When discussing music, particularly music you've never heard before, there are two major problems:
1) There are so many recommendations, it's tough to sift them them all, or remember, "Hey, this band was recommended to me. I should really listen to them." etc.
2) Discussion ends up being all over the place, and there's no guarantee you'll get a really in-depth conversation about the album you want to with your favorite people on the Internet (in this case, SE++ folks).
Okay, so here is how this works.
To sign up, post the following: !checkthisout
. It helps if you put a @joshofalltrades
in there too, so I get a notice and don't overlook you. If I do
overlook you by accident, shoot me a PM.
If you want to be safe, put it at the start or end of your post. If you've intentionally buried it somewhere deep inside a wordy paragraph or under spoilers or something, chances are I will either miss it or decide you aren't being serious.
The first nine people (my own damn self making the first entry) who sign up will be entered into a random draw for who gets to pick the album first. After the first ten, it will be first-come, first-served on the list. You're just going to have to trust me to be honest about the randomness of the selection.
You can pick any album you want. It can be rap, comedy, folk, rock, metal, whatever
. The goal here is to broaden our horizons and listen to things we would not ordinarily listen to. Technically, you can waste your turn on Kevin Federline's CD, but that would a) be really sad and b) most likely result in people either ignoring the selection or spend the whole time making fun of it.
We're not going to be super formal about turns. I'm saying right now that everybody gets at least 24 hours, and more if we all agree we need more time. This is subject to change.
This thread goes Monday through Friday. Too many people are busy having lives/not posting at work to do this on the weekends, so we'll use the weekends to talk about all
of the selections for the week and allow people to catch up on anything they missed.
NO PIRACY ALLOWED.
Don't even talk about it. There are several legit legal channels through which you can enjoy the recommendations. We don't want to hear about anything less than totally legal.
When it's your turn, please be prompt about either sending me a PM with your selection if you know you're not going to be around on the day it comes up or posting it ahead of time. I really prefer the PM method so we can focus on one piece at a time and not get ahead of ourselves.
I reserve the right to skip your turn if you do any of the following:
-Use this thread as a way to mock others' taste in music (if someone ironically
selects something they know is bad and makes this explicit
, feel free to mock)
-Never post in the thread unless it's time for you to give a recommendation. Be considerate of others! It's not all about you here!
-Are banned when your turn comes up
-Are a goose in general about anything
Let's get this thing started and listen to some tunes together!
How to legally listen to some tunes:
. You'll get ads every now and then, but this thread would get really expensive if we all bought every album we listened to in it.
Goose! has been kind enough to set up a turntable room for Listening Party people who are interested here:
Hope to see some of you there! We won't necessarily be listening to the selection there, but if you see us talking about going to the turntable room... well, there you go.
Friends don't lie.