Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown #3!!!

The Philby Award

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

The unofficial Countdown so far is:

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 

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

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

Posted in 2020 Philbys | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phil’s Faves: Albums, April 11, 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 list of Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/

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

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
George Stephen Kelly looks backwards and forward with this week’s #1 Faves album!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Top 10 Albums for the Week of April 11, 2021

1. The Power, The Glory, and The Monkey Time: Redux 2020—George Stephen Kelly
2. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
3. Scenes From the Fragile, Agile, Avian World—Erin Zindle
4. Fierce—Tracy Kash
5. Moon Over Havana—Wendy Webb
6. Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker
7. Almost Ready For the Future—Tom Curless and The 46%
8. The Darkness and the Light—Mike Ward
9. November Rain—Steve Sterner and Sundown
10.Wanderlust—Jillian Rae QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Don’t forget to like my Facebook page!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 11, 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!

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/

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

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Cindy Ruenes keeps dancing her dance at #1 for a second week!!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 11, 2021

1. Please Don’t Tell Me How to Dance —Cindy Ruenes (Please Don’t Tell Me How to Dance)
2. How Will You Go?—Sugar Snow (Woodface Reimagined)
3. Starcrossed Losers—The Fratellis (In Your Own Sweet Time)
4. Beautiful—Karyn Oliver (A List of Names)
5. Go to Girl—Travis Bowlin (Secondus)
6. Too Cold to CryLindsay Beaver (Tough As Love)
7. Every Day—Mental Health Day (You Could Be Anywhere)
8. Born Again—Judy Banker (Buffalo Motel)
9. Time Flies By—Gary Browe (Red Sky Remembers)
10.Sweet Marie—Strawberry Heritage (Light Magic)
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Don’t forget to like my Facebook page! Thank you!

Posted in Phil's Faves: Songs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning and Other Things on “Theme Attic,” Wednesday 2PM-4PM EDT!!!

Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 2PM-4PM EDT will feature some subjects I’ve never done before!

The overall theme is Spring cleaning. I’ve thought of doing this plenty of times, but always went in another direction. Well, this time it gets nailed down!

And when I say “spring cleaning,” I’m referring to digging deep on my mp3 player to play songs and artists that have been on it for years!

Now, I’m not going to feature music that just couldn’t make the grade on my other shows.

Nosiree!!!

I wouldn’t waste anyone’s time if I didn’t think they were good or great!

This way everyone gets to enjoy them–not just me!

In the process, it will make room for new music to be worked into other shows!

There will also be themes on “chance,” “second,” and by the time “The Top 9 at 3:09” we all might get a chance to “shake” it!

Songs by artists on the show will include Steve Sterner & SundownJosh Taerk, Mike Ward: PsychoSongs, MollywopThe Rifters (Their album cover for “Architecture of a Fire” is in the lower left corner of the banner!), Gemma RayHappy CurmudgeonsMavis StaplesWendy WebbGeorge Stephen Kelly (His album cover for “The Power, The Glory, and The Monkey Time: Redux 2020” is in the upper left corner of the banner!), Lee Ann Atwell, Alison Edberg Nyquist, Linda Hicks, Joe Peters & Friends, Erin ZindleKatherine Moller, Tracy KashTom Curless and the 46%The Emmylous (The back of their self-titled album is in the lower right corner of the banner!), Scott BakerDwight Yoakam, Warriors, Zombies, and Other Joedai Pilgrims (Scott Greeson MusicJoe Peters & Friends), Calvin BeckerMick Clarke, Chris Youlden, Tin SparrowSteve Gilbert (His album cover for “Hempstead Highway” is in the upper right corner of the banner!) and maybe more!!!

Please join me, Phil Maq, Wednesday from 2PM-4PM EDT! Invite a friend, or a shelter dog and tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area! Or listen anywhere with this special link I found when I was doing some cleaning for the show: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/!!!

Feel free to share!

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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

 

 

 

 

Posted in Pre Show Preview | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown #2!!!

The Philby Award

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

The unofficial Countdown so far is:

81.Revolutions and Romantics—Biltmore

82.Fun and Fancy—Sundae +  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 

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

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

 

Posted in 2020 Philbys | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phil’s Faves: Albums, April 4, 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 list of Fave Albums: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/

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

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Erin Zindle returns to her #1 “scene”!!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Top 10 Albums for the Week of April 4, 2021

1. Scenes From the Fragile, Agile, Avian World—Erin Zindle
2. The Power, The Glory, and The Monkey Time: Redux 2020—George Stephen Kelly
3. Collaboration—Warriors, Zombies and Other Joedai Pilgrims
4. The Darkness and the Light—Mike Ward
5. A Fragile Peace—Lucky Jr.
6. Fierce—Tracy Kash
7. Moon Over Havana—Wendy Webb
8. Live Split Vinyl: The Stereogum Sessions—Angela Perley/Erica Blinn
9. Hollowed Sigh—Scott Baker
10.Almost Ready For the Future—Tom Curless and The 46% QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQDon’t forget to like my Facebook page!

