Looks like the bassist from Pincher Nipple is promoting more than just a new solo album!

 

Bear With Us

June 18th, 2008

You may have experience some glitches with Figment of late – sorry to all those bands that didn’t show up in the Recent Additions chart and to those new users who have had trouble creating accounts.  Just wanted you to know that we are working on it and should have things squared away soon.  We’re in the process of moving Figment over to another server and unfortunately it’s taken us a lot longer than originally expected.  I apologize for the delay and the problems it has caused.  I hope you’ll be patient and continue to visit Figment.

Another quiet week on Figment, but a few new bands and few golden oldies we wanted to give a shout out to!  So here’s what we Picked to Click!

Shadows of the Sea – The third album from this emo band, “Crying Stars”, is as strong as their first two.  Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, you likely missed it if you aren’t already a fan because it didn’t show up on our home page.  Our apologies to the band’s creator KukiSuki, who clearly understands this band’s esthetic and always supports it with great song/album titles and top notch album artwork.  The only advice we can pass on is to make the artwork look a little more like an album – text anyone?

Inchworm – Looks as if Pincher Nipple’s got more than just a sibling rivalry going!  Check out their band page to get the skinny!  And watch your back Pincher Nipple!

Crotch Rocket – Released their first album, “Pistol Grip” and it’s a blast!  Rod Johnson definitely knows how to rock out with his cock out!

Now some golden oldies that you may have missed the first time around:

Fredulous McUncleton – the band description will tell you everything you need to know.

A B.S. in B.S. – We all feel remiss that this band was never featured in our Picked to Click! posts, but hey sometimes good things need time to pass before they are fully appreciated.  This band’s first album “Alternative Splicing” is post-graduate ska for the masses!  A belated A+ with a heavy recommendation to buy it!!

Dip Cup – Great band description and a strong debut album “Girls With Back Tattoos” for this alt-country juggernaut.

Abba, Crosby & Phish – We overlooked this band a bit in the early days of Figment, but the band name and song titles on their debut “Exodus on Main Street” are among the best.

Wet Stetson – They put the blue in bluegrass with their two albums “Puddle of Love” and “A Drop in the Gene Pool”.

Well that’s it for last week’s picks.  Show em’ some love by becoming a fan, buying their albums and giving them a listen.

 

It pains me to say this, but I had to kick someone off Figment today.  There’s no sense printing that user’s name, but suffice to say he was cheating by creating alternate accounts and then becoming a fan and buying/listening to the albums he created under his main account.  The first time he did this I deleted his alternate account and explained to him that he couldn’t do it.  He was issued a warning that if he did it again his main account would be suspended, but I chose to give him the benefit of the doubt and didn’t delete the lucre he had created for himself.  I figured that a warning was enough and that maybe he hadn’t understood our terms and conditions, but for some reason he chose not to heed the warning.  Instead he created more bands on his main account and then proceeded to create a series of alternate accounts.  With these alternate accounts he became a fan of each of his real account’s bands, bought their albums, and listened to them, all in an attempt to create lucre for himself.  At this point, I had no other choice but to suspend his main account and delete the alternate accounts.  I’m not sorry I did it. 

We are committed to keeping Figment as level a playing field as possible, because we want the people who play the game to feel as though their creativity and the rewards it produces are honestly gained.  It’s not fair to you as a Figment user if someone else is cheating the system, because they’re not just cheating our site, they’re cheating you too.  Whether it’s cheating you out of a chart position or contest prizes doesn’t matter, the bottom line is they are cheating.  We won’t stand for it and neither should you.  So rest assured we’re on the lookout for this type of illegal activity on our site.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure I can tell you that I have an alternate account on Figment, but it’s not for any personal gain.  No, I created another account so that I could play the game myself merely for the fun of it.  In fact, at the end of the year I plan to hold a Figment contest where I give the lucre I earned to the winner.  You’ll also notice that my main account (eric) has no bands and earns no lucre.  I’m not in it to reward myself like the user I kicked off Figment today.  I’m in it because I genuinely enjoy seeing what all of you create.  So I hope you will continue to trust Figment with your creations and rest assured that no one else is rigging the system.

Over the past year we’ve seen pro sports humbled by a series of scandals.  One of them, in the NFL, hit close to home for me because I’m a long time fan of the New England Patriots.  It’s been hard reading about how the team I have rooted for since I was a kid has been cheating, but that is what they’ve been doing.  I hope they have realized the errors of their ways, but I don’t expect anyone else to forgive them anytime soon.  Rather we the Patriot’s fans will have to deal with the stigma caused by their cheating as a form of penance.  But my personal discomfort aside, what is most bothersome about the whole scandal is the pall it casts over the integrity of the game itself.  Although I think this goes a bit far at times and may very well be a media creation, I think it is important to consider that one team’s transgressions can cast doubt on the whole game.  That is something that I don’t want to have happen to Figment.

