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"In the current media-wide atmosphere of sheepish pandering to the hyper-inflated egos of modern pop stars and their handlers, the question is not whether there exists a writer with sufficient pluck to launch a Lester Bangs-type assault on these people -- there are several -- but rather what mainstream music magazine would be willing to print an overt attack on the dubious artistry of what constitutes, after all, the magazine's chief commodity?
In the old days, of course, no one wrote about Bing Crosby or Sinatra the way Bangs often wrote about Lou Reed -- which is to say, with absolute malice and complete disregard for one man's carefully cultivated reputation. Neither did many critics make a living expounding on the chicanery and false pretenses that imbued much of the recording industry itself. But somewhere in the receding pipeline of history, right around the advent in the late 1960s of what was then touted by Tom Wolfe as New Journalism and what is now touted by its detractors in this renewed, sterile age of facts and "objectivity" as Bad Journalism, all that began to change."
∫rom the wreckage of previous jaunts into music writing, occasional publications, eagerly followed blogs and general anti-hipster beliefs comes the start of a new foray into, well, all of the above. Two outsiders who had spent their prime years living in various destinations across the globe met in London in 2003, lived in Oslo until 2011 and decided since 2012 was going to be the end of the world anyway, we might as well pool our resources and try to start something short-lived and riotously fun. Hence Bad Sounds Magazine was spawned, from the mind of Ann Sung-an Lee. Having worked together on the now defunct NöMusicMedia, Ann asked along serial holidaymaker Ben 'Sadhu' Sand to help with editorial duties and a general bouncing ideas off position. Handpicking writers from all walks of life and sprawled across continents, the idea was to bring similar minded people together to explore the Nordic music scene while also lending a generous ear to whats happening in different scenes across the world.
Digging deep from years on the road with various bands, hundreds of concerts either attended or performed, gallons of beers drunk in abandon, plates of food discarded or wolfed down, countries explored from end to end, BAD SOUNDS are adamant that there are still gems hidden in all corners of the world. And we will attempt to uncover some of them. From the regular music review columns highlighting the good, the bad, and the muggy about the Nordic music scene, to travelogues written while wankered in locations bizarre, a studious approach to food dissection and assessment, and the ongoing search for interviews with peers, beggars in India, Dr John and anyone else who hasn't kicked the bucket quite yet.
With a penchant for the strange in life, and equally confounding music collections, the contributors have summoned their various eccentricities and placed them all into an online cathartic volume that will grow in stature, depth and content with every passing month.
This is not the truth, it is just the makings of boredom and the downfall of being jaded. From this foundation let the beast arise!