Headphone Commute is an independent resource of candid words on electronic, experimental and instrumental music. The range of covered genres includes electronica, ambient, glitch, idm, modern classical, shoegaze, downtempo, bass, experimental, minimal and everything in between. Headphone Commute is not associated with any artist, band, record label, promoter, distributor or retailer covered by the reviews. There is no hidden agenda behind these words. What you see is what you get. All that means is that we share our love for music because we want to, not because we have to.
Remaining anonymous is important to the founder of Headphone Commute. This anonymity affords the mysterious HC the luxury of staying true to the writer’s opinion and acts as a safeguard to prevent the ego getting in the way of the one thing that counts: music. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the mysterious HC in this interview titled Fifteen Questions with Headphone Commute.
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submitting your album for review
At this time, Headphone Commute does not accept any unsolicited promotional material. We are deeply apologetic for this decision. There’s nothing worse, than having packages pile up on our desks which never get a chance to be heard. Similarly, we don’t want to make you sad by never replying to your messages. For every beautiful album we feature on the site, we get ten more sent by email, and there’s no way that we can ever catch up! The decision about accepting promos is not final, and may change in the future, depending our workload. Labels and artists with which we have had contact may reach out via the same methods of past communication. Otherwise, you can be sure that we’ll find you. We hope you understand where we’re coming from, and again, we’re sorry for this decision.
on facts and opinions
All of the content on Headphone Commute goes through a thorough fact-checking process, primarily by having the reviewed entity (artist and/or label) verify the writeup to be error-free prior to the post, or by relying on an official press release presented along with a promotional copy of the album. The interviews are posted in their raw, unedited form, with the exception of spelling corrections and/or grammar / sentence revision for the foreign language speaking candidates. The views expressed on Headphone Commute are those of the respective contributors. We strive to be a reliable source of information. Please submit any corrections that you find.
on our avatar
The face of Headphone Commute is none other than Zoetica Ebb – artist, writer, photographer, style technician and a co-founder of Coilhouse magazine who has written up a praise for Headphone Commute, and now agreed to be our new protagonist, if you will. Let’s be honest – we think Zo is beautiful, and love the presence she adds to the music, the mood, and the weight of our words. We hope you feel the same. Check out Zoetica’s site, Biorequiem.com, and drop us a line on your thoughts.
on text and content
All content on this site is Copyright © 2007-2016 Headphone Commute, unless otherwise clearly stated. All attributable work is credited and republished with permission of the author. All artist photos are courtesy of the artist, attributed with photographer’s credit when available. All album cover art is courtesy of the artist and/or label. All music and sound samples are embedded with permission of the artist and/or label. Additional media content is republished as made available by the original author. You may freely republish our reviews on your site, press kit, or promotional material, with proper attribution linking back to headphonecommute.com. You know the drill…
Most of the content on Headphone Commute has been written by the mysterious HC, who prefers to stay anonymous putting the music ahead of the ego. That seems to be working for the time being… In addition, exclusive content has been submitted by Josh Russell, Elizabeth Klisiewicz, Ben Rutter, Jón Ingi Herbertsson, Matt Leslie, and some previously appearing articles by Peter van Cooten, Matthew Mercer, Brian Housman, Chris Doherty-Ingram, Will Long, Richard Allen, Richard Gürtler, Daniel Mackenzie, Kyra Kordoski, Orangewarrior, Sarah Badr, and Jacob Arnold. All syndicated content has been republished with permission of the original author. See copyright footnotes for all appropriate credits.
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