The Indie Artist Database – Some Seriously Sick Music Blogs – Comparisons & Contact Info – Edit #1

The info from these entries are either from Wikipedia and/or the Websites themselves. To correct any errors, give suggestions, or submit a blog, please contact me at dante@musicwithoutlabels.com I will be updating this list periodically. We want to hear your opinions of these blogs!

Listening/Artist Promotion Blogs

LIKE HOTCAKES

http://likehotcakes.net/
Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Hotcakes – Delivering freshly baked music news and tracks whipped up from every genre. Get ’em while they’re HOT.

Welcome to Hotcakes – freshly baked music news and reviews for your aural pleasure.

Hotcakes is the work of three students from England, one in Birmingham and two in Leeds, one’s who’s from London and one from Derby.

This blog is born out of a love for new music. We source all our mp3s from what is sent to us by artists, promoters, our own collections and stuff from other blogs. If you like any of the music we post here then we urge you to either buy the tracks or find other ways of supporting the bands involved.

Artist Contact:

If you want to get in touch for any reason then please do:

Email:
us@likehotcakes.net

Twitter:
twitter.com/chapperdeemus
twitter.com/iamsim
twitter.com/olliedotcom

{SAY MAYDAY}

http://saymayday.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Due to our strong convictions and habitual practices, which at times may be viewed as arrogant, sexually obsessive disruptions on this otherwise informative super-highway, we would like to stress that in no way, shape or form, do we believe in the supernatural, nor have we ever participated in any type of malevolent cultural ideology.

No animals were harmed in the creation of this sentimental experiment, nor has it been the case that the side/front sections of anybody’s breasts and/or buttocks were published knowingly. And no, sadly, we cannot promise that no one’s feelings will get hurt.

Let this be a written apology in advance — a few words to help ease the pain of some impudent act we’re likely to commit in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy what we have to offer, and remember: tell all your friends.

Sincerely,

Jordan + Matt
Say Mayday
’The Best Website in the Whole World’

Features:

Shotwell
Online, short-form documentary series on visual artists. Hustlers, grinders, makers, and independent doers are who you will find here.

Cover Me -
A music video series that blurs the line between verite and produced music video styles. Bands play broken-down versions of some of their favorite covers.

Articles
Q+As, stories, & audio interviews. The stories of the story. It all goes here.

Canvas
This is a place for artists to showcase their work. We handpick the artists we want to feature, and present their work to the world.

Artist Contact:

General Inquiries / Submissions:

info@ saymayday.Com

The Music Slut

http://themusicslut.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

General Info:

From the Site: Once upon a time, a brown-haired, hazel-eyed girl named Jen moved to Scotland in pursuit of something greater than her small life on Long Island. There she found Jamie, a Ph.D. classicist with sparkling blue eyes and a penchant for S Club 7. As their friendship grew, so did their foray into music geekery. Then one drunken summer’s eve, Jamie came up with an idea. They should bring their obsession to the world. They should start, A MUSIC BLOG and it shall be called, THE MUSIC SLUT because unlike other blogs, we wouldn’t be mired down with obscure indie snobbery, we would embrace our love of Kylie Minogue just as much as Sigur Ros.

As the pair stumbled to the local pub with their friends they discussed all that the site would be and all the music that they would inflict on the world. The pub was a local place. The kind of place where fights were not uncommon and the un-Scot was most unwelcome. The group that night consisted of two girls and five guys. Local over-the-top, middle-aged, drunk mother, Shazzy saw the odds in her favor. With the command of ‘Come on now, toots!’ the boys were one at a time dragged onto the dance-floor and

The Music Slut’s slogan was born. Later in the summer, long term German courses and extended holidays meant that The Music Slut would die for a month. So Jen’s concert-hopping-in-NYC friend Matt was called in to take over and in the end, completed the package with perfection.

Just The Three Of Us

Jen (JK) likes long walks on the beach, Queen, lemon sherbet, pints of ale, traveling anywhere and everywhere, painting, taking pictures, writing and cuddling. She’s clinically obsessed with Robbie Williams.

Matt (m) has been wearing horn-rimmed glasses long before emo was on the musical map, has an unhealthy obsession with lip balm, never turns down a free anything, won the spelling bee in second grade and wishes he had an unlimited MetroCard for life.

Jamie (Skye) is the worst kind of music snob. He’s always right.\

Artist Contact:

Do you accept music submissions?

We are always looking for new music to become obsessed with, so yes. We just ask that you not pester us, hunt us down or beg us to post about it. We have lives to lead, jobs to do and sometimes, your stuff may just not be our thing. In an effort to save bands money, and hopefully save some trees along the way, our preferred method of submission is digital. But we’re reasonable people so if you need our address, just ask.

themusicslut@gmail.com

Contact Jennifer at:
kellas@gmail.com

Event Sponsorship

In addition to writing about music at an obsessive rate, The Music Slut is an event production and marketing agency. We produce memorable events that our readers dare not miss with cutting-edge entertainment that speaks clearly to the coveted young, trend-setting demographic. Our production capabilities, promotional services and strong relationships with other media outlets result in remarkably effective promotional brand campaigns.

Digging For Days

http://diggingfordays.blogspot.com/

Uses: Listening/Band News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0.5

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Great music can get buried. I dig for it so you don’t have to.

Artist Contact:

Got a great band I need to hear? An album to review? Email me: mercury2142@yahoo.com

Jukeboxer

http://jukeboxer.wordpress.com/

Uses: Listening

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Hi. My name is Dalen, and I enjoy sharing music.

A 5 track mix will be posted each week, usually on Saturday.

Click on the artists name to visit their Last.FM page, and if you enjoy their music, please support them by purchasing their CD’s, records, tapes, and merchandise. Owning the physical product feels great, doesn’t it?

Also, each mix will be accompanied by an inspirational photograph from German photographerMatthias Heiderich. He has prints available for purchase, so go check out his site!

This site provides a promotional platform for musicians that deserve recognition. If you would like your music removed from this site, feel free to contact me, and it will be taken down immediately: jukboxr@gmail.com

take care,

Dalen

Artist Contact:

I want to hear you.

If you think I would enjoy your music, please get in touch. If I really dig it, I’ll buy the first round when I visit your city.

email: jukboxr@gmail.com

AOL Instant Messenger: elementdalen

http://www.last.fm/user/elementos

http://fairtilizer.com/users/jukeboxer/dropbox

The Music Seen

http://themusicseen.wordpress.com/

Uses: Listening

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: THE MUSIC SEEN is a place to experience, share and find good music. It is bands, their music, and their concerts, seen through the eyes of professional music lovers. Happy listening.

Artist Contact:

contact

gordon.s.griffin@gmail.com

Pretty Much Amazing

http://prettymuchamazing.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Pretty Much Amazing was started in the summer of 2007 by Luis Tovar and since then he has welcomed many other music geeks to join him in his quest to spread the love and call the bullshit that is sprinkled throughout today’s music. The average PMA reader comes in many shapes, sizes, and with many credentials, ranging from Artists and Repertoire executives, hipster DJs, and everyone in between.

In the two short years it’s been on the internet, Pretty Much Amazing has introduced a successful podcast, popular recurring columns, and commissioned popular releases.

Artist Contact:

If you want to contact me, you can do so at this address: pma dot editor atgmail dot com.

Here are the general rules:
1. If you’re going to send me music — do so by dropping your music via mydropbox.
2. If you want to send me press releases — email me
3. If you want to set up a contest — email me

Pretty Much Amazing has writers in both the Los Angeles and New York areas, if you’d like to invite us to a show, party, screening, or event — email me.

Indie Bands Blog

http://www.indiebandsblog.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: For the best indie bands around the world

Artist Contact:

Contact us

If you need any support or have a question, feedback or suggestion, you can use the form below to contact me.

If you know of a band which isn’t on the indie bands blog, let me know

http://www.indiebandsblog.com/contact-us

For the Sound

http://forthesound.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: exclusive news, videos, contests, interviews, and reviews.

Artist Contact:

Album Reviews:

If you wish to have an album reviewed please email greg.thimmes@forthesound.com for our mailing address. You can also contact anyone of our reviewers directly. Only Staff Administrators will contact you directly regarding materials to be reviewed on the site.

General Questions: Please email anyone in the Staff Administration Team

Other Reviewer Emails:

http://forthesound.com/contact

I Guess I’m Floating

http://iguessimfloating.blogspot.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Half a decade into the 21th century, two college students with a fierce passion for music and knack for writing were wandering around the edges of the Internet. In a fitting twist of fate, Connor McGlynn and Nathaniel Gravely first became acquainted with each other by way of the late Elliott Smith. Sharing live recordings Soulseek and casually chatting about the music that made them move, Nathaniel noticed Connor had just created a music website weeks before digital destiny had brought them together.

Shortly thereafter, the two joined forces and dove earfirst into the blogosphere, combining two unique writing styles and complimentary musical tastes… for some reason or another people seemed to like what IGIF was all about. Within a year of the dynamic duo’s debut, IGIF was awarded the 2006 Weblog for ‘Best Music Blog’ and hasn’t looked back since. Four years later, and with college diplomas now in their back pockets, IGIF is just starting to realize its full potential.. so stick around, a great thing is about to get even better.

Artist Contact:

The following email address is the most direct way to contact us. If you’re a label and want to add us to your contacts list, if you’re a fan and want to shoot us an email or send us a recommendation, or if you’re just looking for a general way to get in touch, please use this email address:

  • EMAIL: contact [at] iguessimfloating.net

If you’re a band wanting to submit a demo or send a few songs for us to check out, use the email address below and the mailing addresses above. We try to respond to most inquiries, but most of the time the ole inbox gets packed and we can’t get to everything. We’ll generally post something if we like it so if you’ve submitted some tunes, watch the site for an update because responses can be few and far between.

  • EMAIL: submissions [at] iguessimfloating.net

If you’re interested in advertising on IGIF or collaborating in one way or another, please use this email address:

  • EMAIL: advertise [at] iguessimfloating.net

If you’d like to be our friend on MySpace:

If you’d like to write for IGIF:

We’re currently looking for concert photo coverage and album review coverage. If you’re interested, please send samples of your work to:

  • EMAIL: contact [at] iguessimfloating.net
To get in touch with Connor:

To get in touch with Nathaniel:

Beware

http://beware-blog.com/

Uses: Listening

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Beware crossing is a French music blog, graphics, art, fashion, design, and much more.

The concept was launched in January 2009, following the initiative of a team of young creative bound by the desire to share what they love.

Daily updated, Beware is not intended for a particular age, the desire is to please the editorial readers curious and anxious to learn more about the new trends.

Beware poses a glance shifted to the new lifestyle and culture moves forward the hearts of different writers, this allows for your free and simple and accurate expression in exposed individuals.

Influences are diverse, they come from editors with advanced childhood in the years 80/90 with the birth of street culture, the arrival of HIP HOP in France, the establishment of new graphics and music trends evolving with new technologies and modes …

Beware feels good in his Jordan, and plans to grow with you.

Currently the team consists of:

Jimmy: fashion, graphic design, music, photo and graphic and especially co-founder

Marc: Music

Emilien: podcast

Lethemusicplay: podcast

Erwan : fashion, graphic design, music, photo and founder of the blog

Peter : fashion, graphic design, music, photo

Tonours : fashion, graphic design, music, photo

Alex : fashion, graphic design, music, photo

William : fashion, graphic design, music, photo

ATNS : graphics, design, photography, discovery

Adjernien : fashion, graphic design, music, photo

Want to share your opinion, you want to join the team or we propose a story idea? Then send us an email at the address below!

Sincerely, The Team!

Beware!

Artist Contact:

Contact@beware-blog.com

MadeLoud

http://www.madeloud.com/

Uses: Listening/Band News/Indie Artist Music Sales and Merch

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: MadeLoud was started by band nerds who wanted to create a way for indie musicians of all genres to have their music heard. By giving indie artists the opportunity to share their work on their terms with music lovers everywhere, MadeLoud seeks to redefine the music business by returning control of music to its rightful owners: the musicians.

MadeLoud was founded with a second goal in mind: bringing indie fans indie music without filters. Rather than a roomful of record executives spoon feeding you the music they want you to hear, MadeLoud fosters a comprehensive indie community where fans and artists can interact and support one another directly, allowing musicians to be themselves. It’s our mission to get out of the musician’s way and let them reach their fans directly.

