The All-New ‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge – Week 5

Or, in case ToffeeBoy‘s around, Challenge 31 b…

Anyone really still need a recap of the rules?

A new challenge appears of a Tuesday evening [next week’s amylee‘s turn, any takers for June 14th or beyond, please make yourself known in the comments below. Ta!]… No song may be chosen twice in the same week (at least, not by the same artist) – well, that’s how I’m interpreting it anyway – and TFD & Chris get first dibs at the Tom Petty & the Grateful Dead catalogues unless anyone else really really really really really needs one of their songs for that week’s challenge and is quicker to the draw…Dr*pb*x folder can be made available should anyone feel the need… Did I forget any vital information?

This week’s challenge is to choose a song in a language you don’t understand. Have fun!

The All-New ‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge – Week 4

Hi all! I realize we’ve been at this nearly a month now, but for those as thick as me, here’s a repeat summary of the rules anyway. You choose one song in response to each theme, and post it with an appropriate justification, ideally a link, and as much personal anecdote and rambling reminiscence of days gone by as you can muster.

- A new challenge will appear every Tuesday – if it’s not there by 10pm (the traditional time for the 30Qs back in April) whoever has stewardship that week will be hunted down by the rest of us! We take it in turns to set the challenge – normally, whoever wants to set next week’s challenge, make yourself known over the course of the thread. If no-one has volunteered by, say, Friday, the job defaults to whoever posted first. No problems on that score at the moment: Debbym has next week, and I believe amylee has claimed the week after.

- No artist can be duplicated in one week – whoever posts firsts gets to keep their choice. No gratuitous selections of Tom Petty or The Grateful Dead just to piss tfd or Chris off as that would be mean, but no guilt if your perfect song inadvertantly treads on someone else’s toes. However, unlike in the 30Qs, song choices can be repeated in subsequent weeks (though we might want to impose a one-week prohibition of repeating songs) because it’s doubtful anyone’s going to want to keep track of everyone’s choices indefinitely.

- Challenge questions don’t have to be as pithily worded as the 30Qs – with so many of the big things in life covered last month, we’re inevitably going to be peeping into the cracks so we can probably afford to be more precise and/or convoluted in our questioning than would have been appropriate for the Facebook masses. We relish complexity and ambiguity!

- I’ve not set it up so don’t look at me but we can get together a Dropbox folder of choice cuts each week – people can simply put songs in the box on request or as they wish.

Feel free to add to and alter those rules. Now here’s my probably-the-least-pithily-worded-challenge-in-the-brief-history-of-the-ANSWSCs:

Inspired by a discussion between Mnemonic & nilpferd (I think) of the above linked song over on RR recently, which I’m eternally grateful to Abahachi for the introduction to, I wondered …

Which artist do you only own one song by, love it to death, but have never added to it?

Now I do mean ONE song! This is a challenge based on compilations, downloads and (dare I say it?) the ‘Box – even 7″ snigles tend to have two tunes by the band. You didn’t know that artist until stumbling across this one song: it blew you away, you now have it on heavy rotation on your Walkman/iPod/stereo . . . but you’ve somehow not got round to grabbing anything else the artist has released. Well, here’s your chance to wax lyrical about it, and see if any of the rest of us are fans who can tell you where to go next. But, I’ll say it again, you must only own THE ONE SONG by the artist, NO MORE! Unfortunately for me, that rules the Marcin Wasilewski Trio out, as the Professor also treated us to their version of Hyperballad a while back. Instead, I’ll post my choice as an early comment. I hope this works! Good luck everyone.

The All-New ‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge

After the emotional hothouse that was the 30-Day Musical Challenge, we now step into the pasture of mutually supportive self-immolation that will become the Weekly Song Challenge (or something with a better name, once the focus group – that’s you guys – kicks it around for a bit).

The format is the same as for the Facebook 30Qs: you choose one song in response to each theme and post it with an appropriate justification and ideally a link. Based on discussions so far, here are the guidelines for how we can make this work as a weekly thing – they are of course open to tweaks and adaptations as we go along:

- A new challenge will appear every Tuesday - 10pm became the traditional time for the 30Qs but I’m sure this will be more flexible as stewardship changes hands each week

- We take it in turns to set the challenge – whoever wants to set next week’s challenge, make yourself known over the course of the thread. If no-one has volunteered by, say, Friday, the job defaults to whoever posted first.

EDIT: We now have takers for the next two weeks. The challenge on Tuesday 9th will be set by treefrogdemon. On Tuesday 16th mein host will be Abahachi.

- No artist can be duplicated in one week - whoever posts firsts gets to keep their choice. No gratuitous selections of Tom Petty or The Grateful Dead just to piss tfd or Chris off as that would be mean.

- However, unlike in the 30Qs, song choices can be repeated in subsequent weeks (though we might want to impose a one-week prohibition follwoing selection, like with artists making the RR Top 10) – because it’s doubtful anyone’s going to want to keep track of everyone’s choices indefinitely.

- Challenge questions don’t have to be as pithily worded as the 30Qs – I’m just saying this to cover myself, as you’ll see below, but with so many of the big things in life covered last month, we’re inevitably going to be peeping into the cracks so we can probably afford to be more precise and/or convoluted in our questioning than would have been appropriate for the Facebook masses.

- I’ve not set it up so don’t look at me but we can get together a Dropbox folder of choice cuts each week.

Feel free to add to and alter those rules. Now here’s my decidely unpithily-worded challenge:

A song by an artist/band you’d never heard of a year ago (or you knew about but had never knowingly listened to)…