MeFi Swap - how is it going? August 14, 2002 5:35 AM   Subscribe

Can I just drop a quick post about MeFi swap? I know Dreama has a wonderful site devoted to the whole shebang, but i fancied the MeFi format to find out how it is going with people. Well?
posted by Frasermoo to MetaFilter-Related at 5:35 AM (60 comments total)

Just posted mine... spent 45 minutes in the fucking post office. Hopeless arseholes. *Grumble* *Moan*

Otherwise cool - received two (in a similar style). Both sound good, especially to the wife - who gives a big thumbs up.

I'm intrigued to know whether Salmacis sent a CD jam-packed with 70s prog to his swapset after all...?
posted by bifter at 5:43 AM on August 14, 2002


hmm.. i have just posted one of mine. using the company to send locally, but I have to risk the post office tomorrow for the ones going to the states.

i have received a tape from anastasiav. some good stuff on there. nice to receive a present through the post!
posted by Frasermoo at 5:56 AM on August 14, 2002


I got mine from cyniczny, but no one else, and I haven't sent mine out yet, so I don't feel too bad, I'm so lazy.

It's cool, it's loaded with neat songs, I didn't count but I would have to guess it's well over 50. I'm doing pure audio though (I'm a purist) and it's full to 79 minutes and 22 seconds, but I spared my listeners and did not include any death metal or hardcore.
posted by insomnyuk at 6:10 AM on August 14, 2002


I sent my 5 out a couple of weeks ago (wasn't the deadline somewhere around August 1, kids?). Have only received 1, from pikachulolita (which is snazzycandycool!), and have some reason to believe no others have yet been exported. Sad day.

But I'm sure they'll arrive sooner or later! (Probably after I move at the end of August...)

Also, I was optimistically thinking that people would use MeFiSwapTalk to review the mixes they received (if they didn't email the sender directly), and was hoping to get some feedback - or at least to find out that my CD made it through the mail. So far, for my SwapGroup at least, that hasn't been the case. Isn't getting a response from people half the fun?
posted by Marquis at 6:40 AM on August 14, 2002


I believe tomorrow is the deadline for posting.
posted by Frasermoo at 6:50 AM on August 14, 2002


Yep, deadline tomorrow.

I'm in Marquis' group and received his, plus two others, so I have to imagine others are on their way to you, Sean. How much longer does mail to Canada take than mail across the country, I wonder? Also, I think all three of our group's slackers sent email this week apologizing for slowness and listing CDs received (pretty sure the Canadian post cannot be blamed if you didn't get *those* but then again maybe things are done differently up there).

I'm mailing mine today; shoulda put a Cure song on so I could call the mix "Procrastination Street".
posted by Sapphireblue at 6:59 AM on August 14, 2002


Aw, SapphireBlue, I'm not really bitter. It's just annoying because I'm going away on vacation and then moving, and I was hoping to have CDs to listen to for the trip. That, and the fact that I've received 86% of the CDs from the other swap I'm in, which in fact started after the MeFi one.

And it seems I got the date wrong. I retract my complaints.
posted by Marquis at 7:02 AM on August 14, 2002


ack, to anyone who got me as their partner person, i sent mine out today... just got a new machine and i had a devil of a time trying to put the cd burner from my old one into the new comp. i ended up just paying someone to install it. my apologies for the delay, but all the CDs i got so far (2 cds from one person) have been godsends, considering i always need something new to listen to while working..
posted by lotsofno at 7:03 AM on August 14, 2002


I got an e-mail last night, with an apology to a group of people for not getting his CDs out on time. Curiously, this was the first e-mail I received regarding the MeFi Swap II from anyone since my very first confirmation letter.

If anyone has me in their group, and would like a CD, contact me (I have a mix or two already made). After I got no e-mail with my list of people and addresses, and after there was no response to me on the bulletin board, I kinda gave up.
posted by adampsyche at 7:22 AM on August 14, 2002


Will there be another swap?
posted by Songdog at 7:30 AM on August 14, 2002


lotsofno - Looking forward to receiving your mix. That leaves 2 people from our group who should be sending something out. How about it guys?

Aside from the fact that half of our group is taking until the last possible minute to send the mixes, I've been very happy with the swap so far. The CDs I've gotten have been cool and filled with songs I've never heard and artists I've never heard of.

So far, the swap is confirming something that I've been saying for a while. There's so much good music out there, in so many styles and flavors, that no one can hope to be familiar with most of it. Anyone who makes blanket pronouncements about the state of the current music scene or who snobbishly touts the superiority of their own little preferred niche of the musical forest is just showing off their ignorance.

