New entry on my personal blogometer: Tape, run by one Mr Soft (and apparently featuring contribs Richard Carnage and Puffin Jack, though their entries seem about as frequent as mine over at House Is a Feeling (sorry, Jess!)), and affiliated with the Bristol party of the same name.
Tape reps all the usual suspects whom we love — Cadenza, Border Community, Andre Kraml, Ewan Pearson, Kompakt, Sender, Mobilee, Trapez etc et al — but he's also out digging for and sending forth more obscure or non-genre stuff, like Todd Terje, Freak 'n Chic, Serge Santiago, and whatnot, often with free MP3s to go with, and seriously whippersmart writing. (Best yet, Tape's not afraid to call a dud a dud — consider it a kind of tough-love approach, exhorting beloved acts to quit laurel-resting and get back to the business of making us rave.)
With the blogosphere becoming increasingly PR-susceptible*, a blog that's not too shy to cast doubt upon Lindstrom's output, tell Headman and Matt Safer to "sort your fucking shit out" and ask DFA and Get Physical to live up to their standards is pretty refreshing indeed.
*Excerpt from an email I received yesterday: "My name is Gina and I work in NYC with addVice Online. We are sister company (sic) of Vice Magazine that handles music marketing and I am in charge of the online end of it. We have a couple of projects that I think you be interested in (sic) based on the current content of your blog. [...] I would love to send you [Run the Road 2] (either digital or hardcopy) and get you to maybe do a review, post news of the release or set up a give a ways (sic), ect. (sic)."