All the tracks for the first volume of Absurd Exposition compilations, titled "I'll Keep It with Mine", have been submitted.
The initial hope was to have 15-20 Canadian bands doing their thing, similar to pretty much every compilation album out there, but the more bands I asked, the less tracks I was getting. Several bands had nothing to offer and weren't going into the studio soon enough for this, others had technical issues get in the way, still others ceased to exist as bands, and, as is typical in these situations: the majority of people simply did not reply to my requests.
With all of that going on I realized there was no way I was going to get 20, or even 15, tracks by the end of September. The idea then was to do a smaller compilation of 10 or so bands and do it every six months. The hope now is that, since the compilations will be much shorter, people will actually listen to all of the bands involved, which is the key purpose of this endeavour, and not skip to the bands they're familiar with while immediately tossing the rest. This time around it's only going to take up 18 minutes of your time over 10 tracks. Here's who's involved in this quick mess:
AASIESIEUX, BRIDGEBURNER, BURNING GHATS, DETROIT, KALI, NIGHT MOTHER, OPIATE, OUT OF SIGHT, WOLBACHIA, and WORLD OF ONE.
Philosophical moment: I personally think that too many people are starting bands. There's nothing wrong with the theory of everyone having a good time picking up an instrument or turning some knobs, but when it gets to the point in which it's at now where every day there's a new release announcement for ten bands you've never heard of, it just gets over saturated with nonsense. It takes a lot of effort to sift through a bunch of meaningless garbage in order to find even one good band and most people don't have the time for that. All of it sounds the same and most of it shouldn't have been invested in. How this relates to the compilation is that everything I just mentioned was going through my head almost daily. I was struggling to find the need or see the reason in doing a compilation and I don't know if I really found one, and perhaps doing this just makes me guilty of everything I just said I hated. Either way, there are definitely some good tracks on here from some good bands, you can decide what's good and what's not. No haystacks here, just all needles plain as day.
So, that's that. Thanks to everyone who got something in to me properly and on time. Thanks to those couple bands for filling in the gaps at the very last minute, too. To those with technical and/or studio issues: the door is open for the next volume. Anyone else interested in submitting a track for the next go around (April 2012), send me an email.
Extra thanks to Letitia Loughridge for doing the cover art. Whoever wants to put some time into designing the cover for the next volume, please get in touch.
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