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The Quietus , July 1st, 2020 10:24

Support our work and get a host of perks!

Over the past few years, tQ has been kept afloat thanks to our subscribers who receive exclusive editorial, podcasts, playlists and music releases for their generous support. You can find more details on all that here and via the full list below, and you can sign up to be a subscriber here. As we move into the third decade of the 21st century, we're going to be ever more reliant on direct support from you to continue bringing you the best in culture and Black Sky Thinking. All our exclusive subscriber content can be found on the Low Culture page on our website, which you can check out here. Find out about what our subscribers have been sent over the past few years below. There's also a checkout at the foot of this article so you can sign up directly from tQ.

Low Culture:
The Low Culture Essay

Each month we ask our favourite writers to expound and enthuse at length about a cultural artefact that they love, feel has been neglected, or has a aspect to it that is under-regarded. Here are the 35 essays we've run thus far, running to tens of thousands of words – by subscribing, you essentially get a book-length anthology of some of the best contemporary writers around on a crackers array of culture. Get all this by signing up to the Low Culture or Sound & Vision tiers here

Travis Elborough on Ian Nairn, Harry Sword on the Flashman novels, Paul Burston on David Bowie’s Baal, Audrey Golden on lost Factory film The Mad Fuckers, Jennifer Lucy Allan on the rave episode of Inspector Morse, Roy Wilkinson on Motörhead’s Bomber sleeve, Wendy Erskine on Rod Stewart’s ‘Hot Legs’ video, Joel McIver on Dredd, Michael Hann on Slade, Adelle Stripe on Julian Cope’s The Modern Antiquarian, Ryan Diduck on The Larry Sanders Show, Stephanie Phillips on Reeling With PJ Harvey, Andrew Mueller on Fatima Mansions' Lost In The Former West, Tara Joshi on Disney’s A Goofy Movie, Luke Turner on Dad’s Army, Emma Garland on Satellite City, Eliza Clark on Crusader Kings 3, Fergal Kinney on the BBC’s Manchester Passion, Mat Colegate on sword and sorcery films, Mike Jay on James S Lee’s drug memoir Underworld Of The East, Joy White on archiving grime, JR Moores on Dean and Gene Ween as the weirdo Lennon and McCartney, Sophie Robinson on what the X-Files taught her about love, Jeremy Allen on Arthur Brown, the god of hellfire, Tom Howells on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall And River Cottage, Paul Flynn on Hi-NRG, Daniel Spicer on Elvis Presley’s ‘Way Down’, Kat Lister on the Olivetti typewriter, David Keenan on Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World, Oobah Butler on Christian Jankowski, Richard Foster on the wyrd history of Accrington Stanley FC, Daniel Dylan Wray on John Cale, Noel Gardner on Viz, Megan Nolan on Billy Joel’s The Stranger, Darran Anderson on kids TV show Knightmare,

Top tiers perk:
The Low Culture Podcast

The monthly podcast has evolved over the past three years, from having a guest to discuss a record, film or book that they love, to tQ's editors Luke and John picking something that has that strange, intangible whiff of being very Quietus. We've opened it up lately too, asking our subscribers to pick subjects that they should talk about. New subscribers have hours of listening to catch up on with the following episodes all available from your local podcast provider. Get all this by signing up to the Low Culture or Sound & Vision tiers here

An OMD special, The Decline & Fall of Western Civilisation – The Metal Years, BBC horror The Stone Tape, The Heart of the Congos, Jo Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears, The Cure’s Disintegration vs Pornography, Chris Watson’s El Tren Fantasma, Enys Men and psychedelic light shows, Andor and guernsey jumpers, Diamanda Galás and the modern green funeral, Time Team and Escape from Colditz, Edward George on Whitney Houston, Gazelle Twin on the Enfield poltergeist, Lias Saoudi on Legends of the Fall, Jane Weaver on Gerry Rafferty, Natalie Sharp on Fun House, AGF on German rock group Silly, Mark Fell on Walkabout, Alli Logout of Special Interest on Velvet Goldmine, Nicky Wire on Echo & The Bunnymen, Jeanie Finlay on Lola Motes, Colin Newman on Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard / A True Star, Dale Cornish on Soft Cell’s This Last Night In Sodom, Max Porter on Hamlet Gonashvili, Mariam Rezaei on turntablism, Nadine Shah on Robert Palmer, John Higgs on Iron Maiden’s Eddie The Head, Shirley Collins on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tariq Goddard on The Sisters of Mercy,

Top tiers perk:
Organic Intelligence

Introduced as a new perk a couple of years ago, Organic Intelligence is our antidote to the algorithm. Instead of relying on the vagaries of AI to send us new music, we prefer to rely on the experience and expertise of our writers and friends, which is where this newsletter comes in. Every month, our Low Culture and Sound & Vision subscribers get sent this guide to a niche scene, movement, genre or place, with text accompanied by playlists and Bandcamp or YT links so you can listen as you read. See below for the subjects covered thus far. Get all this by signing up to the Low Culture or Sound & Vision tiers here

Magic Realism In Polish Experimental Music, Scottish avant-jazz and improvised music, Fox chases in Transatlantic folk music, Eindhoven’s post punk scene, mid-90s tech-step, Japanese ambient for retail environments, seafaring songs, the joy of avant-banjo, Italian prog of the 1970s, music made on household objects, the golden age of South London hip hop, Lisbon’s tarraxo scene, French dystopian sci-fi bangers, the Swiss underground, when rock went to the disco, French rap[ meets 2=Step, Bill Brewster’s Balearic sounds of Scandinavia, Post-Tito Yugoslavian pop, Iranian pop on Caltex records, Latvian cosmic pop, global Christmas, wonky techno, UK breakcore, Swedish prog.

Top tiers perk:

Every four weeks or so our Low Culture and Sound & Vision subscribers are sent Spotify, TIDAL and Apple Music playlists of all the new music we've been covering that past months. These are pretty epic affairs and a real guide to where are noses are pointing at every given time. Our subscribers also get sent a giant playlist to go with our annual end of year chart, there for you to delve into for months ahead. Anyone signing up now will have weeks of new music to catch up on, which ought to keep you busy until our next end of year chart comes around. Get all this by signing up to the Low Culture or Sound & Vision tiers here

Sound & Vision:
Exclusive music, every month

Anyone who has been a member of our premium Sound & Vision tier throughout the past three years will now have more than 24 hours worth of music by some of tQ's favourite artists resting in their digital music collections. This is in addition to all of the playlists, newsletters, podcasts and essays outlined above. What's more, there's an added bonus for our Sound & Vision subscribers in knowing that they're helping to fund artists from the fringes of culture – all musicians are paid thanks to the generous support of our friends at state51. When you sign up to the Sound & Vision tier you'll be sent the three 'current' releases (don't worry, they never self-destruct and are yours forever), and anyone tempted to join can still read the interviews about the projects and get an idea of the artists involved via the interviews we did to go with each release below. Get all this by signing up to the Sound & Vision tier here.

Vanishing. Senyawa, Sex Swing, Polypores, MXLX, UKAEA, Oh Baby with Kelly Stoltz, Slow Tree, Petbrick, Sly & The Family Drone, Laura Cannell and Laurie Goldston, Wacław Zimpel, Vanishing Twin, Hey Colossus, Jo Bevan, Ghold, 75 Dollar Bill, Teleplasmiste, Teleplasmiste, Slavish Amini, Roger Robinson with Richard Skelton, Alison Cotton, Better Corners, Nik Void and Alexander Tucker, VÄLVE, JK Flesh vs GNOD, Sleaford Mods.

First tier:
Cover Price
Lots of us used to spend a few quid a month on our favourite music magazines and the first tier of tQ’s new subs system is our version of this – our glorious readers kindly donate some of their hard-earned to enable us to carry on. There are no perks bar the palpable joy that you’ll feel in continuing to support the best writing there is on music and culture.

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Thanks again, and we hope you enjoy the perks we'll be sending you in the coming years.