So let’s all play fair and try to create an environment we can trust our imaginations to – cuz if that becomes corrupted what’s the point?

Eric

For those of you who just created a band you may notice that the Recent Activity chart says that “Eric” formed YOUR band.  Don’t worry, I haven’t become a brutal dictator who has taken over your band or a meglomaniac who feels he is entitled to your band (that only happens on Thursdays.)  No, I am neither.  What you are witnessing is what we in the internet biz (that’s slang for business) call a glitch (really technical term huh.)  We’re about to introduce some new features and some of them are are tied to the recent activity chart, but unfortunately not everything is working correctly just yet.  If you actually click on the band you’ll see that your name is still credited for creating/forming the band and all lucre earned by the band and their albums is still being routed to your account.  I’ll have more information on the new features as soon as they are available, and for those of you whose band’s were effected by this glitch please rest assured that we are working on it as fast as possible and hope to have it remedied soon.  We apologize for credit not being given where credit is due, so I hope you’ll forgive us.

4:04 pm ET – We seem to have fixed the glitch, but those bands that were effected earlier will still say “Formed by Eric”.  Again, sorry for not giving credit where credit is due. 

After a month and a half of owning the top of the charts, Pastor of Muppets reign at #1 on the Figment Top Bands and Top Album Sales charts has ended.  GothZilla an emo band formed by 2 DJs from Lincoln, NE has stormed up the charts and toppled the ole Pastor from the #1 spot.  Even crazier, their debut album “50 Stories of Sadness” was only released yesterday!!!  Will GothZilla continue to vanquish the good Pastor?  Or will the Pastor marshal his Muppet disciples and unleash the collective buying power of Figment Nation?  Stay tuned…looks like we’ve got a horse race! 

Figment is 1 Month Old!

March 13th, 2008

Today Figment is officially 1-month old.  As you know the site is filling up fast with some great fake bands so if you haven’t checked it out please do so.   Our soundtrack contest is off to a slow start, but here are a few of the early entrants:

Little Feet “Gary Coleman – Inside the Games Original Soundtrack”

Pool of Users “Scared Yet?  Original Soundtrack”

So check out the contest rules and get your soundtrack released!

Now that we’ve reached the 1-month milestone it’s also time to take a look back at some of our staff’s favorite bands thus far.

Figment Staff Picks:

Eric –  

Pastor of Muppets – What can we say?  The top of the heap.

The Four Horseman of the Botox Lips – Great band idea, description and first EP.  Top notch.

The Balding Engineers – Everything about this band is top notch!!

Flatso – Really inventive and one of the best band descriptions I’ve read yet.  Just a few words and you feel like you’ve heard this band, and yet, their fake. 

Cutting Room – Their album “My Parent’s Don’t Get Me” has a some great song titles.

Abba Crosby & Phish – Great band name and some great song titles on their first release – “Exodus on Main Street”.

Flush With Power – skatalogical humor at it’s best or worst…you be the judge.

Fish & Chips – a great tag line!

Larry

The Balding Engineers – Made me laugh out loud!

Can of Wupazz – Their album “Threat Level – Orange” is great.

Catmium – Love this band.

Abusement Park – Great concept for a band.  Love their first album.

Pastor of Muppets

Pastor of Muppets continues his dominance of the Top Band and Top Selling Albums charts on Figment.  The righteous one has held the top spot for over 3 weeks now.  Will anyone put a stop to his reign?  Cutting Room seems to be gaining some ground, but has yet to supplant the exalted one. 

Figment Launches!

February 13th, 2008

Just wanted to let everyone know that we officially launched the beta version of Figment today.  So check us out!

I’d also like to take a minute to thank Larry, Patrick and Troy for all the hard work they put in to make Figment a reality.  Their patience and expertise was invaluable and I literally couldn’t have done it without them.  Patrick especially showed great calm under fire – so thanks!

 And with that, let the games begin…

 Eric 

I was flipping through the NY Times today when I ran across this blurb in their arts section regarding the Rolling Stones take on rock stars with drug problems.  Seems Sir Mick and Keith are now concerned parents and want the newest crop of drug addled musicians to lay off the hard stuff.  According to Jagger, ?When we were experimenting with drugs, little was known about the effects. In our time there were no rehab centers like today. Anyway, I did not know about them.?  Hmmm…little was known about the effects huh?  And I guess Brian Jones drowning in his backyard swimming pool wasn’t a clue? 

Now I love the Stones and they certainly have had their share of drug-related experiences to draw from, but should they really be handing out advice to the addicted?  To me it just seems a bit late for the Glimmer Twins to be chastising “the kids” about their drug use.  If they really want to illustrate the devastating effects of drugs on the human body it seems to me that they don’t have to look any further than their own images staring back in the mirror.  Not that they are using mirrors for anything but vanity these days anyway.  Right?