Sunday, 22 July 2012

Another one bites the dust

Mediafire have locked my account after receiving two violations. Both the violations refer to TINY bands that most people on the planet won't have heard about and who sold so few records it's unreal.

When these small bands are released it's in a "limited" run of 1000, so the other 2-3k people in the world who might like the music don't get to hear it. One of the violations I received was for a band who are NOT in what's the point of reporting me? Either make the music available or fuck off.

Both the infringements raised against me came from "Contact Email: " so feel free to tell this guy he's a cock. 

I started this blog coz I'd been online since '96 and had still not seen a few gems appear and wanted to help people become aware of those bands. However, having said that, since I started I've always struggled with the moral issue of posting music. The artists who produced this music are the ones who put in the work and are the talented ones, so naturally they deserve to earn money of the back of their hard work. I genuinely tried to avoid posting things that were still in print by searching a few places before pressing the post button. I can't lie and pretend that I didn't knowingly post some that I knew were available, but I either tried to post a taster or just wanted people to get to know the band as they were still too obscure.

I don't like sites that post new music and still spend alot of money buying music; around £1000.00 last year. To post new music, to me, is like killing the golden goose; you're helping to kill the thing you supposedly love. If artists can't make money to live then why bother, they may as well go get a "real" job like the rest of us. I know this to be true as a couple of bands I featured have been in contact and told me that's why they stopped. Real talent destined to tread the same 9-5 path as most of us.

I still struggle with the moral aspect of music blogs, but can't help feeling the music industry is missing out. All we have now is an industry obsessed with boy/girl bands who dominate the charts; or stupid fucking rap music - the worst genre ever, oh, and least talented. The labels don't invest anymore, they just want instant results and instant returns. Then when the artist no longer brings in the cash they're disposed of. Exposure to punk, metal, rock bands is so hard to get and I'm not talking about utter pop shite like 30 seconds to mars, I mean real music. I'm not a 12-20 year old so I'm not going to like the throw away music that's fed on Sky TV, so for people like me blogs offer a way to keep up-to-date with obscure music that isn't on Tv or in the few mags that cater for adults.

So where do I go from here?

To be honest I think, sadly, 13th floor is dead. I really cba to find somewhere else to post the old links and mediafire was so user friendly.

A huge thanks to all the people who sent mails of support, you really made me feel like I was doing something worth while. Also a HUGE thanks to all the artists who contacted me, allowed me to continue posting, give me extra info on the band, but most importantly for creating the music in the first place. All the bands I've featured have become the road map of my life. I play their music and I'm instantly transported back in time and place; that's priceless.



P.S. Buy music and support the bands.


  1. Please take the time to review the takedown-notice. It seems to me that this company is hunting down any animation series posted on the net. I have recieved one too yesterday although i am not running a blog like yours. Just upload the next post to a new filehoster like 4shared and you're good to go. Mediafire is chickenshit at the moment...


  2. I'm sorry to hear that and it's always sad when a blog with lots of rare stuff dies.
    The record industry controls mediafire and these bums follow good. I cannot understand what kind of dilettants there must work. It can not tackle anyone says "this has to go" without a closer look or a strict investigation. But that is precisely their approach, they don't care and that makes me angry. I've had the same shit in March, mediafucker suspended my account because a file did not meet the standard, so I'm telling you Neil, keep the Blog alive and spit into the corrupt face of the industry.

  3. "To post new music, to me, is like killing the golden goose; you're helping to kill the thing you supposedly love."

  4. Same happened to me. I too have the same issue with posting music knowing full well that it can make bands lives harder to continue. Your blog like mine and many others post stuff that usually is out of print or is such an old release that most have it and you get a few hits. Also the process of turning others onto a band is just to hard to resist. My mediafire account was suspended. I thought about throwing in the towel at first but chose to continue. I just signed up for a new mediafire account with a different email address and different username. I am sure that at some point that will get suspended too. Where to go from there?? Dunno. You have a great blog, I would love to see you continue

  5. Wow I'm shocked and stunned Neil.

    Dicks like that should be shot at dawn. 98% of what you post are articles and the bands that you post are or have been in touch with you. Some you have worked with.

    What a shame a little grunt has spoilt a fantastic blog.

    See ya at work tomorrow m8.

  6. Wow, that's a downer, for sure... a shame that a lot of good blogs have had to end this way.

  7. Sad to hear this, I've found loads of obscure punk records that i couldn't find anywhere else but on this blog.

    Thanks Neil, I've not only found records that I've been searching for for ages. But i have also found bands that completly slipped my radar, which I probably wouldn't have heard of if it wasn't for you.

    Thanks again,

  8. Thanks for the comments folks; tantrum over and business will resume asap.

  9. That's good news, Neil - good call!