Hello you wonderful bunch of music lovers and music nerds…
As I have some time, and am totally not hopped up on cold medicine no thanks to a headcold - I thought I’d finally get this big ball rolling.
Previously our resident Kiwi @aerozol started a channel on the unofficial Discord server that served a purpose of being an album club. As he’s a very busy man, and in the interest of being inclusive, I have volunteered to take up the gauntlet and spread the word.
What am I talking about
Album club is a bit like a book club but for music, instead of books. As individuals find albums they like, they can contribute them to a list (via a form or something). Then every 2 weeks (?) a very high-tech spreadsheet will pick a random album for thsoe participating to listen to. Then the club members will listen to the album chosen, hopefully find something to say (doesn’t have to be nice) and possibly, hopefully write it down on CritiqueBrainz and maybe even discuss it within the forum…
Hopefully that makes sense.
How this will work
After we see how many people want to initially take part, I will make another post for people to start submitting ideas for albums via a form of some kind. I hope people won’t spam an artists or labels entire discography, and if you do I will probably just cut it down to one item.
This will probably happen in about a weeks time from this post. I am also thinking that I may also seed the spreadsheet with a few releases from those “you must listen to these albums before you die” or “best albums ever” lists from various music publications that are already on MBz or in magazines I own.
How do members listen to the music chosen
You’re going to need some kind of streaming service subscription probably. There are plenty of options out there and I’d guess that the music chosen will exist on the majority of them. No one is expecting you to go out and buy the album from a retailer just for this, it’s just a bit of fun.
What if I can’t make one of the "meetings"
No major issue, there’s no real time limit. Once a post is made for the next entry then, you can listen to it at anytime. You can skip a meeting if you are busy, you can drop in and out as you feel like. This club is simply here because I think it could be interesting to talk more about the music itself instead of how to put the music in a database
What are we expecting to listen to
“Full length” albums, or EP’s if they’re at least 30 minutes long and aren’t just 5x remixes of the same work. This means no singles or stand-alone recordings. Along with that, no weird library music albums, selections of sound effects, weird music that’s intended to make you sleep or keep you zen, no dolphin music albums (unless particulary amusing). You get the idea, if something is removed from the line-up there will be a reason for it.
However the idea is to welcome any kind of genre, style, era and to include studio, live, compilation, soundtrack and videogame soundtrack items. Maybe some various artist compilations, so long as they’re not too long.
OK I’m in now what?
If you like the sound of this, and you want it to come into existence then vote in the poll below with a Yes, there is also a No answer if you are so inclined.
- Yes, this is a good idea I want to be involved
- No, this is a terrible idea
Any questions, post them below