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Wud Records: social media policy

Posted by Wudmaster on 28/05/20

The Wud Records Social Media Policy has come under review in a recent meeting of our team. We have been struggling to tweet as much as we once did. There are simply not enough hours in a day, nor days in a week, to achieve everything we want to achieve online.

We have decided that from now onwards, a full run of tweeting will be done at least three times a week, starting from Mondays. Sometimes tweets will occur more than three times a week, as and when there is time. Three times a week will remain guaranteed for now. This includes weekends.

Sam will continue to tweet on behalf of Wud Records. George will tweet on behalf of the other Twitter accounts, apart from Pok’s, which will be handled by Pok himself and Claudi.

Tweets may not necessarily occur every Monday! Work, life, family, musical activity and other such commitments will influence the days on which we tweet.

Mondays will continue to be the start of our week, so new legacy Musical Discoveries playlists and featured tracks will become active from Mondays. Recently we have been keeping the same legacy compilation and featured track for two weeks, due to the necessary reduction in tweeting time. This will revert back to weekly. Three free social media shoutouts is better than none, after all. :)

Musical Discoveries will continue as before, as they are very popular. That means we will continue to tweet the tracks we hear and like in addition to the full run of tweets.

Facebook will continue to be largely ignored, by majority vote. We considered linking the Twitter feed back to facebook, but fb’s policy of hiding everything you post as much as possible unless you pay for your followers to be allowed to see it is a corporate abomination and goes against the spirit of wudding.

Instagram will have a new photo or picture added at least twice a week. They will tend to be a bit random, so come and follow us and be surprised!

Bandcamp has a new community feature and we will continue to post there for our fans from time to time. Posts at Bandcamp are exclusive! If you wish to see what we are posting, hear our secret experimental uploads and be among the first to enjoy new releases, come and follow us on Bandcamp. It’s free to sign up with a fan account.

YouTube is the toughest one. We have many hours of video footage that needs to be organised. At present there is no time and nobody available to organise it. Much as we would love to upload a lot of movies for you to enjoy, it is very difficult and may not happen for a few more months.

We shall let all of our friends, fans and followers know of any further changes to social media policy in our News service and on Twitter.

The Bastard Sons of Dennis: Dominance and Submission

Posted by Wudmaster on 12/05/20

Dominance and Submission by The Bastard Sons of Dennis is the latest song to be added to their Cosy Lube Turtle album.

Cosy Lube Turtle is an album of Blue Oyster Cult covers, which The Bastard Sons of Dennis were known and loved for playing. Cosy Lube Turtle is in fact an anagram of Blue Oyster Cult.

Dominance and Submission is the penultimate track to be added to the Cosy Lube Turtle album. We hope to be able to finish the final track, Seven Screaming Diz-Busters, in the coming weeks.

About half of all the Blue Oyster Cult covers that The Bastard Sons of Dennis ever played make up the Cosy Lube Turtle album. We are uncertain at this time if a second album of Blue Oyster Cult covers will ever be made due to the duo living in two different countries by now.

Besides their Blue Oyster Cult covers and many originals, The Bastard Sons of Dennis also played a cover of Kashmir by Led Zeppelin very rarely.

For Blue Oyster Cult songs, the regular members of The Bastard Sons of DennisQ. Wim Lijkkes and Yuri Nation – would be replaced by BOC specialists Derek Broom and Chuck Palmer.

Dominance and Submission was always a tremendously popular live track. During the pauses for “It Will Be Time”, Derek and Chuck would flip their guitars around to reveal signs saying “Throw Panties Now!” and “If No Panties, Bras!”. There was an occasion when somebody took a big bag full of (clean) underwear along to a show and gave items out to the crowd to throw at the appropriate moment, which was great fun.

When Chuck’s solo finished and before the “Dominance” / “Submission” section got fully underway, Derek would often use the defined area of uncertainty to thank the venue and sound guy and talk a bit of nonsense.

Dominance and Submission was originally released in 1974 as a song on the album Secret Treaties by Blue Oyster Cult. The band also released a live version on their 1982 E. T. L. album.

If you would like to download or listen to Dominance and Submission by The Bastard Sons of Dennis from Bandcamp, please click here.

