine reader as it's helmed by the great Andrew Harrison and Matt Hall formerly of that parish and regularly features former Word scribes “kicking the tires of pop culture”. They now also have a WordPress website as well like what we do. P.S. I note the URL is 'BigMouthMag' – does that mean another online crossover to print is proposed? – or at least some sort of online media thingy? As noted in my previous post Louder Than War and Electronic Sound have translated nicely to thick paper stock and printing press. I’ve noted the odd comment on The Quietus suggesting changes are afoot too – what can that mean? Interesting times – I’m all for progress but I also feel we’re in a process of rebuilding things we perhaps unwittingly let the internet vaporise in the last 10 years – so now we have record shops reopening, new music magazines starting up, bands without record deals (who really should have record deals) crowdfunding albums – and at present time if you » Continue Reading.
The Word Magazine (from whence we came) is an increasingly distant memory, Mojo and Uncut are chasing each other around the ever-decreasing circles of ‘canonical Rock’, the NME is reduced to a glorified advertorial freesheet for clothing brands, and yet even in the racks of my smalltown WHSmith there appear to be…loads of music magazines. Q and Mojo now fight for space with Shindig, Vive Le Rock, Classic Pop, Classic Rock, Prog, Clash, as well as diehards like Kerrang!, the revitalised Record Collector and The Wire.
I bought two newish titles recently and they’re rather good, and interestingly both are paper versions of already well established online incarnations. John Robb’s ‘Louder Than War’ is quite charming and colourful, a throwback to Select Magazine or Vox – some of the writing is a bit wobbly (the Brian Jonestown interview is incomprehensible) and past issues have seemed a bit too in thrall to meat n’ potatoes Indie, but when did you last see Dinosaur Jr on the front of a music magazine? Best of the bunch is Electronic Sound, it is a thing of beauty – boldly putting Bob Moog on the cover and a list of acts that » Continue Reading.