Thursday, January 29, 2009

So over the course of the last year or so our economy went from Mr. T:













To Urkel:











Everyone is cutting back on everything, getting frugal, which is actually a good thing, but how does this affect your exposure to music?
Do you still buy albums? Go to shows? Buy t-shirts?

What's the first thing to go?


p.s. to Jackie, who said Munch should post on here because she'd have a lot to say, here's what she typed when I put her on the computer:

'';y6 y7hy6b cfr546cx[pcx[p

I think it's the square root of her chew bone.

153 comments:

shelaughedlast said...

I still go to shows and such, although they're usually like... local shows, which generally don't go above $8.
And of course I still buy music.
I just.... eat less.
XD

JoeMama said...

Ironically, the last year of my life has been the best fiduciary year of my entire life. I'm now making 6 figures a year and business is booming. I am very thankful and all of it is appreciated as I watch the news and everyone is struggling. I can only have hope that it gets better for everyone.

blackviolet said...

For me, cable was the first thing to go. And I don't really miss it.

My work will be laying off soon, too. I got cut from 40 hours to 24 hours. How can anyone live on 24 hours a week? =(

Joseph Crutcher said...

I think everyone should just load up on generic...generic good =D

NightShade said...

Smaller shows are cheaper - the best shows I've seen in the last 6 months were in clubs and under $20. I did go to The Killers a couple of weeks ago here in Denver, but that was a $85 show and I'm not likely to shell that out again until those AFI guys come to town. I don't buy tee shirts, since I never wear them; I use Rhapsody to make sure I love the cd before I go out and buy it.

Christian said...

Since the economy went to shit I cant buy or do shit. I owe a few hundred dollars in tuition, I have to pay rent, buy books, etc. and with my hours being severely cut I can hardly afford to eat. It's pretty awesome. On the bright side, at least I still have a job, I feel bad for people that don't even have that.

Pythagoras. said...

I havn't cut back at all.
But that's probably because I'm 15, therefore hasnt effected me.
Yet.
Come August [birthday], I shall undoubtedly be quivering at the thought of living independently.

The first thing to go shall be the TV licence. I never watch it.
Last thing shall definitely be my computer/internet connection.
I'd rather have a limb amputated.

Janelle said...

Nothing will stop my love of music. Living on a college campus without a car prevents me from going to shows more than the economy does, really. I still buy albums & merch, although sometimes I do have to wait a bit longer until I have money to do so.

Steph said...

I will still buy albums, go to shows, and buy shirts. No matter the small amount of money I will undoubtedly have in the future (being an Art major, and all) I will always put my music first. It brings me real happiness; it was my first true love.

Munch should post more often. She seems incredibly smart! =P

... I'm serious, though. She really should.

Girl Friday said...

Sadly, everything goes. T-shirts first, then shows, then albums. Luckily Portland has kick ass local radio, tons of cheap (or free) shows so there isn't total music deprivation.
And there's always musical slumber parties.

Boo Baby Doll said...

I think because people love seeing live shows and what not, that more than likely movies would be the first. To many people like going out to by the new CD...Well now it's buying the CD on iTunes or something. But still, fans are going to keep going to live shows, and buying merch there so they can hope to get something signed by the band. Or to just say that they've been to see that band live.


BTW this is random but how do you read all these comments?

XOX
Boo Baby Doll

My-le and Jasmin. said...

Yeah, I normally buy the shirts at concerts, but I always have the CD already so yeah.

And glad to see Munch finally posted something :)

Anonymous said...

thats one sexilicious message.

Pinkii said...

The first thing to go was buying T-shirts at shows.
...then buying albums went...
But we always find the money to go to shows!
That isn't going anywhere!

ps[And what's wrong with Urkel? He's cool!]

Jackie said...

People never give dogs enough credit. She may not care about the square root of pi but she knows what's important and thats all that matters! now as long as she hasn't figured out how to multiply...we'll be good ;) The world isn't ready for more than one Munch.

As for your post, Music is one of the last things I skimp on. Shows, shirts, cds...I still get them. I just work longer hours to be able to afford them all! I've cut back on shoes, dog toys (as Phoenix just tears them all to shreds), half.com is my new best friend, and I haven't been making as many costumes as I would be at this time of year.

-Jackie

Peter said...

Merchandise and albums are definitely going to be harder to spend on. But shows, always the top priorities, are still a must to go to.

Holden Catfield said...

Probably the first to go would be buying albums. With an iTunes library, you can have one person buy a CD, then you borrow it and put it on your hard drive, then pass it to another person. It saves a lot of money! However, T- shirts provide us with clothing(yay, warmth) that expresses our individuality, and shows are always different, exciting, and a source of entertainment beyond going to the movies on Friday nights. Besides, Jade, considering how record sales for all genres have been tanking in the past decade, shows can really make up a lot of an artist's income. I think that if fans want to support their favorite bands, then going to shows really beats the hell out of buying records.