To download or listen to the entire Cosy Lube Turtle album as it stands right now, please click here.

If you would like to listen to the Cosy Lube Turtle album here at the Wud Records website, please click here instead.

Wud Records: April 2020 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 02/05/20

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for April 2020 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts.

The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments over plays. This is because when somebody reposts a track it gives it the opportunity to be heard by a potential new fan, which is a tremendous help to creative souls.

Tracks published at Musicoin and Bandcamp have been omitted from the SoundCloud statistics. This is because we feel these results require separate treatment. Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored.

Only you, the listener, can influence our May 2020 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it, leave a comment, repost it and share it to your social media feed!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during April 2020 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms.

A special mention needs to go to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Musicoin, Spotify, ReverbNation, dSound, dTube or Peertracks, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes all our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

Congratulations to Flicker, whose tune Welcome To The Family reached the top of our charts for the first time. Welcome To The Family has been in and out of the charts since we first joined SoundCloud and it is tremendous that it has gained so much popularity recently. This month’s chart features five pieces of music in total from Flicker’s 2002 album At Least 1000 Words.

Their second album, HappySad, is under construction and you can listen to it as it stands right now by clicking here. Several more tracks are likely to be released in the coming weeks and months, so please keep an eye and an ear on our News service and Twitter.

Dark Company‘s work-in-progress Bad Habits album also had four songs in our latest chart. This is largely due to the recent upturn in activity on Atom Collector Records. Most of the songs on Bad Habits are at beta stage so will not require such a massive amount of work to finish. Oh for more hours/day and days/weeek!

The only other act to be represented in the chart for April 2020 was The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Their song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles is still in our latest chart.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in April 2020, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, such as our Links collection or homepage.

Wud Records: April 2020 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/05/20

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard.

These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during April 2020 into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the exact moment of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing the music too. At the very least you might end up making an independent musician’s day.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track?! If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts.

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artist.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

In addition to the latest compilation being our pinned tweet on Twitter, every week on Twitter we boost a previous Musical Discoveries playlist and a featured track from that playlist. The featured track is chosen by the Wud Records team and is one which is a real favourite amongst us. All the featured tracks form an additional compilation which we also tweet daily.

All of the featured tracks can be found on a separate page at our website by clicking here, or on SoundCloud by clicking here.

If you would like the opportunity to be included in a future compilation, first you need to follow us on SoundCloud so we can follow you back. You can even enjoy hearing some of the music by our fabulous bands whilst you’re there. :)

We listen to everyone we follow at SoundCloud on a first-in-first-out basis. It may take a few weeks for us to reach the newest additions. We always have a massive amount of music to listen to, so please be patient and eventually you will be heard.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of April 2020 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of the previous musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page. Remember that we publish a new playlist absolutely full of largely undiscovered musical treasures every month and who knows – one might even include you!

Wud Records: March 2020 top ten tracks published at SoundCloud

Posted by Wudmaster on 08/04/20

The top ten SoundCloud tracks for March 2020 from Wud Records have been published in a new playlist. Tracks have been arranged from one to ten according to their popularity and take into account plays, comments, likes and reposts. The algorithm we use gives greatest weight to reposts, then likes and comments over plays.

Tracks published at Musicoin and Bandcamp have been omitted from the SoundCloud statistics. This is because we feel these results require separate treatment. Archive tracks and bonus tracks are also ignored.

Only you, the listener, can influence our April 2020 playlist. So if there is a track you particularly like, keep playing it, leave a comment, repost it and share it to your social media feed!

Massive thanks go out to everybody who helped to support all of us during March 2020 by listening, commenting and reposting our bands’ tracks on SoundCloud, as well as other platforms. March 2020 was our busiest month in over a year, which has been very pleasing for us all.

A special mention needs to go to Atom Collector Records. Their service continues to help us achieve consistently and significantly better activity. If you have tracks on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, Musicoin, Spotify, ReverbNation, dSound, dTube or Peertracks, you too could see considerable growth in activity. It’s even free to join. Just click here to go to their site.

We would also like to say a special thank you to all the splendid people on Twitter who have been enjoying and reposting our tracks to their followers. All the support and positive feedback has been incredibly heartwarming for us all. It makes all our endeavours here seem worthwhile.

Congratulations to The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Their song The Furniture (part 1: overture) from their truly extraordinary creation The Furniture/Los Muebles remained at the top of our latest chart.

The gruesome twosome had two more songs from their Cherry Smoke Empire album in our top ten. Sometimes moved up to the number three spot and Good Times moved up to number seven.

Only two other albumns were represented in March 2020’s chart.

At Least 1000 Words by Flicker afforded four tracks to the compilation. The work-in-progress Bad Habits album from Dark Company supplied the other three. No more artists made it into our chart this month.

If you would like to go to SoundCloud to hear the top ten songs from Wud Records in March 2020, as played, liked, commented upon and reposted by listeners, please click here.

If you prefer to listen here at Wud Records, you will find that it is the new default music player. You will find it on all non band-specific pages at the site, such as our Links collection or homepage.

Wud Records: March 2020 musical discoveries

Posted by Wudmaster on 01/04/20

A brand new playlist of all the favourite musical discoveries of the Wud Records team has been published at SoundCloud. All of the artists on it are amazing independent unsigned artists who are making great music that simply aches to be heard.

These artists are not associated directly with Wud Records in any way. We simply accumulated songs that we all liked during March 2020 into one agreed playlist and published it at the end of the month.

Tracks have been arranged according to the number of plays at the time of publishing, starting with the fewest. Tracks that are early in playlists tend to receive more plays than later tracks, and we feel that the ones with fewer plays need the best chance of exposure.

If you find some new favourites on there, why not shout about them on social media as well? We are sure the artistes responsible for creating the music will welcome such word-of-mouth exposure and your friends and followers would probably love to enjoy hearing the music too. At the very least you might end up making an independent musician’s day.

Can you complete the challenge of listening to every track?! If you manage it, tell us, tell some of the music makers involved, and tell the world on social media how you feel about what you heard. Everyone concerned would love to hear your thoughts.

If you are one of the bands from which we recently liked, shared or tweeted a track at SoundCloud, there is a chance that one of your tracks might be on this new playlist.

Towards the bottom of the page is a list of featured artists and tracks. The artist name is clickable and links to an external website where you can find out, hear and see more of the artist in question.

If you are the artist and would prefer us to use a different link to the one we added, please send an email to info@wudrecords.co.uk so we can fix it for you. Generally we try to use the artist’s own site where possible. We only linked to SoundCloud as a last resort when we were unable to find anything else, as users can already click the track and go to the artist’s SoundCloud page for themselves.

We hope that a lot more people will find and listen to the wonderful songs on this new playlist of musical discoveries. Each and every track has something that we felt was special or interesting in some way. In many cases it was a tough job to choose just one track from an artist.

The playlist is very eclectic, so there is probably something on there to suit every taste. If the track you are listening to isn’t quite doing it for you, skip to the next one and perhaps that will please your ears more. Sometimes similar tracks end up next to each other, and sometimes extremely different tracks do, so we recommend you just try it for yourself.

In addition to the latest compilation being our pinned tweet on Twitter, every week on Twitter we boost a previous Musical Discoveries playlist and a featured track from that playlist. The featured track is chosen by the Wud Records team and is one which is a real favourite amongst us. All the featured tracks form an additional compilation which we also tweet daily.

All of the featured tracks can be found on a separate page at our website by clicking here, or on SoundCloud by clicking here.

If you would like the opportunity to be included in a future compilation, first you need to follow us on SoundCloud so we can follow you back. You can even enjoy hearing some of the music by our fabulous bands whilst you’re there. :)

We listen to everyone we follow at SoundCloud on a first-in-first-out basis. It may take a few weeks for us to reach the newest additions. We always have a massive amount of music to listen to, so please be patient and eventually you will be heard.

If you would like to listen to this special new playlist of March 2020 Musical Discoveries over at SoundCloud, please click here.

To enjoy this new playlist of great music here at the Wud Records website, please click here.

If you would like easy access to all of the previous musical discoveries playlists, please click here and bookmark the page. Remember that we publish a new playlist absolutely full of largely undiscovered musical treasures every month and who knows – one might even include you!