Posts Tagged ‘music’

The Verve’s “Forth”, and the price of CDs in Japan

January 26, 2009

I can’t remember the last time I bought an album on impulse without hearing it first – the days of going into London on a Saturday and coming home with a stack of CDs, both new and second hand, are but a distant memory. Maybe that’s a good thing, though. Many of them only got listened to once or twice and were then relegated to the CD cabinet where they ended up being nothing more than decoration.

Moving to Japan and knowing that I’d have little (or no) space to put them was quite a motivator to be ruthless and cull some of the dead wood. The owner of the second hand CD shop on Rosenheimer Strasse must have been rubbing his hands with glee as I walked out of the door 2 big boxes lighter, and €100 (less than €1 per CD) in my hand. I couldn’t bring myself to go back the next week and check how much he was selling them on for.

With the price of CDs in Japan, impulse buying is not a luxury that I can afford any more. Visits to any record shop here always end up with me just browsing around for a few minutes and then leaving, shaking my head in disbelief at the fact that people here are willing to hand over €30 for a CD that would only cost something like €9 or €12 in Europe.

Despite the price, I couldn’t resist picking up the special Japanese edition (with extra tracks and a DVD) of The Verve’s latest album, “Forth” when I was in Tower Records at the weekend. It was on 10% discount, so only cost the equivalent of about €27 instead of €30. Bargain!

The Verve - Forth

If I’d still been in my mad record collector phase I’d have picked up the new Franz Ferdinand album at the same time, just because it was out in Japan a few days before the UK release date. But it was the exact same version that’s available on play.com for €12 so I didn’t bother.

What other new stuff has been on the iPod recently? Not much, really. I’ve just been going through the CDs that survived the cull and making sure I listen to them all, rather than getting stuck in a rut listening to the same 2 or 3 all the time like I used to.

Concerts in Munich – 2006

December 17, 2006

The good bits: Muse. Eugene Kelly supporting the Lemonheads. Evan Dando kicking some bloke in the head for having a mobile phone conversation while leaning on the stage during the acoustic part of the set. Richard Ashcroft for the third time.

The bad bits: Sisters of Mercy – worst concert ever.

Concerts in Munich – 2004

April 20, 2006

Tickets from concerts in Munich – 2004

The good bits: Franz Ferdinand.

The bad bits: getting caught in a massive storm on the way to the Bloodhound Gang.

Concerts in Munich – 2002

April 17, 2006

Tickets from concerts in Munich – 2002.

The good bits: Manic Street Preachers

The bad bits: Only 4 concerts this year 😦

Concerts in Munich – 2001

April 14, 2006

Tickets from concerts in Munich – 2001.

The good bits: Badly Drawn Boy the night before flying to New Zealand.

The bad bits: Muse. Absolutely hated them. Considered this my worst concert until the Sisters of Mercy in 2006.

Concerts in Munich – 2000

April 13, 2006

Tickets from concerts in Munich – 2000.

The good bits: Primal Scream. Richard Ashcroft. Moloko.

The bad bits: Smashing Pumpkins – I’ve never been back to the Olympiahalle after this.

Escape From Rubbish Island & Session

March 23, 2005

New albums from The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Escape From Rubbish Island is an album of new material, although with only 2 of the original band members. Session is a 2-disc set of re-recordings, plus 4 live tracks.

Also on the iPod: Ian Britt – Diamond In The Rough.

Random Links

September 18, 2004

Random links with a Gmail theme:

What I’ve been listening to (or should I say watching) recently:

The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham

The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham

The Work Of Director Michel Gondry

The Work Of Director Michel Gondry

The Work Of Director Spike Jonze

The Work Of Director Spike Jonze

Later And Louder

Later: Later And Louder

Cool Brittania

Later: Cool Brittania

Random Links, again

August 5, 2004

Two “Random Links” entries on the same day. What will they be thinking…

  • Rate My Biscuit – Normally I’d think this was the result of a few too many drinks, but Gary doesn’t drink.  Can’t wait till the site’s finished…
  • Berlin Blogs – OK, I take back what I said in May about Munich Blogs – I find myself reading it more often than BlogLines.   And now there’s Berlin Blogs aswell.
  • Lookout – A search plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. I’ll be downloading this so I can finally do an effective search through my email archives.

What I’ve been listening to recently:

Muse - Absolution
Muse – Absolution
Starsailor - Silence Is Easy
Starsailor – Silence Is Easy
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
Stereophonics - You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Stereophonics – You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Take Them On, On your Own
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Take Them On, On your Own

This month I have been mostly listening to…

November 14, 2003
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R
Electric Six - Fire
Electric Six – Fire
Weezer - Maladroit
Weezer – Maladroit
The Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House
The Dandy Warhols – Welcome to the Monkey House
Audioslave - Audioslave
Audioslave – Audioslave
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
New Order - Get Ready
New Order – Get Ready
Metallica - St. Anger
Metallica – St. Anger
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf