How can I register as a user?
There is a red button in the header to the right which may say "Be a Propagandist!" or "Join!" or have just a red person icon, depending on your screen size:
Clicking on it will take you to the registration page.
- Provide an email address that will be used in communications,
- come up with a user name,
- add an avatar or picture,
- indicate whether you would like other users to be able to contact you (a process that is mediated through the site, meaning others will not know your email address),
- and then click on "Create new account"
An email will go out to the address you provided with a link in it that will help you set up your password, and that'll be it.
How do I change my user name, password, etc?
Once you are logged in, go to "My Account" in the top menu in the gray band below the header, on the right among the menu items in white (between "My Content" and "Log out"). Once you get to your profile page, click on the bluish "Edit" link on the left, above your name. There you can change your email address, user name, password, and your settings as a user.
How can I contact the admin?
There is a white button in the header to the right, the one in the middle, that says "Drop us a line". Clicking on it will take you to the contact page. On this page, you will see a bunch of options that identify the purpose of your contact. That helps us get in the right mindset when we see the message.
Give us any suggestions, ideas, criticism, reaction, whatever is in your mind that relates to the site that you would like us to know.
Go ahead. Don't be shy.
How can I share this site or a specific page?
There is a row of "Agit-Prop" buttons right above the content area, on the right, with familiar icons on them. Clicking on any of those will take you to the sharing interface of your chosen platform. On that interface, you will be able to share whatever page you are on. If you want to share the whole site, share the home page.
If you know someone who might appreciate this site, please share it with them. Thank you.
How can I donate to the site?
We are a really small group operating with a very little budget. Any financial help you can provide will give us the opportunity to put more time and effort into this site, do a more professional work in some areas, and provide a better service, from hardware to custom code to paying for the right kinds of APIs as needed.
To drop into the tip jar ("donate" sounds like we are a non-profit and your donation would be tax deductible, and neither is the case), you can click on the yellow button at the right side of the header, the leftmost button that says "Give to the cause". That will pop up a modal that has a PayPal widget and a Venmo QR. Those are the only platfoms we have set up thus far.
If you aren't using your phone, the Venmo QR will probably be useless, but if your browser connects your Venmo account to Paypal, a Venmo widget should also come up.
Thanks. Any amount will help and will be highly appreciated.
Are there any genre restrictions?
Nope. None whatsoever. If it is music, and you think we should know about that artist or band, go for it. If you like them, you can bet that there are a whole bunch of others who also do, or will do as soon as they find out about them. So just put it out there. It will be appreciated and perhaps some users will even add on to the entry.
Is the content intended for the US only?
Not at all. Good music comes from all places and musical traditions. Every kind of music out there has its fans, and some of them are people who didn't even grow up with that tradition. So if this site can reach you through the internet and you are aware of an artist or band that you think should find a broader audience, go ahead and create an entry. Give us a sense of what they sound like, provide some streaming links, and thank you for contributing.
So are there *any* restrictions?
First, not so much a restriction but a suggestion: until we have access to a reliable real-time translations, we would like the entries to be in English, which, for good or bad, has emerged as the lingua franca of the internet. So it is your best shot at reaching the widest fan base.
Second, it would be best to strive for a relatively neutral and descriptive tone and not get caught up in fanboy/fangirl-speak. Praising someone for their skills is fine, gushing over their awesomeness is a bit much. Sure the line is not always clear but we can all recognize it when we see it.
Third, we need to maintain basic civility in the comments section. There is no reason to put anyone down, whether they are fellow commenters or artists or an entire genre/style of music. One person's screeching nails on the chalkboard is another person's sweet and somewhat avant garde music.
What is wrong with reviews?
Nothing. Reviews are good, they are fun to read, and they induce a lot of reader engagement. But they are not particularly useful if you do not already know the artist or are familiar with their background. It is also not that useful if you do not know about the reviewer's particular taste or where they are coming from.
Besides, there are a lot of album review sites on the internet, but not a lot of descriptive sites.
It is conceivable that at some point we could get interested in incorporating reviews into our site, but at the moment our focus is on discovery and providing a guidebook for the vast amounts of great music that is out there.
Can I be critical?
Well, yes and no.
There is a maddeningly thin line between looking at an artist or their body of work critically, which we encourage, and being critical of them, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but not terribly helpful in this context.
* If a musician is a wizard on their instrument, or they are truly good songwriters, we should say so. These things are a part of an artist's appeal to fans, and pointing these out is informative.
* If an artist is focusing on the lyrics but not the melodies, or vice versa, or they put together complex chords but keep their rhythms relatively simple and uninteresting, those are also informative points. That is one way to look at an artist's work critically, which is fine.
* Stating that an artist's lyrics are crap, rhythms are boring, and can't carry a tune in a bucket is being critical of an artist, to say the least, is essentially walking all over the artist and their fans, ignoring what they see in the artist, and overall just rude and unhelpful.
If as an author you find yourself saying things like that about an artist, perhaps you should step back and let someone else who appreciates them write that piece, and maybe your time would be better spent writing about another artist whose work you enjoy that some other person would have torn down if they had not walked away from it.
Can I create my own entry as an artist?
Well ... how to put this nicely.
Do you think you can really put aside what you are trying to do with your music and objectively assess what your music sounds like to an outsider? It's not easy. There is a reason why artist profiles on festival line ups sound like they are either far off the mark or marketing pieces. The idea of this site partially came from those outlines not being terribly helpful in the first place.
So it will be tough. Maybe this is a job best done by someone who can take a step back.
Feel free to alert us if you see something objectionable though.
Why register as a user?
With a username, you become a part of our community.
As a member, you can share your knowledge in the following ways.
To register, click on the red person icon at the top right or this link.
We will not know anything about you other than your email, used for password confirmation and communications.
For next steps, see FAQ for: How can I register as a user?