Another change going on is how I trade music with people. Until very recently I regularly traded DVDs full of music with friends. DC & EJ on the regular, and I even did a mail trade with Gabino a few months ago. But now, with the proliferation of blogs and easy downloads, I can just post here about an album and provide a link, email a friend, or just mention a band and suggest they captaincrawl it (I spread the gospel of captaincrawl regularly, and I think I'd pay for a priority subscription that brings up only full albums and/or gets rid of those annoying commercials). This is cool and easy, but I'm already nostalgic for the 4 gig dump of totally new music, checking out what another person I respect is digging, bantering back and forth about it.
I've been living for a while with the idea that an album has become like a business card, and I check out a ton of music and if I like a band and hear that they're in NY I make a real effort to go out and see them. But lately I've considered spending money on music in new ways and I wonder if it's the beginning of new economies related to music as the standard record company model dies. I've paid for 30 day subscriptions to Rapidshare a few times to accelerate my download speed from blogs, and scored tons of music this way (though a lot of the file-sharing sites are totally free and work great, I think Rapidshare just was an early arriver on the scene and has a lot of that market). I've used yousendit a bit, and I now find myself considering a monthly subscription so I can just blast out albums to friends with a message, say hello to people I don't talk to that often but who might occur to me when I listen to a certain album, that kind of thing. I've even considered starting a blog like the many I troll regularly and post albums and a small description; unclear whether I can get in trouble doing it, so I just haven't pursued it. I'm trying to at least practice what I preach with my own music, Monastics (the band I'm in with EJ and DC) just put up a website and are giving our album away for free.
Oh, and BTW, if the Web Sheriff is out there and monitoring this, Broken Bells came to Music Hall of Williamsburg, I was all over that shit, trying to get tickets right away when they went on sale. And you know what? I couldn't get them, they sold out right away. I was all ready to buy a few tickets and bring friends, as per my promise to you, Danger Mouse and James Mercer. I think those guys are probably doing just fine, even if I didn't make their show and downloaded their album for free.