#Winning (That’s still a funny meme, right?) In a tremendous display of karma (or mathematical logic), the winners of our $25 and $50 gift cards to iTunes/Amazon are the #2 and #1 posters on MusicGrid.me and have been for weeks.
For the 125th review, Kyle Stapleton lauded the mind-altering “Swordfishtrombones” album by Tom Waits. Besides doing the public some good by convincing them sober people can and sometimes do listen to Waits without becoming manic-depressive, he also must’ve had "a lucky tiger in his angel hair", because he’s about to have an extra $25 to extend his vinyl/mp3 collection.
Our big winner is Max Barber, who recommended deadmau5’s “4x4=12” as “house music for music geeks”, which we find to be a fairly apt description. Although the use of the word “assload” should be enough to garner gifts from most of the western world, the fact that his review was #150 for MusicGrid.me earned him $50 in la musica.
Thanks to everyone who started reviewing- we’ve about doubled the amount of reviews in just a few days!
Another requested feature added: Time-based Charts In an effort to create a bit more excitement around new music, ‘The Grid’ (aka, the home page) now features the most discussed and highest rated albums from the last 30 days. You can not only see more than the top three in each category for the month, but you also still have a link to the top albums of all-time on MusicGrid.me. This is another feature that will continue to improve as more people join and reviews increase! We continue to add new people into the mix every week and are excited to hear about the music they recommend.
This Week’s FAQ Do you enjoy the potential of laughing at and learning from the same thing at the same time? We’ve got just what you need(ed). Our Hyped Artists chart from Last.fm is often a series of both interesting new artists and shameful doubts-about-humanity-inducing reminders of why you’re a music critic to begin with.
Review to win free gift cards for tunes! There’s now over 100 reviews on MusicGrid.me, and we’d like to celebrate by giving you free music. Here’s the deal: the author of the 125th review will win a $25 gift card to either iTunes or Amazon- your choice. For the 150th review, we’re upping the ante to a $50 gift card. There’s no terms and conditions link, no requirements to have others sign up, and no purchase necessary. Just rate away, and we’ll notify the winners! It’s understood that, if you’re already using the site, keeping your friends from joining us on MusicGrid.me will actually increase your chances of winning, but please, after the content, stop doing that and go invite new music fans to the site. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so now!
A requested feature has been added: Add Album As noted in a recent Tumblr post of ours, the most requested feature by far has been the ability to add an album that’s not on Last.fm yet- sometimes a brand new album, sometimes something obscure, sometimes a mixtape. We wouldn’t want you to miss a chance to review the masterpiece that was Big K.R.I.T.’s Returnof4Eva (seriously), so you’ll see a place on the right-side of any search page that allows you to manually add an album and go right to it. As the little description on that sidebar notes, this works best when an album has been ‘scrobbled’ on Last.fm, since we’re still pulling all the rest of that information from their API. We’ll try our best to correct any missing album art, misspellings, etc., that may come up. These albums are also now integrated into the search as well. The trade-off here is that you’ll see duplicates in some cases, but they point to the correct album- putting everything in its right place.
This Week’s FAQ Did you accidentally post your review as ‘Anonymous’? Now you’re all, "That’s not my name." No worries! Email us and we’ll get your review changed lickety-split so you can get credit for your verbal mastery.
It looks like we have one inevitable change and one hopeful improvement coming over the next month or so:
1. Facebook has now decided to ignore the ‘message’ parameter in Feed Dialogs, so our nifty feature that automatically fills your Facebook post with your review will no longer be as nifty. You can certainly still post your review in the same way, but the filling will not be automated, so you’ll have to either copy and paste or type something different. Facebook loves to kill off features without asking anyone first, so this doesn’t really come as a shock. Our apologies! Everything else will still work wonderfully.
2. As covered on the Help page, there are sometimes albums that are too old/rare/new to have been added to Last.fm, which is where we pull our database of albums from. This has already been the most popular feature request, especially for new releases, and it looks like we’ve found a potential ‘loophole’ that will let us add them manually. The issue at this point is that they won’t show up in a search- the main feature for finding albums on MusicGrid.me. We should be able to meet the issue halfway in the coming weeks by allowing requests for album additions and approving them on a case-by-case basis. That way, you’ll be able to rate and share albums using links/URLs, which is better than nothing. Hopefully, we can find a way to integrate them into the search as well in the future.
Thanks to everyone for their participation. We’re about to celebrate our 100th review after just a few days of allowing sign ups!
About six months ago, a discussion with a friend over the new Chariot album actually got me to stop hating them long enough to listen to it, and I ended up really liking it. I realized the only reason I even considered spinning the record was because of that conversation, and I further realized how many artists I’ve come to love simply because I trusted the opinion of a friend. But now, our time is more limited than it was in high school with all this “work” and “money” and “eating” and “shelter”, and we have less time to sit and discuss our new favorite music. So, I set out to remedy this issue and have come up with MusicGrid.me.
What I’ve built is designed to be a way to:
Share your review of an album socially, so your friends can see it easily.
Contribute to an overall, public rating of an album.
Assist in purchasing when in your local record store, especially when surfing the $1 bin.
You can sign in using either Facebook or Twitter logins- no new registration is required (or even possible). You can always choose to share or not share an individual review. Your rating on a 1-5 scale is averaged with all the others for that album and displayed for easy reference. The more it’s used, the more useful it becomes.
MusicGrid.me is entering a public ‘beta’ phase now, which just means we’d like your help while using it to be ready for a totally free, accessible, public launch. You can get a beta passcode in exchange for your email address to fully access the site and begin using it. Interested? Go to MusicGrid.me, enter your email address, and sign up.