ET Scene said...

I want to go to a show man. Thanks to the freaking economy I have no money, therefore I can't get a ticket to go. As to what I buy...CDs mostly. What do you buy?

Jacks1234 said...

Right now I save my money FOR shows, I cut will back on my spending but that is because I know that a lot of great bands are in the studio *coughAFIcough* or are going on tour soon ... and I know likewise minded friends who are doing the same!
Then again this is coming from the kid that CAN drop nearly $200 dollars at HMV in like 10 minutes (true story) AND have to narrow down her (really really wanted) purchases ... if I really want to of course...

Panduh Loves Music said...

Music would definitely NOT be the first thing to go. I would have to say I would cut down on food before music. Weird, I know. I get that a lot.

And I think Munch might be on to something with that...

//..Flip..\\ said...

In my case i would cut back on the spending of clothes i don't really need, to still be able to get music and things. If im going to listen to an artist anyways i might as well support them by buying their cd's.

Midnight X Angel said...

Awwwwww,your dog wrote to us.How sweet!!!Ya'll both are way to cute!!!How is 2009 going for you Jade?

Meg said...

I still buy albums, concerts, AND T shirts! I just bought the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire. Even though it was $15, it was totally worth it. If I'm in a pinch for a penny, I swap CDs with friends.

As for concerts, some are once in a lifetime, so they're worth the cash and the badge of honor.

Chexo Ramírez said...

I still buy, but only like 8 albums a year. I am going to see Iron Maiden on March, though.

But of course, my economy isn't as affected because I'm from Honduras.

I Burn Things said...

I'm still buying music.
No good shows around here though.

I was thinking about getting the new Nightwish album, but I still can't forgive them for firing the original singer. C est la vie

BTW thanks for getting rid of the spider, it made me jump the first time I saw it.

Anonymous said...

Haha Munch!

Also, I still buy shirts, albums, etc.
That's all I spend my money on.

I think if people really want the music, they'll pay for it.

The economy sucks, my last paycheck was $125.

But I spent it all on CDs and gasoline :)

Heloisa said...

I'd go to shows no prob. as long as it's not over $40 a ticket(thas is over my tiny budget) ;D
Shows are the most fun, and best investment I make in music.

I'd buy albums I REALLY want.

Karlye said...

Luckily this yucky economy hasn't affected my exposure to music, yet. *Knock on wood* I still buy albums, and go to shows when I can, and buy merchandise.

Actually, I haven't been to a concert since June '08 which is kind of sad. It isn't because of the state of the economy, it's just that I don't have much money to pay for concert tickets. But also keep in mind that I am only 16 years old and have a very hectic schedule, adding a part-time job to the mix would make my life even more of a nightmare. I'm sure you could relate, right?

Anyway, if I had to stop buying any certain item pertaining to music, it'd probably be merch. Seeing a show, and having the ticket stub to prove it, are already great memories in itself. And albums are albums, you got to keep those around if your iTunes gets wiped out right? Merchandise is just an item, something that we get if we have extra money. But this doesn't mean I'm telling you to stop selling merch Jade, I'm only saying what I would give up buying if I absolutely had to. ;)

And for the zillionth time, I apologize for my super long comment, as I've said before, I have a lot to say.

Juliana [theory] said...

I still spend most of my money on cds and dvs... especially on ebay
the other day I bought 2 Depeche Mode albums(especial edition with dvd!) for about 20 bucks including the shipping... im a smart buyer :) here in brazil it would cost more than 80 dolars

and aaaawwweeee munch! i have a pinscher and she does exactly that thing munch is doing on the gif, her name is minnie.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/5817/minniegz4.png

Piki said...

Oh, I'm not cutting back on music stuff anytime soon. I'll go in debt if I have to, I ain't gonna stop.

Snuffalufagus said...

Music is still ultra important to me. No matter how low on money I am, I still buy merch when I can, and I am definitly still buying a few cds a month.

sillygirlswin said...

aww cuteee.

i recently got a puppy! hes a chihuahua mixed with a beagle, so he looks a lot like munch! except for the boy/girl part. hes black and white, though, so he isnt the same color as her.

sometimes, while im on the computer, he jumps off of my lap and onto my desk, then he makes his way to the keyboard. hey! snoopy (thats his name, i didnt pick it.) should chat sometime! we could both put them on the
computer!

p.s.
this is the regular obsessive sillygirlswin, but my account isnt working.

well, bye! happy friday!

PhillFxC said...

I never cut back on music! : ) If I'm broke when the new album comes out I can go without something else for a few days! ---PhillFxC

summercreated said...

Really, the economy hasn't affected my involvement in music. I still buy albums and go to shows. In fact, I think I'm actually going to MORE shows. But I'm focusing my energy more on my local scene. Mostly because those shows are cheaper and damn, there's some great bands coming out of Tampa/Orlando.

I still go to bigger shows, but I've got a lot of friends who work at the larger venues, so I usually get in for free at those places.

Somnambulist Prose said...

Music and shows I will still spend on...band merch, not so much anymore. Gotta pick and choose right?

Anonymous said...

Whoa, Munch should go on Oprah or somthing.-Dog genius-. Or would that be genius dog. Anyway, to anwser your question, my family is pretty fortunate in that that the ecomonic turmoil has not affected our daily lives too too much but I do wonder at what the current situation does mean for music. I'd guess that many would have to forgo shows first to save the most money. Unfortunate really. Yeah, its all a little scary to obseve at 16. Well have a lovely weekend and here's to the future,
-<3 Sarah

Crimson Butterfly said...

lol thats weird and before my degu died i used to put her on the keyboard and she made beautiful music,do you do that with munch?

Marisa said...

Ha ha Jade, Munch is so cute. I don't really know what I'd do because im only 12 on my way to 13.

Lol, Urkel!
P.S. I love you & your music!

kirstie said...

Yes, I do by the albums. Yes, I still go to shows but only the ones that I would really, truly regret missing. And yes, I would still buy a shirt as long as it doesn't suck. Lawl.

Aw...Munch...that's so cute. I like that little clip you have of her on the side too. I "aw"-ed out loud. <3 And the penguins. Haha.

sydney said...

MUNCH IS SO CUTE!...now how bout some pics of u???

with MUCH <3,
~!*sydney*!~

bloodstainxx said...

I usually download my music o__o' hhaaha
I sometimes buy CDs, if I really really want it :P
Practise your typing more, Munch!

helen099 said...

endive. endive is the first to go on the new budget.

and don't worry jade, with 491 followers of your blog (friday, 7:05pm), you're going to sell at least 491 new afi albums.

Munch is too cute. and so are you.

♥♥

Too Many, Too Few said...

When I can, I definitely still go to concerts. Although, I go to college in Erie, PA. I have to travel a good distance to get to any concert hubs. Doesn't stop me, though.

Charon and the River Styx said...

I'm one of those losers that will huy the album AND the mp3 online. Because that's just how I do.

MJ said...

MR. T. HE'S LOOKIN' FIERCE. Like Tyra Banks. But Tyra Banks will forever remain the fiercest.

I have been cutting back on things, but I still buy albums! Going to shows has recently become more expensive because the ferry prices went up and it'd have to be a two-day trip to the mainland. The prices are bogus.

The first thing to go is expensive food. No more awesome veggie burgers from Ravenstreet. Not cool. ):

stella said...

I'm a poor student, so I never really have time or money for doing/buying stuff that isn't books and food and coffee anyways. The only show I've been to in a while was NIN, and that's because, well, it's NIN. Now that the economy is going downhill, I'm even poorer than before! Weeee. It means I have to start sacrificing coffee. :(

kris said...

As far as cutting back on music goes, now days I usually get it from torrent...and by torrent of course I mean Hastings or Target... I TOTALLY don't have torrent and really would never get music off of torrent. Woah.

I still go to what shows I can though.

I still buy tshirts too...haven't bought one in a while but if I saw a really awesome one I would...

'Un'Broken said...

=o
so THAT'S the square root of her chew bone... >D interesting.
hm.
aaa-ooo-gaa. ;D
PENGUINS. :3

erin said...

yes we definately still go to shows and buy albums. everything involving music is still worth it, no matter how much the economy sucks <3

OneCoolNerd said...

I know one of the first things to go when the economy full on tanks will be guitar practice. It's an leisure that is not necessary. And at $20 a week, that's quite the pop.

I probably will buy less CDs, especially if my allowance gets cut.

OH. And school choir will be the very first class to be cut.

Anonymous said...

well said munch!teehee

Zaina R Ahmed said...

Being the child of someone working in an NGO, we have not needed to make too many cutbacks.

As for music, being in the Philippines we didn't exactly have too many shows to go to.

Glass Spider Webs said...

I think people are just going to download more.
But one of the best parts about going to a show is getting a sweet tee shirt! So I don't know how many people will cut back on that.

This morning the radio told me that the fast food industry is doing really well even though the economy is tanking.

On the bright side. I just realized that youtube has blaqk audio videos? And I guess they are just live recordings of Davey dancing around.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM6_iaANPdI&feature=related

I always wonder if you guys ever youtube yourselves.

Gillian said...

you know, i agree with Munch. whatever the hell she's saying, i'm gonna guess it's some pretty smart shit.
oh, and thanks for gettin' rid of the spider. the penguins are waaaaaay cooler!

Jude said...

Not much actually. I'm pulling extra shifts at work and my finances look okay at the moment. Stopped buying designer jeans though.

The economy hasn't affected music stores around my neighborhood. Maybe it's because we'd all rather skip a meal to buy some music. Can't wait until you guys drop a release date!

afixnp said...

teehee well said munch!lol

Kørrlej said...

Absolutely nothing has changed for me. Only now I have more reasons to be annoyed with the Tories.

Gracie said...

hahahahahha that made me laugh sooooo hard!!!!! :D
jade you are almost the only one who can brighten my day!! :) if i put my dog on the keyboard she would probably just bark :)

i still buy albums, (only AFI and Blaqk Audio though)and go to shows and buy t-shirts (only blaqk audio and AFI)
i still have fun. :)

Sarah said...

ive cut back on random spending...like crap i see and buy on a whim. especially credit card spending. i havent put anything on credit since august.

anyway, music is one of the most important things to me on a day to day basis, so i definetly make room for that in my budget. as far as shirts and merch, i'm not really into it, and shows, well i try to go see bands that i absolutely love....going to Morrissey in April, yay!

<3

frannie! said...

haha.

sam_whinston@yahoo.com said...

Economy. Ugh. Were so broke my dad had to move away to find another job. -_- im all alone now. I sadly havent been able to get any of the music I want, but my mom swore to me that shed but me the next AFI album and if I made enough money I could go to a concert! So please get the album out befor the economy gets worse and we cant get any money for the album and concert! Thank you so much for all you guys have done for us fans, it realy means alot. (sorry I guess im rambling on now...) Bye Jade hope you have a good weekend! (no, no, have a good life please.)

frannie! said...

you have the 'top ten metal songs' when there's only five songs listed. just thought i'd mention :)

Katie [ShyGiirlsToo] said...

I don't have a car right now so going to shows is pretty difficult... D:

But I've always been really good at saving. I don't waste my money on crappy fast food or random things i don't need so i usually let myself purchase music and band shirts i want since music means so much to me.


Hi doggy Munchie!

Drea said...

Lol I love munch :p
so cute :]
Welllllll I think the first thing to go would be t-shirts,
because hey, i got to see the band live, thats proof enough for me mhmm.
Love you
<3

lezah said...

I plan to save money and spend it in Singapore when I go back (hopefully) in Nov/Dec because it's generally more expensive in Aus.

Right now I need a job but Tamworth is so puny, practically all the jobs are taken.

Munch is one intelligent dog.

Emme Rawrs said...

Haha, Munch is cute. She should have her own blog.

Sarah said...

i hear you. i don't know what our poor economy did to deserve this. as for buying music stuff, nothing's really changed, for me at least. i still go to the same all the shows i really want to go to and get all the cds i want. maybe i don't get as much, but i'd like to contribute that to my trying to cut down on impulsive buying. i think the only real hit i got form the economy is i don't really get up to ny as much as i used to, those train tickets are killing me.

Orangutan's daughter said...

Well, i don't live in North America, so i dunno if this will help you, but.....
No dude, i don't spend money into almost nothing more than the really really completely ultra necessary...Tho i consider music necessary, so yes i buy CD's.
But i don't wanna end up running on the streets naked and screaming cus the economy shit me from heaven..
So, saddly, shows and those stuff for now are kinda banned =/

Pixi said...

Ehh... for me it's the albums first. I look for free downloads from sights like shockhound and stuff so i save a little.

xALDOx said...

still purchase everything, except not as much as i used to. instead of blowing the $ on something that may be hit or miss, i download and base my decision on whether or not its worth it. if not, file gets deleted. i try to avoid shows that are overpriced. but the music industry still gets a small amount of my well earned money. as far as tees and hoodies go, its gotta be signifiantly sweet for me to purchase.

Anonymous said...

Well, when we think about going to concerts we say No, No No. (Just like Amy Winehouse :P) EXCEPT for AFI then we say Go, Go, Go!!!!! [Boy, you should really hear my impression of her, I do a great one :D ]
See, now we save our money for the select few we REALLY want to see. Same thing for buying the albums.

Anonymous said...

I just got laid off from my job, so I'm not buying anything at the moment, let alone music. I'm more concerned about paying my rent! This sucks.

:*(

Dancealways said...

I will buy the same amount of music, try to go to the same amount of shows; we have already cut back on our heat, try to use less water, less electricity, and be more frugal about food (being vegan is pretty frugal though) but music I will not sacrifice. I will probably try to go to shows in more econo way - cheapest places to stay, go back the same night if at all possible, bring sandwiches, maybe not get so much merch, but not seeing shows or not getting new music is not an option as long as I can swing it in a frugal manner.

hiimniko said...

I only buy CDs, vinyls and t-shirts.





The economy has somehow boosted my purchasing of said products.

Jaime said...

My husband and I have a "fund" for everything important...books, music, concerts, ect. Although, most concerts we like best are at clubs so tickets are under $20 and are WAY better than stadium shows...you can actually see the band.

As far as buying concert merch...only from bands I REALLY like, for those bands i'll spend my hard earned money, they have earned it.

Love the clip of munch...so cute!! Need some more Smith as well!!

Stryker said...

i've been cutting back on everything BUT music, no new clothes, no new books, i still buy CDs and go to shows.

Haras said...

I've cut way back on everything. Not only because of money issues, but also because 2008 blew for music.

Silly Girls Win said...

Shoot. I was on my iPod Touch, Westley, when I made that comment. I didn't see how many mistakes I made. Sorry.

I meant that my puppy, Snoopy, likes to walk across the keyboard and that Munch and Snoopy should totally chat sometime on the computer. WOULDN'T THAT BE A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E? Sorry. I can be dramatic. But, yeah! SO CUTE.

Christa said...

Holy crap! Those penguins are both cute and distracting.

brenna! said...

Driving goes first. Which means I've eliminated unnecessary trips to Sprinkles. Which also saves me about $14. I've also eliminated eating altogether. So now I'm on this new photosynthesis diet.

dannydunlop said...

First thing to go? Pants. Always pants.

Be it fire drill, depression, flood, etc.. Pants are always the first to go.

Rock on
<3Danny

Mathew Ballard said...

The shirts are the first thing to go and then the concerts. Or at least the bigger ones that cost $50+ for a ticket.

Anonymous said...

this has absolutely nothing to do with your question, but i happened to notice that afi's "crop tub" is in the deep cuts section of itunes' "break up songs" playlist. i know you weren't in the band at that point, but i thought you might be interested anyway. also, i hope i'm not the zillionth person to have mentioned it... sorry if i am.

bunnyluvah said...

None of it shall go...
Albums, tickets, and t-shirts are very important to my very existence!

fallchild. said...

Hahaha! I love Munch.
I don't go to shows, because I'm a poor Mexican. I buy a shit load of shirts. And I still buy music.
btw, the nerd kid owns.

Stix said...

Because I'm young and have a job, my work is pretty secure and stuff, I have a lot saved but I still buy a lot of albums, right now I'm working on gathering all the Bright Eyes releases I can find.
As for gigs.. eh.. I'll only go to ones I really want to go to if they're big, or little local ones whos tickets cost like $20. Hah.
And I've bought 2 ZuBu shirts in recent times, so I guess I've spent more money than I should but hey.
Also, the AU$ was down when I bought my second ZuBu shirt, so it cost $120 :(

/long comment.

sharna. said...

i still buy cd's and go to shows, but i don't buy band shirts cause they never fit me good :[
but im 16 and buy my own stuff, and i still get paid the same at work, so i havn't really needed too cut back on things.

ciel said...

Hmmm the first thing to cut on is food. NO WAY am I cutting on going to shows.

Susan said...

compiling a market analysis? look at you. well i'm probably older than your median demographic...i have a mortgage to pay and a baby about to pop any minute! i've been to 2 shows in 5 years (rest assured, one was yours) and probably buy 2 albums a year (rest assured, yours will be on my list for 2009). i'll tell you what though, i'll play your music to my baby and in 20 years he'll buy your albums and go to your shows--think of it as a 401k or roth ira, you just have to wait awhile to cash out.

first thing to go? i think i just bought my last jar of soynut butter at $6 and will start making my own. i'll be making my own baby food and cloth diapering, but that's really because i'm earth mama and care about diet and the planet. but at least in their new found frugality, others are unconsciously being more earth friendly!

i think that's more than you bargained for in your market analysis, but i'm glad to be of service.

KxG said...

hahahaha so sweet from Munch...

Well about economy, I am not American but I think economy all over the world has being crazy.I remeber in 1999 I bought albums maybe every week!! now I RARELY go to a cd store and buy something...wich is a shame cause to me muisc is culture.

Disaster said...

I love the little clip of Munch...that is too cute!
I personally am cutting back on other things to have money to go to shows!

punk in writing said...

I'm paying off student loans a little early... once they're gone I'll have more cash to spend on fun things.

Anna! said...

I don't buy T-shirts but I definitely go to shows. I'm actually more likely to go to a show than to buy the same band's CD. I recently discovered the joy of scouring cities for CD dollar-bins. Good stuff.

And Munch's wise words made me crack up (laughing. Not like. cracking up with crack.)

Sneaky Ninja said...

shows.. as long as i know one of the bands, so i can get in free, i know cheap skape.
music.. wow.. i listen to it all the time, but have no money to buy music or anything else.
the first thing to go was going out to eat with my friends. we do wed night kareoke, and we get like a meal for everyone to share and thats it, i drink water the whole night.

Theresa said...

I live in the middle of nowhere, so I usually have to travel at least 1-2 hours for any great performance..so I have to be picky when it comes to who I choose to spend my gas money on!!

AFI's ticket prices have always been more than reasonable..$22 for a ticket is just unheard of..but for this next tour you guys may have to increase prices a bit..

Munch should have his own My Space page don't you think Jade??

ThisTimeImperfect said...

For me, I still go to shows. It's me being busy with everything that has me paused from going to shows in a while. But, I'm still planning to go to a bunch soon (:
I mean, I guess people can download music via iTunes and whatnot, but I just feel CDs are better. I'd rather buy CDs and put them on my iPod then buy them straight off of iTunes. You know, just in case something happened to my iPod I have my favorite songs to still listen to.
Of course, I still buy shirts because it's the best way for me to express how I feel about a band and if I go to a concert and get a shirt there it's like a piece of the concert comes home with me.
I'm not really sure what the first thing to go for me will be. I know it won't be music. It's just too important to me to just leave.

Haha, I love Munch's typing. Genius! (:

Callisto said...

I have stopped buying music a while ago. It too expensive for me. I have stopped going to concerts. I will probably just go to 3 this year, at most.

chaoskitten said...

i still go to shows, buy music t-shirts and buy cds. i bought an AFI t-shirt today actually! and a corset! but it was on sale, so i don't know if that actually counts! :S *laughs*

AHH PITY THA FOOLS WHO FUCKED UP THA WORLD ECONOMY!!

(sorry, i just HAD to say that! *giggles*)

here's what my dog Patch had to say in reply to Munch's message to the world: nhf89f#fjqap1

i think he has a crush on Munch! ;)

Kayleigh Puget said...

Nothing will take my music from me.
I don't care about the economic crisis, as long as it doesn't affect the bands I listen to.


Jade. I love your penguins and the little GIF of Munch. Very cute.

I'm so tired :\

sugarandice said...

I would say cutting back doesn't decrease our exposure to music, as local shows are relatively cheap, as are things like Bamboozle & Warped Tour. T-shirts & hoodies may have to be held off on by some, but I use them as a bottom layer in the winter =]. Sadly, for record sales, people I know share the music albums they have in tough economic times.

Sarah Anne said...

i don't think i've been cutting back. i'll have to start soon. i'll probably cut way back on t-shirts and posters. i'll probably never cut back on cd's or shows. you might as well lock me in a dark room forever, it'd hurt.

lynn said...

i went to a free concert at ameoba yesterday, franz ferdinand!

morgan said...

i just started going to shows last year and have been going to more and more ever since, but its the smaller ones because they're cheaper and wayyy funner :]
same thing with band shirts
i still buy music, but if its something my friend already has i have him either send it through aim or burn me a copy of the cd
i just went to a watchout! theres ghosts show last night and it was wayyy funn :]

k17 said...

At the last show I went to, the turnout was really small. The band profusely thanked everyone for coming, since the economy is in such a sad state right now. I get shirts at concerts, but aside from that I don't really get merch in general, save CDs.

I know downloading music is much, much cheaper than getting a CD, but I really do love CDs. There's this rad record shop downtown that has everything, especially records off the beaten track. Anyway, their CDs are pretty reasonably priced (maybe $13 - $15 on average) compared to other places. In addition to that, they've got excellent bargain bins.

I don't think I'll be able to go to any really expensive tours (think $45 tickets) in the near future. Besides, in a couple months I'll hopefully be saving up for Warped Tour.

k17 said...

Also, my friends and I swap CDs and burn each other mixes. It's a great way to get HEAPS of new music without spending money.

Black Bunny said...

I need my music ! Listening to my music gets me through the day. I would rather spend my money on cd's and concerts instead of new clothes. Oh that Munch is so adorable!:)

kyisha said...

Ironically, I've started to buy more cd's and merch than I ever did before the recession. See the thing is though, I only pay for te quality stuff. Like, FOB's album was 16 bucks at Target- left that on the shelf(the album was meh anyway). Bought Kings of Leon, drove all the way to WalMart for AC/DC. Did not pay 45 to sit through three shitastic bands before I even got to see The Academy Is, whose last album was kinda lacking anyways....it's a give and take, I guess.

VS said...

Jade, do you still have your smiley piercing???

xsweetcalamityx said...

Aww I actually like Urkel!

Getting your hours cut at work doesn't help either at times like these.
I don't buy things unless need it..like textbooks, food, .....
Actually, I tend to buy things that are on clearance. That makes a big difference. And if they're not..coupons go a long way.

And of course sometimes I reward myself for saving..like getting an ipod touch. :)

Sarah said...

I limit my concert viewings to 2-3 AFI/Blaqk Audio shows a year because they are pretty much the only people I will pay to see live until Daft Punk does a show in SoCal.

alyson * said...

Yeah, I've got a Motley Crue concert Wednesday, so I still go to shows.
I can't really recall not buying music - we go out of our financial way to buy it.

Ayla said...

Your dog obviously does not approve of being put on the interwebz.

jenny said...

i dont buy clothes, i kinda rather be naked then give up going to shows or buying music !!!

by the way those peguins are very distracting....

stelle said...

i got to shows and buy albums still.
i went to an amazing of montreal show actually not too long ago. if you ever hav the chance i think you should see them, anyone else would say the same thing.
anyway im going to some shows soon too. i dont really feel the frugality

kombucha said...

it's going to take a lot more for me to cut back on anything music related. i'd rather like... lose my house. or food. food and shelter are for the weak.

