- Jan. 28, 2020
-- The new issue of Music Street Journal marks the 22nd Anniversary of the first issue of the publication, but it also brings a new dimension to MSJ's music coverage. Two videos released on the Music Street Journal YouTube channel provide additional content for two of the reviews in the issue. The intent with those (and going forward) is to provide a means to properly showcase elements that aren't easily conveyed in print. Going forward there will be more such videos, along with some exclusive videos for items (for instance music merchandise)
that really can't be captured well in print. The MSJ YouTube channel lives at: youtube.com/
The first issue of Music Street Journal was published on February 1st, 1998. Over the years Music Street Journal has gone from a zine delivered via email as Microsoft Word document to a website and eventually (officially on January 28th, 2018) to a print publication (available as paperback and hardcover book) with an online version. The print edition includes exclusive content not available on the web version (for the new issue that is a "best of 2019" list from the contributors, and now the video reviews present another angle to Music Street Journal's brand of reviews and interviews. The online edition of Music Street Journal can be found at musicstreetjournal.com. All articles ever published at the site are available sorted by artist and issue via text links at the top of the page.
In 2019 Music Street Journal launched "Music Street Journal Local: Rockford Area Music Makers." To date, five volumes have been released with a sixth currently in the works. The books are based primarily around photos (most by Eric Meli), but there is historical information on each artist covered. Each book features four artists from the Rockford, Illinois area. The artists featured in the books released thus far have been: The Attitudes, Audiodrive, Cheater, Clark Colborn, Dark Sun, Krushing Daffodils, Let Fate Decide, ModiFiRe, Name the Moon, 99 Proof Devils, On My Six. Point Zero 8, Pulse18, Rat Baxter, Red-Ball-Jet, RIPT, Shifty Shafer, The Stevee Nix, Sunset Strip. and, Sweet Lucy.