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Annual Donation Round-Up & a personal résumé

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For those new to the site: This blog runs exclusively on your donations. Although you can make a quick buck with google-ads, running a website, I decided to keep this blog ad-free and completely non-profit.
Your donations are inevitable in order to finance the technical maintenance which includes the mp3 storage (of course). I do the work, supply my music collection and invest in the hardware necessary – you supply the dough once a year! Sounds fair, doesn’t it?
The annual costs have risen to 285.10$. That includes unlimited bandwidth, web space and also a much faster and more stable connection (installed two days ago; hope you noticed the fast speed!). Once the sum has been collected, the button disappears.

If you want to donate but have neither credit card nor a paypal account, please get in touch.

Your support is much appreciated!

And here’s something a lot people asked me for:

4 1/2 years of Goodbadmusic: A personal résumé

4 1/2 years of continuously working on goodbadmusic have enriched my life quite a bit. It all started in March 2006, when I signed up to blogspot and wrote the first posts. The initial idea of just writing about music without posting mp3 files didn’t last long. I first started to add selected soundfiles, before starting to post entire records. After a harddisk crash which cost me about 15’000 self made mp3 files, I thought that this would be the time to call it a day. But in the end, the daily routine of sitting in front of my records, selecting an album and ripping it, quickly turned out to be something I did not want to miss. So if I had to start digitizing again, I thought, this time I wanted to make it right from the start by using quality hardware and creating mp3 files with love and the respect I feel for the music.
There’s nothing like the original vinyl of the music you love. You may argue with technical voodoo about authenticity of sound and such, or you can just say that you fetishize the objects (vinyl, cassettes, posters, books, whatever). There’s nothing wrong with fetish. The world needs more fetish. So maybe these mp3 files heat up the desire for objects and objects of love you can never have enough of.
Here’s where I realized that I started to grow new ears, even for records I had played hundreds of times before. When you work on these songs on the computer, you sometimes hear details that have totally escaped you before.
Trying to describe what you hear or putting it into a context of choice (historical, political, social or else) only deepens this experience. I had no theory of music, or my music, before working on goodbadmusic. Of course I was aware that music somehow changes just like everything changes in history. But what is music and how does it change? Do people make music or is the music that makes the musician? Over the past few years I began to realize that it’s about high time we start to re-evaluate the way we think about the history of music. That’s what I personally take from goodbadmusic: It remains to be work in progress and a focus of contemplation. Maybe the blog also provides the outlines of a book yet to be written.
Personally, I have since written about music outside goodbadmusic here and there: Next month for instance, a fine book about the 100 years history of the Volkshaus in Zürich is being published. I somehow managed to smuggle two pages about Heavy Metal concerts in the early 80s into that book which concentrates on the Volkshaus and its role in the history of labor movement.
In an extensive chapter of a book about the 80s in Switzerland (this one will be out early 2011), my personal friend Martin Stricker (a.k.a. Martin Ain, formerly of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost) and I talk about the politics of music and culture. This book will be published in early 2011.
On a more personal level, shootings for a biographical documentary film will be starting this months. The movie is going to portray me and my relationship to music. As you can guess, I’m very excited about this project which would not exist without the blog. The movie should be finished sometime next year.

610 postings and 12’527 comments have turned goodbadmusic into something real, in all its virtuality. People from all over the world have connected through it. I have found me new friends (and many new enemies, as it seems) and when I go out, I often end up having discussions about the blog, what’s written here, with friends and sometimes with people I have never seen before. That’s a crazy experience, I tell you, and it’s touching to see that music still can have such a potential of sparking up debates, bringing people together or apart – and all that in the world of today which, unlike the world of the 1980s, is bursting of music and style and fashion and scene. In the 1980s, I remember, you had a majority of youths who were not into music and whatnot, they just were in the waiting position to become adults. Today, the dividing line between the “youth” and “adult” world is not there anymore. The kids are boring adults and the adults are often pitifully regressive in their attempt of “keeping up” or “keeping true”. In our musical setting (well …), it’s the retro chic that makes me sick (and it rhymes!), the people who see, for instance, a video of the old singer of The Fix backed up by some hired hands, singing 3 or 4 old songs in 2010 to promote the Touch & Go book – and these people would go crazy over it, saying that this is The Fix they see there on youtube, in 2010 and yeah, that it feels just like it felt back then. In fact, they believe, nothing ever changed in the past 30 years. That’s what I call The Walt Disneyfication of Hardcore.
That upcoming movie about the Boston Hardcore scene seems to be just another a-historical and embarrassing look at the phenomenon, at least that’s the impression I get, with that bizarre retro festival they had there last week and all.
On the other hand, I think that there’s a growing number of people around who criticize the identity-politics of the re-enactment scene and those wishing to milk the cow once more.

