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Greetings fellow music consumers and welcome to the buymusic.ca blog.

Here you will find various information relating to the purchase of music online and by mail, as well as sheet music, music instruments and memorabilia.

I will also be posting various commentaries and reviews in regards to these services and various related issues.

To begin either click on an option in the menu to your left, which features various source listings, or scroll down for my blog entries. And if you are aware of a Canadian music retailer or record convention or fair that I have missed, please contact me with details.

Thanks. And Enjoy.


Fire Threatens Vinyl Supply

A major American lacquer disc provider was lost to fire on January 7th, 2020, threatening the world’s supply of vinyl records.

Apollo Masters was one of two facilities that produced acetate discs in the world, the other being in Japan. But experts from the record pressing industry have told Billboard that the real effects of this loss won’t be known for some time, although a “major hindrance” is predicted due to the Japanese producer’s current backlog.

Vinyl record sales had recently surged worldwide so some members of the industry are worried that this may cause the sales to drop, as the labels struggle to manufacture and release their recordings.

In the United States alone, sales of LPs and EPs had grown by 7.9% to US$419.2 million in 2018 according to the Recording Industry Association of America. And here in Canada, we saw a 3.1% increase in sales in 2019, to 973,891 vinyl albums sold according to Nielsen.

There should probably be no delays for most Record Store Day releases this April 18th. But next year’s selections could be slim, unfortunately.

Superbowl Discounts

It looks like Amazon Canada is discounting quite a few televisions and soundbars for Superbowl 2020, which will air on the second of February.

Not an American football fan but I’m going to keep an eye out for some deals, including at bestbuy.ca and Newegg Canada.

Brr…

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New Year – New Decade

If I were to use one word to describe the decade’s music it would probably be “underwhelming”.

I am quite disappointed in regards to the lack of artistry and innovation, having expected a new rock subgenre to emerge from the political and economic turmoil that occurred during this decade as it had in previous decades.

Where was this decade’s heavy metal, new wave or grunge?

Couldn’t someone have come up with something palatable to the pop music consumer, to give us a break from the interminable, inane, repetitive, juvenile saccharine?

Yes, we did get Rammstein’s self-titled studio album last May and a few promising rock acts released albums and singles in the decade, like Ghost, Muse, Disturbed and Arcade Fire. But the 2000s had much more when it came to rock.

Perhaps the genre has stalled and is collapsing due to a lack of investment by the major record labels, who now appear to only be interested in packageable media assets and not recording artists that compose their own material, like those that I grew up on in the ’70s and ’80s.

The record labels of my youth have merged into media conglomerates so I’ve got to wonder if someone will ever decide to invest in anything that swims against the current.

I guess all we can’t do is wait and hope.

It’s Boxing Day Time

Boxing Day deals have already begun at Canadian retailers like 123ink.ca, Amazon Canada, Best Buy Canada, Canada Computers, chapters.indigo.ca, Living.ca, Microsoft Canadaicon, Newegg Canadaicon, Prime Cables Canada, Sonos Canada, Staples Canada and thesource.ca. But you’ll need to wait until Boxing Day itself for deep discounts at Amazon U.k and Sheet Music Plus if you were planning on importing music, sheet music, DVDs and Blu-rays from “across the pond”, although you could still browse those shops to see if they have discounts on certain products today.

Year-end deals can also be found in the United States at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, the later primarily in their CD & Vinyl and Movies & TV departments. And if you’re looking for collectibles, like figurines and other memorabilia, Entertainment Earth is having an After Christmas Sale.

Happy shopping.