CD-Loving Japan

CD-Loving Japan Resists Move to Online Music

TOKYO — Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.

On a drizzly Sunday afternoon recently, Tower Records’ nine-level flagship store here was packed with customers like Kimiaki Koinuma. A 23-year-old engineer in a Dee Dee Ramone T-shirt, Mr. Koinuma said that, unlike most men his age around the world, he spends little time with digital services and prefers his music on disc.

“I buy around three CDs a month,” he said, showing off a haul of six new albums, including the Rolling Stones’ classic “Exile on Main St.” and an assortment of the latest Japanese pop hits.

Japan may be one of the world’s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry. While CD sales are falling worldwide, including in Japan, they still account for about 85 percent of sales here, compared with as little as 20 percent in some countries, like Sweden, where online streaming is dominant.

wow, i found this to be pretty damn surprising… how odd, since i would’ve thought that japan would’ve been at or near the forefront of everything being digital — i know they have crazy fast internet speeds in south korea, and they stream tv shows and even the news online over there… which is pretty awesome.

i honestly can’t even remember the last CD that i bought.


Congrats, Jack!

Jack White has the best-selling vinyl record in 20 years

With his latest album, Lazaretto, Jack White wanted to prove there was still life in vinyl records. And it turns out he was right: the album is the best-selling vinyl in two decades.

According to Billboard, the album has sold 60,000 units to date on vinyl, the biggest single-year vinyl sales since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The number also represents a quarter of all Lazaretto sales, with the album selling a total of 238,000 units across all platforms.

even better than jennifer lawrence making $31 million last year, how about jack white selling a crapload of his new album on vinly?

pretty damn awesome, if you ask me.

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The LEGO Guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy… in LEGO!

i still haven’t seen the LEGO movie yet, been meaning to drop by a redbox and pick it up… so it’s on my list, but damned if i can’t wait to go see the Guardians up on the big screen this weekend.

should be good, mang.

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Monday Music

heard this one the other day and had to shazam it.

i’ve been hearing this one more and more of late, but never watched the music video until today… yeah, it’s a little on the creep side but goes with the lyrics i guess.

…and here’s a cover of “crazy” that i heard on last weeks episode of Suits — awesome show, and one of the few i actually watch week-to-week.



RIP Tommy Ramone

RIP Tommy Ramone: your band captured the sound in my head

i’ve been pretty behind of late, still catching up after being off the past week and only occasionally getting online or checking email/twitter feed on my phone — really tried to cut back and it felt pretty damn good to unplug (for the most part) for a bit… i really need to start doing that more often, i think.

anywho, i can’t believe i missed the fact that tommy ramone passed away… fuck man, totally bummed me out just now.

i’m going to listen to the ramones all day today.



Dig’n The Amazon Prime Music?

i know everybody’s been talking about the new amazon phone — which spec-wise looks okay, though it still sounds like a “shopping phone” to me, and i was a little surprised at the $199 price tag — but i was more interested in the amazon prime music they released.

Amazon prime music 1394

i still tend to fire up spotify every day, but it’s nice to have an alternative that’s free for prime subscribers — if nothing else, makes me feel like i’m at least getting a better value for my membership since they raised the price on it.

just installed it on my iphone, and need to check and see that i can stream music in my library in my car… think i’ll do that on the way home tonight.

anybody else using it?

p.s. Amazon Fire Phone vs. iPhone 5S vs. Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8


Buzzcut Season

my son jayden shot me a link to one of his friends, julia, who does her own music… instruments, edits using her ipad, vocals, the whole thing — which i found pretty damn impressive for such a young lady.

Buzzcut Season (Lorde Cover)

check it out and let me know what you think — i ended it listening to it 3-4 times in repeat, personally.

need to talk to her about getting a youtube channel setup, i think… hmmm.