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lights out.

Readers and friends,

It’s been a fun ride. Effective immediately, bagatellen is permanently closing shop. What started as a joint music blog in early 2003 quickly grew into a community, so it’s saddening to have to put it to rest. Looking back over the archives in recent months, it’s been amazing to consider the wealth of content and information in these pages. Nobody’s crazy about the idea of letting it bleed out, so Derek and I have decided to maintain the pages at this address until, well, for a long time.

Comments (and registration to do so) will remain open unless policing becomes a necessity. No reason not to retain that function at this point.

Finally, I want to extend a huge thanks to the contributors over the year, whose dedication, patience, and friendship have been immense.

Brian Marley
Brian Olewnick
Clifford Allen
Dan Warburton
David Jones
Derek Taylor
Dominic Fragman
Ed Howard
Jason Bivins
Joe Milazzo
Marc Medwin
Massimo Ricci
Maxim Micheliov
Michael Anton Parker
Michael Schaumann
Mike Wood
Moné Peterson
Nat Catchpole
Nate Dorward
Nirav Soni
Patrick Farmer
Paul Baran
Phil Freeman
Richard Pinnell
Tom Djll
Tom Sękowski
Walter Horn

and to all the musicians who made “listen” such a rewarding and stimulating project.



10 comments for “lights out.”

  1. R.I.P.

    Thanks for all the good work.

    Posted by robert | November 25, 2009, 4:32 pm
  2. Fun ride indeed!! It’s been a blast! I just want to add my copious gratitude to Al’s in a shout out to all the contributors/readers/musicians/labels over the years. This place was and is what we all made it.

    I’ve been persona in absentia for awhile now due to obligations personal & professional, but have a plan set to hatch soon on some new digs. Details forthcoming. Thanks again!

    Posted by derek | November 25, 2009, 5:00 pm
  3. I’m still very grateful I had an opportunity to be associated with this publication. It was ahead of its time in 2003, IMO, and I doubt it will ever lack relevance.

    Thank you.

    Joe Milazzo

    Posted by joe | November 27, 2009, 12:12 pm
  4. I’m proud of having been a contributor to Bags, and believe me when I tell you that my heart bleeds for this closure.

    Thanks everybody,


    Posted by Massimo Ricci | November 27, 2009, 3:53 pm
  5. i knew this was probably coming but i’m still so sad to hear that it’s really true. thanks to you all for all your hard work and everything you did to make this community (because, yeah, that’s what it was) a reality. love ya, bags!

    Posted by vanessa rossetto | November 27, 2009, 4:50 pm
  6. Sad news indeed, but maybe its better to leave things be for a while and see if Al can be dragged back in a year or two from his far more important duties elsewhere…

    Thanks to all for this place, it was the first music related website I ever commented at. Important for me.

    Posted by RPinnell | November 28, 2009, 8:35 am
  7. For some years Bags was my #1 stop on the internets. I’m proud to have been a contributor and provocateur and a bit put out that I’m not mentioned in the list of contributors.

    A parting shot! Let’s fight about it, for old time’s sake!

    Posted by djll | December 1, 2009, 12:23 am
  8. Many pleasurable and irked hours spent here, the ‘ol flagship for musical matters substantive and silly. Way to go, Al and Derek, maintaining this site for so long. The attrition was organic and perdictable-people have lives (!), and need to be tending other fires.

    Tom, it’s not personal, I contributed too and I am not on that list. Brian O. was the hardest working new music reviewer. Special mention of the improbably odd contributions of MAP, whose diligent detailing of very private obsessions were a hoot.

    Posted by Jesse | December 1, 2009, 3:13 am
  9. *Perdictable*= predictable.

    Posted by Jesse | December 1, 2009, 3:14 am
  10. It is disheartening to see Bags completely shut down since it has inspired more discussion about the kind of music reviewed here than most other places I can think of. When once asked during a music festival discussion forum, what I thought the future of music journalism would be, I cited Bagatellen as a hopeful example. For me to say Al Jones, a highly valued supporter, enthusiast and ally of and/OAR (and the new either/OAR division), will be greatly missed is a huge understatement.

    Posted by andOAR | December 2, 2009, 2:15 pm

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