If you're a longtime FADER reader and remember being bummed out around the beginning of 2007 after reading our bit about UK-based magazine Stool Pigeon and not being able find it anywhere, you're now in luck. New issues of Stool Pigeon are on the internet for free! So yes, that means you can scrutinize the Dizzee Rascal cover where he looks way older than he actually is, and yeah you can read another awesomely standoffish interview/story on Joker, all from the comfort of your own home. After the jump, read Will Welch's bit from FADER #43 to see what all the fuss is about.
Everyone hates on the NME, but good people, that thing comes out fifty-two times a year. I can’t even imagine putting out a weekly music magazine—that means you have to cover everyone who ever got an abstract haircut and a keytar. Which is why I was psyched/relieved/intrigued when intrepid photographer Michael Schmelling alerted me to the existence of an excellent five-times-a-year, London-based newsprint music rag known as The Stool Pigeon. The Pigeon brilliantly asks all the wrong questions of everyone from Beck to Aaron LaCrate to Bonnie “Prince” Billy, getting completely sonned in interviews and sharing every painful minute of it, making our favorite assholes seem like assholes and our favorite rock icons seem like, well, the “regular dudes” they are. So while there’s no sense in hating the NME, I wouldn’t actually recommend that anyone read it either, especially now that the mighty Pigeon has landed, its entertaining and overbearing self-consciousness fully intact. -Will Welch