The week the Rolling Stone Liz Phair cover hit the stands and her wonderful new album came out, The Village Voice Rockbeat column had a little blurb on the aforementioned cover. It seems that Rolling Stone’s arch-rival Spin had a cover story all ready, but when Rolling Stone demanded exclusivity she dropped Spin like a plutonium potato. Naturally, Spin got all pissy and immediately cancelled a favorable review of Whip-Smart, which is the only thing about the whole episode that rubs me raw: is their record review policy dictated by their features department? I guess that most ‘zines are, cos obviously they’re gonna feature who they like, not what sells. Right? Right? Just something to think about.