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A-List Definition

Even though I didn't get these thoughts down until August of 2016, I wanted to make this the first posting in the blog, since it's now a main driver of what it's about.

The A-List is a concept I've been toying with for a very long time, going as far back to my personal website some 13 years ago. It's a bit nebulous, and I have to say it has be considered "very personal" to my tastes. I say that because I do not want to be exclusionary. And there are bands that I have featured here, that are not on the A-List, but do qualify for the 5 year rule. It is not an insult to not be in my A-List. It's a matter of musical preference only. If it seems I'm being overly apologetic, it's because we are in a very small niche as it is, and we should support each other as much as possible. And that's one reason I created this blog. I will not write negative reviews for this blog. I would rather just say nothing at all. If a band is written up in this blog anywhere, it means I do like their music! But not necessarily A-List level. So what is the A-List exactly? It's a set of rules, and it goes something like this:

1. Must have released a new album in the last 5 years (calendar starting Jan 1)

2. Must score at least 4 stars on RYM or a Gnosis 11. This means "Excellent".

3. Exception to 2) is if I hear an enormous amount of potential, and give it a 3.5 / 10, then they get A-List status.

4. 1,2, & 3 compels me to buy the album upon release. I'm by no means super diligent on this point. I determine my "buy time" based on how obscure the release is. If it's on Rise Above, it can wait a while. If it's an obscure release on a private label, I may move faster. But rest assured labels and artists, I do BUY CDs (and LPs if necessary), and usually within a few months of release. It's just a matter of scope and scale.

So each year, I will obviously be removing A-List bands due to the 5 year rule. It's also possible to fall off if the musical direction changed dramatically.

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