Sunday, April 3, 2011

Average Music for Average People Rules the Day

Record stores make a list of 10 Dying U.S. Industries, with 80% closing down in the past decade. Others that made the list are DVD, game & video rental, newspaper publishing, and photofinishing. Do all you can to support your local independent music store, because someday, it may be gone.

Certainly there's been a revolution in the way that average people consume all media, including music. The problem that vinyl collectors see better than most is that all you can download nowadays is average music that most people already own. I conclude that vinyl collectors are decidedly above average in regards to their musical tastes and consumption.

Downloading music provides only convenience. The connection to the music is weakened, and the overall experience is subdued at best. Vinyl not only enhances your experience, it is an experience in itself. Vinyl collectors understand the difference.

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If your store already left town, you are left with a long drive to the next city over that still has one, or online retailers like us.


  1. I work at a college 'radio' station (they don't broadcast over the airwaves, just in cyberspace [does anyone say cybersapce anymore?]) and the students there (I graduated college in '97) think I am old school for using cds to mix. I think your point about the basic nature of consumption of media is dead on. I for one am very glad your store is around!

    Also, the art on the inside liner of that cd at the top? That is a picture of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. =]

  2. The up and coming generations could use a dose of old school. When I was in college, the old school hits always rocked the crowd best and they still do. If they believe CDs are old school, they must see vinyl as prehistoric.

    Good call on the picture! The pictured CD is a mix double CD set created in 1999-2000 by my great friend and roommate in Minneapolis at that time, The Commish. This CD broke in our last move, and I don't know the name of this mix, but I bet someone has a copy in Minneapolis somewhere.

    Thanks for your support Funkomatic. Definitely keepin' the funk.

  3. A bunch of record shops have closed down around here (Minneapolis -- so I recognized the Walker Art Center CD insert in this post right away!) but there are still some really great ones left. I frequent them as much as I can. I'm a "weirdo" who still buys vinyl and CDs. I download music, too, but it's always a temporary thing. It doesn't seem real until I have the actual album in my hands.

  4. MP3s are just ones and zeros theoretically.
    There is nothing theoretical about records.
    There is something to be said about substance.
    It's the opposite of instantaneous.

    Us - "Who's playing the drums on that track?"

    Them - "I donno, who are we listening to anyway? It's kinda cool, right?"

    Us - "Look at the liner notes, that'll say."

    Them - "The what now?"

    Us - "On the flipside of the cool cover artwork... it should say who's playing the drums."

    Them - "The artwork is this 100 pixel by 100 pixel jpg, so I don't know. It doesn't matter anyway, I got this song for free."

    - Us "Oh, well how's the rest of the album?"

    - Them "Album?"

    The absolute worst type of person is someone who brags about their massive mp3 collection. 90 percent of it stolen, they don't know how or when they got it, and it all fits in their pocket.

    Them - "Hey, at least we don't have to carry crates around like you do."

    Us - "I hope your Ipod doesn't break, or your hard drive doesn't crash because that's your entire life's collection lost in one foul swoop."

    Them - "Oh well, I'll just redownload the ones I want if that happens, no biggie."

    Mp3s = microwave popcorn. Quick, hot, disposable, valueless. It's the exact opposite of records.

    So, yeah, support your local record store.

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