Post 600 – Over Three Years of Blogging

Thank you for entering the Byzantine world of the Post-Punk Monk…

Thank you for entering the Byzantine world of the Post-Punk Monk…

Back when the world was young [and I was a raw green blogger] I used to commemorate my time here in one year increments. This year, I realized that I had completely forgotten about my anniversary date, which I think is [checks]… June 24. Well, this time June 24 came and went by several weeks by the time I noticed that it had happened, so as I began the “30 Days: 30 Albums” thread, it occurred to me that it would complete at post 599, leading effortlessly to today’s 600th posting.

So what has changed in the time since I began typing furiously [none dare call it writing] during my lunch hour? For a start, the unspoken gist of this website, my private vanity label to reissue vinyl-only treasures onto the shiny discs I like so much has ground to a complete halt as of a year ago. Not only have I stopped buying vinyl to complete collections for the all-important “boxed set of god®” that are the ne-plus-ultra of Monkdom, but I’ve also stopped any and all remastering of things that are safely ensconced within the Record Cell.

All free time as of last summer has been aimed at generating income instead of pursuing leisure time activities. The occasional leisure time I do undertake is strictly for wife/friends/family in that order. This needs to change… but not too soon, because we are moving into the Rocktober heavy concert/travel season, which actually stretches into early December this year! Those excursions are to be funded by sell-offs from the collection. Travel doesn’t come cheap! So auctions and set-sales will yet bedevil my free time for at least two months. Possibly three. But as the year ends, I must retrain my vision on the increase of my leisure time with the goal of enjoying my music far more than I have in the last year.

I have wonderful records I have bought this year that are unheard, primarily because I need a new stylus for the turntable! The last one is over three years old and I don’t want to damage any spanking new records I’ve bought this year with a worn stylus. So after I get that stylus, I need to buy the one ABC record that I actually ordered last year but didn’t get. The dealer sent me the “Footlose OST” [!!!] instead of the ABC single I’d purchased and I have not re-ordered the proper single elsewhere… yet. So once I get that underway, there’s the ABC boxed set to finish off.

A relatively small portion of my sales funds actually did go to buying new, desirable music this year, but only a handful of items, really. That needs to increase in the new year. As for those Rocktober trips, what’s left on the agenda? Well, Simple Minds are in Washington D.C. at the 9:30 club, so we’ll be there. Along with top commenter Echorich and long-standing partner in crime Chasinvictoria. So it will be like a mini Monk-Con® in mid October in the District of Columbia. I’m sincerely looking forward to finally meeting Echorich, who adds substantially to this blog with his fulsome commentary! It wouldn’t be the same without him.

Then, five days later we hit Atlanta for Sparks at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. Chasinvictoria will also be there with us for that one. And while we were in Raleigh for the Hopscotch Festival last week, my wife notice in the program book a display ad for Television at the Georgia Theatre on November 7th, so we bought tickets on the spot! That’s another overnighter added to our strained itinerary but we should be able to do it on the cheap.

Finally, Hugh Cornwell has a actual date in the US Southeast for the first time in forever at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte on December 4th. I had given up any hope of seeing Cornwell live, so that’s another one removed from The List. So in December, I may be able to finally go back to making CDs the old fashioned way… by hand. Look for more illumination on the topic which drives me going forward in the next few months as this Monk gets back in touch with his mojo.

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11 Responses to Post 600 – Over Three Years of Blogging

    • postpunkmonk says:

      Stephen Shafer – Thanx for the kind thoughts and the link on your blog, even though ska is only a tiny fraction of the postings here. I can recall devoting a post or two to The Beat UK/US remasters and that may have been that! How’d you find your way here, anyway?


  1. Taffy says:

    happy 600 postings and here’s to hundreds more lunchtimes spent furiously typing (you) and leisurely reading/commenting (me). I really enjoy your musings, even (especially?) when i disagree. you’ll always have me around to defend Morrissey (and Jimmy Somerville, and “Karma Chameleon,” etc etc). seriously, you write a great blog with more knowledge and passion than most, so tonight i’m gonna raise my glass to you.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Taffy – Thanks so much for your kind words and contributions to the community here. Enjoy your own Simple Minds show and maybe we can cross paths one day. Speaking of Morrissey, I couldn’t help but notice on the BBC today that with no concerts left to cancel, the poor guy has cancelled his autobiography with a scant three days to its publication date! I can’t help but think it’s way past the time for an intervention of some sort! Meanwhile, here’s a pic I hastily snapped on the local Asheville streets…

      There are still true believers out there!


  2. Echorich says:

    Congrats Monk. And thank you for creating a land which we can escape to and revel in what we so thoroughly enjoy. Looking forward to our meeting of the minds in October!!


  3. I also am really looking forward to meeting Echorich, particularly for the purpose of enjoying great music together! Any excuse I get to visit the Monk’s corner of the east coast is a happy one.

    Congratulations on the 600th post … now I must try and find more time for my own long-neglected music blog …


  4. Tim says:

    Belated congrats on the 600th post.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Tim – Belated thanks for your belated congrats on this 600th post! Your “revisionist history” theory on remastering posits a very different viewpoint far from my own ‘curatorial instincts’ but I’ll admit, that there are the rare occasions where your way might just work out better for me; were I not so hamstrung on canon! Then again, that’s why I’m a Monk!


  5. Brian Ware says:

    Congratulations Monk. Pretty cool that a little get together for some music video swapping evolved into a nearly 30 year friendship. Let the conversations continue…


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