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.
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’).
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.
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.