MefiSwap side swaps September 28, 2006 12:12 AM   Subscribe

MefiSwap side swaps - anyone else interested?
posted by whir to MetaFilter Music at 12:12 AM (36 comments total)

So my MefiSwap was successful, with 100% of my CD's returned. Since then I've had a few folks ask for a side swap (so far I have two confirmed). I thought I would put this post out to see if anyone else is interested in a totally unofficial side swap, which I've volunteered to coordinate. (I'd do this through the forum on the official site, but it seems have to popped in and out of existence over the last few days.)

At any rate, email me (via my profile) if you are interested. I figure I'll give it about a week from this post to collect folks who are interested, and then I'll start with sending snail-mail addresses hither and yon; ergo, you have until midnight, October 4th, 2006 to get back to me.

(PS: sincere thanks to Dreama for coordinating the last swap, and to my swapset for the CD's I've got so far.)
posted by whir at 12:13 AM on September 28, 2006

I could be interested ... where's the official synopsis for what's supposed to occur?
posted by strawberryviagra at 3:53 AM on September 28, 2006

strawberryviagra: basically you put a compilation CD together of whatever music is ringing your bell at the moment and send it to someone else. They replicate and, hopefully, you'll discover some really good new music. Creation of cool cover art and/or labels is up to you, but a tracklisting is always helpful!
posted by TheDonF at 4:09 AM on September 28, 2006

I'm up for this. Haven't done a mix CD swap in a while.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:47 AM on September 28, 2006

OK - I'm in. anything at
posted by strawberryviagra at 5:43 AM on September 28, 2006

Hey, I'm in. argybarple at . Thanks!
posted by Shane at 6:40 AM on September 28, 2006

I'm in as well, billy at
posted by killyb at 6:57 AM on September 28, 2006

I'd be more inclined to participate in a YSI swap than a physical one, since the last two times I've participated in online swaps, I've gotten not a single disc. (Though I'm also bad at sending things out on time).
posted by klangklangston at 7:28 AM on September 28, 2006

I look forward to swapping with y'all. but is it gonna be alla y'all? or groups of howevermany again?

I'll send you a disc, klangklangston. we can YSI all night long if you want, too. yow.
posted by carsonb at 8:20 AM on September 28, 2006

Sounds good, I'm in too. rmless at gmail.
posted by rmless at 9:06 AM on September 28, 2006

I'd be game. Could always use some snazzy new music. E-mail in profile.
posted by jmd82 at 9:36 AM on September 28, 2006

I've been wanting to get in on these..I'm in! zerokey at gmail
posted by zerokey at 11:05 AM on September 28, 2006

Sure! I've already got one made, and it didn't get NEAR the acolades it deserved.
posted by absalom at 1:36 PM on September 28, 2006

I'd love to participate -- e-mail's in my profile.
posted by logic vs love at 1:48 PM on September 28, 2006

I'd be up for it - email in profile as well.
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:02 PM on September 28, 2006

Count me in as well - email in the profile.
posted by SemiSophos at 3:07 PM on September 28, 2006

so ... what do we do now?
posted by strawberryviagra at 7:12 PM on September 28, 2006

Ok, well I count 13 responses so far, plus the two I've got already. Since I don't think anyone wants to send out 15 CD's I will try to break people up into swap sets, per usual. The original deadline of October 4th still stands, at which point I'll start with sending out email, getting addresses, forming the sets, etc.

what did I get myself into?
posted by whir at 7:18 PM on September 28, 2006

oop, preview is your friend and mine. sorry.

whir: if you run into problems evening out the swapsets, I'd be happy to double up as needed.
posted by carsonb at 7:21 PM on September 28, 2006

Yes, actually if you folks who are interested wouldn't mind emailing me directly, that'll make it easier for me to track who's in since I won't need to go through this thread picking out addresses. Oh, and if you're interested in being in more than one swap set, you can tell me that in the email. Cheers.
posted by whir at 7:41 PM on September 28, 2006

I've been interested, but intimidated ever since I heard someone at a meetup saying that the music someone sent them wasn't "cool" enough.


I have weird, really weird taste. I'm wary about a swap, but interested.
posted by digitalis at 3:06 AM on September 29, 2006

digitalis: I just assume everyone's dying to know my taste in music--- or making the same assumption--- why else would they participate? anyway, 'cool' music is totally passe these days. bring on the weird!
posted by carsonb at 8:42 AM on September 29, 2006

Given that my last mefi mixes were pretty much composed of top 20 hits, I don't think you'd really fit in, digitalis.

PS: totally kidding! Finding weird little gems was a definite plus from my last swap experience.

