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First Reviews In – Tweet Your First Impressions!

May 9th, 2011 · Comments Off on First Reviews In – Tweet Your First Impressions!

As if by magic, two reviews of ’11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything’ have already come in – the first is by a writer called Oliver Arditi – Here’s the link to his review. My guess is that quite a few of you have already seen it, as he commented on Facebook that it’s already become the most viewed page on his blog ever. So that’s nice. 🙂 [Read more →]

Tags: Music News

Rethinking Reviews

November 21st, 2009 · 19 Comments

I’ve been asked a few times recently to write reviews of people’s albums. Not by magazines or websites who want it as journalism, but by the artists themselves, wanting it as promo.

Now, let’s leave money aside for now (given that paid journalism is a whole other subject – yes, magazines, I’ll write reviews for you, if you pay me – see the point about journalism below), let’s have a look at what reviews are, where they came from, and why we might want to rethink the idea, especially with regards to asking for them from someone who hasn’t yet heard the music… [Read more →]

Tags: New Music Strategies · teaching news

Courting bloggers – grass roots promotion that works.

March 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Courting bloggers – grass roots promotion that works.

Watchmen image, by Dane Rot blackThis morning, Lo and I went to a blogger’s viewing of Watchmen, The new Zach Snyder film, based on Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel. The screening was in the viewing cinema at the Paramount offices out towards Richmond, and a beautiful cinema it was (if all cinema experiences were like that, I’d go 5 times as often as I do!)
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Tags: film/tv · tips for musicians