Hi everybody, just had a box of Dub arrive from our pals at Ernie B Reggae.
ITM putting some Sunshine Vibes in your -30 C!
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As you’ve probably heard by now, Into The Music was the high bidder for the CBC Winnipeg music library: about 16,000 LPs & 26,000 CDs. Just to put that into perspective, that addition doubles our vinyl inventory and triples the CD stock we have on the floor right now! In case you didn’t see it in the Wpg Free Press on Tuesday, Rob Williams wrote a spot on and accurate summary of what happened to make all this a reality. Check out his article HERE. As you can tell from the picture that accompanies the WFP article, we now have the collection at our storage site.
As a side bar to the article, on the morning the picture was taken (and proof positive that I can smile for a 7:30AM photo op) I picked up a rental and drove to Regina. My goal was to explore the option of making an offer on the CBC Regina record and CD library, one of the few CBC libraries that has yet to be decommissioned. And on the morning that the WFP article hit the stands, I got a call from Regina informing us that again we were the high bidder and our offer had been accepted. WE WILL SOON GET THE CBC REGINA COLLECTION. If anything it’s vinyl content is comparable to Winnipeg though the CD numbers are significantly higher and include over 6000 classical and 1700 jazz CDs (there were no classical or jazz CDs in the Wpg collection, having been previously donated to a local University).
We have certain challenges ahead. The process will be a little different for the Regina collection. Instead of bringing every single piece back to Wpg, we’ll sort and come back with what will be of greatest interest to our customers. The rest will be donated. And of course the biggest question is how are we going to get all this out and available for sale as quickly as possible. Watch this newsletter for updates on how during this 25th Anniversary year we are going to do just that (with perhaps a few surprises).
For those of you who would like to continue trading or selling your used CDs & vinyl don’t be discouraged. During these last few weeks we’ve been a little overwhelmed organizing our storage facility, changing the work flow to get more stock out and setting up our new eBay store (search for us on eBay at Into The Music Winnipeg). WE ARE BUYING STOCK AGAIN NEXT WEEK, JUNE 25th to JUNE 29th FOR ONE WEEK ONLY. After that I’m off to Regina to pack up the CBC collection and facilitate the move of 200 more boxes back to Wpg. We will be buying again shortly after the week of July 9th, again watch this space for further details.
There is nothing but good news right now. With the summer here, the Jazz Fest under way with the Fringe and Folk Fests to come, this is looking to be our best year ever. These collections represent the best opportunity for us to grow and expand our business during a time when record & CD store across Canada and the world continue to struggle and indeed close. We’ve succeeded because of the great support we’ve had from everyone reading this newsletter and music collectors everywhere.
More to come.
December 12-January 6th
Open til 9pm Monday-Fridays
Weekend Hours per usual
Annual Boxing Day sale
December 26th 9:30am-6pm
25% Discount on ALL USED ITEMS!
We Will Be Closed On Christmas Day & New Years Day
We have some odds & sods leftover from Record Store Day 2010 & 2011.
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All are very limited quantities
Don Van Vliet aka Capt. Beefheart
Jan. 15th 1941-Dec. 17th 2010
Plans for Captain Beefhearts 70’s birthday event at Into The Music have taken a sad turn this week with news of the great man’s passing last Friday. A long time sufferer of multiple sclerosis, he succumbed to complications of this incredibly debilitating disease.
If you grew up curious about the music of the 60’s and 70’s rock, especially the rock underground, you’re at least familiar with the name Captain Beefheart. While he’s never had anything approaching a hit album, his influence is all over the rock landscape, from punk to post-rock. His first album was Safe As Milk, a blues based workout that while perhaps being his most accessible outing, already had the unique vocal growl and hints of the disjointed rhythmic primitivism that was the sonic fingerprint of all his later output. A few years later Trout Mask Replica hit and the legend and myth of Captain Beefheart had been cemented for all-time. The most obvious thing you could say was that nobody else sounded like him, his voice and band sound was unmistakable. The blues inflections and homage to Howlin’ Wolf were apparent. But he appeared like his contemporary and former class and band mate Frank Zappa during the mid 60’s rock scene. Breaking from conventional pop forms and inventing itself, “anything goes” seem to be in the air, the avant garde, free jazz the blues and the good man’s background as a childhood art prodigy informed his trajectory like nobody else.
Some of my favorite lyrics include:
That’s right, the Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous.
Big eyed beans from venus,
Tropical Hot Dog Night
Like two flamingoes in a fruit fight
...I could go on and on. When Doc At The Radar Station came out in 1980, it fit in with the incredible stuff coming out at the time and fit in perfectly with my new life in Calgary. Hot Head, Ashtray Heart, Run Paint Run Run got played along with Talking Heads Remain in Light and The Buzzcocks A Different Kind of Tension, Iggy’s New Values and Joy Divisions Closer.
