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June 25th, 2003


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2003.0625.1402::Bastards
Music rules.

Despite the usual hole in my entries where "current music" generally should be, I really enjoy reading lyrics, hearing melodies, analyzing harmonies. I have a deep, deep love for music.

I'm not really all that picky about it either. I listen to a really wide variety of stuff. I once made a mix tape with songs from Screeching Weasel, Bonnie Tyler, and an instrumental piece from the soundtrack to Il Postino. I've combined Ani DiFranco and Air Supply and Guns 'N' Roses. batnandu once berated me for having "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" on my computer (granted, I enjoyed that song probably more for the video...).

So it really chaps my ass when I hear about the RIAA's idiot tactics for dealing with digital music. I'm tired of automatically being assumed to be a criminal. Sure, I've downloaded numerous songs. I've got a few VNV Nation MP3s on my computer now. But you know what? Those MP3s made me go out and buy FuturePerfect.

For a while now, I've been half-heartedly boycotting new music, not getting albums that I only kinda like. I have noticed that even with the RIAA's price-fixing lawsuit settled, CD prices haven't fallen significantly. In fact, Tower and other music stores I've seen are still selling albums at a ridiculous $15.99 at times.

Still, I've picked up a few things in the past months, but with the aforementioned news, I've decided to cut it out. No more new music. The RIAA and their heavy-handed tactics suck major donkey dung and can go fuck themselves. They've lost a customer.

That is all.
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nameisboxcar::2003.06.26.11:00 am
You could go find a used record store. That way, you can still get new music but not pay ridiculous RIAA/Tower/giant chain prices. I used to work at a store that sold used records. We got good stuff cheap. I totally agree with the raping of the music industry that's been happening recently - on either side. I feel for the little band who doesn't make Backstreet-sized profits (a lot of my friends are musicians), but I also feel the consumer angst. It's a tough spot to be in. You could also go to shows and buy records there. Or go straight to the record label's website, if it's an independent label - they don't usually charge more than $10 or $12.
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