As we continue to grow and build on what we’ve created so far, we will not compromise in our objective: fans will have the music at their fingertips, and artists will be made loud.

Artist Contact:

Contact MadeLoud

Be Loud! and do it right here! Tell us what you think about the site, suggest an original idea, or submit a question. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

You Ain’t No Picasso

http://www.youaintnopicasso.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site:  You Ain’t No Picasso was founded in November of 2004 by a bored college kid named Matt Jordan.

I never really listened to that much modern music until I was almost out of high school. When I hit college I was making up for lost time by devouring any bands I came across (messy, I know). At the time I was eager to share my discoveries and spent a lot of time sending MP3s over AIM to my friends who were also interested in music. Soon I realized that it would be a huge time saver to just update one web site and tell them to check it daily. Originally that’s all I thought it ever would be.

You Ain’t No Picasso was founded November 18 on blogspot with absolutely no ambition other than to kill some time. The first post was about Bishop Allen, which was fitting since I lifted the name of one of their unreleased songs to name my site. After months of writing for no one in particular, I realized that my site was being read by people I’d never met. It was pretty freaky, but in a completely cool way.

During my second year of college I got a concussion and decided to change majors from pre-pharmacy to undecided. After a bit of thought, I decided that writing about music was the thing I most enjoyed and followed that decision right into the school of journalism. I graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky in 2008 and am currently writing You Ain’t No Picasso and working at CD Central in Lexington, Kentucky. I write daily about any music that interests me and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Artist Contact:

To contact me about general concerns or suggest a band
Email: matt @ youaintnopicasso.com
AIM: ThatKid42

To mail me a package
You Aint No Picasso
c/o Matt Jordan
264 Lyndhurst Place Apt 3
Lexington, KY 40508

NOTE: If you send me a CD or email me an MP3, I will probably post it if I enjoy it. I rarely post on a band without an accompanying MP3 or video. So if you send me a package and don’t want certain songs posted for download, please note that in the CD package.

To contact me about advertising on You Ain’t No Picasso
Email: matt @ youaintnopicasso.com
My advertising is handled by Spin (banner/skyscraper ads) and
Blogads. I can pass you along to them, or I can give you a deal if you’re just looking for an a sidebar ad. Either way, just shoot me an email.

Gorilla vs. Bear

http://www.gorillavsbear.net/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Gorilla vs. Bear is a Texas-based music blog. Once called “the New Yorker of hipster blogs,” we blog about relevant artists of the day, with no particular genre-specific focus. Newsweekthinks we’re “influential.”

In 2008, Gorilla vs. Bear was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the web’s “Best Music Blogs” in the publication’s annualBest of Rock issue. GvsB was also voted “Blog of the Year” in URB Magazine’s annual readers poll, beating out such luminaries as Kanye West and the Huffington Post. In 2009, GvsB was named one of the “25 Best Music Websites” by The Independent UK, alongside famous weblogs eMusic, the Hype Machine, Pitchfork, and Kanye West.

In addition, Gorilla vs. Bear hosts an award-winning weekly 2 hour show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and frequently presents live shows in Dallas, Austin, and beyond. We enjoy documenting our favorite artists via various antiquated photographic media, prompting the Village Voice to proclaim, “Gorilla vs Bear may have the Polaroid mugshot game on Kryptonite lock.

A member of BUZZ MEDIA Music, a Division of BUZZ MEDIA. BUZZ MEDIA is the web’s fastest growing entertainment publisher reaching more than 50MM monthly pop culture, music and celebrity enthusiasts worldwide. Its influential and authentic social media properties afford brand advertisers unique access to impassioned and engaged audiences through a blend of professional editorial, expert opinion, user contributions and customized marketing solutions.

Artist Contact:

Chris Cantalini | Dallas, TX
Founder/Editor
chris@gorillavsbear.net // Forest Family Records

David Bartholow | Dallas, TX
Creative Director
dsbartholow@gmail.com // dbartholow.com

Indie Music Filter

http://indiemusicfilter.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 3

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: A Toronto-based music blog since 2006. Budd’s semi regular rants about music

Reach: Unknown

Artist Contact:

Mailing Address:

Indie Music Filter / Chris Budd

700 – 1881 Yonge Street

Toronto ON  M4S 3C4

Canada

E-mail:

chris at indiemusicfilter dot com (don’t send mp3′s, send links to download mp3′s)

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511573689

Getting Your Music To Me:

-try an e-mail with a myspace link, a little bio on you, links to videos, and links to stream/download your best songs.

-I prefer getting albums digitally.  Try yousendit.

PLEASE DON’T:

-e-mail me more than one mp3 in an e-mail

-get mad at me because you never heard back from me.  I get a ton of e-mail, which all of it I check.  But chances are if you haven’t heard from me or see a review of your music, its probably not my thing.

StereoGum

http://Stereogum.com

Uses: Listening/News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Wiki: Stereo Gum was one of the first MP3 blogs and remains the leading online community for independent and alternative music news, downloads, and videos. Its audience includes passionate music fans, industry folks, and household names like Kanye West, Ben Gibbard, and Ryan Adams. Stereogum regularly features unknown artists who go on to become mainstream sensations such as Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, and Fleet Foxes. Cited for its commentary and band discovery everywhere from The New Yorker to FOX News, Stereogum’s awards and distinguished mentions include the Plug Award for best music blog, Blender’s Most Influential People in Online Music, and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Music Website.

In November 2007, it was purchased by BUZZMedia. April 2008 saw the launch of Videogum, a sister site focused on television, movies, and Web videos.

Artist Contact:

GOT A TIP?
Fill us in on the latest news and gossip at tips@stereogum.com.

GOT A BAND?
Will we listen to your music? Maybe! You may e-mail a link (no attachments!) to submissions@stereogum.com.

Pitchfork

http://pitchfork.com/

Uses: Listening/News

Genre info: Wide Range – indie rock, electronic, pop, hip hop, dance, folk, jazz, metal, and experimental music

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Since 1996, Pitchfork Media has been the leading voice in independent music, developing a fiercely loyal audience of more than 1.9 million unique visitors each month—with a nearly 30% increase in visits each year.

General Info:

From Wiki: Pitchfork Media, usually known simply as Pitchfork, is a Chicago-based daily Internet publication devoted to music criticism and commentary, music news, and artist interviews.

The site, which was established in 1995, concentrates on new music, but Pitchfork journalists also review reissued albums and box sets. The site has published “best-of” lists–such as the best albums of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, and the best songs of the 1960s and 2000s–as well as annual features detailing the best singles and albums of each year since 1999.

From the Site: In 2008, Pitchfork launched Pitchfork.tv, the first online music video channel dedicated to documenting independent music as it happens, published its first book, with Simon & Schuster, curated the 2008 ATP Music Festival, and created partnerships with The FADER, the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and 2K Sports.

In 2010, Pitchfork will host the annual Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which each year features more than 40 artists and attracts 50,000 fans from 45 states and 11 countries. Pitchfork will also again curate a stage at the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain and host its annual hotly anticipated party at SXSW in Austin.

Pitchfork has also released something it calls P.O.V. Concert Series, where users can switch between 6 different camera angles when watch a live or taped band performance.

Artist Contact:

Q: How do I send a record to you for review?
A: Send it to the Pitchfork office address, 2035 W. Wabansia 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60647
Attn: Scott Plagenhoef

Q: How do I get in touch with the Pitchfork Music Festival?
A: Email press@pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Q: Where should I send a press release?
A: Email news@pitchfork.com

Q: I took awesome photos at an awesome show last night. Would you like to post them on Pitchfork?
A: Email Tyler Grisham at grisham@pitchfork.com

Q: How do I get in touch with Pitchfork.tv?
A: Email RJ Bentler at rj@pitchfork.com

Artist Resource Blogs

Create Digital Music

http://createdigitalmusic.com/

Uses: Digital Music Creation & “the development of the latest products, technologies, and trends that surround how music is produced, performed, and shared.”

