Well, it’s been a month already and we’re still up and running. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to visit the site and an even bigger thanks to those who have left comments and feedback. It really means a lot to me and the rest of the Alternakids for sure. This is all about discovering new music and generating discussion on music related topics. That’s what I love to see. Keep it coming as well as any suggestions or criticisms you may have.
So I thought I’d take a moment today to give our readers a couple pointers on how to get the most out of your blog reading experience. I realize that a lot of you have had no previous exposure to the “blogosphere” at all and still others may not have encountered any music blogs other than ours. All I can say is that if you like what you see here, then there’s a whole world out there for you to discover. We’re far from the first and no where near “the best”, but hopefully we’ll work our way into being your favorite. Here’s some tips and tricks for how to get the most out of our particular site.
I’ve gradually become aware of the fact that this site works a little better in Firefox than it does with Explorer. I’m not sure about other browsers and Macs so I couldn’t give you an accurate comparison in that regard. I might be able to look further into finding out the cause of some of the quarks that Explorer presents, but my feelings are that if you’re still using Explorer in 2006 after all of the warnings and the history of instability, then shame on you. Besides I’m more of a music guy than a tech geek (although I’ve been told I can apparently hold my own), and we haven’t gotten to the stage where we can bring on a webmaster to take care of all the technical issues. I personally vouch for Firefox (more on this later in the post), but there’s a plethora of options out there when it comes to upgrading from the “Internet Exploiter“.
Now, if for some wild reason you didn’t realize, each of our daily updates come with a few tracks for you to listen to in regards to the days topic. The bold links are usually the ones that will play the mp3s of the tracks for you. Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret, because in addition to clicking on the link to stream the music, if you “right click… save as” you can download those mp3’s to your hard drive to listen to whenever you want. Those links don’t last forever though so download them while you can. First of all I’d like to avoid trouble from the RIAA, and labels and artists have been generally amicable with bloggers who follow a certain set of rules and standards. Second of all right now we only have a certain amount of storage space and bandwith from our file host, so I have to cycle out the older stuff in order to keep bringing you guys fresh new stuff everyday. The length of time before the links in each post will expire is going to vary, but for the most part it’s looking like you’ll have at least two weeks to get them while they’re there.
Of course we’re all about supporting the artists who we feature here at Alternakids, so if you like what you hear we provide links for you to purchase the albums online. We’re not sponsored by nor do we endorse any one retailer, so each alternakid provides purchase links to the entity of their choice in their posts. (Unless they forget and I add the purchase links before publishing.) For me personally I put the little album cover thumnails at the end of my posts and if you click on them it will take you to a site where you can usually preview and buy the album as either a physical CD or digital downloads.
Now here’s a couple goodies for you Firefox users. There’s an add-on called “Flash Got” which among other nifty tricks will allow you to download all of the links shown on a given webpage with a single click. So if you’re in a hurry you can just grab all of the music at once and listen to it later when you have time. (But be sure to take a minute and check out our witty commentary too in the process).
Some of you might like to preview the tracks first before you decide whether or not to just download them and have ’em taking up space on your hard disk. For those people here’s is another tool that will help you save a little time. “Play Tagger” is a nifty little gadget that adds little play buttons next to any mp3 files you happen across on a particular web page. There’s supposed to be a way to add a bit of script in the html code so that this is included on the page for everyone who visits our site, but like I said before I’m only so advanced with this stuff and our site is built from a template. But if you grab Play Tagger yourself you can add a toolbar button and use it on all the other websites you might visit.
Last but not least is our RSS feed. Yes we do have one and you can access it by just adding “/feed” to the end of any wordpress address. I believe there’s a little link at the bottom of each page as well. Now for those of you wondering just what the hell that means, an RSS feed is a way for you to get updates about any sites you visit regularly. We plan to keep hitting you with new content everday, so you know what the deal is with us; but if you start going to several blogs or news sites or whatever on a regular basis, you could use a reader or “aggregator” that will let you subscribe to different feeds and get all of your updates delivered to one place such as your Google or Yahoo homepage. You can read up on more about this here.
Hopefully those pointers will save you some time and encourage you to keep coming back to check us out periodically. I now leave you with a couple of tracks from my record store purchases this week as well as a classic track in honor of Ice-T’s new album and controversial record cover for Gangsta Rap. I’ll probably be doing seperate posts on Enon and Dance Disaster Movement sometime in the future. For now, enjoy.
Enon – Murder Sounds (instr. mix) Enon – Drowning Appointments Dance Disaster Movement – Pulse Ice-T – Six in the Morning