Friday, April 15th, 2011

Remembering The Record Stores Of Yesteryear

"We’re better off without record shops." Your thoughts? I mean, assuming you remember record shops.

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NinetyNine (#98)

Yep. I can browse for Hall & Oates on Amazon without worrying about the asshole behind the counter at Urethra glaring at me. Kidding! Like Urethra would even carry Hall & Oates. Maybe that's why they closed?

Miles Klee (#3,657)

@NinetyNine Dude.

Matt (#26)

Damn it. Damn it, Klee. Why. Why are you at every turn. Making the same obvious hyperlinks I was going to. Quit. You're quit, for the rest of the day.

hman (#53)

@Miles Klee "Oh you."

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I was the guy who, loaded of a first Friday of the month, would stagger to Tower or Virgin or Other or J&R and shoot that pay period's disposable income to hell, then spend Saturday wondering how many more times in my life I'd make it through Busta Rhymes' selected works.

So, no, I don't really miss record stores. Well, except for Stern's, which was awesome, and which I found out about the week it closed. And Rocks in Your Head, where I first heard Pavement. And DMG, which was once not quite so Chinatown.

the fact that 'technology' is in that url is a sign that it is utterly worthless as a piece of commentary on music.


Matt (#26)


Psych, Red Flame.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

LOL Based God. Check it, I'm one of them m____f____in' Tech Writers. This is a salute to the m_____f____in' Editor. SWAG.

Matt (#26)

I'm surprised "Strange Currencies" didn't rank higher.

NinetyNine (#98)


Brad Nelson (#2,115)

@Matt Since I am 4 years old I immediately thought, "Oh, the R.E.M. song?"

viola bruise (#11,158)

@Brad Nelson I am 29, somehow still own Monster on CD, and thought the exact same thing.

turd_sandwich (#5,660)

Hrmm. I've been getting vinyl over the last decade almost exclusively from online vendors. Perhaps an acceptable middle ground? I don't care how high a bit rate the newest MP3s have, there's stuff going on in the high and low frequencies with an analog format that still can't be replicated.

thepassenger (#10,603)

I'm gonna show my age (47) and take the nostalgic side: I do miss record stores. As a teenager, one of the best ways for me to find out about new music I hadn't been exposed to (because there wasn't much coming out of the radio that appealed to me) was to take the bus to downtown Providence and hang around the record stores, absorbing what the clerks played on the store sound systems. I miss the covers too, because 12" x 12" was a much better size for displaying artwork than 5" x 5".

@thepassenger I largely agree. My first apartment was over an awesome independent record store. And so I got to find lots of great music that I loved but… but… there was so little music there compared to the Internet (I know, LOL, yes) and also it was hard to find it. I would buy based on personal recommendation or on ALBUM COVER or reputation. But it was hard to get outside of my comfort circle, and the Internet SURE CHANGED THAT.

LondonLee (#922)

@Choire Sicha But you can buy records on the internet.

They have to go in the mail of course because they're too big to fit down the tubes.

@LondonLee Ew but I don't want records. I like my music digital! All my LPs always scratched. Um, so did my CDs.

thepassenger (#10,603)

@Choire Sicha: Only use the CDs you didn't like as drink coasters. Cuts way down on the scratches.

I spent plenty of time in record shops browsing and listening. Do I miss them? Nah. Plus, at the old Tower Records location near Lincoln Center there is lovely pottery for sale.

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

There are a lot of good reasons to collect vinyl: flipping through stacks of used albums is engaging, you get full-size cover art, you get to play with these clunky Victorian gadgets, etc.

But can we please dispense with the 'sounds warmer' biz?

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Werner Hedgehog I second that motion, well said. I enjoy buying records locally.

beatbeatbeat (#3,187)

It's understandable for some people to be annoyed at Record Store Day, because it's just a made-up holiday to boost retail sales, like Christmas. But real independent record stores will never need stunts like this to survive, because they make most of their money selling drugs.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

I don't know how to hyperlink, but I'm immediately reminded of this:,19261/

Yes, I miss Licorice Pizza on Ventura Blvd.

@Clarence Rosario: It's Ventura Boulevard that you really miss.

@NotAndersonCooper TRUTH.

And Rasputin's (therefore, Telegraph Ave.), although I'm more of an Amoeba guy.

osmium (#7,705)

I switched completely to free-range, organic records.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

@osmium I keep my records in a cage-free environment so none of their lies can hurt me.

LondonLee (#922)

He seems unaware of online places like Musicstack and InSound where you can easily find and buy vinyl old and new which makes his "the records I spent valuable time searching for can easily be found" argument utter ignorant bullshit.

(I asked my daughter this morning if she wanted to come to a record shop with me tomorrow and she said "I'd rather stay home Daddy")

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Better off"? This guy needs to have Fun House, in vinyl, cranked full out next to his eardrums.

Matt H (#45)

Tower Records, mid-1980s.

SeaBassTian (#281)

As a former time-wasting 17-year-old record consumer, I am offended.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland and Permanent Records in Chicago. Very friendly dealers slangin' some dank vinyl.

hman (#53)

RIP: Cheap Thrills, Music in a Different Kitchen, Vinyl Ink, Go!

Danzig! (#5,318)

For RSD, get some shit mailed to you from Mimaroglu – You'll be cooler than everyone else when you get your cassette tape of heavily processed oboe improvisations.

I kid, Mimaroglu is amazing, and I will always support it. Buying stuff just feels better to me than trolling filestube

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

All I know is if I actually want to find any decent records, I'm better off avoiding record stores on Record Store Day.

DustinR (#11,183)

The fact is, records DO sound better. Anyone with a half decent set of ears can hear the difference.

TimChuma (#9,158)

You can't get the artist to sign a MP3. I remember seeing Lil' Band O' Gold at a record store and getting all eight of them to sign the CD. A lot of my friends are musicians and make money off CDs they sell themselves after the gig.

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