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. […]

CD Jukebox – Excellent Condition

January 30, 2013 by

This is a Rowe CD 100 jukebox. Features 100 CDs of your favorite music and is in excellent condition! What a fantastic piece of equipment to add to your home or location. Great for restaurants and arcades! Colors may vary. CDs not included.” I saw this ad and the accompanying photo on a classified-ad web […]

The Clash’s London Calling

November 11, 2012 by

It’s my pleasure to present a guest editorial from Mr. Leo Cahalan. Leo is an audiophile, a vintage-gear expert and a vinyl maven. Remastering Of A Masterpiece: The Clash’s London Calling by Leo Cahalan I spot the white cardboard media mailer left inside the storm door as I turn the car into the driveway. An expectant […]

Anti Social Music

October 11, 2012 by

I like music. I like people. However, I am not a fan of the overwhelming and overbearing ubiquity of social media in our culture. That last statement appears to preclude me from participating in most of today’s interesting digital music discovery services. My plan was to begin writing about some of the exciting new music […]

Amusement Expo Report – Day 2

March 15, 2012 by

Further greetings from Las Vegas. We did get outside briefly and I can report that it was sunny and in the 70s. However, I hear back in Detroit it was in the 70s yesterday. There are also casinos in Detroit. Hmmm, maybe I never left… Anyway, back on the show floor, the mood was still […]

Amusement Expo Report – Day 1

March 14, 2012 by

Greetings from Las Vegas. I’d like to tell you what the weather’s like here, but as most of you know, going outside isn’t really part of the program in this town. However, the mood inside the convention hall is decidedly sunny. An upbeat front of optimism is sweeping across the industry as operators express their […]