Questions Only I Ask

Shi the Music Critic? Really? That’s your pen name?

Why do you review live shows?

What’s your rubric for reviewing live shows?

What’s your rubric for reviewing recordings?

Will you review my [insert recording]?

What are the guidelines for submissions?

Are there circumstances where you won’t publish a review?

I don’t like the review you wrote about me. Will you take it down?

You gave the band a craptastic review, yet you still posted a link to their site.

How may I contact you?

Seriously, why are you such a pompous bitch?

Q: Shi the Music Critic?  Really?  That’s your pen name?

A: Yeah, I wanted to be as pompous as I could.  It also reflects a bit of myself and how I review.  Shi is both a word for “death” and “four” in Japanese, so the moniker reflects my four category rubric as well some of the death motif I adore in Medieval art.  In it Death is often a performer and commentator of sorts.

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Q: Why do you review live shows?

A: Live performances are the most “at home” for me.  Also, I feel it’s more telling about someone’s skill than through a recording.

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Q: What’s your rubric for reviewing live shows?

A: I have a four category system.  It is: technique (apart from the obvious I include the song’s composition.  Don’t worry I account for the genre); presentation (how you are on stage); audience interaction (how you work with your audience.  Yes, I’m pretty merciful here); and brownie points (if I feel a score doesn’t reflect how you truly performed I use this section to give it the oomph it needs).  I work on a 0-10 point scale overall with 4 points for technique, 3 for presentation, 3 for audience interaction, and 3 for brownie points.

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Q: What’s your rubric for reviewing recordings?

A: This is pending as I learn the basics of production.  If you want to be a guinea pig shoot me an email with your recording.

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Q: Will you review my [insert recording]?

A: I’m still learning some of the ropes of music production, so if you bear with me I’ll give it a shot.  Just bear in mind if you send it I will post a review unless otherwise asked.

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Q: What are the guidelines for submissions?

A: Send all recordings to my contact email (see below) with a subject line of “Review Request”.  In the body send the recording (naturally) and any links and the ilk you’d like published with the review.

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Q: Are there circumstances where you won’t publish a review?

A: Yes.  Most are personal circumstances, but I also won’t publish as requested.  This request, however, mostly applies to recordings.  The request to not publish reviews of live shows is on a case-by-case basis.

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Q: I don’t like the review you wrote about me.  Will you take it down?

A: Nope.  I do review bands multiple times, so don’t fret about a bad review from a no-name critic.  You may get a better review in the future.

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Q: You gave the band a craptastic review, yet you still posted a link to their site.  Why?

A: Ultimately it doesn’t matter what I think.  I’d much prefer to promote music and see people perform at their best.

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Q: How may I contact you?

A: My email is: shimusiccritic@gmail.com

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Q: Seriously, why are you such a pompous bitch?

A: It’s a nice combination of bitterness, the way I write, and daddy issues.  I’m sure the loss of my pets play into it too.

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