Friday, February 25, 2011

Dear Record Company Big Wigs,

I love vinyl. I really do. I cant quite explain it. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood. I had a Chipmunks Christmas record that I used to rock on my portable record player as a kid. When I first started to discover my love of music the world had already moved on to the cassette tape. My first tape? Well, it wasn't mine. My older sister had a Midnight Oil tape that she kept in a drawer in her jewelry box. I was attracted to it because it wasn't the pop music of New Kids on the Block that all my friends were listening to. I used to sneak it from her room over to my best friends house across the street and return it later. I wonder if she ever knew? Good thing she doesn't read my blog. She would probably still kick my ass for stealing (ahem, borrowing) her stuff, just like the old days. The first tape I ever bought on my own was a New Order tape, shortly followed by Depeche Mode, which happened to be my first concert in 1989, I believe. But, I digress.

I read in Rolling Stone that "Though overall album sales dropped 13 percent in 2010, sales of vinyl increased by 14 percent over the previous year, with around 2.8 million units sold. This is a new record for vinyl sales since 1991". No pun intended, I am sure.

I can't explain it. I could go into the whole 'tangible item' reasoning. In a world where everything is a digital download, some people appreciate the art, the lyrics, the photography of a real album that you can hold in your real hands.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love my iPod. It is really inconvenient to jog with a record player strapped to your back. When I drive to work with my record player on the passenger seat, it always skips. A real pain, I tell you.

So, I will finally get to my point. Please, Mr. Record Company Executive, When you have a vinyl record for sale in year 2011, please offer a one time only digital download included with the purchase. I am willing to sign a promissory note that I won't share it with my friends. Well, only with my REAL friends. I wont share with all those people on Facebook. I promise. It all comes down to the fact that I don't like to buy my music twice. Because it is HIGHLY unlikely I am going to walk into my local record store and steal an album from them, you force me to download a torrent file of the vinyl I just purchased.

Let's just make this easy on both of us.

Your skeptical friend,


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Action Figures

If you know me, you probably know my husband has a rather large toy collection. His ever growing collection mostly consists of Star Wars toys, Hot Wheels and Action Figures (never to be referred to as dolls). In his action figure collection there is a variety of music figures: Jimmy Page, Joey Ramone, a couple of varieties of Kurt Cobain (Courtney Love allowed that?), Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten, Lemmy, Ozzy, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Ice T (pre Law and Order, I assume), KISS, Slash, Jimi Hendrix and yes, even a collection of Devo dolls (I mean action figures).


So, if you know me AT ALL, you probably know where this is heading. Where is my Jack White action figure? I think a Jack and Meg dual set would be killer. Of course, Jack and his dang integrity would probably never want to put himself out there that way. So, I am left to my own devices and imagination. This idea has been dancing around in my head for years. What if I create my own Jack and Meg Action figures? After all, I have a red and white guitar Christmas tree ornament that is approximately Barbie size, that could be an accessory. All I need now is a barbie for Meg and a boy barbie doll that looks like Jack. Meg should be relatively easy, find a black hair barbie, pop in some pig tails and the distract away from the fact that she doesn't look like her in the face with a nice red beret. Those action figures never look the same in the face anyway. Just spice up a white drum set figurine with a peppermint swirl and its done. Now Jack will be little harder to recreate. Ken is traditionally too blond and um...tan. Of course you can buy brown hair Ken, but they are typically buff, blue eyed and well...tan.

This one is a bit too "pretty"

The hair is closer on this one. LOL! But not the right ethnicity to be Jack.

I got exicted about this one, then I realized it was probably just the top hat

Still not Quite right, maybe if I dyed his hair and eyes.

Getting Warmer, at least the facial hair is close. But this is supposed to be a Japanese man.


It did occur to me today that some of my millions of readers (ha ha) may not know about the White Stripes or what look I am going for here (Gasp! Shocking I know!). So I decided to share my inspiration for this project.


So, I doubt my little project will ever take off due to its ludicrous nature. Never mind the fact that I cant sew and I doubt the red and black leg pants are available in the Barbie doll accessory section at Wal-Mart.


UPDATE 09-25-11
I found someone who made one! Gosh I wish this was for sale!

You can view it on the web site here

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Danger Mouse

Just confirmed: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi's album, "Rome", featuring vocals by Jack White & Norah Jones will release on May 16th (UK) and May 17th (US & Canada)

This is a silver lining for White Stripes fan everywhere mourning the end of the White Stripes. We know what you have been up to Jack. Now Meg, what is next for you? I hear Mighty Mouse might need a drummer.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An Open Letter to Jack and Meg White

Dear Jack and Meg,

I get it. Honestly, I do. I understand, to the best of my fangirl ability, the desire to preserve what is special and perfect about the White Stripes. Quit while you are ahead. That is the idea, right? When I saw your tweet this morning, with the link to the story about your official breakup, I was heart broken. But I must admit I was not really that shocked or surprised. I mean, it has been nearly four years since your last album or canceled tour. I have always claimed to be cautiously optimistic regarding a new White Stripes tour. I really wanted it to be true, but I think deep down inside I knew better. You gave us the Under Great White Northern Lights documentary last year. That was amazing, but what I realize now is that it was foreshadowing to the announcement that came today. When I saw you cry Meg, in that final scene, I think I knew right then. I think you were crying about the end of the White Stripes. The end of Jack and Meg. I cried too, but I didn't know yet why.

I will always have my six favorite albums in my collection. I will also always cherish my red and white split color 'White Blood Cells' vinyl. The White Stripes aren't dead. They will live on forever in my soul and my on my record player.

The saddest part of this for me is the end of Meg in the public eye. We all know Jack will be around. Who can guess what is next? A solo album? A new collaboration? Producing some big name or an up-and-coming artist? I expect to see it all. soon. I can hardly wait to see what comes next. But what about you, Meg? I haven't heard from you since 2007. I suspect you have happily disappeared into anonymity. I always suspected that you were never very comfortable with the spot light that shined on you for all those years. You were this regular shy girl who loved music and records and Jack (like me!). The hardest part of this all is that we never had the chance to say goodbye to you Meg.

But, I forgive you Jack and Meg. I am not the kind of fan that holds a grudge. I trust you are doing what you feel is best for you. I get artist integrity. I also understand and want to preserve the perfection that is the White Stripes. I get it. I just have one request, please release 'Get Behind Me Satan' on vinyl as a peace offering to your fans.

Forever Grateful,


you can read the official announcement here:
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