During the summer of 1994 I went with friends to the UK to visit their friends in Scotland and eventually get a bit of time to myself in London. One of the first things I did in London was check out the NME to see what was going on around town. The only item that really caught my eye was an art exhibit in Brighton, a coastal tourist town a couple hours drive from the downtown. It was for a solo art exhibit for Don Van Vliet displaying his talents as a modern art painter in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism. A bit too expensive on my limited budget at the time, I accepted that this was one exhibit I would have to miss. On the day my charter was to leave Heathrow, I was informed technical problems would delay my flight about 12 hours so the airline put us all on a bus and took us to Brighton for the day. Incredible. It was destiny really and I was off the bus in a flash and tracked down The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery in minutes. I knew of his reputation as an excellent painter and the paintings reflected the album artwork that he had adorned his albums with for years. The exhibit also had video and audio archives, more than enough to keep me in the gallery for 3 hours.
On Friday January 14th we’ll be holding our own Captain Beefheart birthday/memorial. We’re arranging a special screening of concert and interview segments from his music career, sale pricing on all Beefheart CD’s and LP’s and a bit of memorabilia. Stay tuned to our website for upcoming details.
Across the light, across the night
You can hear the Captain’s cry
- Greg Tonn
THE GLOBE & MAIL ONLINE EDITION
Winnipeg music store bucks sales trend
Greg Tonn looked at the tally for a week and noticed a continuing decline in the number and dollar value of compact discs being sold at his Winnipeg store, Into The Music. There was no doubt about it - the market for CDs appeared to have peaked. Given that a large part of his bread and butter came from the sale of new and used CDs what, if anything, could he do about it?
In 1987, Winnipeg entrepreneur Mr. Tonn turned his personal LP collection of more than 2,000 albums into a specialty venture, which he called Into the Music. According to Mr. Tonn, his strategy was to be “short on junk and long on gems.” The establishment originally opened its doors on Corydon Avenue in the middle of Winnipeg’s Little Italy, with the store relocating in 1990 to the Osborne Village area. This was where business really took off as used CDs poured into, and out of, the store.
In short order, Into The Music effectively developed a city-wide following, making it one of the places to go for music. Given the store’s eclectic focus on specialty jazz, classical, punk, blues, deleted recordings, and new hard-to-find imports, it was no surprise when the store received the 1999 award for “best retail store for the Prairie provinces” at the 1999 Prairie Music Awards.
In 2003, the store relocated to Winnipeg’s rejuvenated Exchange District, after Mr. Tonn and his Osborne landlord were unable to agree on a new lease. Located just three blocks from the city’s epicentre at Portage and Main, the move was a very good decision. With Red River College opening its downtown campus just a few blocks away, a lot of tech-savvy businesses in the area, and some complementary retail in close proximity, the store had again become one of “the” places to go for music.
CDs made a big splash in the 1980s, resulting in the rapid marginalization of vinyl. As a result, many LP collections were dumped en masse in the 1990s, with Mr. Tonn buying several at rock-bottom prices. Demand for CDs has recently started to cool. While they had accounted for about 65 per cent of the store’s unit sales in the early 2000s, CD sales as a percentage have been sliding, with recent estimates somewhere in the low 40s.
Mr. Tonn noticed one other development along with the decline in CD sales: a rediscovery of vinyl LPs as format for music hobbyists.
While the music industry had changed in a number of ways, including the emergence of an online market for downloaded music and the housing of personal collections on iPods, a less conspicuous development was the quiet re-emergence of the serious collector. These individuals, Mr. Tonn believes, still value music as a physical artifact that sits on their shelves and not just on their computers. He also believes these customers are “into vinyl,” as something to collect and also to act as a protest against an increasingly digitized culture.
This penchant for collecting is not age-related, Mr. Tonn says, with both young and old picking up the bug. While one group, say the 50-plus oldsters, might prefer one format, such as CDs, another, like the Goths, might prefer a specific genre, such as British heavy metal. One key commonality for all groups was a renewed appreciation for music as a physical artifact that provided a source of personal identification.
In response to this development, Mr. Tonn sought to reorient the store as an indispensable middleman for the serious collector. While some less volatile segments, such as jazz and classical, were especially well suited for collecting, it appeared the opportunity for such a service existed across virtually all segments. The move also had implications for his online business, where he had recently sold musical rarities such as the first 45-RPM recording released by former Winnipegger Neil Young and The Squires.
Mr. Tonn reports that his last year-end was his best since the mid 1990s, with the store widely recognized as one of Manitoba’s go-to places for rare and interesting music. While he recognizes vinyl will never regain its former prominence, he’s convinced it will remain a strong hobby format.
He has further enriched his in-store offerings with a variety of events, including performances by musicians from the city and beyond. Into the Music also refreshes its website at least twice a week. Letting customers know about recent arrivals is critical: Mr. Tonn estimates 300-plus LPs and 400-plus CDs get added each week to the store’s collection.
The CD market may be getting a bit more compact, but the opportunity to help music collectors collect doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
Special to The Globe and Mail
Reg Litz is a professor in the Asper School of Business of the University of Manitoba.
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