i started this blog cause i wanted to promote culture, and in this case, musical culture, with a special view on italian stuff. This is what i do anyway in my job as journalist, reviewing famous or unknown albums, doing interviews to Vince Clarke or to Humour Malade, just to say 2 estreme positions.
The same focus i want to keep also with the mailorder, i wanted to start something concrete here in Italy to promote our dear labels that we love and we jump from the chair everytime we see a new release, i wanted to test with my hands/money/time if there's really a possibility for these labels also here in Italy, if the persons want to buy after the listening, if they are 'real' or 'fake'. As i expected...some are real...some are fake...but i think that nobody will never say a word against the fact that THANKS TO the Flexi and Complex compilations, the rippers on slsk/blogs, a lot of these bands can now live a second life.
In fact another point that i would like to clarify is that for me is very important to NOT RIP the things that r still available to buy (in stock) from the Labels we all like. They do a great and difficoult job, with a small quantity of copies, they simply have to survive to print other things.
In the ripping also i saw with my personal experience as ripper there are at least 2 negative effects. (and im ripping before this blog, i'm a soulseek user since 2001/02 and i was a napster user since 98/99, so are 10 years of ripping):
First, The ripping is increasing day by day the prices of records .. 5 / 6 years ago bands as the Factory or Schleimer K, just to do two examples, where not so "famous" as now, and it was possible to buy them for a normal price and of course somebody is winning a lot of money on the old records, just checking the Ebay auction prices and searching the names on their local shop/sellers.
Second, a new generation of so called 'experts' is born. They just download some data files from internet (that we call mp3) and they think they know all about music, not even buying the records when are out, not supporting the good labels as Annalogue, Minimal Wave, Clogsontronics, Brouillard Definitif and the others. For me this is simply crazy.
THANKS to the stupids downloaders with no interest in our beloved music
THANKS to the new experts that are able to teach us everything doing DISINFORMATION everywhere, talking about a music that they dont know even what is it
THANKS to who is even selling the mp3s that i ripped
THANKS to the thiefs that are doing a business on our beloved music (again)
..the blog will be closed, 'till something in the people's mind will change.