About Album Du Jour

Hey all, my name’s Chris and this site here WAS a 2009 project wherein I challenged myself to write a large-ish article about a different album every single day of that year. The good news is: I succeeded! The bad news is: I completely lost interest in writing about music and spent 2 years not writing about anything in particular. The pretty ok news is: I’m back! Due to various constraints, however, I can’t promise to write every day, but I will write every time.

I am not a journalist, nor am I even a writer. I am a musician, and I love music at least enough to want to talk about it every single day on the internet. My taste in music is fairly far-reaching, so there may be a little something here for everyone.

If you like what you read, please drop in a comment or two so I know someone out there is watching, and I do always love to see other insights into the music I’m talking about. I get all comments by e-mail, no matter how old the article, so please send away!

If you don’t like what you read, just remember two things:

1. These are not objective “reviews”, I specifically write to reflect my own opinions and biases, and would never ask anyone to interpret my work as “professional”. I am merely talking about albums as if I were conversing with someone about them. Thus, differences of opinion are certainly welcome, but to call into question my “professionalism” in expressing my opinions is like criticizing my ability to ride a unicorn.

2. Sometimes I make factual errors, and I DO appreciate it when people step up and correct them. Sometimes, in lieu of actual research (or in some cases where research is impossible due to the obscurity of the material), I just throw something out there that may look like a fact but, in fact, may be a lie. Thus, tact is appreciated when correcting my missteps, but calling me names and other adjectives, no matter how creatively, is kind of a waste of time on both our parts.

I used to have a Twitter site, but The Man shut me down because it got hacked. Sorry about that. I do, however, have a Facebook Fan Page where you can interact with me and other reader(s) to your heart’s malicious content!

Anyways, hope you enjoy the writing as much as I enjoyed the albums!

SPECIAL NOTE: if you (or someone you represent) have recorded a full-length or EP album and would like to have it reviewed FOR FREE, just get in touch with me here or via my e-mail (lierxagerate@gmail.com), and let me know! My only criteria is that I have to be able to hear the album, of course. Physical CD’s preferred but will accept free downloads, especially in FLAC as lossless is the only way to roll, I don’t accept free-streaming-only because come on how are you not able to sell that? I make it a point to make sure people can find your music to purchase as well, so let me know!

8 Responses

  1. Hey Chris, I thumbs-upped your site on StumbleUpon and submitted it to their database, so hopefully some intrepid web-stumblers will find your site and give you trafficks.

    Cool project!

    • Thanks, dude! I’m glad you approve, and certainly some web trafficks would be nice, I could always use more witnesses to my descent into obsessive madness! Rock on!

  2. Just to let you know what your meaningful contribution has done for my trafficks, I got 190 views on the day you submitted my blog, which went down to roughly 30 a day consistently until I wrote about Warren Zevon, then it dipped down to 12 views and I’m still trying to build it back up. What folly on my part!

    I am very glad to get at least 12 views, though!

  3. Ha, wow, I really like the site! I just came across it because I just started an extremely similar blog (ok, pretty much the same with an album review a day type thing), and found your review of They Might Be Giants – No! which i just reviewed last night (without knowing about your site).

    I have to say, I really like your format here, and your writing is quite amazing. Now, to go look through your archives and try and catch up.

  4. Thanks, Ryan, and good luck with your own endeavor there! I thought about doing the “music player” thing, like what you’ve got, but I think that requires paying WordPress money or something, and well I’m not at the point where I want to provide THAT much quality.

    Anyway this project is only 2 1/2 months from being completed, after which I’m not sure what to do. I’ll probably continue to update, but less about “albums” and more about various musical topics, or even just singular songs. I’ve already got a lot of ideas brewing, and it’s good to see someone else out there is joining the madness, I’ll be sure to read what you’ve got, and thanks so much for the compliments!

  5. Oh, ha, I don’t have a music player on mine, I didn’t feel like paying any money for that. I think what you’re referring to is just a chart of what I’ve recently listened to on Last.fm.

    And yeah, It’s a shame I didna find out about yours until now, but I plan to keep reading it. Youre style is really great, and interesting!

  6. As a fellow music reviewer, I appreciate the work you’re doing here. Too bad I didn’t find this near the beginning of the year or I’d be tuning in every day!

    I’ve read a few reviews, you’ve got a knack for music writing. I’ll be going through all 365 eventually. Keep up the good work man, I’ll link your blog.

  7. Hi Chris,

    This is Aislynn from Ardent Records, Christian label home to Todd Agnew, Skillet, Joy Whitlock, and Jeremy Horn. I discovered your site while researching blogs and would like to add your site to our database. Please email me at the address below if you are interested; we’d be happy to hook you up with music from our artists for review on your blog and with other promotions which you can share with your readers. Thank you for your time!

    Aislynn Rappe

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