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Last week I read that the USPS is raising rates on foreign orders as much as 60% - in other words, 1 CD to Australia costs about $6 now, and could go up to about $10.00.  Can anyone confirm this yet? How are other artists dealing with this?  Will people in Europe, Australia, etc. reconsider buying a CD if we have to pass this cost on to them?  I mean, $10 Shipping for 1 CD is really high. This concerns me.  For the past few years I'd say 70% of all my CD sales are to Europe & Australia.   :(    >:( 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:36:27 PM »
You guys (I'm talking about album buyers, not producers) sure do have a little business going there on Discogs.

Well, I've only made two purchase transactions on discogs.  The first one I got no response from anyone.  The second one went smooth. I'm not totally comfortable with discogs yet for buying.  The selling is probably better than I made it sound, just takes a long time for payment and a couple no-shows, and there was one disc I sent out that apparently didn't have the disc inside (it was shrinkwrapped so I didn't know) and the person who bought it lives in Germany and just flipped out on me calling me a "murderer" (must have been a language barrier thing there because that's kinda crazy talk) but otherwise OK I guess.  I've only sold one title to the U.S. and the rest to Europe & Canada via discogs (Europe is where most orders originate these days).

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Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:58:42 PM »
I'm still a bit new to discogs buying an selling. I didn't know that about the cancellation deal. Thanks!  I was sort of giving the buyer a break because he bought a couple titles prior. The buyer was also from Italy and perhaps there was a language barrier issue when I sent my correspondence to him. Oh well. I'll take advantage of the canceling option on future transactions if necessary so thanks for the tip!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:05:02 AM »
Yeah, that's really dumb, but problem I've had is more trouble with buyers. 1 out of 3 orders the person doesn't respond to the invoice I send and since discogs' fee format doesn't keep track of when or even if I receive a payment I still have to pay the $1 per disc it costs me to sell on there. But I never get a darn payment. Apparently, I can't get a refund from discogs but I can get credit for the next sale, but i have to mess around with some form and stuff.... Kind of a mess on both ends of the transaction.

Hang in there though!

J.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:03:10 PM »
Judd - it was a pleasure to have you and your wife stay here. I'm sorry you weren't able to stay here in Denver. Hope you and your wife are doing well! Say hi from us.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: December 09, 2012, 09:39:08 AM »
Actually Forrest, I'm a pretty shy person myself.  Jesse was my first big celebrity so I don't know why I bombed so much the 2nd time with Mr. Rich .  I didn't really approach him conventionally like an obtrusive fan.   Jesse put me up to it...  ;D

Don't forget that you stayed at this celebrity's house for a couple weeks too!  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Killing Joke
« on: December 09, 2012, 09:29:08 AM »
Late to this thread... I'm not a die hard but I do like KJ quite a bit, mostly the 80s synthpop/goth stuff moreso than the more recent stuff.  I liked Pandemonium and Democracy as well.  That said "In Cythera" is a kick ass song.  Kind of the one stand out on the album that the band should have done more of.

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Zeit is deep!

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Just unwrapped Vols 7 & 8 of the La Vie sets and they're both the all-black CDRs too. Oh well. Listening to 7 now, the opening track is nice.

Re: TD.  I quite like the live 35th Anniversary Phaedra DVD, but could do without the contemporary, I guess you could call it, acoustic stuff with the women and big hair. I skip over that stuff for the most part.  I did pick up "Epsilon Journey" 2-CD set and like about half of it.  Seems like disc two is better IIRC.  Anyway, I find KS and TD to be fun to listen to, but not necessarily "deep".  That's OK with me though.  Sort of like KS & TD is to Steve Roach as R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" is to Sisters of Mercy's "Marian".

 :-X


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Interesting and thank you for the reviews. I agree that from what I've heard From these releases - both the actual albums and the audio snippets - that vol. 5 & 6 are, so far, the more interesting and enjoyable to listen to. I'll take your advice on 1 & 2. I am a little up and down on KS's operatic and manic stuff. Some of it is.... listenable while at other times cringeworthy. Still, it can be fun but usually a one-time listening experience.

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Drone On - resurrecting this thread because I just picked up Vols. 5-8 recently (still listening to Vol. 5) and had no idea these were pressed on CDRs.  And yeah, the packaging is awesome but what's the deal with CDRs for these!? At least they do not sell for a whole lot online but still, kind of a bummer on that.  I do have Vols 3 & 4 (on real CD) and I want to pick up Vols 1 & 2 and 9-12, but may skip 9-12... of course the completist in me may not be able to handle it.  Speaking of which, any comments on 9-12?

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Looks like you got the drone on special there Jesse  ;D

 ;)

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So I picked up a new CD via rarewaves imports on eBay the other day.  Fast shipping (about 7 days) but mailed in a thin cardboard envelope (very thin, like one step up from paper) and absolutely NO bubble wrap, nothing, and the CD wasn't even shrinkwrapped.  It is a digipak and of course the clear tray portion is cracked and broken exposing sharp pieces of plastic and this more or less ruins the value of the package.  It wouldn't be a big deal if it were a standard jewel case but the disc holder is part of the digipak.  Why don't these guys use at lease one layer of bubble?  They offered a 20% refund or I return it on my dime to the U.K. in which cased I'd lose. Not sure how these outfits can justify no packaging and then offer a refund amount that basically nets them nothing while the customer is on the hook for the rest. Don't plan to fight this one.  No energy.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:07:46 PM »
Agreed. Time for an upgrade!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Kunaki quality problems
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:32:59 AM »
Drone On - it would be great if you would send your grievances and complaints direct to kunaki. Their customer service e-mail is: CustomerService@Kunaki.com

I myself would love to hear their response to you. I'd be descriptive as possible.

There was a stretch a few months ago where I had several complaints of their new ink they use gumming up, some people got discs from me that had no CD in them. Ive had misprinted art, and situations where the cover art was for one title and the back art for another. Also nearly very time I've checked my copies I see fingerprints and scratches on the disc surface. These are very annoying issues for sure and it behooves Kunaki to do a little better at quality control. That all said, I've only had a few complaints that required a replacement. Maybe 1 in every 50.

Let us know if you send them a complaint and what they say.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:24:33 AM »
Hi guys, thanks for the input (and sorry Mike, I meant to put this thread in the technology section. I thought I was in there when I typed this up).

I have thought of the options you guys mentioned - a power switch or disconnecting the USB and I have also just used the 'eject' option (but then I do need to power cycle for the drive to show back up).  Problem is none of this is particularly practical for a few reasons. It doesn't seem practical to turn the power off and on several times throughout the day (and maybe harder on it than if it kept running?) and it's not particularly easy to access the USB connection. I guess I could 'eject' the drive then do a power cycle with a power strip, but seems excessive. At this point I wonder if I should bother changing anything because the drive is so used to spinning and reading. Some nights I've left the computer on for 24 hours and the drive is still spinning away.

I guess I was hoping to find out that there is a power control or indexing feature that might be doing this that could be adjusted.  I just can't figure out why this has to spin non stop.

Thanks for the help!

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Everything and Nothing / External drive always running
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:07:22 PM »
Got a question for the experts.  My 1 TB external HD constantly spins.  I've researched this a lot and there's not a ton of info other than a handful of threads of people complaining of the same but no real solution.  I have done things like turn off indexing, anti-virus, etc.  No programs are active and nothing downloading.  The drive is just always spinning and I can hear (what I think is) the head reading data.  This HD is about 800GB full, stores my iTunes files and other stuff.  Most of it is backed up.  Just would like it to hibernate when not in use.  Anyone experience this?  Any solutions?  This is a Windows platform.

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Yeah, this is a fairly frequent problem.  What gets me is when I order things from Europe and their bubble mailers are wimpier than the typical ones you find in the U.S., or so it seems.  I wouldn't normally shed a tear of a cracked case except one album I picked up there was a unique title sticker on the case and the cover had cracked right through the sticker all because it was just the disc inside a really thin mailer.  My bigger complaint is that nearly every double-CD set with the flip-tray arrive broken and the all-clear 2-sided flip trays are not easy to find (I suppose if you buy in bulk, but can't find them locally, only solid black flip trays)... however, I figured out a way around this... thrift stores! There's almost always a really bad religious 2-CD set that's in near perfect condition with those clear 2-disc trays and I buy them for a couple bucks when I need one.

For my Numinamusic orders that I ship out, I buy these cardboard boxes specifically designed for CD sales.  I have ones that hold 2 CDs at a time and use them for 1 or 2 order sizes. If it goes up to 3 I'll use a bubble mailer with some cardboard inserted on the two ends and for more I recycle boxes I have and/or cut out my own cardboard mailer - which is kind of a pain in the ass and can take 20 minutes to size it up and cut it just right and tape it all up, but it beats wasting more cardboard by buying a lot of oversized boxes and stuff.  If I was high-volume I would do that, but it's just not economical for me at this time.

Hypnos, Roach, Rich, and Projekt have always had perfect packaging from my experience.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:58:27 PM »
YES JESSE, DON'T YOU REMEMBER YOU SENT ME SOME OF THEIR STUFF SOME YEARS BACK???? I'VE POSTED ABOUT THEM EXTENSIVELY HERE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS!!!  :o

I absolutely LOVE Lowlife, they are one of the most underrated (criminally underrated) bands ever.

Oh gosh, I don't remember that!  Old age!  :P

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Elizabeth Fraser playing Cocteau Twins songs
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:37:07 AM »
Lowlife - Hollow Gut

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