An Horse- Walls
Buke and Gase- Medulla Oblongata
Automatic Loveletter- Unhearted
Best Coast- Goodbye
Lady Majestic- Against My Better Judgement
Allo Darlin’- The Polaroid Song
The Distillers- Drain the Blood
Sharon Van Etten- Tramp
Sleigh Bells- Reign of Terror
I get a lot of music submissions for the show. I get them from artists themselves. I get them from their PR companies. I download them randomly.
And what happens? My iTunes gets full of a bunch of stuff I can’t use.
1) songs that have titles of track 1, track 2 etc.
2) song titles, but not the name of the artists
3) name of the artist but no song title
4) song titles and artist that are not for the file I have. I have an MP3 for a song I really like by a band from Atlanta and it is listed as some Frank Sinatra album. I know it is listed as that and I just haven’t gotten around to changing it but wouldn’t it be easier if they just checked their ID3 tags? I also recently got a submission that was under something else so when the artist followed up about when they were going to get played, I went into iTunes and I was going to add them to a playlist and I couldn’t find them because they were not there (even though they were, just as something else). I had them resend it the file and that’s when I found out it was in there as another artist. I have other files like this that are misnamed and it’s not a good thing.
Sometimes, when I am importing songs, I will catch the errors and fix it. However, most of the time, I am importing multiple songs (sometimes as many as 150 at a time) and I just can’t fix them all.
Artists, make sure your ID3 tags are there and are correct! PR firms, check the files you get from clients. It’s not that hard. In iTunes, all you have to do is go into Get Info and change it in there. In Windows, you can do this using file properties. There are also countless 3rd party apps that can help you.
If you don’t fix your ID3 tags, you are affecting your career in a negative way. I recently deleted over 300 songs from my iTunes because I just can’t go and listen to every song and google lyrics trying to find out who it is. I shouldn’t have to google song names to try and figure out who the artist is. By sending out files with bad ID3 tags, you might be missing out on getting your song played. Please fix your ID3 tags! Changing the name of the file you send someone is not enough to help with this issue. You might be missing out on airplay and that’s a bad thing.
Rubyfruit Radio is up for best LGBT blog/website in Atlanta. It’s in the final 3. Woot! They don’t have a podcast/radio category so this will have to do. You can vote once a day so vote often! It’s under community: LGBT blog/website.
All blues edition of the show.
Saffire- The Uppity Blues Woman
Katie Webster- After You Get Rid of Me
Marcia Ball- Miracle in Knoxville
Kelly Richey- I want You
Shemekia Copeland- I Always Get My Man
Kristy Lee- 45
Yesterday, I went to a digital press conference that was held by Ariel Publicity. I met a lot of artists that I have played and that I will be playing in the future. The room I was recording interviews in was kind of loud and hopefully I will be able to clean the audio up enough to post the interviews. One of my favorite questions to ask is “Who are your influences?”. I think it’s interesting to see what people are influenced by and how it makes itself known in their music. I was also talking with Michael from Mikeypod about music we like. I grew up listening to a lot of different stuff. My all time favorite band is the Smiths. I listened to a lot of different genres as my parents had a pretty diverse album collection and also, I grew up in South Texas and was exposed to a lot of things like tejano and mariachi. My parents had everything from Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, random Motown, Rolling Stones and everything in between.
I was thinking about this earlier as I was importing CDs I got yesterday into my iTunes. My iTunes is pretty diverse.
The list of things I’ve bought in iTunes recently includes
Random. Yes. Randomness is good.
Have been in NYC for a couple of weeks now. We are mostly unpacked. Except of course for the random boxes from my office which I think is where my microphone is. I hope to get it out this weekend and put all my computer stuff together and record a special NYC show.
What is Rubyfruit Radio?
Rubyfruit Radio is a podcast devoted to playing the best in female artists and female fronted bands.