the quietus : the new look

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knowing a few folks around here are involved, i can't deny i'm chuffed that the proper Quietus site has been launched properly today having watched the blog-style site grow over the last few months.
thankfully, the new look isn't all that different really is it.
though i cant deny, i'm not so sure on the headline image changing when you hover over one of the articles, cos that could become bloody annoying, (oh and if you really flick around, it breaks)

mark e, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also insufferable.

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

Good to see Drowned in Sound artiste Bert Anderson getting some much needed coverage.

Stevie T, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

He's no longer on Drowned in Sound. In fact, without label.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Why don't they fucking get someone who DOES know the G-Unit album then? Best use of the term "no days off" in pop since "24 Hour Party People" for a start. AMATEURS!

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

As an RSS feed reader, I can't say that the new look affects me too much one way or the other. Same kind of content, same kind of frequency. I personally favour the trad blog format for most sites that are frequently updated - perhaps because I have an overly linear mind and don't mind scrolling. But since the trad blog format is still stigmatised in certain quarters, I can see why they've gone down this route.

Anyhow, I've been enjoying a honeymoon period with this site since stumbling across it about 3 weeks ago. So it's all good.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

About a third of The Quietus is challops innit. Being all look-indie-kid-I'm-bursting-yr-bubble doesn't really work on a site that's suppose to be the online Mojo or Uncut though does it.

Rap music features posse cuts isn't much of a surprise, no need for a piece anyway.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 12:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.thequietus.com/articles/hall-oates-the-singles-review/

It cannot be denied: word to Prince, Daryl and John got hits. The thing opens with 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)', a bona fide classic, a masterclass in sinister funk and that patented widescreen, sparking production style that cats like Dre up and ran with.

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 13:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Really this is Adam out of Adam and Joe, isn't it?

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 13:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

You need to see his piece about how he tried to single-handedly bring rap music to a new audience (of white people) but illicit government black-ops shut him down, Marcy.

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 13:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Word to your mother.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 13:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like the new look but then again I would.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

feeling grumpy that they removed the old comments on the "about us" section as sadly thats where i got a lot of referral hits from.

mark e, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think that's the whole program on the you-tube links.
Watch it! It is very very very funny, and more.

bidfurd, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 20:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

So what do you think about Motörhead and Maiden t-shirts in Top Shop?

Don’t get me started on that. Part of me thinks it’s great, if the people wearing them actually check it out. But I know they won’t, because to them it’s like a fashion accessory. And I feel like grabbing hold of them and going “HOW MANY FUCKING MOTORHEAD ALBUMS DO YOU OWN? NAME ME ONE SONG OTHER THAN ACE OF SPADES BY MOTORHEAD! NAME ME FIVE IRON MAIDEN ALBUMS! NOWWWWW!” I know it’s their registered trademark and they’re getting paid, but as a Metal fan who loves Maiden and Motorhead who saw them recently – I’m not one of those old bastards who go “Oh yeah, I saw them on the Number Of The Beast tour”, I still go out and see these bands because I love them – it pisses me off.

Chris Needham IS the UK Alex in NYC.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't like the way they've replaced the full-post RSS feed entries with just the article titles.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 10 July 2008 13:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

Odd he should think that Lemmy or Bruce Dickinson should give a toss about whether he thinks, let alone what he thinks.

Dingbod Kesterson, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

And I feel like grabbing hold of them and going “HOW MANY FUCKING MOTORHEAD ALBUMS DO YOU OWN? NAME ME ONE SONG OTHER THAN ACE OF SPADES BY MOTORHEAD! NAME ME FIVE IRON MAIDEN ALBUMS! NOWWWWW!”

I've never seen anyone actually do this in real life, just talk about it, but it seems like the obvious response is "I don't care at all about the band, I just wear this to annoy self-important douchebags who use their taste in music as a personality substitute"

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, but do you actually do that?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd like to see more people carry this approach over to other articles of clothing. "HOW DARE YOU WEAR A LANSING LUGNUTS CAP?!?!?! HOW MANY GAMES HAVE YOU BEEN TO?!?! NAME THEIR STARTING INFIELD!!!!"

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

This happens in football all the time.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 July 2008 14:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

NAME ME THREE SPURS FA CUP FINAL SINGLES! NOWWWWW!

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

suppose to be the online Mojo or Uncut

oh crikey, don't tell them that! that's exactly *not* what they're trying to be.

