Music journalism. Or at least a choice of what to read…

For years now (must be at least 10?) I’ve been a subscriber to The Wire. This follows up a youth of religiously buying the NME, Melody Maker and Sounds (mid ’80s to the mid ’90s if that kind of thing matters) along with the odd issue of Record Mirror, Jamming, and a whole heap more. During this period first Sounds, and then MM shut up shop, and the NME started to become less relevant, so eventually I became an ex-reader.

Then I got more interested in some of the more outsider music, and hence The Wire became something of a staple. I also picked up other magazines of course – a few years back it was Careless Talk Costs Lives – a harkening back to my MM days through the presence of Everett True, then Loose Lips Sink ShipsSteve Gullick‘s vehicle – and also many, many issues of robots and electronic brains (to which I contributed a fifth of the cover CD through my fledgling minimism record label – including two tracks by namke communications).

Anyway, all of this rambling is kind of a send off to my Wire subscription which I am planning to let lapse when it finishes in November. Basically, I’m just not reading it any more – lack of time mainly, but also none of the music is new and/or fresh any more (I’m so old and jaded that I feel like I’ve heard it all before).

Am I so old and jaded that I have heard it all before? No, of course not – I picked up Plan B last month, and the writing and enthusiasm got me interested in music again. The cover CD was very good as well – in fact I keep listening to it. Every track. This month’s issue is also great, as is the CD.

Having said that, the photos of Robert Wyatt in the October issue of The Wire are absolutely stunning – need to hunt out Jake Walters work, that’s for sure…

So, there you go. Goodbye Wire, Hello Plan B. Just thought I’d share…

(This all coincides with me picking up Smog‘s A River Ain’t too much to Love last weekend – and that really blew me away… Ok, so it’s three years old, I’ve got some catching up to do obviously.)