This has been on my mind for the past few months, and I feel like it's time to say/do it. When I first started the label, I was wondering what would happen to this music blog. I didn't want to end it, but things have certainly slowed down from here. Before going any further, I am not planning on ending the blog.
I am removing certain things from it. Mainly, I do not want to post signed bands on here anymore. I know that most of you look forward to the big ones, like the new Glocca Morra, Dikembe, Restorations or the latest Topshelf release. I offer all of my SIGD Records releases for free digitally, but many other labels do not. This is their decision, and I understand it. I also know, that any half wit can find an album they really want, but in the end, it's a matter of principle. I like the people from labels like Tiny Engines and Topshelf; some of them even provided me with words of wisdom/guidance when I was first starting out. I don't want to get sales as a result of their loss. I never had ads on this blog, even when it first started. The Outbrain ads below each post are for posts from within this blog, and the revenue generated from any Outbrain ads going outside of the blog are given directly to the International Red Cross.
Although it is much harder to weed out the good unsigned bands from the many bad ones and hundreds of mediocre ones, it is something that I feel is more noble and less infringing. Sure, if a signed band or label requests to be posted, I'll go for it. Also, I may just do reviews for the signed bands but not provide a leak at the end. As far as international bands go, I feel like they could use the exposure and I will probably judge each signed band on a case by case basis if I will provide a leak or not.
I hope this won't affect you from visiting, there is a lot of promising unsigned talent out there. I already have to scrounge through the unsigned ones as it is for the label to pick out who to approach for releases, so it should help in the long run. This is something I have gone back and forth about in my head, so we will see how things turn out.
I also do this blog from time to time, combining reviews for two of obvious favorite things.