Philby Fever Updates!!!

The Philby Award

With the sounds of the music from Wednesday’s “Theme Attic” Philby Top 20 Songs of 2020″ still ringing in our collective brains, some loyal listeners and artists might be wondering what the final Philby schedule might be!

So, for the first time ever, I have given some thought to the next several shows!:

  • May 5-Cinco de Mayo Show (Top 9 Fave Albums)
  • May 12-The Philby Best Albums of 2020, Py.3 (63-42)
  • May 19-The Philby Best Albums of 2020, Pt.4 (41-21)
  • May 26-The Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame Show
  • June 2-Show 450 (Top 9 Fave Albums or Songs)
  • June 9-The Grand Finale: The Philby Top 20 Albums of 2020

Wow! That is some lineup!

I’m getting excited just thinking about them!

All of the shows are subject to change, so the best way to stay up to date is by giving a “like” to the Phil Maq Facebook page!

However, I will try  very hard to stick to this planned schedule!

Please try to join me as often as you can to hear the GREAT music I have planned!

One final thought: Philby Fever! Catch it!

And since this is a Philby post, I have included the mandatory section on submissions!


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

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!

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!

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