Which is the better form of packaging for compact discs, jewel cases or digipaks? This debate crosses my mind often when I purchase a CD. For anybody that does collect CDs (yes, many still prefer physical media over downloads no matter what the format), you know that that there are essentially two major forms of … Continue reading Packaging Perspective: Jewel Cases vs Digipaks
We still can’t enjoy our favourite musicians on tour, but if you are a kid at heart like me with an active imagination, then you can simply take a tour of your room or living space and reenact the live experience. How is that, exactly? I’m a toy collector. Yes, on top of my music, … Continue reading Toys That Rock!
You know those glossy, black and white photos that celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld would sign for fans while on the road, and write quips on them as regrettable as “Nothing’s finer than being in your diner” or worse? I collect those. I’ve seen plenty of bars and dining establishments display signed pictures of musicians or … Continue reading Music Press Photos
Isn’t it a great feeling when you go somewhere with no intention of buying music, yet you end up buying music? I had been trying to cut back on music purchases in anticipation of hitting up a record shop in late-October, but nonetheless, these purchases somehow found me. Yes, I know how weak-willed that sounds. … Continue reading 2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)
Here’s what I’d call a good case for why it makes sense to keep your music collection sorted alphabetically without subdividing it further. Genres of music are descriptors that can be super-simplistic or so complicatedly-nuanced that classifications could cause months-long debates across internet discussion groups if you find two stubborn enough music fans not willing … Continue reading What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man
Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing two great Canadian artists (Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good) share the stage at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario. Like any concert I attend, I made sure to track down the merch table. I didn’t have any Matthew Good in my collection, so I hoped … Continue reading How Much Is Too Much Music?
No need for a long-winded explanation of this post (see my first edition of this series here). I’m back with five more album cover variations I have encountered while exploring different musical avenues, so I’ll get right to it. Genesis - From Genesis To Revelation Even though I own From Genesis To Revelation, I often … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art II
Digging through record crates can bring about some unusual discoveries. Some digs may lead you to pick up an album for it’s absurd cover image alone, others for a band name that is so bad-ass that you wish you came up with it, and a record or two may grab you for one song only … Continue reading Crate Digging Discovery – The Lists Of Mystery
Most people grow out of it, but I still collect sports cards. It did make a bit more sense to do so as a kid or a young teenager, giving me another outlet with which I could gaze upon some of my heroes. I have long gave up aspirations of playing professional sports in any … Continue reading Mega Metal Trading Cards
While I consider myself an album collector, it’s a rare case that I purchase multiple copies of the same album. I’ll usually grab the first copy of the album I can get my hands on, but this doesn’t always go so well. When an album has been out for several years, it will often get … Continue reading Alternate Album Cover Art
How can an adult still obsess over 2 ½ by 3 ½ inch pieces of paper? I can’t quite nail it down. I view it partially as a link back to my childhood, and partially as a way to learn a thing or two about something. When it comes to sports cards, collecting them can … Continue reading Rock Star Concert Cards
It’s show and tell time! I'm not a huge autograph seeker. I've spoken to a number of musicians at concerts I've attended, but never feel the urge to ask for an autograph. I haven’t used an autograph book since I was a kid when I would go to the Oldtimers charity hockey games featuring retired … Continue reading My Music Autograph Collection