Phil’s Faves: Albums, June 6, 2021

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 3:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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A “Transition” takes place this week at #1 for Eddie Arjun!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of June 6, 2021

1. Transition—Eddie Arjun
2. Listen to Crows—Ariane Lydon
3. Seven Worthies…of the Bamboo Grove—Becki Digregorio
4. There Is No Light Without the Dark—The Stan Laurels
5. Almost Ready For the Future—Tom Curless and The 46%
6. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims
7. Can’t Take My Soul—Kelly’s Lot
8. Grievous Angel—Grievous Angel
9. In Memory—The Cordial Sins
10.Victor K. Gurbo and Co.—Victor K. Gurbo
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, June 6, 2021

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.

Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.

Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio show, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET!

 

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 3:09” segment of my show on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq !

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Hope” springs eternal for Diamonds in the Rust at #1 for a second week!!
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of June 6, 2021

1. Hope—Diamonds in the Rust (The Whole Half)
2. Daddy’s Wheels—Eric Gnezda (Single)
3. Better Than Gold—Erica Blinn (Better Than Gold)
4. My Mother Gave the World to Me—Jubilant Bridge (Single)
5. Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin (Quararantine Dream)
6. Control—The Cordial Sins (Only Human)
7. North Country—Sam Corbin (Let the Fire Burn Strong)
8. Turn Up Your TVMichael Snyder—Barker (Tales of Whoa!)
9. Jesus on the Dash—Vegas Strip Kings (Jackpot!)
10.Object Permanence—Sydney Sprague (Maybe I Will See You at the End of the World)
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It’s the Theme Attic Grand Philbynale, Wednesday, 2PM-415PM EDT!!!

It only happens once a year!!!
Wednesday’s Theme Attic from 2PM-415PM EDT with host Phil Maq, will guide listeners through this year’s “Philbynale: which is The Philby Top 20 Album Countdown of 2020!!!
It is the apex of the Philbys, my award for brilliant musical achievement!
There are twelve Southeast Michigan artists in the Top 20–a formidable number for this segment of the Countdown!
14 of this year’s albums feature women musicians!
Songs by artists on the show will include The Steve Taylor Three, Ariane Lydon, Amy Petty (Her album cover for “The Darkness of Birds” is in the banner in the bottom row to the right!), Becki Digregorio, Randall Sly, Tim King, Chris Church Music (Futureman Records), Mollywop (Their album cover for “Stand Up!” is on the far right of the album covers in the banner!), Eddie Arjun, Erin Zindle, Judy Banker (Her album cover for “Buffalo Motel” is third from the left in the banner!), Wendy Webb, Dick Siegel, Linden Thoburn (Lindenthoburnmusic) (Her album cover for “Scarecrow” is second from the left in the banner!), Jon Shain and FJ Ventre, Angela Perley/Erica Blinn, The Whiskey Charmers (Their album cover for “Lost on the Range” is in the banner in the lower left!), Rochelle Clark, George Stephen Kelly, Tracy Kash Music Page (Her album cover for “Fierce” is in the upper left corner of the banner!), DownRiver Dan, and Nora Jane Struthers!!!
Grab a tuxedo or a formal gown, a good luck charm, invite several friends to listen, too, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 2PM-415PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, or use this special “Philbynale” link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
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Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown #8!!!

The Philby Award

The cliché states that all good things must come to an end.

Well, it holds true for “unofficial” Philby lists, too.

Today’s post will be the last unofficial list for both songs or albums.

Anything posted after today will be complete and official!

Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 2PM-4PM EDT, will be The Grand Finale for the Philbys, as I count down the Top 20 Philby Albums of 2020!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

The song list should be published prior to the show!

Here’s the last unofficial update of the Pandemic Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020!:

21.Out of the Blues—Boz Scaggs

22.Prophetstown—The Joedai Warriors

23.All That’s Real—Gathering Sparks

24.Grievous Angel—Grievous Angel

25.Everyone Comes From Somewhere—Don Arbor

26.Echoes: Remembering The Music of Tom Petty—Various Artists

27.Steady Heart—Vicky Emerson 

28.NOLA to New York—Jeff Scott 

29.Please Yourself—Michael on Fire

30.Almost Ready for the Future—Tom Curless and The 46%

31.These Are Vitamins—Gladshot

32.Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson

33.Asilomar—Fathom Lane

34.Can’t Take My Soul—Kelly’s Lot

35.High Times in the Dark—The Claudettes 

36.The Landing—Katie Pederson

37.Silver City—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles

38.Indian Summer/Greater Heights—Walrus

39.Good Fortune—The Forty Nineteens

40.All Mine—Sarah Morris

41.The Way It Rolls—Michael Kelsey

42.Songs of Hope in a Changing World—Eric Gnezda

43.A Fragile Peace— Lucky Jr.

