This post will be updated, hopefully on a weekly basis, for what hopefully will be the next 26 weeks.
An overuse of hopefully already some might say, but I have the confidence that we can get there - at which stage I guess I should explain what it is I hope to achieve and why.
As the cunning title hints towards, it is an alphabet based challenge, and that is also why we have 26 weeks to get through it - and in theory I should have been introduced to roughly 52 new albums as well.
What started out as a quick conversation on Twitter with @bwfcdom83 and @dompaczko about an obscure album turned into a plan between the three of us to share and introduce each other to a new album each week.
With my tendency towards order and clarity we decided, one album a week from each of us to the other two, and we would use the alphabet as the only determining factor in choice.
So, starting with bands whose name starts with A and moving up to Z one week at a time. Simple other "rules" such as it is the surname of a solo artist, the "The" in front of a band name is to be ignored, and not to pick anything blindingly obvious. So the first week we avoided Abba, but I am sure we will get a ZZ Top album in 25 weeks!
We have had no discussion on what happens if someone already has the album recommended yet, and it will be interesting to see if that happens during the months ahead, or if we will all pick the most obscure bands that we have heard of to gain extra points. (There aren't actually points, but you get the drift)
I will add links to the bands websites / myspace pages for all the bands I can, and probably a few Youtube videos as we go on as well. The comments within the blog are my opinions of the albums so at some stage I am sure I will dislike something that is sent me, but that is the joy of discovering new music, if it all sounded the same we may as well all just watch the X factor and be done with it.
Week 1 - The letter A
SpursSimon - My offering was a Croatian folk band that I had been told about by someone else on twitter. The band Afion and the album Cudni Svati. While clearly not in English language, the vocals have a haunting quality to them, on occasion quite disturbing. A really different sound, but has the folk drive all the way through it, veering into almost a Prog Rock area on some tracks - don't let that out you off though, it is a great album.
BWFCDom - Dom took advantage of the surname rule in the first week, with Craig Armstrong and the album As If To Nothing. I won't pretend I wasn't surprised when I heard Bono's voice on one of the tracks, but also pleased to see collaborations with Evan Dando among others. An album full of orchestral movements, with a good mix of electronica thrown in for good measure. On it's second play now, nothing bad to say from me.
DomPaczko - The album Labor Days by Aesop Rock (obviously an American group as the U in Labour is missing...) Apart from the American spelling, a great album from Dom to kick off the alphabet. A Hip-Hop masterclass with some quality rolling tunes and intelligent rapping from start to finish, my favourite track being the quite excellent No Regrets.
So, while this is our little bit of fun and musical sharing, you can benefit from our combined wisdom and check out all the bands coming up as well.
You may find something you like, or you may think that the three of us have the worst taste in music you have ever come across.
I am ready to send my B off, so the next post from me will be when I have listened to the other 2 offerings brought to me by the magic of the internet and the second letter of the alphabet.