RCRD LBL, the legit, vowel-free MP3 blog that’s the combined effort of a bunch of indie/quasi-indie record labels and Gizmodo/Engadget’s Peter Rojas, launched yesterday. And the occasion had Maura wondering if there were enough regular folks out there familiar with the well-established, but still essentially marginal, concept of an MP3 blog to make the site profitable for the labels and artists trying to turn the format into a money-maker. But surely if nothing else, “Rojas’ gadget-blogging background will probably earn him some extra love/eyeballs from the ‘free music at all costs’ crowd at Digg.” Ah, but perhaps not. Because the Diggers have responded in their inimitably whiny fashion, and while they have some of the same complaints that Idolator’s readers did (the site is too busy, no vowels), they’re (shockingly!) even less impressed with the RCRD LBL than y’all were.
“I cared until I saw that there were no full albums.”
“A cursory glance at the new site reveals photographs of sickly pale, skinny white dudes who are probably artistic. Interesting.”
“I’ve signed up for the site already, and I find the entire thing extremely difficult to use, and half the shit doesn’t make sense. I can’t even search for a band. and they have no ska. boo.”
“Hopefully they will help promote new artists instead of opting out to rehash 90′s artists that are looking to make a quick buck off of the anti-RIAA zeitgeist.”
No ska! Sickly pale, skinny white dudes! (Who do they think makes the blog world go ’round, anyway? We dont get out of the house much.) ’90s dinosaur rockers riding the anti-RIAA sentiment in the air at the moment! (Like, um, Grizzly Bear and the roster of German techno label Kompakt?) No ska! But most importantly, no full albums! Can you even give music away these days? If tech-savvy readers* are having a hard time grasping how the (legit or otherwise) single-serving MP3 blog works and/or expecting/demanding it to work like OiNK or iTunes…
* Well, tech-savvy enough to read Digg, anyway.