One comment in my post about Joe Rogan pointed out that Spotify does have the virtue of bringing new, unknown, musicians and performers to our attention. There’s truth in that.
But I don’t believe much in the benefit of those “algorithms” because they are manipulated by clickbots run by marketing “optimization” companies. Back in the day, when I bought 50,000 followers on instagram for $100 [stderr] as an experiment, it was pretty obvious that we cannot trust these organizations to do anything other than marketing bullshit.
There’s an idea I had years ago, which nobody has built (that I am aware of) which would be a website that implements “clubs” where anyone who wants to can curate a playlist of stuff they think is great and then people who want to follow a particular curator can do so. Obviously, some curator could be in the pay of Big Music but if that was obvious enough, it would hurt them eventually. The idea would be a sort of automated book club/music club/fan club system specifically designed to resist marketing. Another point: systems like Youtube know who the sockpuppets are because they keep shit-tons of metrics about post-rates, content types, preferences, time spent on the platform, etc: it’d be ridiculously easy to develop fingerprints to detect sockpuppets, and I assume they have. Because their marketing dollars come from sockpuppets. What would a sockpuppet-proof system look like? I think nothing would be sockpuppet-proof but a site with a strong “cancel culture” aimed at marketing weasels could maybe do it.
Meanwhile, we should not give over to Spotify that essential human activity, which is sharing stuff we think kicks ass. The remainder of this posting and comment thread, I would like to turn over to: posting links to musicians and people and performers who you think don’t get mainstream attention, but kick ass. Let’s be a music playlist, book club, or whatever, right here, right now.
There are no rules but I’d suggest nobody posts comments like, “what? you’ve only just now heard of…?” because some of these might now be ‘just now’ but rather people we don’t think get enough attention.
Remember that the blog’s antispam may block a posting if you have a lot of links in it. Go ahead with the links, but just be patient for me to approve them, OK?
I think that the idea of having music sharing threads is a good one. Should we do this more often? [OK, I am going to try to drop these Spotify Threads every so often, probably every 4 months. And I’ll chain them into a linked list so that anyone who wants to spend a day lost in the music, can.]