I knew something bad was going to happen. After the week that we just had – SEBP winning the Choice Music Prize, nialler9 winning Best Music Blog at Saturday’s Irish Blog Awards, and music lovers being treated with the launch of State this Thursday – I was expecting some kind of bad news. Isn’t that awfully pessimistic?
So unfortunately, the bad news is that Mongrel Magazine is finishing up. I picked up the February issue on Saturday afternoon, and my inital joy at seeing this magazine which has become like an old friend to me was crushed when I read the editor’s note saying it was to be the last issue.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Mongrel for the giggles they’ve provided over the last four/five years. In particular I would like to thank Eoin Butler for writing this James Blunt review (robbed from John Cav’s blog) :
92%: James Blunt – All The Lost Souls (Atlantic)
It’s become very fashionable to dismiss James Blunt’s music out of hand, just because “You’re Beautiful” got perhaps a little bit overplayed on the radio. But if you do the guy the service of actually listening to more than one of his songs, you may realise that he is a songwriter of incredible range and ability. I’m joking. Of course I’m joking. The guy is a wibbly voiced fool and I hope a bird shits on his head. My real score is 0.01%. And even that’s being kind. Cunt.
There will be a Wake for Mongrel happening in The Sugar Club on Sunday March 23rd. It’s free in and there’ll be special musical guests. It promises to be an emotional night. Mongrel – you’ll be missed.