Link Review: Music and People

After last year’s epic link reviews – design, art and photography, architecture and collections and archives, we’ve been putting off running through the other sections of our sidebar. Here, at last, is the list of music sites.

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Anti-Gravity Bunny, still going strong and now putting out weird and wonderful mix compilations / Archived Music Magazines has been ‘resting’ since 2013, but still exists to serve up huge scans from the golden era of the British music press / we recently added Bandcamp Daily / Simon Reynolds can still be found at blissblog, which is a relief / Bradley’s Almanac still comes straight out of Boston / Chrome Waves called it a day on 19 December 2013, although the writing was clearly on the wall the previous year / Crying all the way to the Chip Shop is still sobbing and eating deep fried chopped potatos, although it is very much of a broad (pop) culture blog these days / the Dezeen Music Project still highlights sonic-related design projects / Diskant died a death in 2011, but exists in archive form / Drowned in Sound is still a cultural force of sorts. Their recent interview with Everett True will tickle those digging around the earlier music press archive link / EffectsBay is another recent addition / as is Fluxblog, although it lays claim to being ‘the very first mp3 blog’ / Gig Posters is now a commercial concern / Invisible Oranges is still a fine blog about heavy metal (‘the term “invisible oranges” describes the clutching gesture you make when the mighty force of metal flows through you’).

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The Rambler, occasional, but still devoted to ‘blogging the music that others won’t tell you about’ / Largehearted Boy is another relentlessly current blog-stroke-cultural force, with just as much emphasis on literature as music / Music Machinery has been quiet since April 2016 / Novation is another new addition, thanks to our recent acquisition of the fabulous Circuit / Offset Guitars are the best guitars / the OP-1 is the best synthesizer / Owl in the Sun are a fine band (soundcloud) / Pedals & Effects, more noise / Radiateur is a defunct band / Songs from the Shed hosts intimate live sessions / Sredni Vashtar is an active band / Synthtopia is about synthesis, old and new / Teenage Engineering do new synthesis, old style / The Quietus is still a leading light in new music writing / This Recording is a general arts blog / not sure what ‘UMT / Symptomatic’ was, but it now isn’t.

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And as a bonus, here is a recap on all the people in our sidebar: Adam Curtis, still resting after the epic Hypernormalisation (related, if only in spirit, doonaldjtrump.com) / Adam Greenfield, who seems to be taking a break / Andrew Losowsky is all over the web / Caterina Fake probably invented bits of the web you’re still using / Celeste Olalquiaga wrote the amazing Artificial Kingdom / China Mieville creates amazing artifical kingdoms / Christopher Stocks writes about Forgotten Fruits and other things / Daniel Eatock is an inspirational designer / David Thompson still occasionally shouts back to things / Douglas Coupland once even wrote for things / Edward Tufte is a hero to information designers / Heather Champ is another web veteran / Ian Martin is a vital voice of sanity / James Russell writes great books about great artists / Jason Kottke, the original and the best / Jean Snow writes about contemporary culture / as does Joe Moran (new book, Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness) / Justin McGuirk is now Chief Curator at the Design Museum / Kazys Varnelis runs AUDC in NY / Kevin Kelly is an online legend / Leon Chew takes stunning photographs / Marian Bantjes is a fine artist with a passion for books / Neil Boorman vanished from the web / fashion designer Paul Smith no longer blogs, perhaps unsurprisingly / Peter Buchanan-Smith is an artist / as is Peter Nencini / Russell Davies is always worth a read, or a look / another artist, Tom Sachs / Will Wiles is a writer, but is not blogging much right now.

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