In this age of bloggery, there is so much hubbub about downloading, ripping, stealing, sharing whatever you want to call it of music online. There are many, many, many blogs that are dedicated purely to music and sharing mp3s. Most of them are awesome and legit, providing artist and labels new ways of spreading buzz about new albums or old albums for that matter. Personally, I see mp3 blogs as the wave of the future. Mp3 blogs are frequented by music freaks who purchase music as well as support the industry in other ways like shows, merch, general tastemaking. If you have these nerds, err tastemakers in your corner chances are your project is a few steps ahead of the game and if that means you have to leak a few mp3s in the meantime why not? Granted there is a bit of grey area, mainly when is it okay to burn an entire album as opposed to simply a song? Well that is a slippery one. Some say you should never rip entire albums. Some say it’s just fine as long as you go to the show and buy merch. Some say it’s fine to rip entire albums as long as it is out of print or rare. Some say you should never rip anything not even a song. Everyone has an opinion. I am a little all over the place. As a person who makes their living from the production and distribution of independent music, I am opposed to ripping of entire albums even if you go to the show and buy merch. But, I feel like a song here, a song there, it’s no skin of my tits and most likely it will drive you to buy the album if you liked the song enough.
Anyhoo, what spawned all this legit, non sarcastic, not hate filled post? Well it was this little flow chart. I like it. I think it is a nice little thought process and may help some of you that have a hard time doing the right thing.
Some mp3 blogs you should check out and listen to:
Music For Robots Easily one of the most influential mp3 blogs. Can be a little heavy on the hipster stuff though.
Scissor Kick NY hipster shit like hella, but does come through with some nice soul gems
The Suburbs Are Killing Us A little to heavy on the dub and jamaican side but they have some cool hip hop and other sample related stuff here.
Cocaine Blunts and Tapes Straight hip hop yo. This dude comes through with classic shit and stuff that i forgot about or never heard to begin with. Hip Hop nerd heavy.
Soul Sides And you thought you liked rare funk and soul? Well O Dub’s knowledge of all things funk and funk related will rule all over you. If you talk shit his record collection will spawn feet and then proceed to trample your punk ass.
Stereo Gum This is one is fun cause it is mp3 blog AND a Britney diss machine. The mp3s are a little on the indi steez but we all need a little new love in our lives.
Moistworks Kind of random and all over the place musically. I just found this one so I am not sure what his steez is.
P.S. If I catch any of you bitches ripping any of our albums you are fucking toast. TOAST you hear me?