We want to make it easier for everyone to explore the wealth of blogs we track here on The Hype Machine. You can use last.fm’s music tags to browse by genres, but our set of meta-tags is here to distinguish blogs through some other meaningful criteria:
Ad-free: bloggers who choose not to run advertisements on their blog. There’s nothing wrong with ad revenue, but it’s also worthwhile to spotlight the writers who blog without financial incentive.
Nightlife: bloggers who organize and promote shows, including their own DJ nights.
Something different: music that’s not on the Popular page. If you want to discover music you probably haven’t heard before, try one of these blogs.
Female blogger: there just aren’t enough of them.
Original blogger: bloggers who’ve been with us since 2005. That’s a lifetime in internet years, respect your elders!
Label: blogs run by record labels. They don’t only blog about artists on their label (we wouldn’t include them if they did), but they do provide some partial reviews of their own.
Local: bloggers who focus on their local music scene, including local shows and bands.
Magazine: sites in a different format, and blogs run by print publications.
Radio: blogs run by stations you can listen to on a transistor radio.