Can’t think of anything to write, and I have to get to bed at a decent hour, so I’m doing a music meme. The old Top 5 on Friday shut down several years ago, taking with it its midweek brother, the Tuesday Tunes. I went here for questions from March 2, 2010.
Tell us your favorite music related:
…and why you like them.
Website: I like a few of them, but my favorite is Metal Sucks. Of the good music websites, it’s the least reverent (I mean, look at the title) and has some decent writing once in a while. Mostly, I like its community of readers who (usually) leave great comments. In 2008, it asked its readers to chime in on the practice of wearing the t-shirt of the band you’re seeing in concert, and the comments were a great mix of idiotic and hilarious. I only visit once every few months, but I always get caught up on the weekly list of new music that comes out each Tuesday, and its annual year-end poll, first of its own writers, then of people in the music industry, and then of its readers. It’s good stuff, and I’ve discovered a lot of my favorite music there.
Magazine: My favorite is probably Rolling Stone, but it might be Blender, one of the first magazines I can remember that looked like a website. It was aimed a bit younger than me, and its covers tended to feature sexy women dressed sexily (it was published by the company that also published Maxim), but its substance and writing were terrific. For a music geek like me, who likes to get deep into the tracks and liner notes, Blender was a monthly deep-dive into music old and new, with recommendations for immediate downloads and (my favorite) a detailed look at one artist’s complete discography, with advice for where to start and where to go next if you were interested in exploring the artist. I want to write like that someday. I was a subscriber, and its going under was a sad day I haven’t yet gotten over.
TV Show: I’m sure I’m forgetting something huge. I’m going to have to go with Austin City Limits because I tend to prefer its offerings, but man. It frustrates me that they’ll split a one-hour block of television between two great musicians sometimes, when they have enough material to go two hours on each musician. Drives me crazy. I haven’t seen enough of VH1 Storytellers, but I love what I’ve seen of that, too. Is that even on anymore? Wikipedia uses the present tense in describing it, but its listings only show one episode since 2012.