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CD Samplers -- Your Thoughts

Posted by - 11:01 AM on 10/08/09
If you've been to any festival, you've no doubt seen the ground littered with trash. Whether it's empty soda bottles, scene kids giving free hugs (sick burn!), or those little post cards advertising a band, it covers the ground, and you step all over it. However, you will often see sampler CDs in this same pile.

For some, sampler CDs are a great way to discover new music, while some think they make great projectiles during a live show. What do you think about sampler CDs? Do you listen to them? If so, do you ever hear a band on there and go search for their other stuff? What's the best sampler experience you've had?

If you don't listen to them, why not? Labels spend a lot of money producing these...do you think they're worth it?
 
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11:02 AM on 10/08/09
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Anton Djamoos
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(Thanks to the wise Blake Solomon for this question.)
11:04 AM on 10/08/09
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KidDynamite
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internet > sampler
11:04 AM on 10/08/09
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smartpunk used to make good ones
11:05 AM on 10/08/09
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I don't know really.

I've never been given a sampler CD with anyone I think is worth looking into more. But I always take them home to listen to just in case. Here's hoping someone's out there who are okay!

Actually tell a lie, I got a demo off one band, but they were playing a gig with mine so I'd already heard them and knew I enjoyed them.
11:05 AM on 10/08/09
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I'm a big fan of the CD sampler. If not for them I would have been subjected to far fewer bands. Fat Wreck had a great "Survival of the Fattest" series, and the Warped Comps were great for the first 4 or 5 years (especially the live one).

Finding a free disc in a purchased CD has always been a blast, and there's almost always one song worth investigating.
11:06 AM on 10/08/09
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Jeff_Ryan
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i've never listened to a cd sampler i've been given at a show.
11:07 AM on 10/08/09
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I have a few I listen to. I have one from the Militia Group a couple of years ago that I really enjoy. I really don't get new ones very often though.
11:09 AM on 10/08/09
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smartpunk used to make good ones
Yep, those were great. I remember the Drive-Thru/Victory/Equal Vision ones from 2001-03 were always cool.
11:10 AM on 10/08/09
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Most of the companies that I get them from have music I know already about, I mean I think they are great for someone who is trying to get into a certain genre but I never listen to cd samplers
11:10 AM on 10/08/09
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I used to love the Drive Thru Records Samplers back in the day
11:11 AM on 10/08/09
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I've only taken one of the few shoved at me at shows.
It kind of sucked.
11:12 AM on 10/08/09
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Naw never listen to these. It's sad....but I'm too lazy to put in a CD when the internet is at your fingertips...
11:13 AM on 10/08/09
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I'll listen to samplers to check out new music, see what labels think is a good song to represent a band, and to remind myself why I don't listen to certain labels.
11:13 AM on 10/08/09
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For kids who have no money and don't know much about the scene, sampler cd's help and guide exposure to a great extent. Not so much when you get older or more involved in this type if music.

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