Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Colin Meloy is such a purist

Insound is totally best. Their Save the Album campaign is so classic and right on, it's strong enough to break the man's heart. The thing is, as music goes digital, people will stop buying CDs. It's happening people. We know this. I tried avoiding it for a long time...tried ignoring the power of the iPod, but I caved. I buy mp3s... oh gosh, I cannot believe I'm going to admit this, but I don't go to the record store to physically purchase a record as much as I used to. That's a lie. I rarely do it anymore. Call me lazy, I guess. But I love RECORDS! I love the liner notes and I love the artwork. I love collecting albums! And you know what, buying records should not become a lost art. I have so many memories of saving up my babysitting money so I could buy the new Verve single or Blur on cassette back in the day. Insound is here, trying to save the world in all their indie rawk glory, so let's join 'em in their cause--Devendra Banhart, the Walkmen, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, Bloc Party and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy have jumped on board and share their album love on the Save the album site via video.

So that's what Insound is doing--as of this month, they're also offering mp3s--but it's not in that way. Buy all the CDs and LPs you want and after checkout Insound will hook you up with mp3s of the albums purchased. No need to shell out 99 cents.
For example, I still haven't bought the new TV on the Radio (slacker) and I checked out an mp3 before adding it to my shopping cart. Insound keep it pure for those of us who are testing our purist ways... FREE BABY!


  • Oh, don't be so sentimental. I don't really need to be a collector of things. I want to be a collector of SOUNDS.

    I enjoy LISTENING to music. I don't really worry about the format it comes in.

    In so far as writings and art can be associated with music, that's pretty cool. Although, at that point, you're really into "art" not "music" and what difference does it make if it comes in a pre-fab'd plastic case anyway?

    But all of that experience can be re-created digitally. In many cases, it can even be expanded. iTunes is already published "digital booklets" with photos and lyrics. Beck released his new album with videos for every song. Aren't an album's worth of free videos cooler than artwork and liner notes?

    Finally, a good case can be made that the record store is disappearing as a music-centered social scene. And that's kind of a shame.

    But then again, here I am on your blog. Starting an argument about music. Sounds like I'm getting my social jones out anyway, eh?

    By Anonymous Todd, at Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 4:06:00 PM EDT  

  • Todd, let her be nostalgic and sentimental, dammit! The experience is changing, sure, but digital is a little cold for my tastes, no matter how convenient. I'm in the same boat as MacKenzie. Just because there's cool stuff now doesn't mean we won't lose a little piece of ourselves in the process. And it doesn't mean that we don't like music because we like liner notes, weirdo.

    By Blogger Team Clermont Lucas, at Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 3:07:00 PM EDT  

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