44.Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin

45.We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]

46.Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe 

47.Ultra Cloud—Xposed 4Heads

48.Toward Home—Ellie Zwart

49.Addicted—Will Ludford

50.Singin’—The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

51.Boomerang—Your Gracious Host  

52.Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase—Eliott Schneider

53.We Won’t Get Out of Here Alive—Transit Method

54.Never Trust the Living—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys

55.No Control—Alex Little and The Suspicious Minds

56.Peculiar—The Slackers  

57.Tales of Whoa—Michael Snyder—Barker

58.November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown

59.Fight Another Day—Heathcote Hill

60.String Theory 2.0—Greezy Wheels

61. Wanderlust—Jillian Rae

62.Spirit of the Island—Makoto 

63.Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda

64.12—Sloan

65.Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales—Gina Forsyth

66.My Own Magic—Liz E. Brooks 

67.Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker

68.The Emmylous—The Emmylous 

69.So Many Stars—Friction Farm

70.The Ballad of Billy Bob and Other Generic American Folklore—Barker and Broski

71.Don’t Look Back—Merlot Embargo

72.Simple Life—Nick Carter

73.Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious—Jeremy Porter

74.Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage 

75.Now—A— Daze—Caleb Nettles

76.Cut Loose, Vol. 2—Mick Clarke 

77.Bloodshot Red—Popular Creeps 

78.Dancing Through the Storm—Amy Dixon—Kolar

79.Almost Extinct—Dirty Mind Detroit

80.The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers

81.Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore

82.Fun and Fancy—Sundae and Mr. Goessl

83.The 7 Melodies—The Silver Snails

84.Waterbound—Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler

85.The Quietest Place—Hannah Baiardi

86.Time and Truth—Joel Mabus

87.Fantastic Plastic—Flamin’ Groovies 

88.Kill or Be Kind—Samantha Fish 

89.Sundown Over Ghost Town—Eileen Jewell

90.Route 5—Jehova Waitresses 

91.Blink—Rebecca Loebe

92.The Day After the Night Before—Terri Binion 

93.No Drop of Love Is Ever Wasted—Valerie JanLois 

94.1932—Davy Knowles 

95.In My Element—George Heritier

96.Transitions de Vie—Mary Ann Kirt

97.Ask Yo’ Mama—The Groovalottos 

98.Lonesome City—Dave Karchner

99.Wading in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter 

100.Struggles and Love—Wattle and Daub 

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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to phil@philmaq.com.

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!
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My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

#Philbys #Unofficial2020PhilbyAlbumUpdates #PhilbyAwards

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Phil’s Faves: Albums, May 30, 2021

Over time, my listening habits have changed and at the moment I usually listen to albums completely through. I haven’t done that in years, but it’s actually very rewarding—particularly when the album is good. Every album that will be on this list will fit that category.

Songs from the albums on this list forms the basis of my countdown list for the “Top 9 at 3:09” segment of my “Theme Attic Show,” Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Songs” lists!

It’s another peak into my listening habits—which is a goal of mine. If you want to know where I’m heading or what I think about some new music, you will find it here.

I honestly don’t expect there to be much volatility on this list because these albums are what I have been basing many of the sets on my show.

Once again, there will be no boundaries. I will go wherever my musical muse takes me.

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/!

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”: https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/!

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

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Tom Curless and the 46% are more than ready as this week’s #1 Faves album!! (This is Tom’s, Chip’s, and Ron’s second #1 album!!
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Top 10 Albums for the Week of May 30, 2021

1. Almost Ready For the Future—Tom Curless and The 46%
2. Listen to Crows—Ariane Lydon
3. Transition—Eddie Arjun
4. Please Yourself—Michael on Fire
5. Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin
6. Fierce—Tracy Kash
7. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
8. Seven Worthies…of the Bamboo Grove—Becki Digregorio
9. All That’s Real—Gathering Sparks
10.There Is No Light Without the Dark—The Stan Laurels
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Phil’s Faves: Songs, May 30, 2021

This is a weekly Top Ten list of what I consider to be the best songs that I listened to the previous week. Most songs will be current, but there are no boundaries. I’ve already stated on this web site that I am obsessed with music. I am constantly hunting it down whether it’s online, on CD, from my personal collection, from a library (Yes, I think the library is a great source of music–especially for music that you aren’t sure about.), TV, or radio. Since most of these sources mostly emphasize new music, the odds are pretty good that most of the songs on this list will be new. But in my search, I don’t use any boundaries for the other sources. I am just looking for good music that I haven’t heard, or happened to forget about. Everyone, including myself, has forgotten way more great music than they can ever remember-even if they are also music fanatics.

