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Music filtering

PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:42 pm
by David Flower
thought I'd start a new one as there's too much fighting over there about the Froots poll. Even a suicide bomber or two

Until machines are developed to do it for us, all these polls, awards, best of lists, radio and magazine editing are all just personal choices. And every one of them will have some agenda or other. You just have to decide who to trust to help filter the torrent of music for you. And not get too worked up about any set of results
Not just the amount of music but all the new formats constantly developing means someone has to narrow the choice down. Ian says Froots polls 300 eggspurts but only 100 or so reply. I know he has to badger us to reply, but is there a way to widen it out, or get more people to respond ?
I'd like to see more polls from other media here and abroad posted up. I'll look out for some foreign magazines for example. Nothing much up for the year as a whole that I can see yet though. But it would provide us with others' views

One filter in UK if anyone knows it, is Rough Trade's Album Club. www.thealbumclub.com
This seems a very good idea, providing a service to over-40s (I imagine) who can't keep up, much as they'd like to. Although it's indie biased and they don't pick much of 'our stuff' - Lhasa, Manu Chao, Fleet Foxes have been - it's a good model. I happen to know the chap a bit and keep meaning to tip him off about new releases.

Re: Music filtering

PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:22 pm
by John Crosby
David Flower wrote:Not just the amount of music but all the new formats constantly developing means someone has to narrow the choice down. Ian says Froots polls 300 eggspurts but only 100 or so reply. I know he has to badger us to reply, but is there a way to widen it out, or get more people to respond ?
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The number of media people polled means that you get a far higher number of potential voters who haven't heard everything on offer in the world and folk fields in any given year. Since I stopped writing for Q, MOJO and Time Out (the latter 2001), I continue to receive stuff regularly from some labels and PRs, occasionally request a promo of a notable CD (Mike Gavin at Harmonica Mundi is always generous) and buy other stuff that looks interesting. Undoubtedly, though, I no longer receive the flood of free stuff that, say, specialist music A-listers like fRoots, Songlines or Charlie may do. Consequently, like many 'experts polled', my voting is inevitably attentuated by the pool of music I draw on. I'm sure some people don't respond at all because they feel they have not had anywhere near enough CDs in a year to make truly informed choices.