musicgrid.me

Episode 42: Music Grid

Musicgrid.me is a little bit different from the other music sites you’ve seen online. For one thing, they don’t alert the world every time you listen to Bryan Adams at work. Music Grid was started by Cliff Seal and Kyle Stapleton as a site that allows you to review music socially. It creates a space for you to get those trusted recommendations on albums you don’t know about from friends whose musical taste has been tested. Cliff and Kyle are Atlanta locals, but the site is starting to draw attention around the world.

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Topics include: listening to music with the old man, albums, and high school connections

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Read more about MusicGrid here on Wired or Mashable.

MusicGrid.me is Exiting Beta and Throwing a Party
We global.
Ahem. We’re leaving beta. And throwing a party.

Please pardon the DJ Khaled reference–we’re quite excited. On November 19, MusicGrid.me will no longer require a passcode to use and will shed its ‘beta’ status. These kids grow up so fast!

While we wish we could swing by your home address to give you an in-person hug and gift basket full of androgynous flowers and fruit-flavored artificial candies for all the feedback, bug finds, and reviews you’ve submitted, our lawyer tells us we must refrain from such stalkerish actions. Instead, we’re going to throw a part(a)y! If you happen to be in the Atlanta area (or have a relative that works for an airline), we want you to come enjoy a night of great tunes and better friends on us. You will experience the musical stylings of great bands (Stonerider, Dyess, Killing Floor, and Joshua Fletcher), collect some dapper, useful swag, sip a free beer, and meet like-minded souls in a brouhaha to be remembered. All we ask is that you let us know you’re coming on Facebook or Twitter.

You will forever be etched in the proverbial wall of all-stars who helped us get off the ground. Is MusicGrid.me just going to sit on its keister for a month?

No, silly. We are the 99%–um, 53%–never mind. We are an ideal (apple) pie chart of American ingenuity. We recently added pagination for the review streams, both site-wide and ‘Friendly Fire’. Additionally, we plan on having a brand new mobile web app ready to go by November 19. The mobile version we have live now most certainly does its job, but it’s not able to scale to the new features we’ve got now or will add in the future.

See? We sing not The Lazy Song around here.

Show us some love!

As always, the best way to support MusicGrid.me is to use the buy links to purchase music. In fact, you can send us any Amazon link to makeitrain@musicgrid.me, and we’ll send you an affiliate link back within 24 hours–it doesn’t cost you anything, and we get a a small portion of the purchase price. Just make sure you send us the link before you buy it. Also, iTunes tells us it’s Country Music Month. Enjoy this strange graphic/link for said event:

What Dropped This Week? | May 22, 2012

If you’re in the market for fresh jams today, try some of these brand-new ones!

John Mayer’s Born and Raised

El-P’s Cancer4Cure

Soulsavers’ The Light the Dead See

Kimbra’s Vows re-release

Craft Spells’ Gallery EP

Gossip’s Joyful Noise

Joe Bonamassa’s Driving Toward the Daylight

Burzum’s Umskiptar

Saint Vitus’ Lillie: F-65

The Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Everybody’s Talkin’

Exitmusic’s Passage

New Features at MusicGrid.me
Your friends’ musical taste is never TMI, TYVM.

It’s exciting to say that MusicGrid.me is fast approaching what we envisioned it to be: social music reviews. In this beta phase, we’ve had to really hold back tons of features to make sure all the little bugs get squashed quickly. Patience doesn’t come easy with this sort of thing, but your participation and feedback has been invaluable. As if we could say it enough: thank you. Because of your help, we’ve set up a solid base for the more complex features- and we’re pleased to finish rolling those out today. Say hello to good times discovering music socially with these sweet new elements:

User Pages

As mentioned multiple times previously, individual user pages have been the most requested feature, by far- and for good reason. We didn’t want to just slap something together; these pages needed to be useful and fit the vibe of MusicGrid.me. We think we’re getting off to a good start. Clicking the name of a user anywhere on the site will now direct you to one of these pages, where you can see recent reviews and recommendations. Here, though, the rating you see is the user’s (not the average) and hovering over the album will show a snippet of their review. Click ‘Read More’ to get their entire dissertation. Our hope here is that you’ll discover some new tunes when you read an insightful review from someone else!

