Scott Tennant at Prety Goes with Pretty (a interesting music and lit blog) has a nice post here about the new Radiohead and Eagles albums. His point is basically that both releases (for different reasons) were like nails in the coffins of dedicated music retailers. I sort of wonder if there are any of those any more (old-school record stores).
The end of the record store is the one thing that really bumms me out about the shift to the internet-based new music culture. Call me a luddite, but I really have a serious nostalgia on right now for record stores. I used to work at one (Rose Records on State St. in Madison, WI) when I was in college, and used to shop at quite a few (Highlights included Rose, B-Side Recrods in Madison, Mad City Records in Madison, Amoeba in Berkeley, Rasputin’s in Berkeley, and Replay in Modesto California). I don’t miss the small selection and high prices, but I do miss the human aspect. I miss going somewhere where people worked who cared about records, and I miss browsing and b.s.ing about whatever was there.