Also, there will be no rules concerning songs on this list. A song can show up or drop off a number of times. This will be the most volatile of my lists. It all depends on how much music I am exposed to during the week and what I find interesting. On really obscure stuff, I will try to include the source, if I know it.

Most of the songs heard on this list have been played on my radio show, Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

This list forms the basis of my countdown list on the “Top 9 at 3:09” segment of my show on mostly alternating weeks, along with my “Phil’s Faves, Albums” lists!

Here’s a link for the complete history of all the Fave Songs:

https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-songs/

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse!

Here’s a link for my weekly Faves Album lists:
philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:https://philmaq.com/most-awesomest-songs/

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement! : https://philmaq.com/philbys/

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq !

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Diamonds in the Rust shine brightly at #1 with a whole lot of “Hope!”
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Top Ten Songs for the Week of May 30, 2021

1. Hope—Diamonds in the Rust (The Whole Half)
2. Jesus on the Dash—Vegas Strip Kings (Jackpot!)
3. Control—The Cordial Sins (Only Human)
4. Daddy’s Wheels—Eric Gnezda (Single)
5. Better Than Gold—Erica Blinn (Better Than Gold)
6. Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin (Quararantine Dream)
7. My Mother Gave the World to Me—Jubilant Bridge (Single)
8. North Country—Sam Corbin (Let the Fire Burn Strong)
9. Born AgainJudy Banker (Buffalo Motel)
10.Turn Up Your TV—Michael Snyder—Barker (Tales of Whoa!)
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The “Theme Attic” Ginormous #450 Show, Wednesday, 10AM-415PM EDT!!!

I don’t know if doing a six hour show is brilliant or stupid.
But maybe it’s brilliantly stupid!
“Theme Attic” celebrates show #450 with a ginormous show with Phil Maq, from 10AM-415PM EDT!!!
The first two hours will feature songs by jazz artists like Lyn Stanley Jazz Recording Artist, Doug McDonald, Makoto Horiuchi, Walrus (Their “Indian Summer” album cover is on the left in the banner!)(Randy Tessier), Hannah Baiardi (Hannah Baiardi), Jeff Scott Music (Jeff Scott), David Crosby, Seattle jazz musician Billy Brandt Music (William Brandt)(His album cover for “The Ballad of Larry’s Neighbor” is second from the left in the banner!), Allan Thomas (Allan Thomas), ShwizZ, Deane Nesbitt Jr. and more!!!
The next two hours will have both Phil’s Faves Countdowns! (Songs AND Albums!)
That leaves two more hours of fun!!!
Songs by artists on that segment will include Lindenthoburnmusic, Nita Strauss, Aztec Two-Step (Their new album cover, “Birth Days” is second from the right in the banner!), The Rebel Set, Edwardsongs (Bill Edwards), Skinny Lister, Inland Isle (Their new album cover, “Time Has Changed Us” is on the right of the banner!), Kelly’s Lot, Tosha Owens, Jim McCarty, Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys, Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler – Hammered dulcimer and more, The Wag, Magic Music, and more!!!
The rest you’ll have to tune in to find out!
Drink some coffee or a monster drink, ask a friend to join you, and come along for the ride Wednesday from 10AM-415PM EDT with Phil Maq!
Tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, ask Alexa or Siri to find the station for you, or use this special larger than life link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/ to stream it!!!
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Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown Update #7!!!

The Philby Award

How about a special Memorial Day Countdown update?

The unofficial Philby list total is now 7 as new ones continue to dwindle down to a precious few!

As the unofficial numbers get higher, the countdown numbers get lower!

Here’s the latest unofficial update of the Pandemic Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020!

The unofficial Countdown so far is:

31.These Are Vitamins—Gladshot

32.Lines and Spaces—Heather Pierson

33.Asilomar—Fathom Lane

34.The Landing—Katie Pederson

35.High Times in the Dark—The Claudettes 

36.Can’t Take My Soul—Kelly’s Lot

37.Silver City—Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles

38.Indian Summer/Greater Heights—Walrus

39.Good Fortune—The Forty Nineteens

40.All Mine—Sarah Morris

41.The Way It Rolls—Michael Kelsey

42.Songs of Hope in a Changing World—Eric Gnezda

43.A Fragile Peace— Lucky Jr.

