The Philby is my digital award for brilliant musical achievement!
And it’s getting past the point of closing the books on 2022.
However, that also means closing the books on Philby applications for 2023.
I do not have my list of releases together for 2023 yet, so there’s always the chance that something could grab my attention.
But the odds start going down after we pass September.
Still, every year I say that, and every year something makes it onto the list way after I expect to stop adding to the list.
In fact, I will continue asking for music to be considered until I know that door is absolutely closed. Probably sometime in April of 24. But there’s probably, at most, only a one percent chance that any item will make the list at that point.
I will throw out a last chance call for musicians and artists who may think I have their release.
If I haven’t played anything from it up to this point, I would suggest verifying with me just to be sure.
So, in a sense, I think of this post more as an opportunity for 2024 Philby consideration!
Ya just never know,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Something unusual happens every year…………
Here is my final Last Unofficial Philby Best Albums of 2022 Countdown, #8!!!:
Just like with my Unofficial Hot 100 Songs Lists, the album lists will appear in reverse order until the Official list appears to give albums and artists in the lower slots some of the recognition they are also due!
A section on submissions will follow each Unofficial list!
100.Beat This—The Aesthetics
99.Postcards From the Moon—Layla Frankel
98.You Need the Needs—The Needs
97.The Idealist—Flora Elmcolone
96.The Absolute Error—Mercury Ulia
95.Gonna Be Beautiful—Karney
93.Maybe I Will See You at the End of the World—Sydney Sprague
92.The Supporting Character—Emily Kinney
91.Now With More Rockets—Rob Moss and Skin Tight Skin
90. Unleashed—Dog Sisters
89. Live at the Logan Street Sanctuary—Thunderwude
87.Done Come Too Far—Shemekia Copeland
86.Lago Ausente—Zoe Pollock
84.We All Shine On: Celebrating the Music of 1970—Various Artists
83.Smote Reverser—Oh Sees
82.Bloodline Maintenance—Ben Harper
81.The EastWest Sessions—Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
80.Watershed—The Belle Curves
78.Oval—The ContraZoom Mixtapes
77.Ladyship Warship—Ladyship Warship
76.The Legacy of Billy Bob Sr—Barker and Broski
75.A Thin Thread—Phil Yates and The Affiliates
74.September Songs of 2021—Roger Ponder
73.The Space Between Two Thoughts—Memphis Hawk
72.One Year in the Lesser Middle—Tom Alter
71.Second Hand Mojo—Second Hand Mojo
69.Phil Lee and Other Old Time Favorites—Phil Lee
68.Tanglewoods—The Empty Pockets
66.Vivus—John Barron and Rob Emmanuel
65.Novel Noel—Lyn Stanley
64.Digging Deeper Toward the Sky—Bill Price
63.Transitions de Bien—Mary Ann Kirt
62.Turning Stone—Dan Hazlett
61.Madison and Angelus—Bevin Luna
60.Big Wheel—Mick Clarke
59.Heroes and Legends—TJ George
56.Where and When—Kelly’s Lot
54.Every Moment—Sigrid Christiansen
53.A Little Life—Liz Miller
52.No. 5—Solomon King and The Chosen
51.Anthems of Home—HuDost
50.Far Above and Far Away—After Blue
49.Light on the Horizon—Jerry Price
47.The Turning Year—Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra
46.Ponder This—Roger Ponder
45.Black Box Theory—Gretchen’s Wheel
44.Planet A’Go—Go—Xposed 4Heads
43.The Ballad of Larry’s Neighbor—Billy W. Brandt (Seattle Jazz Artist)
42.Strings, Wings, and Curious Things—Sue Horowitz
41.From Those Sweet Ashes—Jeremy Facknitz
40.When You’re Leaving—Andrew Stonehome
39.Meat Bird in Beigeville—Judy Nazemetz
38.The Sweetwater Sessions—Jonatha Brooke
37.The Word From the Swamp—Beowolf Kingsley
36.West Wind—Ian McFeron
35.Lonesome Galaxy—The Volebeats
34.Radiophonic Supersonic—Dave Caruso
33.Pete, Woody, and Me: Keep the Flame Alive, Vol.1—Spook Handy
32.Toxic Swamp and Other Love Songs—Kenny Young and the Eggplants
31.Brother Johnny—Edgar Winter
30. Dockside Saints—Cary Morin
28.Banner Day—Signal Flags
27.Troubled Times—Mike Ward
26.Start at the End—Tamar Berk
25.Rise Again—Laura Rain and The Caesars
24.Travel Light—The Steve Taylor 3
23.The Mission Band—Billy Brandt
21.Baby, I’m Hollywood—Judith Hill
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 2023 is 2021-2024.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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: https://philmaq.com/phils-lists/phils-faves-albums/!
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/!
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”:https://philmaq.com/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: https://philmaq.com/hall-of-fame/!
Lastly, but most importantly, is my Philby Awards link! A Philby is my annual award for brilliant musical achievement! https://philmaq.com/philbys/!
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