08 settembre 2017

Steve Davis e Kavus Torabi hanno preso parte alla maratona Day of Radio organizzata dalla rivista musicale online The Quietus lo scorso 1 settembre con uno speciale episodio del loro The Interesting Alternative Show: lo si riascolta tramite Mixcloud, dove sono archiviati in podcast tutte le cinquanta puntate finora prodotte dalla sezione multimediale della rivista, incluse quelle con la partecipazione di ospiti esterni quali Philip Jeck, Stewart Lee, Thurston Moore, Matmos e Shirley Collins, solo per citarne alcuni.

Thequietus.com, ora alla soglia del suo decimo compleanno, non naviga in buone acque dal punto di vista economico, stritolato come tanti dalle regole finanziarie e pubblicitarie imposte dai giganti del web. Ne parla per esteso l'editore John Doran: "Even though it was the site's ninth birthday on Friday you might be forgiven for wondering why our celebratory mood has been tempered with anxiety - like Edvard Munch's The Scream in a party hat. This is because we're currently unlikely to make our tenth birthday - or even the end of the year - without some financial assistance from you, dear reader - and apologies if you've already read this once this week but it really bears repeating - we're facing closure. I have to say that I think it's absolutely crazy given we are Europe's biggest, fully independent music and culture website, reaching an annual audience of millions all over the globe, with a constant supply of high quality articles and content by some of the best writers in the game, and yet again this month we'll be having a whip round, reaching down the back of the sofa, taking the hammer to the piggy bank, emptying the penny jar and selling the prized vinyl on Discogs, just so we can make the rent. Because online magazines tend to be overly reliant on banner advertising (something we're working on a solution to behind the scenes) and we're not venture capital/ rich parent/ tax loss funded, we are being absolutely hammered by the recent catastrophic 90% drop off in online ad spend - not to mention the all-too-predictable chicanery by monolithic money hoovering digital monopolies such as Google and Facebook, which has amounted to an arsenic cherry on the cyanide birthday cake this year."