As this is England, it seems perfectly appropriate to start our blog.....with a cup of tea (or coffee, I am from Seattle after all).
In our quest to hunt out things that sound good (and name and shame a few that don't), we often traipse through a lot of pretty bad to find the goods.
Our criteria of 'good' is of course wholly subjective, but tends to be defined in 3 ways:
1. Integrity - An artist or song that isn't licensed so ubiquitously to the point it defeats it into cringe-worthy association (Beatles, don't get me started).
2. Legitimacy - Whilst Zazzle and eBay knockoffs may please some, we're after original goods that artists were actually involved in producing. Or at least appear to be.
3. Artistry - This is more for the Etsy approach: if you're going to tinker with another person's art, please try to be a good artist too.
Here we've selected some choice musical accoutrements for afternoon tea, Sound Goods style: