Tomorrow is Record Store Day (remember those?), so if you’re lucky enough to still have one in your ‘hood, be sure to swing by and say "
Wow, I didn’t know you guys were still here! Where do you keep your Coldplay?" Trust me, the clerks will love it.
The wackiest, most carefree years of my life were spent working in a storied indie shop. Yet I find now myself purchasing almost all of my music online. And what I don’t buy, I "rent" via Rhapsody. I am the modren man, as Styx once sang. (Can’t believe I just typed that.)
Yet I sometimes wish I could return to the good old days. Many of—ahem—today’s generation are doing just that, by purchasing vinyl LPs like they’re going out of style. Again.
I’m hoping to interview Coalition of Independent Music Sellers honcho (and FMC advisory board member) Don Van Cleave in the coming weeks. I’ve been talking to a lot of very smart people about the future of digital music, so I figure I should check in with the old-school record-slingers to get their take on where shit’s heading.
In the meantime, here are some links about brick ‘n’ mortar music retailers:
Enjoy Your Local Record Store While You Can [Idolator]
Record Stores Fight To Be Long Playing [New York Times]
A Tour of DC Record Shops [Washington Post]