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0 vital [at] vitalweekly [dot] net is the one and only contact e-mail address for Vital Weekly. Addresses mentioned otherwise have nothing to do with Vital Weekly. Rightly so, they are extremely annoyed if you contact them for issues dealing with Vital Weekly. So, please don't.

1. You can send your material for review to:
Frans de Waard
Acaciastraat 11
6521 NE NIjmegen
The Netherlands

2. Vital Weekly handles all physical formats: vinyl, CD, CDR, cassette, vinyl, DVD - and we can't handle video's. We accept nothing that is non physical, no MP3, flac, waves, no download codes or links to share sites. But if you intend to send your entire label's catalogue, please don't. Pick your highlights. No more than three releases at a time. Also stuff should not be older than six months. If older we will not review it. This is not subject to discussion. Please send the real thing (i.e. as released), and not a CDR copy of vinyl, CD or cassette with bad xeroxed artwork, just send the real thing as released. So, also no CDR of something that can otherwise only be bought as a download. Marked promo is fine (but keep in mind, and we are honest about this, everything we get is offered for sale, so we can devote all our working time to reviewing, so scratching the word promo on every inch of the package doesn't help). Also there is no point in sending a e-mail with 'your review download copy is here' - we won't look at it.

3. Ok, so not everything. We don't review demo's. We review stuff that anyone can buy, no matter how small the edition is. A demo will not be reviewed. But we review only physical products, stuff that people buy and can keep in their hands. And we understand that labels release label-samplers, to promote their label. Give them away to your customers, but rather not send them to us. We simply are not fond of reviewing label samplers.

3. Postage is a bitch, everywhere (almost), we are very well aware of that. feel free to remove any jewel case, obviously.

4. If the postman rings our doorbell and says 'here's a package and you need to pay taxes and duties', then we kindly refuse to fork out the money. Always mark your parcel with a value of no more than 5 euros/dollars/whatever and hopefully it will slip through. Refused packages will be returned by the postman. We know that sounds harsh, but we simply don't have the money to pay for this.

5. We don't review any MP3 releases. But maybe I said that already?

6. If for whatever reason you send an item for the second time (maybe because you missed out on the review for the first time, or the label mailed it already etc.), we can not pay for the return postage. We're sorry about that.

7. If you want to be a writer for Vital Weekly, then mail a couple of your reviews to vital [at] vitalweekly [dot] net. If you are accepted, you must arrange your own promotional material

8. Staalplaat hosted Vital Weekly for ten years, but Vital Weekly is an independent newsletter. We have no ties to Staalplaat, nor are we the buyer for Staalplaat. There is no point in asking us anything about Staalplaat. Sending material for review, is for review in Vital Weekly only, and not to be placed on the Staalplaat catalogue.

9. Vital used to be a paper magazine, from 1986-1995. In 2020 a book was published to collects all 44 issues, still available.

10. We select material for the podcast, but we always ask permission with the label (not the artist). If the permission arrives too late, than it's too bad. We send Vital Weekly out usually on Tuesday (give or take), and prepare the podcast Monday afternoon. Podcasts do usually not include cassettes or vinyl; only when there is a possibility to use a download cosde, we will include them. We are not equipped at ripping from other media than CDs.

11. Material for announcements should be with us well in advance, say a week before the event (or some such) happens. Don't place us on regular mailings, as we usually ignore them. Also please don't send any JPEGs, PDFs, we will trash them right away. Language should be english, all other languages will be ignored.

12. Vital Weekly is a labor of love and devotion. No label pays us, we don't have adds, we pay postage to send out material to other reviewers, we pay for our server space. The editor has more or less a full day job doing Vital Weekly, but does that without any extra income. Therefore we don't keep everything we get, we sell some of the stuff to devoted musiclovers. That's how we can preserve our independence. This is not a thing that is open for discussion. Basically if you read this after you have found this 'half hidden garage sale', then you should have read this page sooner, for instance when you were sending a promo. Like it says in every Vital Weekly, read this page, means you agree with these terms. Feel free to make a donation!

13. Feel free to communicate, but usually people get in contact after what they feel is a negative review. There is really no point in starting your discussion with: 'You get too much music, so I doubt wether you heard my thing more than once' - I can only reply: 'how do you know we played it at all?' Sometimes once is enough and sometimes a dozen is not. And, no, we don't keep record of how often we play a certain release before reviewing. If you don't like reviews to be bad, then don't send anything for reviewing, or simply seriously try to blackmail the reviewer.

14. Vital Weekly holds no copyright. Any review may be published anywhere. Please be kind and tell where it came from. If we do run a review with copyright, we'll tell you.


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