Brad, I agree that the issue of the blog being a lower priority than the music is key. The blogging is what makes you a sorter or a finder of other people’s music. And I agree that the competitiveness is a problem. I’m a lot more critical of other people’s music — pretty damn bitchy, sometimes — when I’m on the bill.
But here’s the question about being bloggy — what would it take for musicians posting their own music to also point to music posted by other musicians. I worry that an echo chamber like this is the only way for musicians to get as much traffic on their standalone sites as they would get on places like Facebook.