R.I.P. (sort of)
February 19, 2008 07:26PM
...to No Depression magazine and the TVT label, which released a couple of great Saints albums in the late 80's -- All Fools' Day and Prodigal Son. All Fool's is a masterpiece, and Prodigal has 3-4 great songs on it, but isn't as consistent.

I can't tell you how many albums, bands, CD's I picked up after reading No Dep. Not as many as TP, to be sure, but quite a few. I'll miss picking it up at the local used CD store.
Re: R.I.P. (sort of)
February 19, 2008 07:31PM
I saw the press release about No Depression. It's a shame. I have to admit, I haven't been a regular reader in some years, but then, I haven't read any music rag regularly in a long time. But it's an intelligent, passionate mag, and I'm sorry to see it go.

TVT is closing shop? I'm surprised - I thought the hip-hop records they've been concentrating on the past few years had done well for them.
Re: R.I.P. (sort of)
February 19, 2008 07:42PM
Just saw the story in Billboard about the Chapter 11 for TVT. I'm still surprised, considering how successful they've been in the '00s.
Re: R.I.P. (sort of)
February 19, 2008 08:17PM
I hate to hear that about No Depression. I had thought they had found a good niche and were making it all right. I wonder if mags like Paste or Harp ate into their circulation? They don't have the exact same emphases, but seem to all target the same demographic - shall we say Mature Alternative Music fans? People who are more likely to hear about a band on NPR or Radio Paradise than MTV.

Actually, never mind my guesses. They say it best themselves:


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Re: R.I.P. (sort of)
February 19, 2008 10:14PM
There was a time in the late '90s (and into 2001) when I thought the caliber of writing in No Depression was heads and shoulders above other publications. I was fortunate to be a fairly regular contributor from 2001-2004 and always felt like I really had to up my game for those No Depression pieces so that I was up to scratch. Grant and Peter had a crazy idea--just like Ira, Dave Schulps, and Karen Rose did--to create music magazine that was like nothing that preceded it. And they saw that vision out to a level they could only imagine (again the TP parallel). It's been a good run.

For some reason, once I contributed to the magazine, I somehow was granted a lifetime subscription. (I've talked to others and this is standard practice for ND.) I'm going to miss getting that plastic-wrapped magazine in the mailbox--I'm going to miss the creative and artful covers and insightful writing. It's the only magazine I've been reading cover to cover, every single issue, for years.

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Re: R.I.P. (sort of)
February 23, 2008 01:53PM
A good clip of All Things Considered addressing No Dep:


And to bring it around to TP (as ira would say), Grant Alden is a contributor to the TP Guide. . .

Post Edited (02-23-08 10:03)
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