Thursday, July 26, 2007

Burning out..?

A sort of malaise seems to have been setting in to some of the Bloggers/ reviewers/ metal junkies/ collectors that I regularly read and frequent. The brilliant mind at Blodarstid appears to have thrown in the towel (no offense intended), Cja, another brilliant mind at A Blaze In The NJ Sky has decreased his output and even the almighty Andrew has been down in the dumps lately. Is this all ceasing to be fun?!

I could only dream of matching the creative writing output of some of these dedicated genuises, and I look at the pile of CDs sitting on my desk to review for L4M in utter dismay at times. In addition, I'm endlessly ordering, DL'ing, etc. and obtaining more and more albums. Questions naturally arise: How much is too much? Are we literally drowning in choices, music, etc.? Has the Internet been a boon, or is it actually becoming a burden?

I now have somewhere in the neighborhood of 3200 albums. If I listened to 2 albums a day, we're talking 5 years to listen to the entire collection (assuming nothing else is obtained in the interim, of course).

I have taken some steps to make all of this somewhat manageable. I'm farming out more albums to other writers at L4M, I've gotten rid of ALL jewel cases and I put all CDs, booklets, etc. in Mylar sleeves. I'm slowly ripping as much of the stuff that I can handle to my new 500 GB external hard drive. I'll lug some version of this around the rest of my life, I'm sure. In addition, obviously I have to be much more selective in my album choices.

How about you? What are your thoughts?

My collection...



A sprawl...



Another random sprawl...



The external...



New Mexico...head South...



Lastly, I'd like to periodically post an mp3 or two in postings. Can anyone assist me in doing so? I'm not sure how to do it...

Thanks...

6 comments:

penguindevil said...

An endless dilemma... I only have about 800 CD's, but I also have about 24 feet of LP's which I have a terrible love/hate thing with, especially whenever I have to move them.

Frequently I feel like I must have enough music to last a lifetime, but since only a small amount of my music is the evilist of metal (maybe 300 albums, or so), I still feel those urges to acquire that stuff... But now I make sure to hear something before I buy it, which is a new habit for me.

Everyone I know who has sold off a good deal of their music (including myself and the 100ish Black Metal CD's I sold a few years ago) feels pangs of regret. That leads me to believe that everyone should hold on to the music they have (except for that which you really have no respect or interest), but if you have a lot, be very selective about what you add. Unless you really want to be a completist or have a massive collection. You can only listen to so many albums...

Invisible Oranges said...

I'm feeling this exact same malaise, and I'm feeling it acutely at the moment, as I'm moving transcontinentally. The great majority of my possessions are CD's - even without jewel cases! I've thought about posting on this issue and will probably do so in the next few weeks...when I get time. I don't see how Andrew has done it for so long. He's had to review so much music that he can't possibly be 100% passionate about. That really wears on you after a while. The process of moving has separated me from most my music collection for a while, and that's given me a chance to really get into the CD's I set aside. This week or so without metal is proving really healthy for me.

Metal Mark said...

I have no idea how many cd's I have, but they are all over the place. I also have maybe 500 albums.

skull said...

I hear good things about pop music if you're sick of metal! (heh-heh)

-cja said...

hey! wow... many thanx for the kind words about my blog. calling me brilliant may be going too far though! haha. i definitely like to write if it's on a subject i enjoy which may make me seem smart, haha.

anyway, so i was doing my blog, full steam ahead, for about 1-1.5 years when i almost lost the single most important thing in my life. after a wake up call, per se, i had to change priorities to keep things the way they were. i'm trying not to be graphic about this as i don't want to be too personal, but you should be able to know what i'm talking about.

when everything went down, i had less and less time to write. truth be told, i was spending anywhere from $50-$350 a week on records and CDs. i was sent maybe three to four items to review for free. when i would get them in, i'd listen to them and try and write about them. even though the reviews have stopped, the buying continued and i have about 100 unopened LPs sitting in my basement, stupid, i know, but with 98% of my records in storage along with my stereo, there's nothing i can do about it.

it was without question a challenge to write about everything and sometimes one post (especially the long ones) could take hours to write, take photos, edit photos and post, due to a somewhat obsessive nature. i should note that that obsessive nature also dictates my music buying habits; if i have one, i have to have them all. i was fortunate enough to have tons of free time while working at The Wall Street Journal which allowed me to listen and review CDs on the spot while at work. since changing jobs, i haven't that luxury, and to be honest, i'd rather not. call me crazy, but i'd rather be busy working everyday than having idle time (although getting paid to surf the internet isn't such a bad thing, haha).

i think i'm starting lose focus, but essentially, lots has happened over the past year which has caused my slow down in posting: relationship, moving, job and money situations have stunted the blogs growth. and no, i didn't put myself in debt, just trying to save for a wedding and a house, and if you know anything about NJ, nothing is fucking cheap here. chances are the blog will be put to rest very soon, BUT i am working with three, very talented dudes, all who have written/ done artwork, for well known underground publications, in the creation of a new blog/ webzine, which will be debuting hopefully very soon. while we've been in talks about it since february, this will happen soon. we're trying to nail the aesthetics and look of it first as the content portion has already been set in stone. anyone who read and enjoyed my blog, Northern Vantage, Blodarstid and this blog, will (and should) be into what we're going to be doing. an announcement will be made very soon. so thanx to anyone and everyone who enjoyed my blog the short time it was around. i never thought i'd be able to have an 'audience'.

oh, i'm not exactly sure how many records i own, but i have about 40 boxes of LPs that hold about 80-90 LPs in each box, maybe six 7" boxes and roughly 1500 CDs. before my move in Feb, i ripped all of my CDs onto an external HD. it took forever, but it was worth it. also, now that i'm trying to save money, i just buy vinyl and download the CD. i know that may be fucked up, but i'm kind of tired of labels releasing a CD first, then releasing the vinyl months later ala Southern Lord, Hydrahead, Battle Kommand, etc.

just hope this entire diatribe has made sense and please be on the lookout for our new webzine in the coming weeks/ months.

dschalek said...

Looking forward to everypne's contuing work and passion for metal!

Cja, looking forward to the new webzine!