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This summer I'm going to have a bit of time on my hands, so I thought I'd take a stab at creating a game for this summer.
The game would be called "The Acclaimed Music World Tour" and the basic premise is that we would pick our favorite artists and songs each week based on geography. Every week the "tour" will stop in a different city, and we'd vote on two things, the "opening act" and the "set list".
The "opening act" is just a vote for the best artist from or associated with a particular city. Each voter would have 10 points to give to however many artists they like, and the artist with the most points wins.
The "set list" would be a top-ten list of the best songs associated with a certain city/region. Each voter would have 25 points to give to however many songs they like, and then I'd compile the top ten.
I figure the easiest way to choose cities is for me to compile a basic list and then solicit any additional nominations. They can pretty much be based on anything: population (New York, London), record labels (Detroit, Memphis), general music heritage (New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta), concerts (Woodstock) or the location of forum regulars (Houston, Stockholm). Each week would also have a "venue" where I would start the post with pictures of a music venue in the particular location (and I'll take any recommendations by participants).
The "tour" would have "North American", "European" and "Rest of the World" legs. Here are my ideas for locations:
Rest of the World
Rio de Janeiro
Timbuktu (really a vote on African music)
Some of my favorite posts on AM are when Honorio posts Spanish music, or nicolas' posts on French music. I think this would be a fun way to take a new approach to games on AMF and bring some local color into our games.
Oh, and part of the reason I want to do this is to outdo Hall of Acclaim or Bracketology
Also, if you have a suggestion for a "tour stop" feel free to nominate it.
Dunedin/Christchurch, New Zealand!
Oh, timeframe for this: I'll start this when Honorio has finished unveiling the results of the 60s songs poll. After that, the only thing going on will be Moderately Acclaimed Albums 2. Slick, Listyguy, I hope you won't mind that this will start as Survivor 2 and UMT 2 are in their final rounds.
The first "leg" of the tour, the North American one, will likely run into the winter, then there will be a hiatus for a bit followed by the other two legs.
Brad, unfortunately New Zealand is pretty low on acclaimed artists, so there can really only be one New Zealand round (tops), but Christchurch it is!
I think it's a really good idea, but I would expand the rest of the world section more. Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, maybe one stop for Eastern European countries.
And the unacclaimed poll ? Moonbeam ?
i know there's a bunch of people on here interested in african music so i'd maybe add dakar, bamako, lagos and oran
This crude map is my idea for African regions:
The North African countries can be included in the Middle East since stylistically the music of the two regions is similar.
I don't know what's going on with Unacclaimed. I think Moonbeam may be discouraged by the low participation.
I'd personally like to see it finished.
You're not stepping on my toes, Survivor will be over in June. I'm antagonizing over some sort of albums game (and I know scheulese has it in the back of his head too).
As for NY, you could use many different venues: Jones Beach, Madison Square Garden, Nassua Coleseum, or the late Shea Stadium.
Your map of Africa isn't bad Alex. I just ordered a great box set called 50 Years of African Music, made by the excellent French radio station RFI (Radio France Internationale, public radio, the French BBC World)
I understand that you want to keep it at 3 stops, but in fact the box set is divided into 6 regions
The five political subregions of the African Union so
- Northern Africa (Maghreb + Egypt Libya, Sudan, ...)
- West Africa (follow the coast from Mauritania to Nigeria + Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso)
- Southern Africa (SA Bostwana Namibia Lesotho Swaziland)
- East Africa
- Central Africa
and adds lusophone (Portuguese speaking) Africa (Cap Verde, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome...) which has a very specific musical tradition (Cesaria Evora and Bonga are the most acclaimed artists)
I found it very relevant, but for our forum this may be a little too much.
I agree with a 3 region format
Dakar (or Lagos) - Soweto - Kinshasa
Your maps puts together Eastern and Central, which is not a bad choice (although there's a big difference between Ethiopia and say, Congo in terms of popular music).
But I think Nigeria HAS to go with Western Africa. You can't separate afrobeat and juju from Ghanaian highlife, and Nigeria is a member of ECOWAS (the West African economic union).
So we could have 3 regions, Western, Central and Eastern Central covering a huge area from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe including Cameroon and Gabon).
if you want help for working out African stops, you can ask me. I know this part of the world pretty well.
Go to the Wikipedia page for Africa, you'll see the 5 regions and the list of countries for each.
Sorry for being so long but I just love this continent and its music that I'm just discovering.
I originally had Nigeria in Central Africa because I thought it would be too much to have Kuti, Keita, N'Dour, Toure, etc. in one region and no big names in the other. But nicolas, you probably know a lot more about African music than I do, so Nigeria will go in W. Africa. Lagos, Kinshasa and Soweto it is.
yes, and there will be a lot to discover in the remaining region : Ethiopia (fantastic scene in the 70s), Both Congos (one of the main music providers on the Continent since the 50's, from OK Jazz to Papa Wemba and Staff Benda Bilili), Angola, Ouganda (Jeffrey Oryema, great album for Real World), Cameroon (Manu di Bango)
Adding Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar to the Southern region could also be an idea interms of balance, but I'm getting too specific
This is a fantastic idea!
I’m very in favor of games like this that are likely to introduce us to new stuff, rather than just having us vote for artists that are already our favorites (though that’s fun too).
I don’t know world music well, so I’ll leave that to the experts. But here are a few thoughts:
I think Memphis should really be on the list. I know there would be some overlap with “Mississippi Delta,” but that town’s music heritage seems too significant to leave out entirely.
Cases could also be made for Cleveland, St. Louis, Miami, and Washington/Northern Virginia, but the U.S. list is already pretty long.
In the U.K., I wonder if there’s a way to break the greater London area into two or three subdivisions, as you’ve done with the New York area.
Someone may have already called Sydney, but I call in
Perth for additional Aussie representation. A lot of music I like comes from Perth.
In no real order:
John Butler Trio
Karnivool/Birds of Tokyo (share a lead singer, would kind of be hard)
Oh, yeah! they'd probably be the headliners. Let's include them, too.
Just a question, is it a world tour or a city world tour ?
Why do not take the name of the country and highlight the albums or songs for each country : German, Brasilian, Corean, American, english, French, etc.
If you take 20 cities for representing one country and one city for representing several countries in the same time, I find it strange.
What I want to say : if this game is here for discovering music, I don't know if it's necessary to push the cities where a lot of know bands or singer exist, no ? It would be better to put countries or cities with unknown bands (but how decided which band exist if nobodies know them, I don't know).
Alex, are you gonna give us a final list of cities from the star or is it likely to evolve ?
After this week this is the plan I have for the next few rounds:
Calgary/Vancouver (I haven't decided where exactly, but the idea is Western Canada)
Asbury Park (New Jersey)
Rio de Janeiro
You forgot New Orleans !!
It's right there in the list though.
I was referring to the second list he made that's why
Haha, right. My bad. That's what happens when you start traveling and stop reading every single post.
Alex, I have an idea about the very big cities, I mean New York and London
Why don't we just pick several venues associated with a particular genre (mainstram/classic, soul/rap, punk/indie, electro ) ?
I'll come up soon with a few suggestions about towns. I think (or maybe it's just because I love roots music) that we could use at least one more Southern town (like for example, split Atlanta and Athens)
Atlanta : Ray Charles, J Brown, Outkast...
Athens : REM, Drive-by Truckers, B52's...
In UK, Sheffield or another Northeastern town (Leeds, Newcastle) could be cool, as well as maybe Bristol or anothern Southwestern stop (Massive Attack, Portishead, PJ Harvey...)