Your Take: How Do You Get Your Music?
As Brody noted on Tuesday, today is the second annual Record Store Day, when more than 700 indie record stores across the country and the globe hook up with musicians for special vinyl and CD releases and mini-concerts.
According to the celebration’s Web site, a record store is defined as “a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).”
If you dig a little on the site, you’ll find a page with quotes from artists on their thoughts and experiences with record stores. There are a few country singers with some interesting stories:
Neko Case: “I love the smell of them. I love that people actually care for and know about the music they are selling.”
Shelby Lynne: “You can’t roll a joint on an iPod – buy vinyl!”
Dale Watson: “The one constant in this ever changing music business is the heartfelt and “ear to the ground” Indie Record Stores that avid music fans and artists alike know they can count on to keep music thriving locally. I tour all over the world, and it’s these Indie Record Stores that many times make or break a market. People will always want an “album” to hold, not just have downloaded, and Indies fill that need and then some.”
Elizabeth Cook: “Record stores are the hippest libraries. In these tired ole days of homogenized entertainment, where so much of the art of our society is culminated, dumbed-down and mass produced, there is a shining jewel in the rise of the indy record stores. Going to a record shop for me is like a little treasure hunt no one can take you on but yourself. It’s fun to look around and see the other shoppers too…totally entrenched in their own adventure, anticipating the reward of heart wrenching, soul filling, joy making music that might just be a bin or a flip away.”
Although independent music stores are hurting in today’s current economy and lagging music industry, now that iTunes prices on the rise and the findings that country music fans are less likely to download music than purchase hard copies, it seems like these stores should still be a good fit with country fans.
How do you get your music—online, at music megastores or through indie record stores? And add your stories to Cook’s, Watson’s, Lynne’s and Case’s: What are your best memories of the corner music store growing up, and what do they mean to you today?
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