New Visual Presentation for Unofficial Philby Lists!; The Second Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2021!!!

The Philby Award

I have a new idea (at least I haven’t seen it before) as to how to display my “unofficial” Philby lists.

I have always stated my opinion that every item on my lists matters to me. That each one is important and deserving to be on my list for a number of reasons.

I started thinking that I’d like to come up with a way to focus on the artists and their works that are on my lists because some may not receive the recognition they deserve. It’s possible that someone may not scroll very far down a list to see who’s on it.

So, using a type of presentation relating to the “first shall be last and the last shall be first” concept, I decided to reverse the order until an official list is posted.

Therefore, those artists that may have a higher number ranking (In this instance, higher would mean a larger number.), will be the first ones to be noticed.

It may not be a perfect idea, or perhaps maybe not even a good one.

Or, maybe it will just take some getting used to.

Actually, it’s quite possible that everyone may just appreciate a traditional appearance, but I’m trying to think outside of the list!

Let me know if you have an opinion either way.

For the moment, though, here is the second unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2021 Countdown List!:

100.Seekers and Finders—Gogol Bordello

99.Things I Dream About—2Bit Palomino

98.Secondus—Travis Bowlin

97.Myths and Mortals—The New Zeitgeist

96.Spirit of ’74—Spirit of ’74

95.The Pirate—Michael Jonathon

94.Fable Bait—Eve’s Twin Lover

93.A Highway Cruise—J.P. Reali

92.Steel—Nell and Jim Band

91.The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials

90.Vicious Kid—Kiss the Tiger 

89.MK II—Vandenberg’s MoonKings 

88.The Wreckage—Carl Caballero 

87.Lonesome for a Long Time—Pat Smilie 

86.Green Denim—Green Denim 

85.Whiskey—Thorton Creek 

84.Nobody Told Me—John Mayall 

83.Serious Issues—DeeCRACKS 

82.Closing Time—Chris Youlden 

81.Call the Shots—Suzi Moon 


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 2022 is 2019-2022.

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 2019, I will accept that music for consideration.

If you have something older than 2019, 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 dislike 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, 12PM-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:!

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

There’s plenty of other musical things to browse on my website!

Here’s the link to the complete history of all the Fave Albums:!

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

Another list that you might find interesting is my list for “The Most Awesomest Songs of the Day”:!

If you’d like to know what I think are even better than the awesome songs, have a look at “The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded”:! Occasionally, an “awesome song” crosses over to become a “Greatest Song!”

My somewhat unusual Hall of Fame can be explored here:!

Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for outstanding musical achievement!!


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