Secret Santa Vinyl Swap

A few years ago, I participated in an online Secret Santa vinyl swap, which was a really awesome experience that allowed vinyl fans to share and receive new music with other vinyl fans. Rather than hosting a similar exchange online, I thought it would be more fun to organize something in person and give us all reason to have a holiday gathering.

So let's give this in-person Secret Santa vinyl swap a try and see how it goes.

If we're lucky, maybe this Secret Santa will top David Bowie and Bing Crosby's Christmas duet?

Here's how it works:
-It's Secret Santa, but with vinyl. The twist is that you'll pick out a gift based on someone else's recent tastes, instead of purchasing some random useless gift.
-Each participant will submit a list of 10 recent musical obsessions. This can be a combination of artists, records, songs, or genres.
-Everyone will then receive someone else's musical list.
-Here's the fun part: you get to go record shopping for someone based on their own tastes. If you're good at this, you'll hopefully pick something tasty out that your Secret Santa partner has never heard before. This will allows you, the gift giver, to spread Christmas cheer far and wide.
-Spend no more than $25 on your Secret Santa partner. Buy them either one new record (12"), a couple 7"'s, or a few used goodies.
-On December 8 at 9 p.m., we'll gather at Rebekah Goode-Peoples and Ryan Peoples' lovely home to exchange records (we'll send out the address closer to the date).
-Bring yourselves, your record(s), and your own drinks.

Sounds fun, right? If you'd like to participate, please email the following information to maxcblau [at] by Monday, November 26.
1) Your name.
2) A list of 10 "musical obsessions" that isn't a copy of your 'best albums of 2012' list.

I will send everyone their Secret Santa matches and lists shortly after, so you'll have a few weeks to go shopping or order something online.

NOTE: If you send me a list, then you're committing to showing up with a record on that evening. Please do not flake. If you do, someone will be really, really sad. And nobody likes a sad holiday party.

Thanks and email me if you have any questions,

P.S. This is open to whoever wants to participate, so spread the word and pass it along to some friends if you think they might be interested.

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