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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 04:28 PM
Besides the fact that the magazine came too often for me since I have little time to read when I get home from work, I just lost interest in the articles, the generally pop heavy cover photos and the uninspired record reviews. I wish I have saved the first issues of this magazine when it first came out as a newspaper. Now that was something I really enjoyed reading because it spoke to our culture and music at that time. I guess my musical tastes differ from those of the executives running the magazine now. I will not miss it.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 04:56 PM
My sentiments exactly. Can't blame you. I think it just turned into a cash cow and lost it's personality along the way.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:16 PM
I havent purchased a rolling Stone for 25 years.

Hittin the Note magazine is infinetly better.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:20 PM
I actually thought the magazine had improved a lot in the last year.

They recently featured excellent articles on....
Ginger Baker
Leon Russell
Gregg Allman
Merle Haggard

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:22 PM
I got a free subscription a while back, it's mostly fluff but it's always worth reading David Fricke and Rob Sheffield's pieces, at least...
 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:22 PM
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I actually thought the magazine had improved a lot in the last year.

They recently featured excellent articles on....
Ginger Baker
Leon Russell
Gregg Allman
Merle Haggard



I agree!! I took advantage of a great offer for a 2 year subscription about a year ago and am really enjoying the magazine.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:34 PM
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I actually thought the magazine had improved a lot in the last year.

They recently featured excellent articles on....
Ginger Baker
Leon Russell
Gregg Allman
Merle Haggard


I am with you, RS has really improved. The latest one has an interesting feature on Gregg's new record. And I'm not a rap fan, but the interview with Eminem, also in the latest issue, was extremely interesting, wherein he goes into detail on his prescription drug addiction which nearly killed him. I never knew Ambien (the sleep med) is a memory-eraser. I know it now from that interview. I work in hospitals and see Ambien prescribed all the time. Also, for a couple of years now, RS writer Matt Taibbi has been doing some GREAT exposes on the financial and mortgage crises; he does it again in the current issue. But of course the person who started this thread wouldn't know any of that, because "I have little time to read when I get home from work."





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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 05:56 PM
I posted in the Kid Rock thread about how i have all but stopped reading the record reviews in R.Stone....just not into their review's any more at all.But overall,I also think the magazine has gotten better....many more stories/coverage of the music i do enjoy than there used to be.Stll not enough,LOL,but more than the last few yr's......I also have stopped reading the record reviews in Hittin' The Note...they are way too biased,IMO.I look to The Blues Review magazine for record reviews...

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 06:13 PM
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I also have stopped reading the record reviews in Hittin' The Note...they are way too biased,IMO.I look to The Blues Review magazine for record reviews...


Hittin' The Note is a great mag and I've been a subscriber now for quite a few years. But yes, in all that time, I have yet to see a record criticized, not ONE single time. Definitely biased as hughduty says. RS will slam a record if they think it's bad.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 07:02 PM
I gave up on RS about a year ago and I was a subsciber for 20 years,The only problem I have with Hittin the note is that there arn't enough issues in a year,I read the first week then have to wait for the next one

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 07:41 PM
I used to get it for about 10 years or so but stopped about 5 or 6 years ago. Just got boring and smaller over the years and I lost interest.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2010 at 08:04 PM
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I used to get it for about 10 years or so but stopped about 5 or 6 years ago. Just got boring and smaller over the years and I lost interest.

My story with RS is exactly the same as yours.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 07:47 AM
My subscription ran out a year ago, but they keep sending me the issues, otherwise I wouldn't get it anymore.
 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 08:00 AM
Didn't re-new? How are you going to live without all those pictures of Lady Gaga?

Seriously! RS has some sort of love affair with that gal! When the last issue came I bet Donna there would be a picture of Lady Gaga before page 25. She told me I was crazy - then burst out laughing when she hit page 19!

Rolling Stone does have an occasional article worth reading, but to me they've become GQ with occasional music articles.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 09:47 AM
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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 09:49 AM
It became irrelevant to me. Still have old copies when it was a newspaper with major ABB stories.

It ain't what it used to be and neither am I!

