Wednesday, May 28, 2008

REMINDER | False 45th Record Club | One Week Away

Reminder: The False 45th Record Club is next Tuesday, June 3 at 8pm. If you are planning on coming along for the ride, be sure to send us your two songs by Sunday, June 1. We need some time to put together the CDs and track listing.

So far, the submissions have run the gamut from Brazilian jazz to 80's art-rock to New Orleans R&B to brand new stuff. It should result in some nice variety.

So, send over your tracks and I'll see you next Tuesday.

Original Post:

If someone came over your house tonight and asked you to turn them onto some good music, what would you play for them?

That's the guiding idea behind the False 45th Record Club.

In an attempt to have some fun and bring the social element back into enjoying music with friends, jds and I have decided to start the False 45th Record Club.

Here's how this is going to work:

Four times a year, we'll host the club in the upstairs bar at The Black Door in Montpelier. Anyone can participate. Readers, friends, friends of friends, etc. About a month before each meeting, we'll announce the date of the meeting and ask anyone joining us to send us two songs they'd like to share with everyone. We'll then compile all of those songs into one playlist. Then on the night of the meeting, we'll plug an iPod into the sound system at The Black Door and we'll enjoy some new tunes over beers. That's it. Very simple. We'll have tracklists available in the bar so folks can read what they're listening to and, at the end of the night, everyone will take home a CD with all the songs on it.

It should be a fun way to be turned onto some new music.

Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, June 3 @ 8pm

Where: The Black Door in Montpelier

Who: Anyone. If people don't want to submit songs but just want to hang out for the night, please do. Bring whoever your want.

What: Send us TWO songs.

Song Rules:

(1) Every genre and time period is fair game. You have some kick-ass polka you'd like to share? Let's play it.

(2) The two songs must be from different artists and different albums. The emphasis is on variety.

(3) The songs have to be eight minutes or less. We won't have enough time to get through everyone's songs if someone drops a twenty minute Godspeed You Black Emperor track on us.

(4) They can't be from your own band. We don't want people using this as an opportunity to just pimp their own bands.

(5) Send us your songs by June 1 so we have time to burn the CDs.

Suggestion: Keep in mind that your songs will be playing in a bar. Therefore, a quiet atmospheric piece may not be heard over the din of chatter and beer glasses. It'll need a little volume to be noticed.

Send your songs to

See you in June.


Anonymous said...

Excellent! I'm glad that we have a firm date for the F45RC. thanks for putting it together.

--Mike D

Tanner M. said...

awesome! i'll be there.

bg said...

getting turned onto new, cool music is the whole reason I am a regular visitor to F45th, so this is a great extension of that. thanks for organizing - I'll definitely try to make it. now to come up with 2 selections that everyone hasn't already heard...

kingdomforavoice said...

Awesome idea, I'll make the first one, the commute might be a bit much for the next one.

Flatlander said...

Excellent. I'm glad to hear folks are excited about it. Now it's just a matter of figuring out what songs to throw into the ring.

By the way, the idea is a modification of this record club which I read about in The Believer.

The difference is that they are very formal in their rules. They do it over a dinner party and each song is played once without anyone saying anything and then the person tells everyone why they chose the song and then they play it again. That sounds waaaay too uptight for me. Just let the songs rip and enjoy some drinks with friends.

Peter said...

Can minors come?! haha I have a bit of a drive myself...

Flatlander said...

Quite frankly, I don't see why not. The bar upstairs won't be open when we are up there (everyone will have to go downstairs to get their drinks). So, I don't think it would be an issue of a minor sitting at a bar. And minors are allowed in The Black Door since it's a restaurant.

The question is whether you mind hanging out with a bunch of old fogies in their 20's, 30's and 40's. I don't know of any 50's yet.

Kingdom's commute for the next one would be from Paris. So, he's a one and done, love 'em and leave 'em fella for this thing.

Justin Snow said...

That sounds awesome. I wish there was something like that around Boston. Or better yet, Salem. I hope it works out for you.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great - I'll be coming down from Burlington if anyone wants a ride.

Joel G. said...

Very cool. Might have to see if we can start up something similar in these parts....

Flatlander said...

Justin and Joel, you guys should definitely get ones going in your areas. Based upon the initial feedback from folks, we should have a decent turnout. You just have to find a place to host it.

Joel, in a way, it's similar to the BigSoccer music list and CD club that we do and used to do. It's just in person rather than via email and snail mail.