44.Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin

45.We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]

46.Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe 

47.Ultra Cloud—Xposed 4Heads

48.Toward Home—Ellie Zwart

49.Addicted—Will Ludford

50.Singin’—The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

51.Boomerang—Your Gracious Host  

52.Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase—Eliott Schneider

53.We Won’t Get Out of Here Alive—Transit Method

54.Never Trust the Living—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys

55.No Control—Alex Little and The Suspicious Minds

56.Peculiar—The Slackers  

57.Tales of Whoa—Michael Snyder—Barker

58.November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown

59.Fight Another Day—Heathcote Hill

60.String Theory 2.0—Greezy Wheels

61. Wanderlust—Jillian Rae

62.Spirit of the Island—Makoto 

63.Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda

64.12—Sloan

65.Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales—Gina Forsyth

66.My Own Magic—Liz E. Brooks 

67.Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker

68.The Emmylous—The Emmylous 

69.So Many Stars—Friction Farm

70.The Ballad of Billy Bob and Other Generic American Folklore—Barker and Broski

71.Don’t Look Back—Merlot Embargo

72.Simple Life—Nick Carter

73.Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious—Jeremy Porter

74.Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage 

75.Now—A— Daze—Caleb Nettles

76.Cut Loose, Vol. 2—Mick Clarke 

77.Bloodshot Red—Popular Creeps 

78.Dancing Through the Storm—Amy Dixon—Kolar

79.Almost Extinct—Dirty Mind Detroit

80.The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers

81.Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore

82.Fun and Fancy—Sundae and Mr. Goessl

83.The 7 Melodies—The Silver Snails

84.Waterbound—Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler

85.The Quietest Place—Hannah Baiardi

86.Time and Truth—Joel Mabus

87.Fantastic Plastic—Flamin’ Groovies 

88.Kill or Be Kind—Samantha Fish 

89.Sundown Over Ghost Town—Eileen Jewell

90.Route 5—Jehova Waitresses 

91.Blink—Rebecca Loebe

92.The Day After the Night Before—Terri Binion 

93.No Drop of Love Is Ever Wasted—Valerie JanLois 

94.1932—Davy Knowles 

95.In My Element—George Heritier

96.Transitions de Vie—Mary Ann Kirt

97.Ask Yo’ Mama—The Groovalottos 

98.Lonesome City—Dave Karchner

99.Wading in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter 

100.Struggles and Love—Wattle and Daub 

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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to phil@philmaq.com.

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!
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My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

#Philbys #Unofficial2020PhilbyAlbumUpdates #PhilbyAwards

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Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown Update #6!!!

The Philby Award

The unofficial Philby list total is now 6 as new ones continue to dwindle down to a precious few!

As the unofficial numbers get higher, the countdown numbers get lower!

Here’s the latest unofficial update of the Pandemic Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020!

The unofficial Countdown so far is:

41.The Way It Rolls—Michael Kelsey

42.Songs of Hope in a Changing World—Eric Gnezda

43.A Fragile Peace— Lucky Jr.

44.Quarantine Dream—Scott Martin

45.We Get By—Mavis Staples [Hall of Fame]

46.Red Sky Remembers—Gary Browe 

47.Ultra Cloud—Xposed 4Heads

48.Toward Home—Ellie Zwart

49.Addicted—Will Ludford

50.Singin’—The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

51.Boomerang—Your Gracious Host  

52.Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basketcase—Eliott Schneider