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Genre Info: Wide Range

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Create Digital Music is an online magazine and community for musicians using technology. Publishing since 2005, we cover the development of the latest products, technologies, and trends that surround how music is produced, performed, and shared. That coverage is produced as it happens, with input from technology leaders and the help of our reader community. We cover how to make the most of digital music technology on computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux), game platforms, mobile devices, electronic hardware, and DIY and handmade inventions, and examine the work of the artists and inventors who explore digital media.

Create Digital Music is the creation of editor-in-chief PETER KIRN, a composer/musician, media artist, educator, and technology journalist. He now leads a staff of regular contributors.

Artist Contact:

We’d love to hear from you, whether you want to send a news tip, pass along a press release for new products, send rants or raves, or ask about advertising, please email editor[at]createdigitalmusic[dot]com.
Because of high volume, we can’t respond to all emails, but we’ll do our best.

http://createdigitalmusic.com/contact/

The Music Void

http://www.themusicvoid.com/

Uses: Industry News

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site:

About The Music Void

The Music Void brand encompasses three separate businesses which serve distinct areas within the music business:

The Music Void (TMV)
The Music Void is one of the music industry’s leading sources for music industry opinions, insights and interviews. Through its team of star and regular Contributors it provides some of the most incisive information on the complexities of the music industry to be found online. Visit our main site (www.themusicvoid.com), or catch us on Facebook or LinkedIn or track us via Twitter (
http://twitter.com/themusicvoid).

(London, UK) Thursday, 16th July, 2009.

Leading music industry blog The Music Void (www.themusicvoid.com) has today announced that four leading music industry figures have joined as regular columnists on its newly re-designed website.

As of this week, The Music Void will publish new and original features by four of the music industry’s most observant minds; Ted Cohen (formerly EMI, Warner), Angel Gambino (formerly Bebo, MTV), Fraser Neilson (All Response Media) and Wayne Rosso (formerly Mashboxx, Grokster). The site re-design has been completed by online, social and ad serving solutions outfit YouBloomServices (www.youbloomservices.com) in order to feature the new columnists and to accommodate TMV’s ever-growing mix of exclusive written and video content.

TMV Founder Jakomi Mathews stated; “We began The Music Void to produce the type of thought-provoking opinion and analysis that has generally been found lacking in our industry. The addition of Ted, Angel, Fraser and Wayne not only reflects our wish-list of A-List industry contributors but also signals the beginning of a bold new phase for the blog. For anyone seeking original insights into a sector that has consistently proven to be controversial, innovative and at times exasperating, we feel that we’re now well on track to offering a destination site that is truly indispensable.

TMV’s new featured columns are as follows:

Digital Diatribes’ with Ted Cohen
As a 30-year industry veteran, Ted has led the digital industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models. In his previous role as SVP Digital Development & Distribution for EMI Music, Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this “big four” record company. Cohen has also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media and has served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas. Ted currently chairs international music conference MidemNet. For The Music Void, Ted will be sharing his thoughts and opinions on the ever-changing landscape of the music business.

Angel’s Investors’ with Angel Gambino
Recently, Angel held the position of Global VP, Music & Content at social networking giant Bebo, where she was responsible for global music strategy, product and partnerships. Previously, she was VP, Commercial, Strategy & Digital Media for MTV Networks where she oversaw MTVN’s strategy & P&L across the company’s 11- channel portfolio of MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Paramount Comedy brands. Prior to MTVN, Angel was Controller, Business Development & Emerging Platforms at the BBC. For The Music Void, Angel will be reviewing and analysing the music-related investments and start-ups that will help to shape the future of the industry.

Media Monitor’ with Fraser Neilson
Fraser is a Board Director at All Response Media and an expert in customer acquisition advertising, both on and offline. He is responsible for strategic development and overall management of clients at the agency and is still surprised that no record label has built a proper marketing ‘funnel’ for their artists and used the techniques of direct marketing to optimum effect. His experience in media planning and buying for entertainment clients has taken him from Dotmusic.com, the original UK music site and Europe’s biggest music site back in 1999, to Lovefilm.com who are now Europe’s leading online DVD rental site. For The Music Void, Fraser will be writing about the opportunities currently in the advertising industry, and how music companies can capitalise on these.