PPS: what's up, mefites? Step up! I have got no email about this so far and I've verified that is working OK. What's the story? I'm going nuts finding a SqlObject model that works, and you're just sitting there—get with the mixing and emailng already! Don't make me email you personally, because I have a side business selling "Trust, oat sheller" which is so far not as lucrative as I'd hoped!
posted by whir at 3:17 AM on October 2, 2006

um, you got mine, right?
posted by carsonb at 8:23 AM on October 2, 2006

Yes, I did, thanks.
posted by whir at 6:50 PM on October 2, 2006

whir I'm a tad confused right about now...

Maybe I just misread everything and/or I'm a fucking idiot - do we just email each other or is someone coordinating?

BTW - I sent you an email a few days ago, didn't bounce.

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posted by strawberryviagra at 7:58 PM on October 4, 2006

do we just email each other or is someone coordinating?

I, as your humble narrator, am coordinating—evidently extremely badly thus far, but I'm hoping that my native pluck and love of strange music will pull us collectively through. Anyways, all that y'all, as participants, should need to do is respond to a few emails, and then mail five CD's or so via snail mail.

It could be that something is messed up with my inbox filters. (It wouldn't be the first time.) If you've emailed me and haven't received a response, sorry about that—the only mail to the address above that I've seen so far is from carsonb.

Anyhow, those of you who have expressed interest here in this thread should be getting email from my more reliable yahoo account over the weekend (via whatever email address you list in your mefi profile). There will be better instructions in there w.r.t. what the next tasks are, but basically they will involve emailing your postal addresses to me and then waiting (for hopefully not more than a week, otherwise I'll post something back to this thread) for another email which will contain the postal addresses of the other members of your swapset, at which time you'll have (say) a week or two to send their CD's in the mail.

For the record, I promise that the postal addresses of anyone sending email to me will only go out to the other members of your swapset, and that I'll eradicte all traces of the postal addresses I receive from all of my inboxes, archives, sent mail, etc. once everyone in your swapet has been sent your address. Of course, you can't trust me or anyone else on the internet, but I'll do my best.

If you were trying to email me and you didn't get a response and you haven't left a comment in this thread, you've got a day or so from this comment's posting to email my other address at sfpoetryNOSPAMradio at yahoo, about which email address, you ought to be removing capital letters or you aren't qualified for the swap and I'm sorry for the both of us.

Sorry for the confusion, everyone. The next step, if you've commented in this thread, is to start on your mix and wait for an email to arrive. If you've emailed me and haven't got a response, and you haven't commented in this thread so far, your next step is to email the yahoo address above ASAP.
posted by whir at 10:58 PM on October 5, 2006

er, "eradicate" all traces. Like you care.
posted by whir at 11:20 PM on October 5, 2006

Oh, and just to clarify - participation in this side-swap is closed to users who haven't already posted above. Mefites who email me in the next day or so get the benefit of doubt, since I already know what a sterling group of IP addresses you are, and because I can trust you not reveal my secret base in Taos, New Mexico.
posted by whir at 12:47 AM on October 6, 2006

Terribly sorry for the delay. The email will be going out either tonight or tomorrow night. Until then watch this space for updates.
posted by whir at 12:31 AM on October 11, 2006

So as a quick status update, I've sent out the email and am getting responses. You've got until October 18th to respond.

Oh, and because a few people weren't clear about this, you just need to make a single mix, which you then send multiple copies of to your co-swappers.
posted by whir at 9:52 AM on October 12, 2006

Ok, so the latest update is that registration is closed now. There are somewhere around 13 respondents, but there are also a bunch of mefites who wanted to be in two swapsets, so I suspect that things will work so that everyone sends around 4 or 5 CD's. Expect something in your inbox tomorrow sometime, sideswappers.
posted by whir at 1:51 AM on October 19, 2006

Sorry I'm running late, all. I'm making up the swapsets now and will be emailing them later tonight.
posted by whir at 1:54 PM on October 23, 2006

I have just sent all of the email out, so if you don't get anything in your inbox in the next little while something is wrong and you should contact me. I'll post back when I have more time with some info on how the sets are composed and so forth, in case anyone is interested.
posted by whir at 8:05 PM on October 23, 2006

So if anyone cares about the demography of the project, we've got 14 people involved, of whom 5 wanted to be in more than one set, so there are four sets of five swappers. Feeling incredibly creative, I named them Ichi, Ni, San, and Shi. One swapper lives in the UK and one in Australia; the rest are in the US.

I tried to spread the sets out geographically somewhat, which actually wasn't hard as the US contingent is pretty widespread over the West Coast, Midwest, Southwest, South and East Coast, with the South being a little more represented than I would have thought from a random sample. As a reminder, the deadline for getting the CDs in the mail is November 6th.
posted by whir at 7:38 PM on October 25, 2006

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