Monday, July 27, 2009

Retail Therapy

I have been doing a lot of music purchasing lately.

The first purchases were a bunch of CDs that I bought at a consignment shop. Turns out, you can find some real bargains in unexpected places. In general, consignment shops, thrift stores and garage sales are great for unearthing treasures as long as you are willing to dig. (At the very least you'll get a chuckle out of some of the other CDs in the pile. I found a Ru Paul CD at the consignment shop and almost bought it just for shits.) The CDs I found were 50 cents a piece, except for the Clash CDs which were five dollars for two CDs. They are as follows:

"The Story of The Clash, Volume 1," The Clash
"Violator," Depeche Mode
"Made in England," Elton John
"The Big Picture," Elton John
"Pablo Honey," Radiohead

The second purchases I just made tonight. Remember that music fund that I started a few months ago? I finally had the change counted. It came out to $14.97, almost exactly enough for a 15 dollar iTunes card. I had an accomplishment to celebrate tonight, so I eagerly scratched off the silver stuff on the back of the card (anybody know what that stuff is actually made out of?), typed in my code, and went shopping. I bought:

"Eye of the Tiger," Survivor - It's my motivational theme song and I didn't have a copy of it. For shame.
"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey - I love to belt this song at the top of my lungs.
"Chicago," Sufjan Stevens - LOVE this song
"You and Me and the Mountain," Maps & Atlases - recommended by a friend
"The Ongoing Horrible," Maps & Atlases - while I was buying "You and Me and the Mountain" I came across this song, liked it, and checked "impulse buy" off my list.
"Sunshine (Go Away Today)," Jonathan Edwards - classic
"Piazza, New York Catcher," Belle and Sebastian - just...nice
"Me and Mia," Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - really cool song, even if it is about Anorexia
"Walking to Do," - This song almost always cheers me up.
"I'd Rather Dance With You," Kings of Convenience - I love it when songs actually (effectively) include string ensembles. Maybe it's the former violinist in me.
"Get Over It," OKGo - classic OKGo style
"Don't Ask Me," OKGo - This song is so funny. And true. Sometimes it's better to just NOT be friends.
"Here It Goes Again," OKGo - yes, the treadmill song

The only thing that kind of sucked was that iTunes has raised its rates on "popular" songs. The Journey, Sufjan Stevens and OKGo cost me $1.29 each. It seems to me that with many people choosing free downloading sites, music ripping, and paid downloading subscriptions and with the economy in shambles, it would not be such a smart move to raise your rates. But I guess iTunes is confident in their sales. (And maybe with good reason)

Anyway, I may or may not do some reviews of the new stuff. Let me know if there's anything you are particularly interested in hearing about.

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