The Guardian is reporting about the unexpected results of a new research by ICM, studying the buying habits of music fans: First of all, more people bought a CD last year (57%) than an MP3 download (39%), which goes against the general trend that has been observed these past years! Could there be a new life for the CD? Secondly, 13% of 25-34 year olds and 10% of 18-24 year olds purchased music on cassette in the last month. I have noticed this new trend actually, at concerts, bands are offering cassettes at the merchandize table, a very weird thing to see when you are my age. When the CD inundated the market, cassettes became so obsolete that we couldn’t wait to get rid of them! And they are back?
But there was another surprise among these findings: 15% of people who do buy music on CD, vinyl or cassette tape, never plan on playing them! And this largely concerned the young people, among the 18-24 years old, 26% bought music without having the intention to play it… so all these vinyl purchases are just to decorate their bedroom shelves? I don’t buy vinyl, I am old enough to consider these relics of the past as archaic and scratchy! I am sorry but I have no nostalgia for turntables and if I own a few vinyl (I got them for free), it would never cross my mind to buy a vinyl of an album and never play it,… such a waste. It reminds me people who buy books to fill up their library whereas they will never open any of these books. Is it some kind of hipsters’ apotheosis? I bet they buy these album frames at Urban Outfitters and decorate their walls with Neutral Milk Hotel or Wilco. I know now why Amoeba sells so many of these vinyl records.
It is interesting to think that we have reached a point where objects in music have totally disappeared, records and CDs have been replaced by mp3s and everything digital…but we have now reached another point where people want to return to the object and buy it either for collection or decoration purposes or sentimental attachment, or… you name it; the mp3 stole something that people want to regain control of.
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music