Based on the mixes I've gotten and the on-liner notes that a number of people have posted, I'd have to say that I'm familiar with no more than 5-10% of what other people are putting in their mixes. More importantly - none of those people are overlapping each other - every mix is completely different.

Marquis - I'm one of the few people to post reviews on Dreama's site for the mixes I've received. I think it's fun for even people in other swap groups to see what else was being sent.

BTW - If anyone from the other groups is wanting to receive more CDs than the ones from your group, e-mail me. I'm willing to burn off some more copies of my mix to trade for your mix.
posted by tdismukes at 8:05 AM on August 14, 2002


To everyone who is expecting a CD from me, I apologize for being so late. I've just been swamped with a crapload of responsibilities this past month. Rest assured, I'm looking at the CDs right now. They will be mailed in two days. For everyone who has given me theirs, thanks, they sound interesting. I now have a rather odd collection of music, but entertaining nonetheless.
posted by BlueTrain at 8:12 AM on August 14, 2002


I didn't post reviews on Dreama's site, because I always figure it's nice to get email. It's a little more personal, though, for example, yhbc can't see what I have to say about tdismukes' CD.

Which, I have to say, is pretty good - a cappella stuff aside (I'm really trying, guys) - I've found that in my musical explorations I've neglected a decade (the 80s) and some excellent artists (Billy Bragg, Richard Thompson, Mission of Burma, Victor Krummenacher).

Thanks for both of them, guys. I've really enjoyed the experience.

And lotsofno: glad to hear it's on the way! I'm looking forward to receiving it.
posted by rocketman at 8:16 AM on August 14, 2002


Since our whole swapset appears to be here, I'll pipe up. Lotsofno: you should have received CDs from me, tdismukes and rocketman (who included a disc from interrobang). Have you not gotten them all?
posted by yhbc at 8:31 AM on August 14, 2002


I'm the laggard in my group. Received 4 cool discs. I've had an amazing technical struggle putting mine together (totally my own fault), but it will be going out at last today.
posted by rushmc at 8:42 AM on August 14, 2002


I'm intrigued to know whether Salmacis sent a CD jam-packed with 70s prog to his swapset after all...?

was he really thinking of doing this? I'd love to see the tracklist. i'm a prog-rock fiend. I'd say about half the music on my swapset cd is modern progressive rock. (very different music than what's on the other cds that I've gotten) I can't wait to hear what they think of it...
posted by GeekAnimator at 8:51 AM on August 14, 2002


i sent mine last week, and i've received apollonia_6's, which rocks. she just let me know she received mine as well, but so far no word from the rest of our set.
posted by modge at 8:52 AM on August 14, 2002


It's just annoying because I'm going away on vacation and then moving, and I was hoping to have CDs to listen to for the trip.

heh. if it makes you feel any better, I did something like a 22-hour road-trip weekend before last, and at about 0.75 hours in, I smacked myself in the head for not having remembered to bring your mix (the only one I'd received to that point). had to content myself with stuff I've already heard a million times... it was that or Jesus AM. horrors!
posted by Sapphireblue at 8:58 AM on August 14, 2002


Sent - 5.
Received - 0.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:58 AM on August 14, 2002


I sent all mine out and recieved four. Hope everyone likes them.
posted by corpse at 9:00 AM on August 14, 2002


I sent mine out and have gotten 2 so far. I haven't had time to listen to them all the way through yet, let alone write something up. I will eventually, whether I email a response or post it to the forum (or both).

Eventually, we should do a Mefi swap swap. Where we make a mix of songs from mixes we've received in swaps.

Aren't you in my swapset corpse?
posted by ODiV at 9:02 AM on August 14, 2002



Getting it out by the end of the week. sorry for the delay. Like Bluetrain, I became quite busy all of the sudden. The disks are burned, but I just have to get to the post office. Hopefully, tomorrow afternoon or at the latest Friday.


posted by lampshade at 9:16 AM on August 14, 2002


Sent 5 (including one overseas--cost me almost $5 postage) and got back 2.
Many thanks to those two. Both were packed wth great new music I'd never heard of before.

Lest I sound ungrateful, a 2 of 5 five ratio was good enuf that I'd gladly sign up again.
posted by BentPenguin at 9:25 AM on August 14, 2002


goneill, where's my cd?
posted by ColdChef at 9:28 AM on August 14, 2002


Let's hear it for Swap Set 12! As of last night, none of us had sent anything out, so far as I could tell. Procrastinators make great mixes, tho.
posted by sj at 9:51 AM on August 14, 2002


Aren't you in my swapset corpse?

