What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 9/1/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 8/18/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

Unmetal Monday – 7/10/2017

There’s a lot happening in the music world, and we here at Heavy Blog try our very best to keep up with it! Like the vast majority of heavy music fans, our tastes are incredibly vast, with our 3X3s in each Playlist Update typically covering numerous genres and sometimes a different style in each square. While we have occasionally covered non-metal topics in past blog posts, we decided that a dedicated column was warranted in order to more completely recommend all of the music that we have been listening to. Unmetal Monday is a weekly column which covers noteworthy tracks and albums from outside the metal universe, and we encourage you all to share your favorite non-metal picks from the week in the comments. This week, we’ll be highlighting a few albums and tracks that struck our fancy over the past few weeks. Head past the jump to dial down the distortion.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: How Lead Singles Affect Pre-Album Anxiety

Lead singles can help and hurt, but I ultimately believe they help. When you use a great single release strategy, you can help your fans by easing their fears of how your new material is going to sound. Obscura and The 1975 deserve praise for their strategies because they gave just enough away to let you know what was going on sonically while still leaving a few surprises for the first full-listen throughs of their albums. Sometimes you’ll worry and have that nagging anxiety no matter what you do, good single release strategy in place or not, as anxiety isn’t always based in rationality. However, in a world where you’re given a single and then told to wait, bands should at least have the courtesy to make the waiting a little bit easier on the fans by making sure there’s enough quality and quantity to keep them interested as well as keep them away from biting their nails in worry

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 7/18/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last weeks update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place…

BADBADNOTGOOD Release Label Debut III

Jazz/Electronic trio BADBADNOTGOOD from Toronto, Ontario are releasing their highly anticipated label debut, III today. Having worked with popular alternative rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom, it is no surprise that this release is surrounded by a considerable amount of buzz. It is also their first album that is…