One thing that keeps making me really happy is the support and generosity of musicians from all over the world concerning the blog. Mp3 blogs operate in a, midly put, grey area by posting music and artwork and making it available for download. That’s where the donation idea for goodbadmusic comes from: By depending on the community’s support alone (with advertising I could finance the blog easily; two big Metal labels alone made me offers that would go far over the 280$ per year). It may be a symbolic gesture that’s it’s the readers who finance this blog and maybe one that comes from the old fanzine days still. But I like it.
I still believe that this blog has a positive effect on record sales. Whatever it is, you can find it online for instant download, on blogs or filesharing platforms. But many people who end up here will, that’s what I persist in saying, most likely not belong to the consumerist downloading generation.
In the past, I’ve had a handful of requests from labels and bands to take down the song files of theirs. Recently, it was Rob from AMEBIX who asked me to take down soundfiles as the band was or is re-releasing its back catalogue. I took down the files as requested, but will probably ask for permission to re-up and post some new (well, old) AMEBIX material soon. Then we had the comedy with that guy who re-released THE CHEIFS 7″ and who ordered me to take down the three song files. After a storm of indignation and intervention from ex-band members, I decided not to take down the soundfiles. The latest in this very short list of copyright-issues came from a band from Switzerland, MOTHER’S RUIN. They seem to be preparing a CD-release of sorts and seemed to be worried that the three songs I had on the blog and the depiction of the original artwork (!) could be interfering with the sales of that CD. The smaller and less interesting the band, the greater the ego is sometimes. Well, well, well. I certainly hope they will shift more than 150 copies of that CD.
On the other hand – and that’s what usually happens – I get blessings from bands, artists or labels. Latest examples that come to mind would include D.R.I.’s Kurt Brecht who generously and personally blessed the posting of the entire EP and the label who recently re-released the EP. They simply asked me to put a link to the CD. Hats off! The second example would be Garry from the incredible ABGAS. I was looking for the very hard to find 2nd 7″ of theirs and he sold me one for a bargain and supplied a lot of material for posting it – which I will, as soon as the time is right! These are just two stories out of dozens I could tell.
A third variation of the reality-effects of virtuality sets in when I promote new releases (which I do, but selectively so). In the past weeks, THE DESECRATORS have shifted some dozens of their phenomenal previously unreleased LP (last copies available – get it while you can!) due to the posting here. Same thing could be said about the upcoming OFF THE DISK boxset (last copies available!).

So here’s for another year of goodbadmusic. I’ve been going through rough times recently, both with the blog and else. I cannot guarantee you that this will go on for many more years and it certainly will stop at one point. But I hope you, the readers, will keep up making it interesting with your comments, dissent and thoughts. I also hope that especially the partner blogs (that’s how I see them at least) will keep on going strong. KBD Records, Mustard Relics, Last Days of Man, Rocket Science and many others are blogs that I check up on daily; I think, I’ve read every single word and listened to every singe song on these blogs. So should you! The links are all there and many more, on the blogroll.
And don’t forget: If you like the music, don’t just download. Don’t do it for the industry, small or big – do it for yourself. Become a fetishist and get that fucking record!

29 Comments

  1. Thomas

    With a tear in my eyes I say: Hugs and kisses, you made my year.

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    Admin Reply:

    So happy seeing you here, Thomas! I must say that ever since you showed up here, I wish I still had the EFA / CC split LP. Maybe it’s much better now than it was back then? You never know.
    Anyway, the pleasure’s all mine!

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 14:56 | Permalink
  2. markus

    what a writeup! thanks so much and thanks for turning me onto music I would never have heard of.

    one question: how many visitors do you have? is there a progression over the years?

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks Markus.

    The daily average is around 1200 unique visitors. It was a constant progression up to this point. The number of downloads is impressive.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 15:09 | Permalink
  3. DLO

    I just donated. This blog has become a daily haunt for me.

    I don’t always agree with your opinions — sometimes they baffle me — but I enjoy your passion for the music and the quality of the posts.

    A lot of blogs just put up the music and a pic of the cover and write two sentences like, “This rules! It’s from 1983.”

    I appreciate the effort that goes into your site.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 18:26 | Permalink
  4. Jochen

    Great to hear that this blog will continue! I still need a lot of teaching on heavy metal from the eighties … only a few months ago (before I stumbled across this site) I never would have thought that I’d start listening to this kind of stuff in my late thirties …
    So, how can I donate (neither have I a credit card nor a paypal account)?

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 19:22 | Permalink
  5. jazz

    is that you on the photo??? you don’t look a bit like you did in those great fear of god videos!

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    justin Reply:

    ha, ha, ha, now that’s funny

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 22:20 | Permalink
  6. So much to say on this one but I’ll spare you most of it. Another year of commitment on your part and another year of wondering what you’re going to post next. Speaking for myself, as one who also has had the fetish for a long time, on top of everything you mentioned, there is the inadvertant nature of this site. You inspired me to do my own thing as well in my own insignificant way. That’s the type of thing that would happen when some of touring bands would roll through town and be the inspiration for other thinking they too could do something like. An outlet for passion. Oops went on to long, thanx man.

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks a lot, Justin!!!

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    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 22:42 | Permalink
  7. Pär Arvidsson

    One of the best places on the whole internet and I´m one of those that have ordered the Off the Disk box and the Desecrators LP.

    But I´m still waiting for that War Cry upload…

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    Posted on 08-Sep-10 at 11:23 | Permalink
  8. 170$ have been donated in 24 hours.
    Thanks to the donors!

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    Jochen Reply:

    Hi Erich,

    please drop me a line on how to make the donation – I owe this to you.

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    Posted on 08-Sep-10 at 15:38 | Permalink
  9. thomas

    Great read Erich, also about those news ;-)

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    Posted on 08-Sep-10 at 18:25 | Permalink
  10. punkmachine

    Thanks for all the great music. Just made a donation so keep the music coming ;)

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    Posted on 08-Sep-10 at 21:00 | Permalink
  11. LongHairedAsshole

    I can only give you a few bucks at the moment. Can I still donate it to your email on Christmas when I’ll get more money?

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    Posted on 08-Sep-10 at 21:06 | Permalink
  12. Dave G

    First off, congrats on keeping the blog rolling along for 4 1/2 years Erich. Secondly, your blog has costs me a ton of money tracking down all of these obscure and amazing recordings that you have posted over the years. I am definitely one of those people who is not content with mp3 files and must own the original vinyl. Anyway, keep up the good work, and thanks for inspiring me to get off my butt and contribute with my own blog.

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    Posted on 09-Sep-10 at 00:11 | Permalink
  13. Hola comrade! I think you put words to many things that I felt myself during my years with the shit blog. I do not always like the music but the reading never let’s me down. And it’s great the haters have an outlet ;). Time for a split post?

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    Posted on 09-Sep-10 at 09:42 | Permalink
  14. Uwe Boll

    the first movie posters have already been released:

    http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h251/xcarryonx/school_of_rock1.jpg

    http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/5145/erichgegdenrestderwelt2.jpg

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    Admin Reply:

    Fucking classic! Thanks for bringing these up again, had totally forgotten about ‘em.

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    Posted on 09-Sep-10 at 15:09 | Permalink
  15. Thanks so much y’all. Only 20$ to go!

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    Posted on 09-Sep-10 at 16:29 | Permalink
  16. What's the Truth?

    I salute you!

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    Posted on 09-Sep-10 at 17:34 | Permalink
  17. Jay Thurston

    If you make it another year, I will make a donation. Thanks for the great music…and the heavy metal stuff, too. Hahahaha…

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    Posted on 11-Sep-10 at 08:20 | Permalink
  18. Javi

    Great to contribute to the site!
    Whether one likes all the stuff posted here or not, it is always invigorating to read the thoughtful dissection the music undergoes. Kudos to that, Erich.
    Even if I cannot relate to most of the bands arisen on the coattails of, say, DRI (which I dig) or Siege (which I don’t), the accompanying reflections ALWAYS make an interesting read.
    And, yes, thanks to all the dedicated people out there in the great blogs- Last days (Joe’s amazingly diverse tastes and his penchant for the artier side of things), KBD Records (Peter’s unabashed love for Punk Rock and crusade for melody), Rocket Science (hunger for all things Metal, Punk and Hardcore) and of course, Goodbadmusic (the ability, not only to recognize a great Hardcore/ Punk and HM record, but to link it with always engaging social, historical or personal facts) – for turning me onto so much great music.

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    Posted on 11-Sep-10 at 12:16 | Permalink
  19. FranFurt

    Another great writing, as usual! It’s not just the music you post, it’s the words what really makes me take a listen to bands either i didn’t even know that existed, or records that i overlooked. I really have a good time reading the opinions unleashed on this blog, even when i disagree with.
    On the other hand, I’ve become a big fan of all the blogs mentioned. They all makes the internet sense to me.
    And yes, mp3 wiil never overcome those pieces of vinyl.

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    Posted on 12-Sep-10 at 00:19 | Permalink
  20. Thank you guys!

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    Posted on 12-Sep-10 at 12:27 | Permalink
  21. Grant

    That was a great write up Erich, i do enjoy reading your entries. I’d like to personally thank you again for The Desecrators review and helping me shift some copies (still have some left if any other readers are interested).
    When are you going to do that Die Kreuzen post? ;-)

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    Posted on 12-Sep-10 at 15:53 | Permalink
  22. Ian

    I echo all sentiments above – the great thing about ‘good bad’ is that if I like a band I can listen, comment & enjoy great writing & comments. If the music aint my thing you still tell a great story & the comments can get pretty damn interesting too – big props to a fine site! Can we have the L’attentat story now? (also support Grants quest for die kruezen (above ) as well…thanks muchly!

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    Posted on 13-Sep-10 at 12:14 | Permalink
  23. the rager

    BRAVO Erich!

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    Posted on 14-Sep-10 at 05:20 | Permalink
  24. ^^^ That’s no “accusation”. I’m no judge.

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    Posted on 14-Sep-10 at 12:19 | Permalink
  25. Wrong wording, I meant “point”. It is a good point and I do agree with you. Grudgingly. A lot of people in the current hardcore-punk scene will take it as a accusation though. Still, I want to believe that the diy scene is capable of progression.

    Thanks for caring to answer my little rant.

    Grüsse aus Berlin
    Andreas Michalke

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 14:24 | Permalink
  26. Not to be impatient or anything, but next fucking post please.

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    Admin Reply:

    just when this came in, the new post went out. ain’t that magical?

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    Posted on 15-Sep-10 at 18:27 | Permalink
  27. “Become a fetishist and get that fucking record!”
    record? whats a record?

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    Posted on 22-Sep-10 at 05:10 | Permalink
  28. Great blog, keep it coming, Mr. Keller!

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    Posted on 23-Oct-10 at 14:32 | Permalink
  29. Your blog was one of the first which i found really good music i was looking for a long time for and god knows how much i downloaded here. I now know yet the the feeling of what you are describing here and if i rip an LP i can only agree with you. That’s incredibly fun and i also prefer quality and i do this with the best resources which are available to me. And it works fuckin’ brilliant. Keep on going and maybe you visit me once.

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    Posted on 21-Jul-11 at 23:52 | Permalink

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