People, get ready, there's a new CD a coming. A really cool new CD. Check that: a really cool new local music CD.
This CD project doesn't have a name, but that's all it doesn't have. This bad boy is packed with 17 songs from some of Anchorage's most popular, talented and intriguing artists: Delmag, The Whipsaws, Jared Woods, Conversing With Zookeepers, and Eu Vusahm, among others. The big guns. The singer-songwriters. The up-and-comers. They're all accounted for, as well as a few unreleased songs and a little hip-hop.
Is that coy enough for you? Okay, I'll spill it: this CD project was built to promote the Anchorage Daily News' spanking new entertainment page, Hotsheet. And I put the CD together! Oh yes, I did. I tapped my inner mixtape freak, selected the bands (and hounded them for signed contracts), sequenced the playlist, and spent recent workdays listening to the CD's final edit. Yes, this is my job. This CD isn't perfect – no mixtapes are – but I'm confident that if you're at all a regular on Anchorage's music scene, you'll recognize the artists and love the project. And when the CD hits the streets sometime in the next month, I know you'll want to get your hands on it.
Which leads me to the best facet of this CD: It's going to be free. That's right, free. We're printing 1,000 copies and planning to give them away – yes, for free -- at upcoming concerts and events. Sweet.
So, check back here for updates. I'll also post the CD's playlist soon. I know -- I'm such a tease.