Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Also, you wrote with poor grammar Brian...you ment say  "to " what I wrote...pls be sure to use spell chek

Monday, October 29, 2012

Actually, Bri, it completely negated everything you've ever written here. At least, that was my take.
Um hello, it also confirms what I was saying?
An interesting article about vinyl which kind of confirms a bit of what both you and Stu are saying, Mike.

Also, it seems Toronto is getting an indie music station very soon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I don't think that this is a trend back to a previous format per se.  I think this is a trend away from mainstream record stores toward speciality record stores targetting serious listeners and collectors.  The mainstream music business is, I believe, firmly shifting to the downloading/streaming digital formats with a continuing struggle to control and monetize the consumption of music.  Physical record stores have to provide something that appeals to the more serious consumers, and vinyl is a great fit.  They'll probably also focus on  offering services to chase down rare and obscure music for their customers.  But they'll have to build their businesses around a much smaller customer base. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Interesting post, Stu.  If I am any bellwether for the current trend, things are definitely changing, or more accurately, changing back.  I buy more vinyl (say 30-40 records a year) than I do CDs by far these days.   Any digitized music I get comes via download.   And vinyl has re-assumed its place in my heart as the most (or only) exciting media for listening to music.

Death to the CD, long live the groove!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Over the last year i am noticing an interesting subtle shift when on my music purchasing rounds in used disc stores...... About 6 months ago pandemonium a good west end junction used disc shop moved location down the block and when they reopened, their used CDs had gone to the back of the store in reduced numbers, whereas the vinyl had moved to the front and had increased in volume.... Since they I have noticed this trend at a few other places.... Also, i have noticed the extreme volume of customers at the few record only places such as sonic boom in kensington (their bathurst street location still has cds out front but the vinyl is no longer in the basement and it is also a larger part of the ground floor space then in the old bloor location).... On top of this there has been a significant increase ion volume of new 180g reisuues and bew releases ibn pretty much all stores selling new product like Soundscapes, HMV etc....
Upon reflection, this trend makes sence since, why buy cds when you have shit album art in these stupid plastic cases , when you can buy (or steal) mp3 files much more cheaperly or buy the real deal being records and get the physical art component, arguably better warmer sound (and you can still relatively easily burn it at home onto mp3).... Perhaps the cd really is ending sooner rather than latter, but as one who has a passion for vinyl, I am heartily glad and a bit surtprised to see cds being replaced by.........vinyl....
perhaps onl;y record nuts will buy them and perhaps the colume will only be a fraction of what it was 20 years ago, but it will be interesting to see how far they come back into mainstream circulation...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Don't know how long it will last but I'm loving the soundz of Angus & Julia Stone.  Highly derivative folkpop, but nontheless, very pleasant to listen to.  If you listen to only one track, the go-to is Big Jet Plane.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I know that you lot keep an eye out for who's touring and if you happen to see that Godspeed You! Black Emperor is playing in or around TO, let me know cause i'd love to see them.  I'm diggin' the new album ...as much as one can dig something so epic, dark and moodful.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Gents, any interest in seeing Aimee Mann November 6th at the Danforth Music Hall?   I'm going with a neighbour friend (named Derek, but don't let that confuse you).  Her new record sounds good.