If you’d like to go straight to your page, the URL is like so:
Facebook users: musicgrid.me/user/firstname-lastname
Twitter users: musicgrid.me/user/twitteraccount

Activity Feed

To add a bit of real-time discovery, a new ‘Recent Reviews’ section has been added to the site to let you see what’s going on.

Facebook Friends’ Reviews

This sort of integration with Facebook was the first real idea for MusicGrid.me, and it’s finally come to fruition! Now, you don’t have to post your review to Facebook in order for you to see what your friends are reviewing. ‘Friendly Fire’ on the sidebar is a stream of activity by your actual buddies. There’s nothing like arguing over music with a loved one- that’s what friends are for!

Editing Reviews

This is the second most requested feature to be sure. You’re now able to edit the text of your review within 30 minutes of posting. We have to limit it in case your stupid roommate decides to hop of your computer late at night after one-too-many Schlitz’s. You’re welcome. If you accidentally give the wrong rating, just review it again and ‘Request Deletion’ on the wrong’n.

Tweet Customization

When you log in using Twitter, you’re now prompted to edit your own tweet instead of simply having the option of automatic tweeting or none at all. Use the chance to @reply the band you’re reviewing!

There’s more, but we’ll stop here.

With 600 reviews and counting, lots of extra integration, and a budding community of music lovers, we’re speeding towards a confident public launch. Keep up the solid reviews!

This Week’s FAQ

We were too busy building in rad new features for MusicGrid.me to come up with a clever FAQ.  It is, indeed, hard to say we’re sorry for oozing so much awesomeness.

What Dropped This Week? | July 24, 2012

The Alchemist’s Russian Roulette

The Antlers’ Undersea

Cooly G’s Playin’ Me

Eternal Summers’ Correct Behavior

Fang Island’s Major

Foals’ Tapes

The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten

Love and Theft’s Love and Theft

Om’s Advaitic Songs

Passion Pit’s Gossamer

Mike Patton and Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II

Purity Ring’s Shrines

Laetitia Sadier’s (of Stereolab) Silencio

What Dropped This Week? | July 10, 2012

Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE

Aesop Rock’s Skelethon

Marina and The Diamonds’ Electra Heart

Calibro 35’s Any Resemblance To Real Persons or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental

Hank Williams, Jr.’s Old School … New Rules

The Early November’s In Currents

Delicate Steve’s Positive Force

Eleni Mandell’s I Can See the Future

Mission of Burma’s Unsound

Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan

Glass Cloud’s The Royal Thousand

Saint Motel’s Voyeur

Twin Shadow’s Confess

Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged

Serj Tankian’s Harakiri

P.O.D.’s Murdered Love

Beak>’s »

What Dropped This Week? | July 3, 2012

Some good ones across the board; just in time for Independence Day. Enjoy and share!

Savages OST

Nile’s At the Gates of Sethu

Gold Motel’s Gold Motel

Stevie Jackson’s (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson

Prodigy’s (of Mobb Deep) H.N.I.C. 3

Periphery’s Periphery II

Fennesz’s Aun: The Beginning & The End Of All Things

Motion Sickness of Time Travel’s Motion Sickness of Time Travel

Chris Brown’s Fortune

Deathspell Omega’s Drought

Flo Rida’s Wild Ones

What Dropped This Week? | June 19, 2012

Can’s The Lost Tapes

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania

Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Peaking Lights’ Lucifer

Hacienda’s Shakedown

Juvenile’s Rejuvenation

House Shoes’ Let It Go

Glen Hansard’s Rhythm & Repose

The Dirty Heads’ Cabin by the Sea

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Parallel Thought’s Attractive Sin

Justin Bieber’s Believe