Posted: Feb 21, 2008 3:02 pm
Examples of bands you hate in particular, please?
I've heard 3 of their albums and I didn't like any of them. People talk about that band like they are so important and groundbreaking, but all of those records seemed totally phoned-in to me. And the production was just awful.
I've liked some bands that could vaguely fit into the Alt-Country genre, but only accidentally. Did Reigning Sound ever get reviewed in ND? Some of their quieter material is more "country" than a lot of bands covered in that mag.
Like most genre titles, Alt-Country is pretty meaningless. I've seen ND review Lazy Cowgirls, Del Mc Coury, and Ryan Adams in the same issue. Those 3 acts don't seem to be in the same genre at all. I think the guys at ND even know how meaningless the genre is and they just seem to write about music that they like, regardless of whether it's "alt-country enough."
I haven't read an entire issue in almost 10 years, but the zine was always a good way to kill a few minutes at a newsstand. There was usually about 25% interesting content, which is about the same as other music mags. It's too bad they're folding.