Japan Still Loves CDs!

September 26, 2014 by

Who knew that a squad of young Japanese girls wearing saucy Brazilian cheerleader outfits could save a dying technology? A recent New York Times article reports that AKB48, a popular Japanese group (pictured – photo by Eugene Hoshiko/AP), has sold CDs containing tickets to its performances, encouraging fans to buy multiple copies. A cunning strategy indeed. Japan […]

Top 6 Side-2 Lead Tracks (conclusion)

August 16, 2014 by

These three songs round out my top side-2 lead tracks. I’ve also added some bonus coverage… “Street Fighting Man” – Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet Here are a case where the lead track on side two was also the lead single for the album. (It was the only single released from Beggars.) This is one of […]

Top 6 Side-2 Lead Tracks (Pt 1)

July 24, 2014 by

One of the great things that I love about the vinyl LP is the running order, or sequencing, of songs. Sequencing is one of the underappreciated components of an album; to me it’s as important as selecting the track to be featured as the single. With the vinyl LP you get the added bonus of […]

Top 5 Rock Drummers

June 16, 2014 by

I’ve always said that rock and roll is about kick drum and bass. Rhythm, after all, is the key definer of style. So it’s fitting that the first list I post is comprised of my favorite drummers from my world of rock. 1. Ringo Starr My first obsession was with the Beatles. I started out […]

Neil Young vs. Low-Rez Drugs

May 19, 2014 by

Neil Young has seen the needle and the damage done. The classic rocker has written extensively about the impact of drugs in the music industry. Now he’s taking on a new drug scourge — the MP3 file. MP3s were recently likened to methamphetamine by Steve Silberman of AudioQuest, maker of hifi interconnects for audio and […]

CD Format Still has Value

April 14, 2014 by

Easter isn’t the only holiday celebrated this weekend.  This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day. It will be the seventh annual celebration of brick-and-mortar music shopping and, more importantly, of the enduring appeal of music in a physical format. Nielsen SoundScan data show that vinyl records represented the only music format that increased in […]

CD Holds Its Own vs. Digital Downloads

March 6, 2014 by

According to some Billboard articles I’ve been reading, CD continues to lose ground in the U.S. but is holding its own better than some may have thought. The divide between CDs and downloads has definitely grown closer in recent years. According to Billboard, in 2013 CDs represented 57.2% of the U.S. album market, while downloads […]

Retro Resurgence for CD?

February 15, 2014 by

I was talking with a friend recently and we were musing about the future retro-fetishist collectibility of CDs. Most music enthusiasts know that turntables and vinyl records are enjoying a pleasant boutique rebirth in recent years. In fact, vinyl is at the moment the only recorded music format experiencing any kind of growth. When I […]

Record Store Day is Fast Approaching

April 1, 2013 by

I went to Hello, Records during my lunch hour today. It is one of a handful of used records stores in and around Detroit that consistently score and make available records that are usually only found on the Internet sites. Great jazz, soul, reggae and rock titles for prices well below those that are sent through Paypal.

Loyalty is Garbage

February 28, 2013 by

Not long ago, I witnessed a moving example of customer loyalty, and had the term “hair band” redefined for me. It happened at a Garbage rock-and-roll show at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. There were some fans in front of the stage waving a sign at Shirley Manson, Garbage’s lead singer. […]