Wayne’s World’ with Wayne Rosso
Wayne spent most of his career as an independent public relations and marketing professional in Los Angeles and New York City and was instrumental in the careers of such recording artists as The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac and Branford Marsalis. In September of 2004 he founded Mashboxx, the first open file sharing application to be authorized by the major recording labels. In September of 2002 he signed on as President of Grokster, and subsequently served as CEO of Optisoft, S.L. of Madrid, Spain (publishers of Blubster and Piolet). For The Music Void, Wayne will be bringing his years of experience to bear with incisive and often controversial opinions about the core issues affecting the music industry.

The new columns complement existing posts by TMV’s regular Contributors as well as its many exclusive video interviews with leading figures in the music sector. Visit: http://www.themusicvoid.com.

Music Void Events (MVE)
MVE stages interactive events with a particular focus on the digital music space. Events combine unique Key Notes/Conference days with “labs”, where a limited group of applicant companies and projects get intensive input from some of the leading minds in the digital music space. Current events include ‘Sounds Digital’, to be held in November 6 – 8th, 2009 in London.

Music Void Management (MVM)
MVM delivers professional management services to artists and producers seeking to advance their careers in the music business. Services range from marketing, label relations and recording through to touring and publishing support. Our current roster includes UK band EastStrikeWest (www.myspace.com/eaststrikewestband) and re-known producers Don Dixon (www.dondixonmusic.com) and Chris Brown (www.brownsound.net).

Contact:

Please direct media & syndication enquiries to:
Chris McLellan – Partner & Contributor, The Music Void
 Limited
Email: chris@themusicvoid.com
Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 438 777
Skype: cmclella

http://www.themusicvoid.com/contact/

Digital Music News

http://digitalmusicnews.com/

Uses: Industry News

Genre Info: NA

Ad Annoyingness: 1

Reach:  “tens of thousands of industry executives.”

General Info:

From the Site: Digital Music News is the premier news and information authority for music industry and technology executives worldwide.  Our audience is comprised of highly-targeted decision-makers from every segment of the business, spanning major labels to garage start-ups.

The cornerstone of Digital Music News is the Daily Snapshot, a morning email briefing sent to tens of thousands of industry executives.  We are also widely read throughout the day on RSS feeds, Twitter, and digitalmusicnews.com.

The Digital Music News publisher and founder is Paul Resnikoff.  All articles are written by Resnikoff and news analyst Alexandra Osorio. Steve Hindle oversees backend systems and engineering initiatives, and Rochell Abonalla manages administrative aspects. The company is based in Los Angeles.  More on the team here.

Contact:

Please contact us at:

Digital Music News

1158 26th Street, Ste. 206

Santa Monica, CA 90403

news@digitalmusicnews.com

Audiotuts+

http://audio.tutsplus.com/

Uses: Music Creation Tutorials – Learn “techniques to record, produce, mix and master tracks.”

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 2

Reach: Uknown

General Info:

From the Site: Audiotuts+ is a blog for musicians, producers and audio junkies! We feature tutorials on the tools and techniques to record, produce, mix and master tracks. We also feature weekly articles for the music obsessive. Our commisisoned tutorials are written by industry experts and professionals, but anyone with an awesome skill to showcase can contribute a post and we’ll pay $150 if we publish it. You can learn about the submission process on our Write a Tutorial page.

Artist Contact:

Get in Touch: http://tutsplus.com/about/contact-us/

Hypebot, Music Think Tank & MTT Open

http://www.musicthinktank.com/

http://hypebot.com/

Uses: Music Industry/Marketing News/Listening

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness:

MTT: 0

Hypebot: 2

Reach:

MTT is currently generating over 25,000 unique visitors per month (12/2009).

Hypebot is read daily by more than 10,000 music industry professionalsincluding executives and senior staff of music related tech firms, internet based music sites, every major label group and most indies as well as many managers, artists and members of the live music community:

Compare these stats to our competition:

  • 9850+ subscribe to Hypebot’s RSS feed
  • 7000 + follow Hypebot via Twitter
  • 2300+ subscribe via email
  • 45,000+ unique visitors monthly
  • 50 – 60% more traffic than our closest competitor

General Info:

From the Music Think Tank Site: Anyone can contribute relevant articles to Music Think Tank.  Begin by signing up and then logging in to publish your posts directly to MTT Open; popular articles are occasionally moved to the front of the site. Contributors own and operate this blog (more info).  Founded March 4th, 2008.  Interested sponsors: please review our stats prior to contacting us.

