Albums and music?
July 10, 2019 5:18 AM - Subscribe

Any place for albums or music in FanFare?

I apologize if this was addressed elsewhere and I failed to find it... but any chance of adding music to FanFare? I know we get some nice front page posts about albums or music from time to time in the blue, but I'd love it if there were a place for Mefites to discuss music.

I'm unsure if this was considered and ruled out for some reason when FanFare was created, or if it hasn't come up (I'm guessing it must have, but again I can't find the discussion) before. Anyway - this Mefite would love a place to discuss music with more frequency than it tends to come up on the front page. Thanks!
posted by jzb (6 comments total)
Skimming past FanFare-related Metatalk threads, I don't see anything substantive about album posts.

Structurally, I think they'd work similarly to Book posts, where you'd enter the album name (and possibly the artist/band), and the site queries ... something. Musicbrainz? Discogs? Amazon?

When posting a book, the error message for book title not found is "No matching title found. Please edit your book title so that it matches a book listed at or use a US ISBN."
posted by filthy light thief at 9:08 AM on July 10, 2019 [1 favorite]

By the lack of response I'm guessing there's not a ton of interest in adding albums/music to FanFare?
posted by jzb at 7:10 AM on July 19, 2019

FanFare Talk is not a very active area, and is often overlooked.

For a bigger discussion, I think this would be better on MetaTalk.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:56 AM on July 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

I like this pony, and agree that FFTalk is kind of a wasteland.
posted by General Malaise at 3:27 PM on July 19, 2019

Yeah, the FanFare Talk section is a sidebar even more to the side now.

I could go for this! I'm trying to figure out reasons why it wouldn't work well, or be bad for other listeners, and so on. One stumbler might be availability of the music, particularly over the long haul, or rare/obscure stuff

I think hippybear's threads on the blue have been a good proof of concept overall, though.
posted by rhizome at 4:22 PM on July 30, 2019

I think all media exist on continuum of "easily/ readily available" to "rarity/ hard to find," from title to title. Music has the benefit of so often being put on YouTube, so old, obscure recordings that were once traded for huge sums of money among a few wealthy fans can now be heard worldwide. As evidenced by hippybear's posts, some albums don't get fully "distributed" via YouTube, either from sporadic take-downs, or incomplete uploading, but there's so much more to discover and discuss.

I, for one, support this pony and suggest riding it to MetaTalk for broader discussion.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:21 AM on August 7, 2019

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