Over on its website, the Atlantic has a half-interesting, half-ugh story about last week’s Record Store Day. It’s a column that ought to fire some of us up, so here’s the general crux: The writer says that music lovers don’t even need brick and mortar record stores anymore because, wow, you can download stuff on the Internet very fast (illegally and legally). And yeah, that makes sense, I guess, but that would have seemed like an obvious thing back in 2000, too.
There is an interesting point brought up though, in that isn’t Record Store Day an exclusive holiday for people who already go out of their way to buy music from independent record stores. Which is something I hadn’t thought of. Because no amount of LCD Soundsystem 12-inches is going to get people who buy CDs at Wal-Mart into record stores. But instead of fleshing that out, the writer falls back on the whole “the record clerk was so meeeaaannn” shit that really does a disservice to the people who work at record stores. And the part where he goes in a clerk for not knowing a band was pretty rough too. But yeah, go over here and read this. Then lets talk about whether we “need” record stores.