Radio: http://www.musicthinktank.com/mtt-radio/

From Hypebot:  “music. technology. the new music business.”

B.C. Houghton

Founder and President of booking agency Skyline Music

> Blogging daily on the new music business and tech @ Hypebot.com

> Skyline Consultancy: Select music industry & technology consulting. Current clients include Bandzoogle.com and Band Metrics.

> Serve on the Advisory Board Of Band Metrics

> Serve on Visionary Committee of MidemNet

More on MTT Contributor Ownership:

After a little more than a year in existence, here’s the proposed ownership structure for Music Think Tank. Please feel free to weigh in.

The goal of this structure is to attract smart music industry thinkers and writers that want to build a brand with a group of like-minded individuals.

Sometime this summer or sooner, we will announce the formal ownership structure.

Here are the proposed equity splits:

MTT managers acquire 5% percentage points per year, maxing out at 15% (total) per manager.

  • After year one – Bruce Warila owns 5% of MTT and Andrew Dubber owns 5% of MTT.
  • Managers will continue to earn in over years two and three.
  • Managers equity is non-dilutable.


All the authors combined acquire 10% percentage points per year.

  • Only the top 33% of authors (in a year) can acquire these percentage points.
  • Managers can also be authors and share in this pool.
  • Top’ is defined by authors that generate the most unique visitors and comments per year.
  • Traffic is counted using Google Analytics, comments are just counted.
  • Any author with more than three posts to MTT can obtain access to our Google Analytics account.
  • The author’s 10% is carved up by the percentage of the traffic and comments generated over (divided by) all traffic and comments generated during the same time period.
  • Traffic generated by images (via Google image search) is not counted.
  • Traffic that does not directly hit author’s posts (for example, the home page) is not counted.
  • Posts are excerpted after 72 hours of standing open on the home page (excerpting may increase the count).
  • The year is tallied from May 1st to May 1st.
  • The ownership schedule will be posted by August 1st each year.


After year one, 20% of the MTT equity has been allocated. 80% of the MTT equity is still up for grabs.

MTT is currently generating over 25,000 unique visitors per month (12/2009).
Someday MTT may take on sponsors or find other ways to compensate owners for their investment. Right now, MTT is not pursuing revenue.

If you would like to post on Music Think Tank, please start by signing yourself up to post onMTT Open.

Artist Contact:

ANYONE WITH ANYTHING THAT RESEMBLES A PRESS RELEASE Simplyclick here to publish your own press releases and announcements directly to Music Think Tank.

Contact Music Think Tank:

http://www.musicthinktank.com/contact/

Hypebot Contact: bchoughton@gmail.com

Chalkmaze

http://chalkmaze.com/

Uses: Music Creation Tools, VST Plug-ins, Instruments, Music Tool Resource, Gear Info

Genre Info: Wide Range

Ad Annoyingness: 0

Reach: Unknown

General Info:

From the Site: Welcome!

I urge you to explore older posts, as I try to only post interesting things that are usually worth revisiting.

Artist Contact:

Unknown


Corrections/Updates/Suggestions

– Please send to dante@musicwithoutlabels.com

Note – A lot of these blogs have blog roles which lead to a lot of other amazing music blogs..so if you’re looking for more, that’s a good place to start.

If you know of an awesome music blog that you think should be in this database, submit it to me or do the overview yourself and follow this format:

Uses:

Genre Info:

Ad Annoyingness:

Reach:

General Info:

Artist Contact:

– Ad Annoyingness Scale –

0 – Not Present

.5 – Present but not very noticable

1 – Present but non-obtrusive

2 – Present but mostly relevant

3 – Present and slightly annoying

4 – Present and very annoying

5 – Unbearable

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One response to “The Indie Artist Database – Some Seriously Sick Music Blogs – Comparisons & Contact Info – Edit #1

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