Yes, have you recieved mine? I don't know how long it takes to get up there.
posted by corpse at 10:07 AM on August 14, 2002


Swapset 12 representin'!

adampsyche: did you get the email I sent last night with all of the addresses? I replied to the group on the original email without thinking that maybe your email address was wrong on that email.
posted by turaho at 10:09 AM on August 14, 2002


corpse: not yet, no. Nice to know it's in the mail though.
posted by ODiV at 10:34 AM on August 14, 2002


mr_crash_davis: You're on my list. You're the only one of us that has sent out a CD yet, but don't fret; at least in my case; one is coming. Will be putting them in the mail tomorrow.
posted by bingo at 10:59 AM on August 14, 2002


No sweat, bingo. I also file my taxes in February instead of April 15th and do my Christmas shopping in October. It's borderline obsessive, I think.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:07 AM on August 14, 2002


adampsyche: did you get the email I sent last night with all of the addresses?

No, sir. The e-mail on my user page is quite right, and should go through. Dammit, I would have sent these out years ago had I gotten one e-mail telling me what my damned group is.
posted by adampsyche at 11:42 AM on August 14, 2002


corpse: not yet, no. Nice to know it's in the mail though.

Okay, let me know if you don't recieve it in a week or two. The only person that I've heard from that got mine was witchstone.

I got yours, it's great! I love the weakerthans, in fact, i'm going to see them at the end of the month on their long awaited east coast tour.
posted by corpse at 12:01 PM on August 14, 2002


But it's certainly possible that the e-mail address on the original message with the mailing addresses was wrong. Try the one above.
posted by adampsyche at 12:04 PM on August 14, 2002


The Weakerthans boast some of the best songwriting in Canada - folk poetry over a bed of hooky roots-punk. Hooray for Canada. What's more, I believe the Greg Macpherson Band is opening on this tour... I've never seen him live, but Good Times Coming Back Again is an outstanding, outstanding album. [Self-link!]
posted by Marquis at 12:10 PM on August 14, 2002


Sent mine out in July. Have gotten great mixes back from jnthnjng, Benway and sad_otter. Still waitin' on the other two. (But it looks like they're both on their way.) Extra huge thanks to Dreama for overseeing the swap.
posted by aine42 at 12:23 PM on August 14, 2002


I have received 3 so far, and mine should be out within the next 2 days...

I had one set of cds ready to go, then decided to add another cd to the as a bonus, so I have to get those done and I'll be sending them out...

sorry for the delay...
posted by PugAchev at 2:04 PM on August 14, 2002


the 3 I have gotten are excellent by the way..

posted by PugAchev at 2:05 PM on August 14, 2002


over a bed of hooky roots-punk

I'm sure I'm mistaken, but I thought the point of punk was that it had no roots and employed no hooks.
posted by timeistight at 2:11 PM on August 14, 2002


I'm sending mine tomorrow. All my swappees are in the States, so the postage is going to be a little scary. I've had to wait until I get paid.

It's a bit unnerving, sending them out. I'm not sure if anybody will like my selection, as I am a little behind the times (an old rock chick, me).

I've got 3 so far, and they've been great. Lots of stuff I've never heard of, and would never have got to hear if not for the Swap.
posted by crustygeek at 2:27 PM on August 14, 2002


"an old rock chick"

Old, no.

Rock chick, I'll take your word for.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:10 PM on August 14, 2002


I confess I have not sent mine yet (I was moving!), but I've only gotten one. I listened to ten minutes of silence before I realized it was probably a data cd with mp3s on it. Now I feel both dumb and guilty.

Out by Friday, guys, I promise.
posted by transient at 3:53 PM on August 14, 2002


I'm with crash - sent all of mine, but have received zero.

Although it's good to know that at least one person has received mine. Was starting to think I smelled or somethin'.
posted by cyniczny at 4:29 PM on August 14, 2002


One person's posted on mefiswaptalk that they got mine but I've not heard from anyone else. The same person has posted saying theirs are sent so I'll be checking the mailbox in the next few days or so.

