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Thursday, April 5, 2012

News: Aztec Music goes belly-up

This is the first bit of bad news I've had to report in awhile: Aztec Music of Australia has had to call it a day (credit goes to Chris for first alerting me). That's really a shame, as they were by far the best ever CD reissue label from downunda. There's still so much great music to be reissued from there. They were currently working on 2 CD Reissue Wishlisters with Jackie Orszaczky and Steven Maxwell von Braund. They also never got around to the second Dragon (New Zealand) or second Mackenzie Theory albums. And years ago they announced the Pirana albums, but eventually removed them from consideration. It's not an easy business to be pressing CDs, especially in this digital age. All the more reason to continue supporting those that keep up the good fight.

Speaking of which, I'm going to be pretty much out of pocket all of April. I have a pretty wicked convention show/ training schedule for the entire month. Work has really picked up, which is ultimately good news even though it has a negative impact on my hobbies. Maybe when (if?) I ever retire I'll be able to focus more. That's many years away I'm afraid to say....

I'll try to keep up with news items though.

6 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

what a shame, those are all really really strong albums that won't see the light of cd day. If that's the case, it makes it all the more important to spread awareness of these great records, the Pirana in particular, are good enough quality they should be on oldies radio stations everywhere. I imagine in the coming future there will be fewer and fewer cd reissues due to the coming problems of resource depletion (peak oil) and climate change which will hit us hard economically. Right?

spacefreak said...

Sad... sad... sad...

I really appreciated the majority of their releases. And a pitty that Steven Maxwell von Braund never saw the light of day.

Anonymous said...

You don't think theft of music has anything to do with it?

Anonymous said...

You don't think that illegal downloading has anything to do with them going belly up?

Tristan Stefan said...

A case could be made for that, but I thought they were completely unknown until they were circulated as music files, like the majority of the music on this website-- I wonder what's Tom's opinion... At any rate, I don't care about this discussion since the coming economic-social tsunami following on peak oil - climate change will hit our western civilization like the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs and surely kill off any internet-based file-sharing in the process, so that would probably stop this 'theft'.

strawbsfan said...

Sad news indeed! I was waiting one the Steven Maxwell Von Braund myself and holding my breath for the first Cybotron...
difficult times indeed!