Hannah said...

Did I do thaaaaaaaaat?

Ugh. I don't even wanna think about the economy right now...even though I'm not hurting for money. I've been SUPER careful. Anyways, the last show I went to was back in September. It was Black Tide, Bleeding Through, and Bullet For My Valentine. They were all really good. Morrissey is coming here in March and of course, it's fucking sold out...I'm still kinda pissed about that. That reminds me...you need to come here (Asheville, NC) when you go back on tour. I think you'd like it here. Plus, it's very vegetarian friendly! You should consider it :)

I still buy merchandise and albums, but I only do that for bands I'm really crazy about. If it's a band that only has a couple of songs I like, I'll just get them from iTunes.

Awww. We love Munch too. haha :)

Princess Niko said...

hey Jade!
the Munch animation is sooooooooooo cute, and i'm really happy, that you change that spider thing, because i'm afraid of spiders, and really thanks :$$:$$

umm, i think you sure know it, but you're on the stardoll. -i'm not often visit that webpage, but i got there and i saw your name and it's really funny.-

http://www.stardoll.com/en/dolls/1049/Jade_Puget.html

and back to the music topic, being honest, first i download a simple and when it's really good, i buy the cd. ^^

VS said...

Oh and one more thing, Steven Erkel was very very smart, so I wouldn't really mind our economy resembling him.

Than again Mr T had his own cereal in Pee Wee.
"I pity the fool...that don't eat my cereal!"

Jordan said...

I had to sell a couple of old amps recently to make some extra money. Other than that, I still leave space in my budget for music. Admittedly, band tshirts aren't on the top of my list as a buy right now. Even though my Creative Writing teacher just gave me an awesome Cult tshirt from 1985.

Brittney said...

I still got to shows and get albums but I definately have to cut back.

Sally said...

Albums, and shows I think.

Munch is cute, and you too Jade :) <3

11am_street said...

I never *ever* thought I'd say this, but I'm pretty lucky to work in public accounting with a federal government clientele, so work hasn't cut back too much, in fact, we have a lot in the auditing world... So... I haven't really cut back on anything... If anything I've probably been to more shows than last year. then again, the entire industry could topple over... again... just ask the Enron and Arthur Andersen guys...

Emme said...

i am not going to lie to you Jade when I say I am 1 of those frugal ones; now.

I've been gettN in contact with friends of friends for concert tickets... it's a lot of work since hard acts are a rarety over here now that corporations gone cheap but I still support the local acts.

I still buy my music N video games though.

N tell Munch I agree, he need his own PR rep.

Anonymous said...

Of course shows, albums and T-shirts all stay. I cut back on other things, like going out to eat less, or buying generic brand household items and groceries.

Le Rouret said...

Well, for me, the first thing to go was my beer-drinking, red-meat-eating husband. Second was having my hair professionally dyed. Third was putting my house on the market. Fourth will be going back to school to earn a certificate so I can actually get a job that pays more than $9/hour.

When my rabbit hops on my keyboard, all I get is 0mjiuv tr5xs2ZA.

Jackie said...

See? I told you she'd have something to say. She obviously wasn't feeling talkative though. Give her some nice Greenies and she'll be a literary genius.

:)

Anonymous said...

awes luff Munch!!

EmeraldMuerte said...

I still buy cds and some merch but I don't go to a lot of shows which is pretty sucky as live music is always the best part.

But I'll be seeing you guys when you come back to the lands down under! [nz, yes? (=]

BOY LOVES DARKNESS said...

i only buy albums if im real excited about the music, and mainly if its great band...like OPETH.

AFI albums go without saying.

And i dont show hop. The last one i saw was Opeth, it was the best live show i have ever witnessed, even topping your band, i must say.

And this is coming from someone who is enormously appreciative of AFI's work. So that says a lot for Opeth, who pen masterpieces.

AFI is still on my top list of favorite bands ever. and that list is slim, you share a place in my heart where only Opeth, Metallica, and Queen reside.

With that, i hope this encourages you to make a epic, sweeping, powerful album next time.

Im counting on ya.

copper87 said...

I haven't been purchasing a lot of music for a while now. Fortunately, being in college has opened me up to a lot of free music "research". That frees up that $9.99 usually spent on a CD for a show or something.
I have been going to MORE shows lately for two reasons:
A. I've moved a bigger city.
B. I recently turned 21 and can FINALLY go to the cheap 21+ shows.

As far as the rest of my cut backs--less going out, more renting movies.

Kayla Caustic said...

I still go to shows, i'm just going to fewer and further between, since the drive is always horrendous for me to make (4 - 6 hours).
Things are getting harder and more frightening. First thing I cut back on though was thoughtless spending..I used to go to stores and just buy what caught my eye, but now I need to save to make my car payment, internet payment, cell phone payment, etc.
It's awful, but i'm hoping it'll pick up.