To be quite honest I sent off my CDs never really expecting to get more than a couple back in return, if any. Does that make me a bad person?
posted by Foaf at 5:15 PM on August 14, 2002


timeistight: it's a very punk thing to miss (or ignore) the point of punk.
posted by Foaf at 5:19 PM on August 14, 2002


I stand corrected.
posted by timeistight at 5:25 PM on August 14, 2002


cyniczny: I was so in awe of it I forgot to write :(

I'll email each creator my thoughts on their particular swap mix when I get around to it. I finally listened through the whole thing today, I kept getting stuck on the lovely tracks by Cirque Du Soleil and Endorphin :)
posted by insomnyuk at 5:50 PM on August 14, 2002


Mine will be mailed out today. I was planning on mailing it out two weeks back, but one thing lead to another, and I redid the playlist. So mailing it out now.
posted by riffola at 9:27 PM on August 14, 2002


I've gotten two, sent 5 a while back -- I'm one of the vocal review type people on the site -- and so far I feel like I've easily gotten my money/effort's worth. Still, I hope to see at least one more, preferably 3 more.

And Dreama rules, is all.
posted by cortex at 10:14 PM on August 14, 2002


Hmm. I don't remember threatening to make a CD full of 70s prog. Maybe you're thinking of evanizer? I couldn't resist putting in some more modern neo-prog though: Arena, Marillion, Grey Lady Down. The likes of Echolyn, Porcupine Tree and Threshold will have to wait for MeFi Swap III (you are warned in advance!)

So far, I've received cortex's excellent CD, and I'm expecting Mars Saxman's any day now. The other three I've not heard from.
posted by salmacis at 5:17 AM on August 15, 2002


Lo, 'tis true, it was me, not salmacis...
posted by evanizer at 9:14 AM on August 15, 2002


Ooh! Porcupine Tree! That first gatefold LP (with the flying blokey on it) is an old-skool favourite. Have to dig that out tonight... Did you ever check any other stuff on Delirium...?
posted by bifter at 9:27 AM on August 15, 2002


I am insanely jealous of both salmacis and evanizer's groups. I hope they appreciate what they're getting. And kudos to evanizer for putting such a bizarre song as Gentle Giant's Knots on his mix.
posted by GeekAnimator at 10:49 AM on August 15, 2002


I've gotten a couple of CD's (which I still have yet to listen to) and still need to send out my discs... sorry...
posted by andrewraff at 11:22 AM on August 15, 2002


i sent out my five over a week ago. i heard back from two folks that they'd received the mix, but nothing from the others. had to re-post one of the cds; that went out yesterday.

i've gotton one mix in return. it was amazing--i liked three of the songs so much i immediately purchased corresponding albums. i hear that two other mixes are in the mail winging their way here. i check the mailbox every day expectantly!

one real plus of this swap, even if i don't get another cd from it, is that this whole mix cd deal has sorta caught on at work. it's become cool to bring in a few copies of a mix cd and hand them out. as a result i've gotton five other mixes from work kids and made three others to give away in the meantime. hooray for new music!

also, "on-liner notes" are all the rage nowadays. just for kicks, here's the mix i put together
posted by carsonb at 1:52 PM on August 15, 2002


I sent out my five, as part of the latecomer's group. .. have gotten 2, from LoraT and Dreama (thank you, very interesting) but have not gotten the other 5 and I had to fish for an acknowlegement (LoraT answered). . .

So I'm happy with the 2 I got but am somewhat less than happy with not getting the others, and not getting feedback or hearing that at least they got theirs. . ..
posted by Danf at 2:00 PM on August 15, 2002


I haven't gotten any but mine are going out tomorrow. THe track listing is available online. If anyone who wasn't on my list wants a copy email me... I've got some extra copies sitting around.
posted by drezdn at 9:55 PM on August 15, 2002


I'm flying to the US to post mine so I can be sure that they get there. Or, more truthfully, I'll post 'em in the US when I'm there next Fri ;-)

Danf: Sorry! I've been working 7 days a week for the past 2 months which has put a damper on my communications with the outside world - apart from my MeFi babblings of course...Got yours the day you sent the email altho' I haven't had a chance to listen to it. Or LoraT's. But I will be taking them on my trip. Dreama's was very good indeed...

Keep watching my 'blog for news [*blergh* I'm such a hit-whore]

BTW, I'm sending a copy of my MeFi I CD with my MeFi II's as a Brucie Bonus...
posted by i_cola at 7:14 AM on August 16, 2002


so, when's the next one? or do we 14ks (and 15k) have to do a newbie swap ourselves?
posted by amberglow at 3:05 PM on August 16, 2002


I'll definitely sign up again for the next one. But let's give this one a chance to wrap up first. A lot of stragglers are just now getting their mixes sent for the current swap.
posted by tdismukes at 3:25 PM on August 16, 2002


A lot of stragglers are just now getting their mixes sent for the current swap.

Like me. Check your mail in a few days, tdismukes. Here's hoping you dig it.
posted by jonmc at 3:32 PM on August 16, 2002


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