Tours de Force!

September 4th, 2009

Summer may be winding down, but the summer tour season on Figment is anything but over!  With everyone from Stonekrank to Zeroth hitting the road it’s been a busy summer, but even after Labor Day it shows no sign of slowing up.

Zeroth Tour

Zeroth, whose “Infinite Spiral” Tour 2009 is currently winding it’s way through South America, has a string of U.S. dates planned throughout the fall to be followed by a European leg that stretches into early 2010.  In even bigger news, the band has just reached an agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and Antiquities to play the Great Pyramids of Giza on January 29 – 30, 2010!  You can check out their band page or their new Zeroth Play the Pyramids page to find out more!

ZerothPlayThePyramids

Crimson Eye, another Long Bong Records artist, just kicked off the second leg of their Shot of Karma U.S. Tour on Aug. 28th that ends with an appearance at the Merchants of Metal Festival II in New Orleans on Halloween!

MoMII

The MoM II Festival will see bands as diverse as The Dark Immortal, Obsidian Paradox, Amish Militia, Phallic Acid and Dark World performing.  I don’t know about you, but I’m just getting my hearing back from the first MoM Festival!  And speaking of that show, if you haven’t picked up your MoM Tour shirt you can create your own in our Figment Merch shop!

As for Crimson Eye, as soon as the final leg of their U.S. Tour is complete they’ll move on to London where they’ll kick off a European tour on Nov. 6th that will finish up Dec. 5th in Madrid.

MetalFest

And speaking of metal Festivals the aptly title “Metal Fest” will kick off it’s inaugural year on November 12th.   Organized by Kranked Up’s Olivia Smith and Greg Jay , the Fest should be a blast with early reports saying Pusher and Phallic Acid have signed on to appear.  Although a location for the Fest has yet to be named and further lineup announcements are pending, it looks to be a good one.  If you’ve got a metal band and wanna play the show, leave em’ a shout on their Metal Fest page!

xenophilia

But arguably the biggest fall tour of them all is the double bill of Eccentric Arcade and Fait Accompli.  Their Xenophilia 2009 Tour kicked off in Vancouver on Sept. 1st and criss crosses the U.S. from West to East before culminating in what’s certain to be a killer closing show in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 28th.  Xenophilia tour shirts are also available in the Figment Merch Shop.  Both bands are tweeting about the shows on their respective Twitter Feeds – you can follow them @EccentricArcade and @strollingwolf – and the biggest news yet is that Fait’s lead singer Aaron O’Blivion sprained his ankle while in San Diego, but will continue the tour using a cane.  It doesn’t seem to have slowed him down though as reports say the band continues to tear it up live.

Is your band going on tour?  Let us know and better yet, let the world know by creating your own custom tour shirt in our Figment Merch Store.  Hope to see you on the road!

Boundaries Revisited

August 28th, 2009

We posted this article a little over a year ago.  We’re re-posting it now because we’ve had a lot of growth in the Figment community since then, and with that growth we’ve seen a band or two that have really pushed the boundaries of what we consider offensive material on Figment.  I have to say that we are very pleased with how fair and conscientious you all are, so this is in no means a reprimand or a “see what happens” type of post.  Rather it is an attempt to clarify what we view as offensive and how we hope to deal with it going forward.  You all play a part in making Figment a place where everyone is welcome but censorship is not the means to the end.  We welcome any comments you might have on this subject.

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We here at Figment consider ourselves a pretty fair bunch and as I’ve said in other posts we go out of our way not to over police our site for what we consider offensive material, but rather try to allow the users to self-police those bands they find offensive.  If enough people agree that a band is offensive than we mark it offensive, that is unless something is truly over the top in which case we step in.  We have never removed a band or album from Figment for being offensive (when we mark something offensive it is only filtered out of view of those people that asked not to be shown offensive material when they created an account on Figment), until now.

Today I removed a band that made fun of people who suffer from Down Syndrome.  I thought long and hard about whether or not I should remove this content from Figment, but in the end decided that there are certain boundaries we have to set for the site and this band crossed those boundaries.  Making fun of people with developmental disabilities is something that has been done before, but it’s a slippery slope and one that requires a lot of finesse on the part of the person delivering the joke in order for it to be funny.  When it’s not it’s simply mean-spirited.  We found this band mean-spirited, and even if it wasn’t meant in harm, felt it could cause harm simply by perpetuating a stereotype that increases the stigma attached to those who are developmentally disabled.  That’s not what we created Figment for.

In short, just because something is delivered as a joke doesn’t mean it isn’t hurtful and we all need to be mindful of that fact.  Is it a right to think whatever you want regardless of whether it hurts someone’s feelings?  Yes, but it’s also our right to restrict the use of our bandwidth to promote something we feel crosses the line.

Right now the movie “Tropic Thunder” is also under attack for scenes that use the term “retard” and although I’m not sure I support the idea of a boycott, I do think the filmmakers should have considered some of the complaints leveled at their movie prior to releasing it and practiced a little self-editing of their own.  That is certainly what we are asking all of you to do on Figment.

So what other boundaries have we set?  Well, I don’t want you to think that we are telling you what to express, but let’s face it there are certain areas that I think we would all agree are overtly offensive.  For instance, racist, sexist and hate related material.  We aren’t looking to play the role of big brother on Figment, but we do expect everyone to play our game in a respectful and fair manner and if we feel something doesn’t meet those criteria we will exercise our right to remove the material or it’s creator from Figment.  We also understand that there is always room for interpretation and will try to consider that before making any decision related to permanently removing any form of content from Figment.  Furthermore, we promise to always notify the user as to our decision and allow them an opportunity to remove the material themselves.

We’re open to hearing what you think about this issue so feel free to leave us a comment with your perspective.

Was that a Figment?

July 7th, 2009

Noticed a new band on Figment today called XMortis, but when I clicked on it to check it out I found this:

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Xmortis

2nd Fridays of the month

Genre Goth Rock Band Created 7/7/2009 Fan Base 0 Total Sales 0

Xmortis
Five Year Anniversary Party!
Friday, July 10th 2009

Five years ago this July we launched Xmortis. It was a new monthly celebration of morbid mirth, in the long, dark tradition of Manray Nightclub. Since Manray’s closing we have kept that tradition going strong at T.T. the Bears. Come celebrate our 5th year anniversary with us!

We’re looking to dig out some great blasts from the depths of our spooky past. We’ll have prizes and giveaways to thank you all for the memories, with wishes for many more to come! Prizes include tickets to Depeche Mode and VNV Nation, as well as a limited number of special commemorative Xmortis V pins.

DJ Chris Ewen continues to spin the most memorable Goth and Industrial with DJ Mothra reprising his Manray co-residency. Terri the bartender keeps the spirits alive and flowing in the Lounge while the Wednesday Addams dancers torment Pugsley to get the evening (and heads) rolling!

18+ $10 ($5 before 10:30) 9pm – 2am
STRICT DRESS CODE: Goth, Industrial, Fetish, Creative Attire Encouraged. MINIMUM ALL BLACK.
T.T. the Bears 10 Brookline St. Cambridge, MA

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Needless to say this is a REAL event and NOT a fake band.  So to answer the title of this post…no Virginia this is not a Figment.

While we frown on this, because Figment is not a bulletin board for the posting of events, we do think it sounds like a pretty cool event that our users might very well be interested in attending.  So we’d like everyone to know that if you have a REAL event that our users might be interested in checking out please feel free to send us an email at [email protected]  If we think it has promise we’ll post something about it here on the blog where it belongs.

In the meantime, good luck LatexLily with XMortis – we hope you have a successful event!

GothZilla Go Gold!

