2018 Philbys: Last Call or First Submission!!!

The Philby Award

I have had my Philby logo sitting as a draft on my website since the first week of July. I meant to do more Philby posts to try to get the word out earlier and more often.

But time and life in general had other ideas, and that never materialized.

I can’t believe it’s already mid October!

But on the Philby calendar, October is December, sort of!

There are only a couple more months to go before I start making decisions as to what will be on this year’s Philbys lists! I already have about six hundred potential candidates out of the thousands that I have already checked out this year. So, my dance card’s pretty full. But, I don’t mind it being fuller.

I am accepting entries for Philby consideration!

Usually, I just bounce around serendipitously listening to albums that I run across, either at the station or what I encounter from exploration. I know I miss things, and I can’t possibly listen to them all. It’s impossible. However, I think I still have the physical capacity to listen to even more and I have up to this point compared to last year.

So, if you’ve made some music dating back as far as 2015, I will accept that music for consideration. When it comes to independent self-released projects, an artist may not know how to get their product marketed or recognized. It may take a couple of years to figure that part of it out.

If you have something older than 2015, 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 good single, send me that, too. Don’t forget that I also have a Philby Hot Songs list. But don’t send me an incomplete album.

Don’t edit for me.

I hate that, and I would probably disqualify the selection.

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

More than likely, if your music came out later than May, it may not show up on the 2018 list. It’s not impossible, but I’m just being honest. I like to have music on my lists that I’ve been playing all year and not knock one thing off my list for something that I haven’t played. I hate it that many year-end lists by music magazines or other sources will often include several selections that were released in late November and early December. How convenient for those artists. An album is a piece of art that has to survive several listens to see if it should qualify as viable.

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

At the least, your music will either be your last chance for this year’s Philby lists, or a first call for next year’s.

Regardless, please e-mail your mp3, 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!

I do two radio shows every week: “Theme Attic,” heard Wednesdays, 10A-12N ET, or “Prime Time Theme Attic,” heard Mondays, 8P-10P ET, which includes a weekly countdown of my favorite albums or songs on an alternating basis!

Here’s a link to listen if you want to hear what I do:

Listen live: https://whfr.fm/streamer/

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