They're also smart..from day one they've kept the vast majority of their content off-line, so if you want to read a feature or review, you have to buy the magazine or have a subscription to it (or thumb through it at the newsstand)--they didn't eliminate one of their key sources of income like so many other print outlets. Having said that, picking it up in the US is costly, $10 an issue (though you get a CD of music relating to a theme or band). They just started offering subscriptions in America, which I may do, as I will end up saving some cash: $80 vs. $120.
The latest issue of MOJO (Februrary 2010) has several ska-related items...
- Madness' Chas Smash is working on a dubstep album called Chas Smash's HiFi Sounds of the New Boss.
- MOJO's "Time Machine" feature--this month in 1964--notes that on February 8, Blue Beat co-owner Siggy Jackson was quoted talking about the reasons why he started issuing releases from Jamaican artists like Laurel Aitken and Derrick Morgan--plus two of the top-selling Blue Beat singles in London are Prince Buster's "Madness" and The Folks Brothers' "Carolina."
- Pressure Sounds' reissue of King Tubby & The Clancy Eccles All Stars' Sound System International Dub LP is reviewed and receives four stars.
- A feature on The Ruts DC's one record (Animal Now) recorded after their lead singer Malcolm Owen overdosed on heroin, notes that the band had backed Laurel Aitken for a spell in 1980.
- And you should check out the amazing excerpt of the new bio of Ian Dury by Will Birch (titled "Ian Dury: The Definitive Biography") simply because it's a good read.