is about to get this party started right.
Due to the absence of any decent coverage on Canada's music
culture and subcultures in print (Chart sucks, and just what is Exclaim
exclaiming about?!!), or television (MuchMusic's programming is geared
towards 14 year old deaf kids, and half-wits), and due to our overwhelming love of Canadian music, we have developed an entertainment department that combines the craft of writing with fancy visuals to be accompanied by free music for download.
All for you.
Using secretly developed audio compression technology,
the intensive, on-going research in the Forget Laboratory® will enable Forget Magazine to offer
the distinct advantage of allowing readers to listen to music while reading
about bands (ever try hooking up your earphones to Chart Magazine?). We are not promising perfection. We are promising to author articles, and offer music that is new and interesting and underexposed. For free. Forever.
Forget Music welcomes submissions from independent Canadian bands. And from people who want to write about music in a new way.
"Writing about music is like dancing
about architecture." — Elvis Costello
Forget Music will contain no music criticism.
How many different times can a
writer describe a musician as a fucking virtuoso? We don't know and we don't
care. To hell with rock journalism. We're going to let the music speak for
itself and focus our attention on the culture that surrounds it.
Forget Music will include artists from every province and territory in Canada.
Our main goal is to expose the best unknown artists from across
the country while saying something about the people behind the music, the
people that listen to the music, and the enviornment that surronds and informs the music.
Instead of asking bands what their
favourite colours are or if they are really excited about their new video, we wish to explore every facet of the music industry
and reveal its dirty little secrets. Most music journalism ends up being a
glorification of an art-form that doesn't need any help from a bunch of
pathetic geeks, geeks like us.
will not try to explain anything.
journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for
people who can't read." — Frank Zappa
Forget Music doesn't know where it is headed, and is excited to find out.
We acknowledge that we will certainly make errors, and use bunk technology and maybe show you (play you) bands you won't like. But fear not. The race has just started and the road ahead is long. And we are fully committed.
Forget Music says, "Consider yourselves warned."
(Though we didn't come up with it.)
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The Impresarios: are young Stephan MacLeod (Windom Earle soul man [see photo at top and song at bottom], and Forget Magazine contributing editor); and Kent Bruyneel (who we will assume you know).
Submissions: we encourage submissions from all Canadian musicians. Send inquires, in regards to getting your band/songs/whatever involved in Forget Music, directly to Stephan, because, well, Kent has enough to do.
Legal: All music is offered free for download; though it remains the property of its creators. We plan on releasing a compilation CD including the finest of Canada's bands exposed through Forget Music in the future. Way off in the future. We will explain more as soon as we figure it out ourselves.
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In the meantime, here is a song by a guy who can't read, talk, or
write (next week we will begin offering songs by bands not involved in this magazine, this is what you might call a "sample" of what is to come):
This Week's Offering
Artist: Windom Earle
Province: Prince Edward Island
MP3 File: +++
Real Audio File: +++
Next week, a tour diary from the van of
two of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia's finest bands, Rock Ranger and Slowcoaster. Real nice.