I set this page up a few years ago to talk about records in my home of Houston. I wrote the articles by listening to new records on bandcamp.com and analyzing the songs, I had a hard time keeping up with it though. My issues keeping up with it were:
My scope was too narrow. While I do prefer to review the recorded final draft of music rather than the live performance, Limiting myself to reviewing records by artists in my own local area was logistically difficult because the search tools in band camp did not provide a sufficient way to search within Houston and within a genre. Because of this I had to either comb through music that didn't fit the genres I write about if I search by city, or else research the origins of each band if I search by genre. As a reviewer I feel like I should not be reviewing music I conciously don't understand or consciously dis-like. That is to say; Genre with which I am unfamiliar or uninterested. Its ok to tear something apart in a review and say its terrible, I think its the honest thing to do, However, If you are going into it thinking "Oh Crap, I have to listen to a [genre] album, when is this going to be over" You aren't prepared to look for the best, or to be honest about the worst. So, basically, my inability to sort through music and find suitable records prevented me from keeping up with It.
I couldn't find other people who wanted to review music with me. I would not like to be the only person who review on this site. That makes an otherwise fun activity boring. Part of the problem was that I asked people to write for the website the wrong way. I asked people if the wanted to write in a very open ended way, and that seems silly in retrospect. Both reading and writing open ended reviews is more difficult than trying to answer specific questions about a piece of music. I need to create and compile a list of possible sentence starting phrases for my own use and for the use of others who write for this page. These could be personal disclosure phrases such as "I first heard about this band/ song/ album from....." or they could be specific phrases for formal discussion of the music such as "The song map of this song is.....", "the key of this song is.....", or "the instruments in this song are.....". There are many other types of phrase, and a page long list of them could help to speed the process of writing and remove some of the frustration that comes from trying to answer a poorly defined ideas about what should be included in a review.
I felt bad that I was not purchasing the music I reviewed. It weighed heavy to me that I was creating a product and getting my supplies for free. I am a musician myself and It made me feel that I was hurting my own people, not helping them. If I'm going to publish an article about a piece, I should be the first one in line to buy it, and In order to do this I need to find a system that can reliably cover the cost of staying on top of whats current.
I am considering getting this site running. The scope of eligibility will have to be widened to include artists from anywhere within specific genres, I will need to find at least two other people to write along side me in order to produce new original content regularly, and this site will need to find a support system. thats all for now-wkc