I had never heard of this phenomenon before tonight, and I think it is pretty much awesome, as are all things revolving around getting together in groups, doing something for the hell of it, drinking beer, and assigning nicknames.
This is basically EXACTLY what I was talking about in my post from last September, "A Case For Listening Parties". I hope this trend catches on: in fact, now that I’ve got a place where people can sit and a killer stereo system with a nice new turntable, perhaps I’ll start doing this myself.
In semi-related news: I raided my parents’ vinyl collection and scored BIG. First pressings of The White Album, Waiting For Columbus, Silk Degrees, etc., all in mint or near-mint condition. SCORE!
Pretty neat discussion of the numerous plot/theme parallels between last year’s blockbuster Inception and William Gibson’s Cyberpunk classic Neuromancer.
By the way, if you’re avoiding reading Neuromancer because of its associations with sci-fi, or genre fiction, or because of some of the more embarrassing exponents of cyberpunk (I’m looking at you, Matrix: Revolutions), you’re making a huge mistake. Read William Gibson. Read a LOT of William Gibson. It’s all pretty good. And start with Neuromancer.