CharlieNo4, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

(if anything, it's the online stool pigeon)

CharlieNo4, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

(if anything, it's the online stool pigeon)

whose own online setup has improved a lot recently.

mark e, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's a low blow Charlie!

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Why doesn't the online stool pigeon use unreadable text and background colour combinations? Or, rather, why do they bother with a print stool pigeon?

Bocken Social Scene, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is it just my browser or is there meant to be that much Times New Roman all over the front page? Kind of ugly.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 July 2008 15:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

move over girl talk

mark e, Thursday, 24 July 2008 14:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I recognised Nate Dogg and "Today's The Day For You To Stop Love" by George Jones, but nothing else.

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Thursday, 24 July 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

surely we can ace it between us...

CharlieNo4, Thursday, 24 July 2008 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

move over girl talk

-- mark e

Um Mark, Osymyso was doing this stuff years before you or I or anyone else knew who Girl Talk was

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 24 July 2008 18:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

i know - but girl talk gets all the press these days ..

mark e, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

hence why dj food dropped his stuff into this fantastic mashup aural document.

mark e, Thursday, 24 July 2008 19:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt5fAU7tNxY

Bodrick III, Thursday, 24 July 2008 20:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

eek:

Dear all,

as of today The Quietus is no longer part of the joint venture deal with DrownedinSound and Sky. This obviously has major repercussions for The Quietus in both long and short term. Firstly, we'd ask anyone who has outstanding unpaid invoices to email them over to us within the next 24 hours so that we can make sure you're paid in full for work that has already been published. Secondly, as far as we're concerned this is not the end of The Quietus. With your help we've managed to achieve 40,000 unique users and 157,000 page views a month (that's a lot, for the webshy) since April and, more importantly, published some of the best music journalism that the British bit of the internet has yet seen. We're in discussions with various people to try and find a way of carrying on with The Quietus as an independent and financially viable entity. If you could get in touch with John and I about work already commissioned or with any questions you might have that would be a great help.

Thanks for all your hard work and support thus far,

J0hn D0r4n & Luk3 Turn3r

I wish them well - I've really enjoyed it so far.

CharlieNo4, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

in before LBZC

Just got offed, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

published some of the best music journalism that the British bit of the internet has yet seen.

Could someone link to any of this plz.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Maybe someone had better tell Los Campensinos' and Belle and Sebastian's lawyers about SWells referring to them as p43dos which I'm pretty sure counts as criminal libel...

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

...unless it's true!!?!?!??!?!?!?1/1//1/!

Raw Patrick, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's no point now though, Doran's got no money anymore.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

"anymore"

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Well, yeah.

Scik Mouthy, Monday, 18 August 2008 14:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

Has Swells run so short of targets that he's hitting out at bands' legal representatives now?

CharlieNo4, Monday, 18 August 2008 15:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

doran stanky rich

Just got offed, Monday, 18 August 2008 15:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

it's an australian thing, you wouldn't understand

dronestorm (electricsound), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 22:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

sincerely regret posting my drunken (and distinctly mean-spirited) "thoughts" in this awful thread. my apologies.

naked human hands and a foam rubber head (contenderizer), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 22:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's very unilx to apologize for your misdeeds, sb'd you for that

mr. mandelbrot flythrough vertigo, esq. (Edward III), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

What is this thread again?

village idiot (dog latin), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 23:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

"rap criticism," butthurtedness, copy editing

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 27 October 2010 23:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

great, it's dog latin

jrue (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 23:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol EIII

naked human hands and a foam rubber head (contenderizer), Thursday, 28 October 2010 00:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Doran, some real talk from across the pond. I'm very psyched on this feature

http://thequietus.com/articles/06869-portishead-bakers-dozen

But I'm not psyched to click through 14 things to read it.

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

tell me about it.

besides that's only 2/3rds of portishead and i'd kinda be more interested in hearing beth's than the two fellas.

jed_, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Eh that's nothing, this one in Fact today is 30 pages long!

http://www.factmag.com/2011/08/30/30-albums-you-can-still-look-forward-to-in-2011/

Geirge Hongriot (NickB), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:19 (six years ago) Permalink

With like a line of text for each album

Number None, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I wonder what Adrian Utley's 50 favorite sneakers are

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Dudes,

We do this like once a month. Come on, fucking cut me some slack - I have to pay my rent. We don't do advertorial like most of the other sites, we don't do skins or band take overs or have massively intrusive campaigns. Or take money of petrol and car companies and all that stuff.

