Understandably, many folks are disappointed that I am no longer posting music on this blog. Earlier today, someone strongly expressed their dissatisfaction with my decision via this email:
“You’re scum for closing the blog and it’s a real kick in the nuts for your loyal followers. Well done, hope you can sleep at night.”
I’m sure he was just being funny. And actually, Dave, I usually don’t sleep well at night because I stay up too late doing stuff online like… blogging.
Anyway, I thought that was too good not to share. Oh, and Dave—stay tuned and perhaps I’ll redeem myself…
New Order’s tenth studio album, “Music Complete”, was released on Friday 25 September.
Last Wednesday, a fellow blogger shared a link to download the new album—two days before it was officially available.
On the morning that “Music Complete” was released, Amazon (from where I ordered a physical copy) sent me a link to download the album in MP3 format.
The same morning, a buddy who ordered the vinyl box set forwarded me the link that he received to download the album in WAV format.
Spotify had the album available to stream for free on the day of its release.
When I returned home from work on Friday, the CD I ordered from Amazon was in my mailbox.
That evening in Germany, there was an album premiere party and Q & A session with New Order, all of which was streamed live on the Electronic Beats website.
And I still haven’t heard “Music Complete” yet.
While growing up in the 1980s, and throughout the 1990s, there was an excitement to buying a new album on vinyl or compact disc in a brick & mortar store, and then racing home to play it on a proper stereo system and admire the packaging.
I liken listening to certain music as attending a religious service—it should be an experience involving specific traditions in a designated ‘place of worship.’
The new music distribution model provides instant gratification, although usually in some lesser quality. Call me old-fashioned, but in removing both the effort required for acquiring new music and the feeling of anticipation, that sense of excitement has been lost.
I’m a huge fan of all things Bond. James Bond. That includes the music—both the film scores and the theme songs. Although some are better than others. And some are just crap.
Digital Spy recently ranked 22 Bond theme songs—the list could use a bit of shuffling, but it’s not bad, overall.
So, what’s your favorite?
Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” will accompany the main titles sequence in the upcoming Bond adventure, “Spectre.” However, no amount of dazzling graphics or dancing naked ladies on-screen is gonna make that song more tolerable.
I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of kind comments and sincere support in the wake of my departure from this blog. Through this site, I have met many wonderful people all over the world, and I’m very happy that we have become friends. Also, it is truly gratifying that my efforts have been appreciated—I hope that my posts were not only entertaining, but also occasionally enlightening.
I found it curious that a couple of visitors subscribed to the blog after the last post, perhaps thinking that the denouement was merely a ruse (more likely, they were on a different page). However, it got me thinking about ‘unfinished business’—material that I had slated to feature here, but which will remain on the shelf, as it were. Now, I’m not making any promises, but there’s a possibility that a couple of ‘holiday specials’ may appear in the near future. So maybe those folks were wise to subscribe, after all.
Despite a thoughtful request, I’ll not be compiling any more lists of favorites, although I did have a few in mind (electronic albums, disc jockeys, record labels, and influential recordings).
A couple of people commented about the ‘Share’ page, inquiring as to whether or not it would remain active. Feel free to continue corresponding with each other there, although I won’t be moderating activity.
You may find me lurking around other blogs. However, as previously mentioned, I plan to spend more time in the ‘real’ world.
Sorry, but I’m clearing the dancefloor and turning off the lights now. I had hoped to make it to the site’s five year anniversary (29 December); however, my time, energy, and enthusiasm have all steadily dwindled. I need to unplug, get out of the house, and exercise more. Also, our dogs are getting up in years and I want to spend more quality time with them (oh, and my wife, too :-).
I’m very grateful to all of my fellow bloggers for sharing their own collections and musical knowledge. The most ardent and generous music fans maintain sites in that list on the left—I salute you all.
I must give special recognition to DJ Paul T. Six years ago in an older incarnation, Paul’s Burning The Ground was the first music blog that I discovered, and it inspired me to start Methods of Dance. Paul was supportive early on and gave me my first reciprocal link. Thanks Paul.
And of course, I must thank everyone out there who has contributed to my blogs, be it comments, music, or other content. A wonderful community has been cultivated here—you guys are awesome.
While the site will remain online for posterity, any still active download links will be removed on 30 September 2015.
It’s time for a rest now. Thanks again, and take care.
01 Blue Monday (Original Mix)
02 Blue Monday (Hardfloor Remix)
03 Blue Monday (Jam & Spoon Manuela Mix)
04 True Faith (Shep Pettibone Mix)
05 1963 (Lionrock Full Throttle Mix)
06 Let’s Go
FACT > On the UK & EU packaging of its 1995 reissue, “Blue Monday” appears as “Blauer Montag”—a clever reference to the track having been remixed exclusively by German producers. This Canadian CD EP includes tracks from “1963”, released as a single the prior year. Note that “Let’s Go” on this release differs slightly from the US version, “Let’s Go (Nothing For Me).”