Naci Havet said...

I wish i could go to shows but with the economy in the toilet i dont think ill be doing that for a fiew years. I cant seem to find any afi / blaqk audio tees eather

Racquel Valencia said...

I just shoplift more often, s'all.

But seriously, I haven't really changed anything. Then again, I've always been po' so if anything this economy just brings more people down to my level.

Also, I'm Canadian. So long as your president keeps buying my country's iron and steel, I'm sitting pretty.

Payaso said...

no tshirts. no albums unless its a diefor album that must become part of my life.

gigs are few and far between atm. But i must say Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley were well worth the money and randomness =)

Sofia said...

Right now there's only three bands* whose future albums I'm ready to buy without downloading to see if it's any good first, and I don't have any internet at home, so yeah, my music consumption isn't what you'd call very big. Last year I bought more albums than ever before, and it only added up to 6 or 7, so...

I haven't been to a concert since 2001, as there's not a whole lot of bands I'd pay to see live, and I have a tendency to miss the bands I like by not knowing they're coming. *fail*

What I spend money on is comics. And books. And stuff to make comics with. *is nerd*






*AFI, The Offspring, Green Day. Make it 4 with Blaqk Audio.

Anonymous said...

I don't buy any band shirts except tour shirts anymore... not only do I have way too many (started going to shows when I was 13) but I rarely wear them. But tour shirts are awesome memories, given the choice, I'd rather have a tour shirt than an album.

For .mp3s, there's been a LOT of file-sharing gong on in my community, we all burn CDs or load up USB drives and pass them around. It's vaugely illegal (I say vaugely because we're all living under the same roof so there's a loophole somewhere) but we do it anyways.

I go to shows from 3 a month to one every two months, depending on who's playing and how expensive there is. There's a blossoming underground scene in my town and there's often shows with 4 or 5 bands in the back of the bowling alley for $5 or 6. Again, I don't buy their shirts. They tend to give away demos if you're nice, so that's how I get their music.

Times is hard, sir, that's right, times is hard.
-Dorian

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Rachel said...

i go to less shows,usually the ones im not DYING to see.
i definitely buy less music,which i feel AWFULLLLL about but what else am i going to do :/
and forget about band shirts.i wish i could still buy them at every show but thats definitely not possible anymore.only if im lucky.

Kily said...

Munch said more than my 2 Land turtles said went i put them on my keyboerd.

*they almost crap on my keyboerd and said how they felt...*

Tabytha said...

It's CRAP, man!!! Shows are too expensive, I can only save enough up to buy one CD like every two and half MONTHS, and half of my friends have gotten fired from various jobs!!! =P

Naci Havet said...

I love you and your blog Will you go out with me. =D

Ryan DeYoung said...

Go to a show (your show) and buy an album... your album :D

Combat said...

Going to shows is my only hobby, so yes to that. When I have a job and money, I go to as many as I can, typically 5-10 per month.

CD's yes. I love being able to have the real thing physically in my hand.

I love buying merch! I love being able to support the band and that's pretty much what my entire closet consists of. Again, when I had the money, I would buy at least one shirt from every show I went to.

So despite the economy, I still manage to scrounge for money and buy things to support the arts :)

cilliii said...

Uhm, I think clothes.
Maybe some other things here and there. ^^
Music is defenitely the very last thing to go!!!

Anyway, I like Munch in that video, and the enguins. penguins are certainly better than spiders (for spider are scaring me). >o.o<

Anonymous said...

As the economy suffers people keep cutting back. As people get more frugal, the economy suffers even more. What do we do?

emilierose said...

actually, im not sure what we cut back on.

but jade, i was bored in math today, and i ended up drawing super jade...

haha. it features you with a cape, the super man sign..

i swear, im not insane.
when i fix my scanner, i'll post it in a comment. (:

Silly Girls Win said...

hey, jade. why are boys so confusing and stupid?

my boyfriend broke up with me after 8 months for no reason at all. i need help. :'(

Charlene said...

Cutting back on concerts, unfortunately. . . kinda addicted to food and shelter!

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Jo Emmaljunga said...

umm not cutting back at all. the recession hasn't affected Finland that much. so you should definitely tour Scandinavia next time you visit Europe. we're eager to spend all of our money on you! ;)

GermaricanMix said...

I buy more movies than music, but I recently discovered that you can buy mp3s over amazon.com and they're not that expensive so I've been buying more electronic albums.

But I tend to always buy every album that my favorite bands put out cause I want to support them and I want the physical CD in my hands, not just an electronic version. And concerts are my thing so I love going to those and that won't change.

The only thing that's really changed is that I don't buy t-shirts and jackets anymore unless I really love the design on them.

The end!

Anonymous said...

yay munch!

patty said...

I only buy my top fave band's albums...which aren't too many. Shows are a priority. band merch only if its good quality,super cool,which it hardly ever is, and not outrageously expensive.