March 25th, 2009

gothzilla

GothZilla’s debut album “50 Stories of Sadness” is the first album on Figment to go gold!  The band received their golden horn certification this weekend for reaching the 100 albums sold mark with “50 Stories of Sadness”.  Reached for comment the band has this to say about their achievement, “That ole thing?  Really?  Shi….”  When asked why they thought the album resonated so well with fans, they responded “We have no idea.  Honestly we’ve moved on and are working on a new album.  It’s kind of a Perry Como inspired lounge kinda thing with marked Polka influences.”

For those of you who are not familiar with our horn certifications, Figment awards those bands whose albums reach certain sales marks with horn certifications.  These certifications include an icon that’s placed on the album’s page as well as special lucre rewards, which we refer to as “filthy lucre”.  To give you a better understanding of the various horn certifications – here are the icons and corresponding “filthy lucre” rewards for each:

Gold Horn Certification = 100 sales of an album

Filthy Lucre Award – 500 pieces of Lucre

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Platinum Horn Certification = 250 sales of an album

Filthy Lucre Award – 1,000 pieces of Lucre

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Diamond Horn Certification = 500 sales of an album

Filthy Lucre Award – 5,000 pieces of Lucre

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So congratulations GothZilla on being the first to reach gold!

Animal Attraction

February 18th, 2009

pianodog

I don’t know about you, but I often wonder where some indie bands these days get their names.  While some bands go for the ordinary, “Spoon”, others go for obtuse, “The Sea and Cake”, or scholarly sounding “Architechture in Helsinki.”  Now this isn’t to say I don’t like these bands or their names, because I do, but it does make you think about what led them to the name they selected and whether or not it’s hurt or helped their careers.  A new article by Beat Crave takes a look at the latest name obsession – animal names – and dares to point out which ones are overused.

When picking a name for your fake band, make sure you pick one that stands out from the crowd but still matches and sums up the sound you envision for the band.  Since there is no sound involved with a fake band it’s important that you connote as much of a feel for the band as you can with every detail you provide.  After all, if you pick the wrong name or one that’s doesn’t catch someone’s attention you’re likely to get lost in the shuffle.  So spend some time thinking about your name, because on Figment sometimes it is ALL in the name.

And We’re Back!

February 18th, 2009

Just wanted to let you know that we got the problem with our server fixed and Figment is back up. We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary service interruption may have caused.

Image Available!

September 12th, 2008

Well, thanks to Patrick you can once again upload pictures for your bands and albums.  The bug has been fixed and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  For those people who released an album between this morning and Tuesday (9/9/08) and would like to add an image, please send us an email asking to upload a new image via the feedback link at the bottom of every Figment page.  We will ban your album temporarily which will place it back on your dashboard and allow you to edit it.  Once you’ve added the image you can ask for the ban to be removed by clicking on the ban removal request link on your dashboard.  We will remove the ban and your album (with image) will be accessible again.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Now remember – image is everything!

Image Not Available

September 11th, 2008

You may have noticed that the site is not allowing you to upload images for your bands and albums on Figment lately. Normally you see a “Image Not Available” icon for bands or albums that have not uploaded an image.  Unfortunately, Figment currently has a bug that is keeping the images users have uploaded from connecting with the corresponding band/album page and as a result every band/album now has a “Image Not Available” icon showing up on their page.  I just wanted to let you know we are on the case.  The bug has been occurring since Tuesday, but we hope to have it fixed soon.

Although this is an issue that effects both bands and album, it’s less of a problem with the creation of a new band since band pages can be edited at any time.  So feel free to create your new band.  You can always add a band image later once we have the issue resolved.

As far as albums are concerned though, you should hold off on releasing any new albums for your bands until we have the problem fixed, because once you release an album there is no way to edit it.  For those people who have already released an album during this time period and would like to add an image, please wait until the problem is fixed (we will update this post when it is) and then send us an email asking to upload a new image via the feedback link at the bottom of every Figment page.  We will ban your album temporarily which will place it back on your dashboard and allow you to edit it.  Once you’ve added the image you can ask for the ban to be removed by clicking on the ban removal request link on your dashboard.  We will remove the ban and your album (with image) will be accessible again.

We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Please bear with us while we get the problem fixed.  Please check back here for updates.  We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the bug is fixed.

Boundaries

August 21st, 2008

We here at Figment consider ourselves a pretty fair bunch and as I’ve said in other posts we go out of our way not to over police our site for what we consider offensive material, but rather try to allow the users to self-police those bands they find offensive.  If enough people agree that a band is offensive than we mark it offensive, that is unless something is truly over the top in which case we step in.  We have never removed a band or album from Figment for being offensive (when we mark something offensive it is only filtered out of view of those people that asked not to be shown offensive material when they created an account on Figment), until now. 

Today I removed a band that made fun of people who suffer from Down Syndrome.  I thought long and hard about whether or not I should remove this content from Figment, but in the end decided that there are certain boundaries we have to set for the site and this band crossed those boundaries.  Making fun of people with developmental disabilities is something that has been done before, but it’s a slippery slope and one that requires a lot of finesse on the part of the person delivering the joke in order for it to be funny.  When it’s not it’s simply mean-spirited.  We found this band mean-spirited, and even if it wasn’t meant in harm, felt it could cause harm simply by perpetuating a stereotype that increases the stigma attached to those who are developmentally disabled.  That’s not what we created Figment for.

In short, just because something is delivered as a joke doesn’t mean it isn’t hurtful and we all need to be mindful of that fact.  Is it a right to think whatever you want regardless of whether it hurts someone’s feelings?  Yes, but it’s also our right to restrict the use of our bandwidth to promote something we feel crosses the line.

Right now the movie “Tropic Thunder” is also under attack for scenes that use the term “retard” and although I’m not sure I support the idea of a boycott, I do think the filmmakers should have considered some of the complaints leveled at their movie prior to releasing it and practiced a little self-editing of their own.  That is certainly what we are asking all of you to do on Figment.

So what other boundaries have we set?  Well, I don’t want you to think that we are telling you what to express, but let’s face it there are certain areas that I think we would all agree are overtly offensive.  For instance, racist, sexist and hate related material.  We aren’t looking to play the role of big brother on Figment, but we do expect everyone to play our game in a respectful and fair manner and if we feel something doesn’t meet those criteria we will exercise our right to remove the material or it’s creator from Figment.  We also understand that there is always room for interpretation and will try to consider that before making any decision related to permanently removing any form of content from Figment.  Furthermore, we promise to always notify the user as to our decision and allow them an opportunity to remove the material themselves.

We’re open to hearing what you think about this issue so feel free to leave us a comment with your perspective.

Heads Above Water

July 17th, 2008

Heads Above Water

Well as you may have noticed things have not been that smooth of late.  No I’m not talking about the U.S. economy, I’m talking about Figment.  We do apologize for some of the bugs that have popped up of late, but we just moved the site to a new server and unfortunately had some hiccups along the way.   We’ve cleared most of them up and actually added a few new things so I’m proud to say that the State of our Figment Union has NEVER been stronger. 

One new thing you may have noticed is the addition of a brand new spanking “Thanks For Being A Fan!” autograph that appears when you become a fan of a band.

Thanks for Being A Fan! Autograph

This replaced the old box that used to appear at the top of the page and we think adds a nice graphic touch to the page.  We’ll be adding a similar autograph for when you buy an album real soon, so be on the lookout.

You’ll also be happy to know that we’ve made some changes behind the scenes that will make the site respond a lot faster, so the next time you want to check out Rumble Squad’s band page it’ll be up quicker than you can say…well…Rumble Squad!

So what else is up you ask?  Well, we’ve added a bunch of new Figment users in the past week and they’ve already added some new bands like White Buffalo, Oliver Klosoff, Washing Dishes, Satan’s Shitkickers and Escape Velocity among others.  So be sure to pay their band pages a visit, let em’ know what you think and if you like them, become a fan!  After all, we can all use a fan or two right?