Over the weekend, I heard via one of the music crit listserves I’m on that San Francisco’s Arthur Magazine was calling it quits. The rumor was, that after four years of print excellence, they’d simply run out of funds.
I love Arthur, and not just for its coverage of freaky music. The rag seemed to recognize a gestalt in today’s fringe culture, with cross-pollinated coverage of psychedelics, modern shamanism, magick, media and activism. Plus Thurston Moore did CD reviews.
This morning, PitchforkMedia corroborated the news of the paper’s demise.
However, I now find out that the obituary may have been premature. The ever-knowledgeable blog Idolator reports on a rift between editor Jay Babcock and publisher Larry Kreslins over financing, which has put Arthur on "indefinite hiatus."
No word on whether or not Babcock will continue with the organization once they return. And in what form, I wonder?
In case you missed it, Here’s Babcock taking the frontman for Godsmack to task over the band’s ties to military recruitment efforts.
And an L.A. Times article about the shutdown kerfluffle.
Better rush down to Pure Pop and scoop up those last copies, if there are any…