If you don't want to click a button 13 times don't do it but don't be giving me grief like you have to face the two stone guardians one who always lies and another who always tells the truth before casting the ring into Mount Doom to find out.

And Jed - since when has Beth Gibbons ever done press? It's like complaining about us not getting a JD Salinger interview.

We beg, we plead, we fucking wheedle with all these people to let us interview them properly but some - for whatever reason - won't, they insist on doing it themselves. And then, despite the fact that we've asked for a minimum of 200 words on each record, they come back, like one nonesensical sentence. And do you know why? Because the request will go through a bare minimum of two other people before it gets to the band and I have no idea whether my full message gets passed on or not.

At the end of the day though, I'm still pathetically grateful. We've run about three really lengthy, in depth features on Portishead on the site, and you could just go and read those instead if you wanted - I just wanted to do something different this time.

Speaking personally there were two albums on the list that I've never heard of and I'm going to check out.

You know, if I was less of a man, I'd say fuck the lot of you to everyone who has depressed more than 13 keys to whinge here on a public forum.

But I am a big man. And I have nothing but love for all of you.

I will try as I do every day, to make my site better. Just for you four.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:49 (six years ago) Permalink

I was actually talking about the FACT list but thanks!

Number None, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Ha ha. Ok, sorry. I'm sat dandling my son listening to Val Doonican. I'm actually in a very good mood.

With love baby. With love.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Doran, sorry man, i know these things can be tough to arrange. keep on doing it and i'll shut up. although i would be more interested in the beth's choices just saying that, i've read and seen her interviewed although much less frequently than the other two and even when she is to say that she plays her cards close to her chest would be a huge understatement. all the best.

jed_, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, I'd attempt to be first in line to interview her if the chance ever arose but it's very much unlikely unfortunately.

I think the main focus of the group not doing interviews is actually quite good from the band's POV - creates mystery and desire - but not so good from my POV unfortunately.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 17:59 (six years ago) Permalink

And yeah, she's not Thomas Pyncheon but there again we're not MOJO or Rolling Stone either and just wouldn't get any time with her.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Doran we've had a few convos about site design like this before (especially on the rap threads since sites like Complex tend to be the worst offenders with clickthroughs on their rap listicles) -- i'm just reposting something i said on the matter once as food for thought, not to argue with you because honestly it is nice to at least have someone from a site that trades in this practice defend it in somewhat understandable terms:

borkslovethewu (some dude) wrote this on thread DJ QUIK - THE BOOK OF DAVID - 2010 on board I Love Music on Apr 10, 2011

like if you want people to consume your work in a way that financially benefits you, then there's kind of a social contract that demands you not be too obnoxious about making them jump through extra hoops to get it

lil dawg (some dude), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Doran, having run a site very similar to yours in America, I can def empathize with artists coming back with short or terse answers to questions or requests. You shouldn't be faulted for that, and anyone who blames you for not talking to Beth Gibbons is an entitled idiot.

However, honestly, pushing some nickel-and-dime clickthough scam over the readability of your website is just straight clowning your readers, it makes US do the work.

It was a very cool article, though, and I was happy to read it. Sorry if I'm bumming you out. :/

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

im surprised you guys are selling ads on clicks and not uniques!

max, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Whiney and all: Well it's a fair cop. When we get someone like Chino Moreno or Morrissey telling us his 13 favourite albums it can really give us some breathing space to not have to hit targets with extra reviews and mad news stories or competitions that keep us in the office past midnight or whatever.

We know that you lot are in the right as regards to the letter of the law but we'd like to see it as a very, very minor transgression. Ideally we won't always do stuff as a click through but for now, once in a while we don't mind.

We're in the middle of saving to get the site redesigned, which will make the gallery feature a lot nicer. Basically it works on thumbnails but it's better than that makes it sound.

I mean, after all we did our first end of year lists as a click through gallery and we deserved the bollocking we got for that. It was bloody chicanery, pure and simple.

My bottom line is that we're obviously on a different side of the fence from all the click fodder music sites like Clash and Artrocker or whatever.

That said, if this is GENUINELY becoming some kind of ideological thing then I will think about stopping doing it sooner rather than later.

No one's bumming me today. I'm full of coffee and the joys of late Summer.

