OoO highlights great but under-appreciated music albums, mostly from the 21st century, as selected by host DJ Poseur and a rotating brigade of fellow obsessives. Each co-host chooses an album pick to discuss at length, including consideration of why we think it’s awesome but woefully unknown to the listening public. All picks meet stringent criteria for obscurity (Under 50 user reviews in All Music Guide, Under 100k streams on YouTube). Features include games for the listener to play along with, like “The Obscurity Quiz” (in which albums are ranked by a contestant from most obscure to most famous), “Score the List” (in which cohosts compare their knowledge and music collections to online “Top 10” lists), “Stump the DJ” (in which the cohosts challenge one another’s knowledge of obscure bands), and the occasional “Scheduled Digression” (in which we tackle a specific topic in music or the music industry). See also the companion subreddit (www.reddit.com) for links to all the albums featured in OoO episodes if you'd rather skip our yakking: r/MusicNobodyElseLikes Who should listen to OoO? Anyone dissatisfied by contemporary pop music. Anyone unfamiliar with but interested in independent music of the 21st century. Fellow obsessives who want reviews of beloved but obscure albums and find existing online resources limited. People who want something totally out of left field to spice up their music listening experience. Anyone who enjoys a contentious dialog about art. Rather than being the kind of podcast whose any given episode will be of general interest, it is hoped that with time, with an accumulated body of work, we will hit upon an album or at least a very specific style of music that is beloved by potential listeners as much as by us. Welcome to the wild, weird, and wondrous world of OoO!
Sunday Nov 07, 2021
Score the List 1: Power Pop w/ Optimus Grimes
Sunday Nov 07, 2021
Sunday Nov 07, 2021
This is a new mini-feature we’re trying out for the first time, though it was intended to accompany the very first episode of OoO. The idea is to give a very personal review in conversation about a “best of” or “essential” albums list in a particular style for a list from a semi-authoritative source online.
We begin w/ this list of “Essential Power Pop Albums”: https://www.treblezine.com/10-essential-power-pop-albums/ (If you want to play along, don’t look at the list until after the episode.)
The list is discussed album-by-album, with each cohost giving his or her personal hot take and receiving a numerical score in relation to it. The scoring is rather complicated, but I hope it’ll eventually be second-nature and easy enough for listeners to tally their own scores. It also admittedly favors people w/ large collections of physical or digital media rather than those who just stream music (as it should, I say!)
SCORING FOR EACH ALBUM: Never heard of band & album (-5 pts); Heard of Band but not album (-4); Heard of both but not heard & don't own (0); Heard It (+2); Own It (+10); Own It But Haven't Heard It (+3); Used to Own (and Listened) But Don't Now (+5). Own a different/additional album by the same band +1 each. Saw live +2 each time, saw frontman live +1 each time. 10pt. bonus if you would have put an album on your own list in the category. 5pt. bonus if you're sure a band that is on the list would be on your list but a different album.
Obviously the goal is to have a positive rather than negative total score by the end, and there can be some competition between the cohosts to establish credibility or even expertise. Listeners are strongly encouraged to post their own scores in the comments, and congratulations are owed to anyone who can best the cohosts. You’ll just have to listen to know our scores (no spoilers in the description!) and whether we can keep our heads above water. I expect some negative scores in the future.
If you’ve read this far, we will say that OG approved of the list more strongly than DJ Poseur, finding 80% in the 20th century to be an unfair bias. A list of DJ Poseur’s favorite power pop albums would definitely have included Starlight Mints’ debut & a Self album (an actual list is probably not forthcoming, barring popular demand). Optimus Grimes’ score should get the 5pt. bonus for calling one entry “THE quintessential power pop band.” I failed to include it b/c this was the first time doing this mini-feature.
Welcome any feedback on whether this is more or less interesting to listen to than our usual mini-feature, The Obscurity Quiz, and if you know a good list (preferably of 10 albums) to use in a future edition.
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