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    Just been thinking, what magazines out there are worth buying in a "physical" (i.e. paper based) format?

    I've given up on; Q, Uncut and Mojo, as they are just re-hashing old articles and including crap CD's (I do miss "Word", always thought it was a well balanced magazine that did not deserve to go under).

    I buy every month Shindig, Record Collector, and when it comes out, Flashback. These I enjoy.
    Are there others in a similar vein I'm missing?

  • #2
    Ugly things is always a great read...haven't seen the latest issue yet...


    http://webstore.ugly-things.com/ugly...t-issue-c2.php
    "Cover condition:Is perfect except on back cover theres an area of dirty smudge dont know what it is and covers a bit wrinkled which im sure could be flattened out"


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    • #3
      I like The Wire, even if a lot of the music it covers seems very Pseud's Corner - but I like the fact think that they celebrate the unheralded and uncommercial, even if this might shade into the unlistenable. It's helpful to have Café OTO up the road, so I can go and see some of this stuff in a live context.
      "As technology has advanced, vinyl records are outdated as they are music from the 19th Century so only hipsters and elderly people buy vinyl records".

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      • #4
        Agree about the wire can be as you say a bit pseudo intellectual but a lot of the artists featured you would struggle to find reference too in any other publication and it has a decent review section, some good recurring features and covers a wide range of genres. The best thing about the wire though is its reasonably cheap at about 4 quid when compared to some of the prices the cd laden monthlies are charging. Its 9.99 for some of the music mags these days and personally I'd do without the cd if it brought the prices down on some.
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        • #5
          Well, 'Wire' is so pseudo-intellectual they dropped the definite article years ago. No 'The' for them. It's a triumph that it's managed to keep going all these years. At one time I subscribed to it but it gradually disappeared up it's own fundament so I gave up. I keep coming back to it, though, because there is nothing else like it. However, I'm not sure 'Wire' is the kind of magazine Korova is after. I like 'Wax Poetics' but, once again, probably not for Korova. Have you tried 'The British Esperantist'? Makes 'Wire' look like 'The Beano'.
          "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Shere Khan View Post
            Have you tried 'The British Esperantist'? Makes 'Wire' look like 'The Beano'.
            I´m waiting for them to lose that definite article.
            Wax Poetics is the most cringe.-inducing title there is, I think.

            "Dudes. how about a title based on the outdated literary cliché "to wax poetic"
            "Awesome! Because records were once made of wax and rap is a bit poetic!"
            Vardy.....¡¡¡PELIGRO!!!

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            • #7
              Thanks all. “Wire” I’ve picked up but quickly but down as it’s not really my thing. “Ugly Things” I’ve seen on the wall at Probe (Liverpool) but not bought it due to the price, about £11 if I remember right. Strange thing is that I’ll pay £15 for “Flashback” no problem out of my PayPal account (funds supplied by selling “dross” on eBay), but when it comes to handing over real money in a store I back off spending. Next time I’m in Liverpool I will buy a copy!
              One I forgot to mention was “Vive Le Rock” (I’m into Punk first and Psych/Prog/folk second) but I reckon the price is too high for the content (mainly interviewing ageing punks and padding out pages with large photos) and the cover mounted CD’s go straight in the bin.
              As mentioned by amidar there are some decent mags like “Classic Rock” and “Prog” but when they are priced at £8-£9 because they are in a cardboard sleeve with a CD (of music I’m not going to listen to) I’m not buying them.
              I wonder if there are any English language mags produced elsewhere in the world worth reading, apart from “Ugly Things”? And do our friends abroad have decent mags in their native language?

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              • #8
                Yeah I've bought 'Prog' a few times when its featured something of interest but never listened to the CD not even in the car. These things are generally an ill thought out mish mash of styles and promos you can demo on youtube, iTunes, spotify or whatever in your own time. If they got rid of the box, lost the cd and in turn shaved a few quid of the price I'd be more likely to part with my coffers more often, as it is you can buy an actual record with the money instead.

                I've always thought there must be a market for a physical copy of some of these mags without the unnecessary gubbins.
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                • #9
                  if you are not to worried about not catching the latest releases I can recommend 70s era Rolling Stone magazine. It's fun to read a review of woodstock for example a few weeks after the event, also Hunter Thompson is supposed to be in there. Recently grabbed a stack for a very reasonable price but there are loads available at a popular online auction house.
                  Also 60s Playboy but that is a different story.
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                  • #10
                    UGLY THINGS is the motherlode and the boss.
                    Covers plenty of early punk stuff too: great bunch of stuff on The Dils in the latest issue, alongside ugly primitive raw shit from all eras.
                    Essential.
                    To infinity - and beyond!

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                    • #11
                      do any magazines or books cover the early d-beat punk era? crass, discharge into extreme noise terror, napalm death. its an area ive always been interested in but never read about
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paul-K View Post
                        do any magazines or books cover the early d-beat punk era? crass, discharge into extreme noise terror, napalm death. its an area ive always been interested in but never read about
                        One of the best books on that scene is "The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984 " by Ian Glasper. He's done a couple of good books on punk.

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                        • #13
                          cool, thats been on my wants list for a while. ill have to pick it up.
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                          • #14
                            I've been meaning to pick up the 1st copy of Its Psychedelic Baby for a while, but haven't got 'round to it yet. May do now you've reminded me.
                            http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/issue-1
                            Don't know who is distributing it UK wise (if anyone), maybe Heyday?
                            Ugly Things can do no wrong, get it, and pick up any back issues you can. Some of the articles go well deep.
                            Early issues of Bucketfull Of Brains (haven't bought it for years) used to have really good articles. Don't know what they go for, but worth a look.
                            Ptolemaic Terrascope (don't know if that's still going either), also used to be good.
                            Everyone tear down your own little wall
                            That keeps you from being a part of it all
                            Because you've got to be one with the one and all
                            You've just got to be close to it all

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                            • #15
                              As an aside, can any Ugly Things readers confirm whether any Spoke releases have been subject to reviews within its pages?
                              new SPOKE release: >>> SEE HERE <<< RKM LIBRARY BEATS

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