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 10:29 AM
Lost interest once it became:

a) more like a glossy magazine
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b) less like an underground newspaper

....which seems like a hundred yrs ago

 

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  posted on 11/22/2010 at 01:53 PM
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I also have stopped reading the record reviews in Hittin' The Note...they are way too biased,IMO.I look to The Blues Review magazine for record reviews...


Hittin' The Note is a great mag and I've been a subscriber now for quite a few years. But yes, in all that time, I have yet to see a record criticized, not ONE single time. Definitely biased as hughduty says. RS will slam a record if they think it's bad.

They also slam good albums , i don't think they have a clue

 

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I also have stopped reading the record reviews in Hittin' The Note...they are way too biased,IMO.I look to The Blues Review magazine for record reviews...


Hittin' The Note is a great mag and I've been a subscriber now for quite a few years. But yes, in all that time, I have yet to see a record criticized, not ONE single time. Definitely biased as hughduty says. RS will slam a record if they think it's bad.


But here is the problem I have with record reviews, if someone is slamming a record, they are probably the wrong one to "review" it.

When I was younger I avoided certain records because of the scathing reviews only to find later that I LOVE the records. And when I'd go back to read the reviews I'd realize that the "critic" had some problem with a persons, hair, age, or past or whatever and it really wasn't a true "critique" of a record. Or at least didn't give the record a good close review because they already had an opinion on the band.

I'm not saying that there can't be negative words, but it should tell the listener what to expect, not just "it sucks". Which most negative reviews go way out of their way to make a point about things that just aren't good.

I love HTN's reviews because they tend to really just describe what the music is like. That is what I want to hear. And they're not all "picture perfect". They will go off and say that "maybe this isn't quite what people want to hear" or something of that nature. And I read a couple of those kinds of opinions in Hittin' the Note's record review that were basically saying "I didn't like this part of it because ... blah blah blah" and from the description, I would think "well, that actually sounds like a reason I WOULD like it". Which helps me determine if I want to even hear it.

I can't stand the big-time reviews.

I did read one in Rolling Stone recently, and I honestly left thinking "not only do I have no clue what that record is like, I can't tell if the reviewer even liked it or hated it!"...

 

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I also have stopped reading the record reviews in Hittin' The Note...they are way too biased,IMO.I look to The Blues Review magazine for record reviews...


Hittin' The Note is a great mag and I've been a subscriber now for quite a few years. But yes, in all that time, I have yet to see a record criticized, not ONE single time. Definitely biased as hughduty says. RS will slam a record if they think it's bad.


But here is the problem I have with record reviews, if someone is slamming a record, they are probably the wrong one to "review" it.

When I was younger I avoided certain records because of the scathing reviews only to find later that I LOVE the records. And when I'd go back to read the reviews I'd realize that the "critic" had some problem with a persons, hair, age, or past or whatever and it really wasn't a true "critique" of a record. Or at least didn't give the record a good close review because they already had an opinion on the band.

I'm not saying that there can't be negative words, but it should tell the listener what to expect, not just "it sucks". Which most negative reviews go way out of their way to make a point about things that just aren't good.

I love HTN's reviews because they tend to really just describe what the music is like. That is what I want to hear. And they're not all "picture perfect". They will go off and say that "maybe this isn't quite what people want to hear" or something of that nature. And I read a couple of those kinds of opinions in Hittin' the Note's record review that were basically saying "I didn't like this part of it because ... blah blah blah" and from the description, I would think "well, that actually sounds like a reason I WOULD like it". Which helps me determine if I want to even hear it.

I can't stand the big-time reviews.

I did read one in Rolling Stone recently, and I honestly left thinking "not only do I have no clue what that record is like, I can't tell if the reviewer even liked it or hated it!"...


As for the record reviews in HTN; our approach is to only review releases we think our readers will be interested in - yes, we run generally positive reviews; with four issues a year, we don't want to take up space criticizing an artist
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  posted on 11/23/2010 at 01:10 PM
Neither did I, and I'm a long time subscriber.


However, some of the interviews lately have been truly excellent. Have to accept it's different times musically and if they want to keep a younger audience they have to cater to that.


 
 


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