Feb 17, 2012

Music Blogs: Hitting the Right Note

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.  And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day.

This week my focus is on music.  Like a lot of people, I watched the Grammys last weekend. And while the telecast is never quite as bad as I expect it to be, it still left me wanting more. Because, honestly, there is so much good music out there. And in my opinion the bulk of it, regardless of genre, is worth a listen.  For as John Coltrane once said, ‘there are only 12 notes.’ That is to say, all the world’s music has more in common with itself than you might think. So with that in mind, let’s tighten our strings, sing along as best we can and enjoy this brief tour through some of the best music blogs I’ve seen.

Stereogum hails itself as one of the internet’s first mp3 blogs. That is to say, they talk a lot about music. But they also provide a lot of music. In other words, they provide their opinion, and then let the reader make their own. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories around artists, as opposed to the industry as a whole. Check out the full review here.

The Martorialist is a rap blog. So look out! You may hear songs with foul language! No, but for real, rap music is awesome, and you should probably be listening to a lot more of it. Like rap, this blog is both silly and smart. If I were to pitch this blog, and I’m not entirely sure I would, I’d look for stories around hip hop. Check out the full review here.

Aquarium Drunkard is a blog based out of L.A. And while they certainly cover that specific area in detail. They’ll also cover the music scene from around the world. They’re also not constrained to any one time either, mixing posts of current artists with recently uncovered jams of yesteryear. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories around the L.A. music scene. Anything to do with re-issues might also work. Check out the full review here.

I’d like to tell you that Gorilla vs. Bear was an awesome wildlife youtube video you could watch right now. But, alas, here I refer to the music blog of the same name. At a quick glance, you could describe this as a ‘hipster’ music blog. But I won’t. This is a blog about today’s music. And like today’s music, it covers a lot of genres. Having said all that, if I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories about indie music… and possibly polaroid film. Check out the full review here.

The Daily Swarm is a music blog that, as far as I can tell, covers anything and everything related to music. (And yes, that does include a video of French Bulldog’s reaction to Adele’s “Someone Like You”.) If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for any stories that have literally anything to do with music. Stories about music, both as an art form and a business, might also work. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

4 Comments on Blog Post Title

Mel C 00:54 EST on Feb 21, 2012

Hi Tom

How do you find these blogs? Are you doing a google blog search and clicking through or do you have a better way of finding quality music blogs? I’m looking for music blogs in Australia.

Thanks Mel

tomhynes 09:47 EST on Feb 21, 2012

Hey Mel – Thanks for reading! With music blogs, Aquarium Drunkard and Stereogum were ones I already read. The Martorialist and Gorilla v Bear were recommended by friends. And for The Daily Swarm, I may have relied on google. I don’t know any Australian-specific music blogs off the top of my head. But if I hear of any, I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks again for reading! – Tom

stevekyle 23:33 EST on Jan 9, 2013

Probably too late now, but I run a music blog in Australia, focussed on finding new music for those who’ve become jaded listening to their old favourites. Check it out http://something-gold-something-new.com

Recording Studio 12:29 EDT on Aug 6, 2013

Might be late but it is really unique collection of blogs . And i love to read about them. I tried several searching for music blogs but got good list from this post so thanks.

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