Ragged is the mini-magazine that Filter puts out under the support of American Rag, a clothing line that only can be found at Macyâ€™s. Although, neither me nor the fiancÃ© have ever found any American Rag clothing ever over at Macyâ€™s. This issue of the magazine skillfully blends established acts (Q-Tip, Thrice, Kate Nash) with up and coming acts (Monte Negro, Gran Ronde, and Grand Ole Party). Furthermore, they do this mix-up in the course of one piece, with â€œFlippinâ€™ Discâ€, a listing of the albums that were influential in creating The Switchesâ€™ unique sound. The act ultimately chooses such standards as Guns N Roses, The Stranglers, The Beatles, and Ben Folds Five.
The magazine is free, it is in brilliant full color, and aside for a few pages in this issue, it is completely devoid of any advertisements. It is thus okay if the interviews, such as the ones conducted with both Q-Tip and Kate Nash, are a little on the short side. For subsequent issues of Ragged, I would personally like to see more variation in terms of the interviews. While there are lists of different things (albums, Gran Rondeâ€™s favorites), I would like to see the interviews broken up in different ways, or some articles be feature pieces rather than interviews. Overall, this magazine will get individuals discussing a number of new bands, and thatâ€™s always a good thing. If you can make it out to a Macyâ€™s, it should behoove you to pick up a copy of this issue of Ragged, or whatever is on the market at this time.