WELCOME TO THE 75ORLESS
Over 1,900 reviews in our archives, started in October 2001.
IN OUR EARDRUMS - updated May 2013
Low - The Invisible Way (Sub Pop)
Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)
The Soft Drugs - In Moderation & Get Back Side A (self released)
Overseas- Self Titled (Undertow)
John Vanderslice - Dagger Beach/Diamond Dogs 2XLP (self released)
David Bazan - 2013 Tour EP with print (self released)
Eleventh Dream Day - New Moodio (Comedy Minus One)
Joel RL Phelps - 2012-13 demos
Ho-ag - World-Destroying Zig-zag (self released)
Kurt Vile - Walkin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
Shane Sweeney - The Finding Time (Last Chance)
The Men - New Moon (Sacred Bones)
Tobacco / Black Bananas - Split 7 inch (Volcom)
Toman - Postrock Hits Vol 2 (Graveface)
Various - Rated GG Tribute 7 inch (The Best Show)
It's a reasonable question. The idea was born during our daily music chats back in the Fall of 2001, while discussing reviews we'd read. There was only one thing we consistently agreed on: they were too long. It seemed the point of how the music sounded and whether or not it was good was lost in an overlong mess of lyric quotes, personal accounts and a seemingly desperate attempt to fulfill a word count. Eventually someone said, "It's gotten to the point where if you can't say it in 75 words or less, you should shut the eff up". Within a week, 75orless.com was born. The best part about our limit is its reversal of typical music reviews. We limit the amount of words we use, and are not required to reach a number.
Welcoming brit pop, flip hop, hip hop, power pop, trip hop, nintendocore, nerdcore, sadcore, borecore, floorcore, grindcore, borecore, crabcore, hardcore, rockabilly, shockabilly, psychobilly, snowbilly, disco, narcocorrido, techno, turbo, electro, tango, goombay, taco, zolo, soul, new new wave, new age, nu gaze, nu metal, new grass, new romantic, black metal, tap, neo-psychedelia, prog, kabuki, surf, noise, show tunes, prison metal, synth, ragtime, tuvan throat-singing, death, 8-bit, improv, idm, swamp, tin pan alley, crust, stuffed crust, electronic, boom and chime, indie, pagan, folk, merseybeat, punk, lo-fi, pop, western, gothic, samba, travesty, reggae, punta, jazz, blues, acid, avant-garde, easy listening, sludge, fungi, viking, polka, garage, country, no wave, wizard, waxjax, rap, jug, twee, kettle, swing, electronic hardcore, comedy, math rock, nordic, space age, lo-wage, medieval, thrash, muzak, beatbox, old metal, world, yer major label industry crap and all other music submissions.
To be considered for a review, send all items to:
23 Laurel Lane
Warren, RI 02885
We vow to never upload your music to file sharing sites for others to grab for free. We also encourage you to use recyclable mailing packaging, as we try to reuse as much of it as possible. We also love vinyl submissions.
Another option available for submissions is to make your release available for download.
Please make sure that your music is available as a zip file for download with 160kb (or better) mp3 files. The fine print - We do not review single songs. No streaming, wav, flac, real player, windows media or quicktime files will be considered. Soundcloud users, zip all your songs into one zip! We do not embed widgets or your html code. We also will not install any proprietary music players that are required to hear your music. Keep it simple, folks! Send your link to: 75orless [at] gmail.com
No matter how you submit your music, here's a few things to keep in mind...
Please include some info with your submission, it doesn't have to be fancy. We just need some sort of starting point like, "This album sounds like heavy metal mixed with Brazilian pop music." Giving us a description of your music greatly increases your chances of getting reviewed. We are sorry to report we cannot review all submissions.
We are a very small operation and our staff is completely volunteer. If your music is great, we will let our readers know. It doesn't matter to us if you are on a major label or you recorded it in your basement. On the flip side of that, if you are too sensitive to handle an unfavorable review, please refrain from submitting. We don't claim to have our finger on the pulse of current music trends
, so maybe you are better off ignoring us. The comment functionality on the site has been disabled for years, so you are safe from the reader's hatred. Anyways, we mostly like to give descriptive or generally positive reviews, but sometimes can't help ourselves. Also, we will never respond to your musical submissions with our ad rates and you should not email us to ask us if it's alright to submit music. This happens at least fifty times per day and we don't have the time to respond. You either submit your music or you don't, that's the deal.
Every friday, we post links to rare and live music available for download.
We do not link to lossless files, as we are half deaf ourselves. We also don't host any files, as we do not comprehend the technology. We simply stumble across this stuff and share the links. Please support all the websites and bands responsible for allowing free music into your ears.
We are based out of Providence, Rhode Island. We offer no apologies, nor should you hold that against us.
Some of the compliments we have received
Dolphin Music Top 100 Music Related Blogs of 2008 - #82
Best Music Weblog "Bloggie" nominee 2004
Providence Phoenix Nominee for Best Blog 2008-2010
Time Magazine's Fifteen Great Sites for Musicians and Fans 2003
Yahoo! Pick of The Day 2002
Yahoo! Best of 2002
USA Today's Hot Sites 2002
and thank you, Shift Magazine. It's a real shame you went bankrupt.
Leslie Harpold, we love you and miss you.
- more info -
find us on Facebook
follow us on Twitter
to link us, add this code to your website
- archives -
sign up for the 75 or Less mailing list
friends of..... updated 3-10-13
weirdest band in the world
fast n bulbous
free music archive
rocky point movie
beat the indie drum
power pop review
providence daily dose
rock and roll report
know your conjurer
pvd social club
shiny grey monotone
keeping score at home
space rock mountain
we effing love music
all i want sevens
doom and gloom
hiding behind the shed
i don't care about sleep
i am the least machiavellian
music art vcl
noise addiction II
nuzz prowling wolf
son of subversive sounds
13th floor vendetta
thats the thing about that
comedy minus one
PODCASTS & COMEDY
joe's big mouth
ronna and beverly
low times podcast
scharpling and wurster
good bad music
killed by death
music for maniacs
you ain't no picasso
mission of burma
old school hip hop tapes
peter king lathe cuts
pirate press flexi
there i fixed it
crooks and liars
this isn't happiness
animal rescue league
this modern world