Friday, December 25, 2009

Top Ten Party FAQs

Hi Everybody

The Top Ten Party is THIS SUNDAY December 27 at 8pm upstairs at Trocadero here in Milwaukee!! I'm really looking forward to talking music, sharing cold beverages, posting our giant sized lists & listening to some of the years best albums (and the decade!) with everybody!

Some really amazingly good lists & write ups this year! Check em out at Thanks once again for helping keep the listing alive!! (if you haven't posted yet, for rules & directions go here: )

We're in our 4th year of the Top Ten Party & still people have questions...(so i have answers!!)

Top Ten Party Frequently Asked Questions 2009

1. Q: Important beverage related question... do i get free beer if i make a list?

A: Short answer... yes.... Riverwest Stein to be exact....

Here's how it works... you make a list on the giant post-it hang up your list on the wall for the world to see.....I give YOU a wrist-band to drink from the barrel of Lakefront that's behind the bar! (tremendous....right?)... we ask only that you tip your bartender well.... also contrary to prior mentions of food... Trocadero kitchen will be to eat something before you stop down...

2. Q: So what's a Top Ten Party?

A: It's a chance to talk about & listen to great music with like-minded individuals!

Music geeks unite! Giant post-it notes up of our lists gallery style, discussion, listening, guest DJ sets, mix CD exchange, comparing of notes & reflection on your favorite musical moments of the year with people !

3. Q: What should I bring?

A: A few recommended items include:

-Your list of favorite albums of 2009 & of the decade....
-A few copies of mix CDs with songs from your favorite albums to give away for the "Mix CD Exchange"
-An iPod or CD's loaded with your favorite songs for your "Guest DJ Set"

4. Q: What's with the guest DJ sets?

A: Trocadero has graciously allowed us to plug into their sound system of the night! I'll have ipod plugins & CD decks for those who would like to flaunt their DJ skills...

Bring your iPod or loaded CDs & you can blast your favorite songs of the year for our special guest DJ sets! Sign-ups go in 20 min turntables...

5. Q: ...and the Mix CD Exchange?

A: You bring the love....we share the love...

This really does work much better if a lot of people do it.... bring in copies of mix CDs with your favorite songs (AND TRACK LISTINGS!) and trade em up.....
I recommend 4-5 copies or so (but if you want to do more or less....totally up to you dude).

6: Q: Who's invited & what if i'm not a music geek?

A: EVERYBODY & if not a music geek... fear not!

All friends & friends of friends welcome--(yes...even if you don't know me!) The great thing about this for the non-music-geek is that this really is a great opportunity to catch up on all of the great albums you missed out on!

7. Q: Will there be food?!

A: Sadly, no...trocadero kitchen will be closed & matt's too cheap to order buffet style...

Contrary to prior reports, we'll have trocadero on a non-kitchen to eat up ahead of time.....

8. Q: So where's Trocadero

A: 1758 N Water St Milwaukee
GO UPSTAIRS when you get there!! (i'll have signage!)

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9: Q: Is it Free?

A: Yes! (but there's a catch....We're now listener supported...)
For a 2nd year, with the continued expansion of the Top Ten Party, we are a "Listener Supported Model" Trocadero has graciously donated the space & beer at a reasonable price. (which we are very grateful for) However- beer, giant post-it notes, sharpies & mostly still beer... all cost money (not a ton of money...but still takes a few bucks to put this together...). I am shamelessly asking for a small donation for those who feel this is valuable enough to keep alive for future years.... OK, end of shameless plea....also might not be bad to order an additional cocktail or interesting beer to make it worth trocadero's while!

10: Q: My head is spinning....I have other questions that weren't covered here.... help me!

A: No biggie....just drop me an e-mail at or gimme a buzz at 414-333-6634 with anything further.
Don't worry too much about the "What do I Bring", "I don't have a list" & "What's this gonna be" kinda stuff....Just think of it as a great place for a music fan to finish off the year & a fun way to spend a sunday night.

See you there!

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