53.We Won’t Get Out of Here Alive—Transit Method

54.Never Trust the Living—Johnny Mastro and Mama’s Boys

55.No Control—Alex Little and The Suspicious Minds

56.Peculiar—The Slackers  

57.Tales of Whoa—Michael Snyder—Barker

58.November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown

59.Fight Another Day—Heathcote Hill

60.String Theory 2.0—Greezy Wheels

61. Wanderlust—Jillian Rae

62.Spirit of the Island—Makoto 

63.Time Hasn’t Changed You—Altameda

64.12—Sloan

65.Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales—Gina Forsyth

66.My Own Magic—Liz E. Brooks 

67.Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker

68.The Emmylous—The Emmylous 

69.So Many Stars—Friction Farm

70.The Ballad of Billy Bob and Other Generic American Folklore—Barker and Broski

71.Don’t Look Back—Merlot Embargo

72.Simple Life—Nick Carter

73.Don’t Worry, It’s Not Contagious—Jeremy Porter

74.Light Magic—Strawberry Heritage 

75.Now—A— Daze—Caleb Nettles

76.Cut Loose, Vol. 2—Mick Clarke 

77.Bloodshot Red—Popular Creeps 

78.Dancing Through the Storm—Amy Dixon—Kolar

79.Almost Extinct—Dirty Mind Detroit

80.The Open Sea Before Me—Joanna and The Jaywalkers

81.Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore

82.Fun and Fancy—Sundae and Mr. Goessl

83.The 7 Melodies—The Silver Snails

84.Waterbound—Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler

85.The Quietest Place—Hannah Baiardi

86.Time and Truth—Joel Mabus

87.Fantastic Plastic—Flamin’ Groovies 

88.Kill or Be Kind—Samantha Fish 

89.Sundown Over Ghost Town—Eileen Jewell

90.Route 5—Jehova Waitresses 

91.Blink—Rebecca Loebe

92.The Day After the Night Before—Terri Binion 

93.No Drop of Love Is Ever Wasted—Valerie JanLois 

94.1932—Davy Knowles 

95.In My Element—George Heritier

96.Transitions de Vie—Mary Ann Kirt

97.Ask Yo’ Mama—The Groovalottos 

98.Lonesome City—Dave Karchner

99.Wading in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter 

100.Struggles and Love—Wattle and Daub 

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Here’s a section on submissions:

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

The album selections are made from a sliding four year pool of music.

The pool for 2021 is 2018-2021.

One of the reasons that I use a multiple year submission scale is that just getting music out to the world is sometimes difficult for an artist.

A lot of them are not really wired for self promotion.

Making music is totally different than drumming up interest in it, especially for independent musicians.

Yes, there are promoters that can help with that. And nothing against promoters because they have a role to play. But they cost money, and the artist already had to pay to record the music, and may not be prepared for the process of promoting it.

After looking at how some other independent awards are handled, I figured a four year window allows me enough time to serendipitously run across someone’s music.

I have told this story several times, but I try very hard to listen to everything that is submitted.

Although I work on my list, starting literally on January 1st, using a four year sliding window, I carry over some of what would qualify from the prior years.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2018, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2018, send that, too, but identify the release date. I’m always looking for GREAT music.

For the Philbys, I’m looking for full albums.

However, if you only have a single, I’ll accept that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list, and more artists are releasing singles these days.

But please don’t send me an incomplete album if you have one.

So, please don’t edit for me.

I hate that and I might not even check out the item. I don’t know why anyone would only send selected songs instead of their whole work of art for consideration.

Please don’t send me links to listen to music. That’s not how I listen to music.  And I probably won’t listen to it if you send me a link to stream it. Either send me the album to download or request my mailing address to send a physical copy.

Every year I say that if your item came out later than May, it may not end up on this year’s list. So it’s possible that submissions entered now may only be considered for 2021. (It sounds so good to think of 2020 being finished!)

However, this year will be totally different than other years. I have not received any where near the amount of releases that I normally do.

It might be an excellent year to send a submission.

I will accept any genre of music. I like a variety of styles, even on the same album!

So, please e-mail your mp3s, and please make sure it is an mp3 only, to phil@philmaq.com.

If you want a physical address or have other questions, please e-mail me at the same address. Because selections will be considered for more than a single year, there isn’t an expiration date at the present.

If you want someone who will actually listen to your music, I am that person.

If you want some recognition for working hard and baring your soul, that might be me, too. I can’t make any promises, but I will listen to your music.

If you are reading this and are not a musician but know someone who is, please forward this to them.

Good luck to all who participate!
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My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

The show can be heard on WHFR 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area of Michigan, or it can be streamed with this link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!

It almost always includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs  and some shows feature two countdowns!

If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

#Philbys #Unofficial2020PhilbyAlbumUpdates #PhilbyAwards

 

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One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “Scarborough Fair” by Sarah Brightman!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Theme Attic,”  is on Wednesdays 2PM-4PM ET.

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey!

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Sarah Brightman [Hall of Fame] has one of my favorite voices!

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Simon and Garfunkel’s version of “Scarborough Fair” in my lifetime (It’s difficult for me to think of the duo’s recording of a 350 year old song as having the “original version,” however theirs was certainly the most popular!) but it has become part of my musical DNA!

Sometimes when hearing such a song, it can be difficult to accept a different version of it.

But when it is placed in such legendary hands as Sarah Brightman, from her “La Luna” album, the differences highlight subtleties within the melody!

Sarah’s beautiful vocal, along with the arrangement, provides the right amount of Renaissance mystery to a magical canticle!

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Scarborough Fair” by Sarah Brightman!!!

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If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word by hitting the “like” button on my Facebook page, Phil Maq!

#ScarboroughFair #SarahBrightman #LaLuna  #PhilMaq #OneoftheGreatestSongsEverRecorded #GSER

 

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