Win Rikki’s Lucre!!!

January 21st, 2009

So are you ready to win some more of our staff’s lucre?  I hope so, cuz Rikki has just announced the details of his “Win Rikki’s Lucre!!!” contest.

As everyone knows there are only 2 things that we can all count on in this life and that’s death and taxes.  Well, in the case of music fans you can add one more constant to that list and that is that everyone’s favorite band will eventually break up.  It’s a fact.  The thing is that in this day and age no one stays broken up for long.  Whether it’s the lure of easy money or just a need to revisit past glories, everyone from The Police to Blur and Mott the Hoople reform in an attempt to recapture that lightning in a bottle that made them popular in the first place.

So what does this have to do with Rikki’s contest?  Well, Rikki would like you to “get the band back together” again!  That’s right – here’s the official rules.

1.  You must be registered Figment user.  If you don’t have a Figment account yet, please create one.  This contest is open to Figment users worldwide.

2.  Create a band and write up a band description that describes the band’s rise, fall, and ultimate reunion.  Keep in mind that Rikki is looking for the best possible “Dude, I’m getting the band back together” back story.  Then create a reunion album for the band and release it.  Please remember not to use copyright or trademarked images or characters when creating your fake band and album/EP.  If you do we will ban the band/album and disqualify it from contention.  We would also appreciate if you would refrain from using offensive material (no racist, sexist or pornographic images or language) in the creation of your album/EP.

3.  Post the name of your group and their album/EP  as comment to this blog post by no later than 12:00 pm EST on Friday, February 6, 2009 and it will be officially entered!  No bands, albums/EPs that are not listed as a comment to this blog post will be considered.

Rikki will be judging all of the entries and picking one lucky winner to receive all of the lucre he has earned up till the day the winner is announced!  So let the healing begin and tell us about your band’s journey to hell and subsequent rebirth!  Consider it you’re own personal “Behind the Music” episode.

Good Grief!

January 14th, 2009

Good Grief…did Charles Schulz place hidden messages in the Beethoven music that Schroeder played in Peanuts strips?  According to William Meredith, the Director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, he did.  No really, I’m not making this up, it’s in the NY Times.

Just imagine what Schulz might have had Schroeder backmask if he’d been listening to Zeppelin!

Hey, we just wanted to give you an update on what’s going on with our work to fix the Figment database and restore the missing data from last week’s server move.  As we explained on Saturday, our hosting company made an unannounced move to a new data center and the web server hosting our database died on route.  They have supplied us with the missing data and we are working to merge it back into our existing database.  We hope to have it done by the end of the week, but we’ll keep you posted on our progress.  We apologize to all of you who created bands or albums that were effected by this issue and hope you’ll be patient with us while we get it fixed.  This issue was an isolated one and we want to assure you that the site is working fine so don’t hesitate to create a band or album!

If you have any questions related to this issue, please post a comment or email us at


You may have noticed that Figment is a bit different this morning, that’s because unbeknownst to us our hosting company decided to move data centers yesterday evening and in the move the web server holding our database went down.  They have placed a backup version of the site from last Thursday up for the time being, but needless to say we are working to rectify the problem and recover the data created since Thursday as quickly as possible.  We apologize for these issues and hope to rectify them asap.  We’ll let you know when the issue is fixed.

Thank you for your patience.

Are You On the List?

January 9th, 2009

Now that Christmas is over Santa may be done checking his list, but you shouldn’t be done checking your’s!  What am I talking about?  The Fan Interaction list on your Figment dashboard page.

You may have noticed the list when it first popped up on your dashboard page late last year.  The early version contained a list of only those fans who interacted with band’s you created, but just before year’s end we updated the list to include any fan interaction that occurred with a band you are a fan of as well.  As a result of that change you can now see ALL of the activity that occurs with your favorite bands including your own.

The list may go through one more change before long, as we’re contemplating breaking the list into two separate lists with tabs that allow you to access both.

We’d love to hear what you think of the list so leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.

Who Won Larry’s Lucre?

January 5th, 2009

Well, the holidays are over and the results of the “Win Larry’s Lucre!!!” contest are in!  So what Figment user’s band/album did Larry pick as the winner?  Scarletto for her album “An Appendix Day to Remember” by The Four Docs. So for raising awareness of National Appendix Day, Scarletto will be receiving a Lucre reward from Larry of 734 pieces of Lucre!  Congratulations Scarletto!

Keep visiting Figment News because we’ll be announcing another contest to win one of our staff member’s lucre very soon!