Don’t BesMERCH Me

[Thank you for visiting The Wrock Snob and reading this article! I’d love for you to jump right into the reviewy goodness, but first there is some unfortunate business to take care of. It is not in my nature to tell you specifically what or what not to buy and who to support – I tell you what I thought about an album, and if my tastes seem to align with yours, you might want to heed my suggestions. However, I must take this time to personally exhort that you do not monetarily support the bands The Remus Lupins or Ministry of Magic. The full reasons are unsettling and possibly triggering, so please proceed with caution, but if you want the full details click here. Simply put, it has been revealed that certain member/s of both bands did destructive, upsetting, and highly problematic things. While I can see the value of reviewing art no matter what the artist did on a grand society-level scale, I cannot morally allow myself to condone the financial support of these monsters, nonetheless exhorting people to do so. Now it is entirely possible this copypasta’d retroactive warning was placed on a negative review, making this sidebar somewhat moot, but I still feel it necessary to make these matters clear. Again, for full details and rumination click here, otherwise, please enjoy the article.]

Also, if you didn’t kill me for the horrendous pun above, that would be nice.  Just a short update for you today guys – a few different wizard rock bands are having holiday sales of one sort or the other, and while it might have made more sense for me to compile a list of them for those of you who for some strange reason don’t want to go hunting through twitter feeds for that one link a couple weeks ago, better late than never, right?  Also, I didn’t get the idea to do this until last night, so…  No jump today, just read straight down!

The Remus Lupins/Alex Carpenter: While the t-shirts aren’t cheap anymore, you can still buy them, so if you live in an area where not much wizard rock passes through, I would suggest you take this chance to get some Lupins merch.  Also, the CDs are on sale, so that’s cool!  Unfortunately, no I Was A Teenage Werewolf, but hey, whatevs.  You can also get a couple Freedom in Panem things, if YA novels with amazing beginnings and absolutely heartbreakingly disappointing endings float your boat.

Justin Finch-Fletchley: Will I ever forgive Justin for choosing a band name that is stupidly difficult to spell?  It remains to be seen.  But what is certain is that this sale is cheap as hell.  And that is a good thing.  All but one of the t-shirts are on sale for 8 bucks – that’s less than Woot or TeeFury!  You can also get cheap versions of his CDs hella digital.  Wait, strike that, reverse it.  Also, I highly recommend the JFF postcards – seriously, it’s that time of the year that you’re obligated to send non-digital messages of non-hate to people, and these little fuckers are cute as hell.  I especially like the panda.

Armoured Bearcub/Lauren and Matt: No, this sale is not just for Armoured Bearcub (actually, only the t-shirt is for sale), but it was a hellofalot easier than writing everything else out.  Anyway, this is the sale you should avoid if you don’t like spending money.  This is not to say that stuff isn’t on sale (and you should take into account the fact that shipping is already factored into the prices), but they have all this insidious combo packs and stuff designed to separate you from your money.  But if you live in, say, Australia or something, then these are very good deals indeed, at least until Matt finds out that the shirt with the eagle on it will grant you the ability to fly once you say the magic words and do the magic dance, thus allowing him to cheaply tour the world.  Also, even if you have no money, the site design is so cute it warrants a visit.

The Butterbeer Experience/Lena Gabrielle: Having retired from wizard rock, Lena now has, in her own words “too much shit”.  You can get cheap physical copies of her CDs (especially cheap since shipping is already factored into the prices), some of her muggle shit, and a t-shirt.  Also, you shouldn’t actually buy anything from this sale, because proceeds will go to fixing her car, and if she doesn’t get her car fixed, she won’t be able to get to LeakyCon, and then I will get to conduct The Final Battle!  It can’t be that hard to wave a stick around for two hours, right?

So there you have it – Depulso Money! Also, many of these sales end within a week or so, so buy soon.  Wrock Snob out.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Whompy
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 10:03:22

    Hahaha. We actually had several more package deals planned, but realized that the site would’ve been a complete clusterfuck and scaled it back a bit. But the idea was to unload inventory (not in a “this stuff is crap and we don’t need it anymore” way, but more in a “our apartment is small and we want to record albums without tripping over boxes of CDs” way) and also reward people who buy more stuff by giving them better deals. And yes, for sure, every online merch sale I’ve done has been partially a favor to international wizard rock fans who can’t attend shows. 🙂

    But yeah, shipping is factored into those prices, so technically we’re selling t-shirts for $5 to $8 less than we do at shows, depending on if you buy them individually or in those gigantic package deals.


  2. Whompy
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 10:04:23

    PS. Justin’s sale is the best of the bunch. $8 shirts, and they’re really awesome shirts!


  3. Katie B
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 10:40:18

    I would love to see you try to conduct TFB. It would be beautiful. Just like the pun.


  4. Sam Harris
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 12:07:28

    Snob, if you were to conduct The Final Battle, it might not be good, but it might turn out to be one of the most enjoyably terrible musicals of all. PLEASE convince Lena to do that! Or, maybe at like 5am on one of the days of Leaky, we will do TFB again, for a smaller audience and have you conduct that.


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