Posted in Phil's Faves: Albums | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phil’s Faves: Songs, April 4, 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!

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/

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

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Cindy Ruenes does her own dance as this week’s #1 Faves Song!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Top Ten Songs for the Week of April 4, 2021

1. Please Don’t Tell Me How to Dance —Cindy Ruenes (Please Don’t Tell Me How to Dance)
2. Beautiful—Karyn Oliver (A List of Names)
3. Too Cold to CryLindsay Beaver (Tough As Love)
4. Time Flies By—Gary Browe (Red Sky Remembers)
5. Starcrossed Losers—The Fratellis (In Your Own Sweet Time)
6. Lightspeed—Steve Leaf and The Ex—Pats (Lightspeed)
7. Go to Girl—Travis Bowlin (Secondus)
8. Every Day—Mental Health Day (You Could Be Anywhere)
9. Born Again—Judy Banker (Buffalo Motel)
10.How Will You Go?—Sugar Snow (Woodface Reimagined)
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
Don’t forget to like my Facebook page! Thank you!

Posted in Phil's Faves: Songs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Philby 100 Best Albums of 2020, Pt 2, Wednesday, 2PM-4PM EDT!!!

Making its first appearance, The Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown, Pt. 2 happens this Wednesday on “Theme Attic” with Phil Maq from 2PM-4PM ET!

There will be a new opener and closer for the show (Jordi, Arnold Mitchem), but the rest will feature Philby winning artists from #85-#64!

Part 2 not Part 1?

What happened to the songs Countdown?

Just you never mind for now.

And there never was a part 1, so it’s a little like The Traveling Wilburys album releases.

Songs by artists on the show will include Caleb Nettles, fRiCTiON fARM, Liz E. Brooks (Her album cover for “My Own Magic” is in the lower left corner of the banner!), Joanna & the JaywalkersScott Baker MusicAmy Dixon-Kolar (Her album cover for “Dancing Through the Storm” is second from the right in the banner!), Popular CreepsSundae + Mr. GoesslHannah Baiardi (Her album cover for “The Quietest Place” is in the upper right corner of the banner!), Nick Carter, Mick ClarkeDirty Mind Detroit (Their album cover for “Almost Extinct” is in the upper left corner of the banner!), Gina ForsythThe Silver Snails, Kevin Lockhart and Bill Bosler – Hammered dulcimer  (Their album cover for “Waterbound” is in the lower right corner of the banner!), The EmmylousJeremy Porter, Biltmore (Their album cover for “Revolutions and Romantics” is second from the left in the banner!)(Phil Ayoub), Strawberry HeritageMerlot EmbargoBarker & BroskiSloan, and maybe more!!!

Catch the show, pass it on to a friend, and tune in to 89.3 WHFR.FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area Wednesday, from 2PM-4PM EDT with Phil Maq!

Listen anywhere in Philbyland with this special link: https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/or ask Alexa to find it for you!!!

Feel free to share!

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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

 

 

 

Posted in Pre Show Preview | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pandemic Philbys Come To An End With Today’s Trio of Winners!!!

The Philby Award

Welcome to the final installment of the 2020 Pandemic Philbys, Part II!

All good things must come to an end is the cliché.

I’m not sure if this was a good thing or not, but it was the best way that I could see to continue with my annual Philby Awards for brilliant musical achievement!”

Under the circumstances, it served its purpose well.

Several followers have stated that it was good to see the acknowledgments continue in some fashion.

However, these last three reveals will be the last one like this (or at least I hope it is), because…things change this Wednesday on “Theme Attic” from 2PM-4PM ET!

Tune in if you can!!!

https://www.whfr.fm/streamer/

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Michigan Singer/Songwriter Joel Mabus released a “timely” album full of witticisms and truthful tales!

Congratulations Joel Mabus!!!

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

The last studio album from Flamin’ Groovies“Fantastic Plastic,” receives some recognition!

Congratulations Flamin’ Groovies!!!

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Samantha Fish wins another Philby Album Award for “Kill or Be Kind!”

Congratulations Samantha Fish!!!

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

You can hear it on 89.3 FM in the Dearborn-Detroit area, or with this 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 #2020PandemicPhilbys #PhilbyAwards

 

Posted in 2020 Philbys | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unofficial Pandemic Philby Best Albums of 2020 Countdown Update #1!!!

The Philby Award

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

The links direct you to the post when the album was announced!

The unofficial Countdown so far is:

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 

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

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!
QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

My weekly radio show “Theme Attic,” can be heard Wednesdays, 2P-4P ET!

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 #Unofficial2020PandemicPhilbyAlbumUpdates #PhilbyAwards

Posted in 2020 Philbys | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment