The attraction to soundsystems in the beginning was, who could be the heaviest — not the loudest but the heaviest — with quality. And then it became … who could be the loudest and to make people’s ears bleed.
Dennis Bovell, The Quietus, 2011/02/02
Mixing things up with the web — some of our favourite sites and sources on the internet. It’s a long list. Photograph by Rana Mullan
- Cork Festivals. Cutting edge and guaranteed to entertain. Schedules, reviews and everything you need to be ’Festival Ready’.
- Guide To Cork City Get to know it before experiencing Ireland’s ’Rebel Capital’.
- Music at UCC is the University’s portal to its Department of Music.
- The Comedy Club. Cutting edge and guaranteed to entertain.
- West Cork Tourism follows events and developments to help you get the best out of what’s happening locally.
- WhazOn? is about everything that’s happening or is about to happen in Cork.
- All About Jazz covers the world of jazz music with news, reviews, interviews, forums and the Genius Guide to Jazz — Jeff Fitzgerald’s hilarious romp through the history of jazz.
- American Blues News offers information on American roots music, reviews, interviews and news.
- American Songwriter covers every aspect of the craft and art of songwriting with interviews, songwriting tips, news and reviews.
- Ars Technica for news about developments in the world of technology
and nearly everything else found between layers of silicon.
- Audiohead.net is a features–based audio magazine giving
the reader the straight dope, in a non–salesy, digestible way.
- The AV Club aims to be the web’s smartest take on television, film, music and pop culture in general.
A vocalist warming up the vocal booth! Photograph by John McLoughlin
- Bright Young Folk features live sessions videos and interviews from the contemporary folk scene.
- Celtic Café is a portal for the worldwide community of celtic culture.
- Clash Magazine covers news, reviews, fashion, features, videos and ones to watch in contemporary music.
- Classic Rock offers exclusive news, interviews and features on rock’s biggest names.
- Drowned in Sound is based on contributions from unpaid writers — and it’s a hundred times better for it.
- The Electricity Club keeps tabs on the resurgent electronic music scene.
- A library of the legendary John Fahey’s writings, tunings and transcriptions, maintained by the formidable folk at Revenant Records.
- Fiddler Magazine is an educational and entertaining resource for fiddlers, accompanists and appreciative listeners — subscribe to access full content.
- Goldmine is the site to visit for everything on the collectors’ market for records, tapes, CDs, and music–related memorabilia.
- Guitar International for the guitar interviews, lessons, tabs, reviews and news.
- Guitar World for guitarists (of course) featuring artist news, lessons, transcriptions, gear reviews, album news, music videos and more.
- Index Magazine is a New York City–based publication for film, art, music and culture.
- Interview Magazine features conversations between some of the most creative minds from the worlds of fashion, art and entertainment.
- Jazz Professional features interviews with the many legendary jazz musicians that passed through the UK from the ‘50s through to the ’70s.
- Mojo for
quality music news, views and recommendations by nice people who know.
- Music OMH focuses on new music, classical music and everything in between that’s happening in London.
- The Music Radar stable offers up to the minute news and reviews for all music makers — including Future Music for producers and Guitarist for axe–grinders.
- The National Jazz Archive is the UK’s repository and research centre for printed material, photographs and memorabilia concerning jazz, blues and related music.
- NME, published weekly since March 1952 and still going strong, was the first British newspaper to publish a weekly singles chart.
- Perfect Sound Forever for interviews, articles, tributes, links, upcoming shows, book excerpts, essays by noted writers and musicians and more.
- Performing Songwriter features interviews with musicians, songwriters and record producers, music articles, stories and general stuff about new music.
- Pianist features news, features, sheet music, tutorials, tips and advice for accomplisned players and students alike.
- Pitchfork is an
essential guide to independent music and beyond.
- Both series of The Pop Chronicles, probably the most complete audio history of popular music from the ‘40s through to the ‘60s, are available as audio downloads from the UNT Digital Library.
- Prefix magazine provides daily coverage of the latest in music, showcasing interviews, reviews, mp3s, video, photo galleries and more.
- Pure Guitar is a new breed of guitar magazine that blends literate, in–depth journalism with the latest internet technology. It also includes founding Editor in Chief, Jas Obrecht’s Music Archive
Recording for the web — ready to share for an expanding audience.
Photograph by Aidrian
- Q Magazine carries music news, reviews and world exclusives with the most important bands on the planet. Who doesn’t?
- The Quietus is an independent rock music and pop culture magazine offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures.
- Launched in 1979, Record Collector is now the UK’s longest–running music magazine and a leading authority on rare and collectable records.
- The Red Bull Music Academy web site features articles and interviews with movers and shakers in contemporary live music.
- Rolling Stone features music news, movie reviews and political, economic and pop culture commentary — they also want spondulicks before you get their best content.
- Sabotage Times can’t concentrate so why should you? Good stuff about music, football, fashion and whatever.
- Salon provides quality coverage of news, politics, arts and entertainment, life and technology — from some odd angles.
- Smithsonian Folkways, the non–profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States, maintains an extensive archive of CDs, DRM–free downloads, free podcasts and lesson plans.
- Sound on Sound for everything about recording technology including music production, software, recording and audio hardware reviews with monthly Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar and Avid Audio Pro Tools music creation tutorials.
- Tiny Mix Tapes for news, reviews, features on film and music — and hot replica watches.
- Uncut keeps abreast of developments in the music world but also includes film and book sections.
- Richie Unterberger’s web site is a mine of interviews with legendary and sometimes underground figures in rock and popular music.
- Jazz legend, Mary Lou Williams speaking to Melody Maker, April–June, 1954.
- Wired follows current and future technology trends shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics and culture around the world.
The British national anthem, God Save The Queen, based on music attributed to John Bull in 1619, was the first song to be used as a national anthem — it was originally sung as God Save The King in support of George II in 1745.