Max: Our advertising - which is the bane of my life - is always in a state of flux and we sell on a number of different ways. None of them are click throughs per se but some of them are done on page impressions instead of unique users.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:34 (six years ago) Permalink

bet that's the first time anyone's ever used the phrase "someone like Chino Moreno or Morrissey"

lil dawg (some dude), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

I'll bet Iron Maiden have said it to their manager recently: "What's all this about Metallica and Lou Reed... We should do this... Can't you get us someone like..."

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 18:44 (six years ago) Permalink

POWERSMITH

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:37 (six years ago) Permalink

this thing abt a 'social contract' still seems weird to me. if you dont like it, dont read it

D-40, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Doran - love Thequietus, really appreciate the balance between my old punk/post-punk faves and new artists. I'd gladly spend some dosh to support the site, why don't you offer up some compilation CDs or something?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Cheers dude! Much appreciated.

We're actually going to do a thing with limited run vinyl next year but we've got to wait until we can do a really good job of it.

We'd love to do an annual or a quarterly but again, we'd only do it if we could put out something really well produced.

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:32 (six years ago) Permalink

'Girlfriend In A Medieval Torture Instrument'

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Okay this is now the second thread in which we've been creating Morrissey/Maiden song titles in the last two days. Impressive ILM.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

It'll never happen. Bringing your daughter to the slaughter is death for no reason, and death for no reason is murder.

Geirge Hongriot (NickB), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Run To The Hillside Desolate

Death To False Camp (Doran), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:46 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

When did Thequietus do away with comments? Was there something that precipitated it or just an acknowledgement that they weren't very useful?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:19 (six months ago) Permalink

I just noticed that today. Maybe it's still available if you have an account? There are 56 comments for this recent article but I can't see them since I'm not logged in.

Dinsdale, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:16 (six months ago) Permalink

For good? Recently. Within the last fortnight. Nothing in particular. It was essentially left to me to moderate them and after a decade of near constant unpleasantness and tons of spam I'd just had enough.

We had a trial run a couple of years ago and I outlined the reasons for a short piece in the Guardian.

We've had a few ideas on how to improve the situation but for all the effort it's going to take I just don't see the point.

Doran, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 22:15 (six months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

maybe i don't visit often enough but this is an... odd review right?

http://thequietus.com/articles/24917-drake-scorpion-album-review

devvvine, Monday, 16 July 2018 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that is odd. Tommy Monroe's two other reviews are equally strange, not sure what the deal is

ufo, Monday, 16 July 2018 14:50 (one month ago) Permalink

bring your kid to work day was my first guess

devvvine, Monday, 16 July 2018 14:51 (one month ago) Permalink

huh...

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Monday, 16 July 2018 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

that was too harsh of me but just seems very off the house style

devvvine, Monday, 16 July 2018 15:09 (one month ago) Permalink

loool, i smell jolly japes here tbh

imago, Monday, 16 July 2018 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Terrible review. Sounds like the writer is describing a can of Pepsi they’re drinking. Absolutely tells you nothing about how it sounds or content etc

Ross, Monday, 16 July 2018 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Finally, early Pitchfork reviewing is back in vogue

PaulTMA, Monday, 16 July 2018 16:09 (one month ago) Permalink

that's a joke guys

ogmor, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:15 (one month ago) Permalink

if it's a joke, they've been playing the long con https://twitter.com/TommyMonroe_

devvvine, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Men that allow other men walk through the door first are the real gentlemen.

— T O M M Y (@TommyMonroe_) July 16, 2018

:D

imago, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Pusha T has a discography filled with lyrics about drugs. On “The Game We Play,” he gives a shoutout the drug dealers—the people behind the scenes— “the names they fade”. This song is for people like El Chapo. ”This is the drug money your ex nigga claim he made” will have many girlfriends asking their man why he isn’t making drug money. With the message behind this song, he shows respect for drug dealers, and the profession (Yes, the profession) of drug dealing.

devvvine, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i was certain it was a joke but reading through his twitter TL it really seems like a long and weird way to go for some simple-ass parody

imago, Monday, 16 July 2018 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

it would usually have to be funny to be a successful parody really

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Monday, 16 July 2018 22:08 (one month ago) Permalink

As The Quietus sometimes does Mr. Agreeable reboots it's no surprise that it's intended humour has a tendency to leave one's sides intact

PaulTMA, Monday, 16 July 2018 22:36 (one month ago) Permalink


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