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Fri, Apr. 24th, 2009, 01:46 pm

Alaska is a bad place for music. Oh, we have musicians, and we have audiences -- that's not the issue. What I'm talking about places to buy music. Anchorage has a couple of places with a decent selection, but it doesn't compare well even to cities of the same size. Fairbanks here is a small city, so you would except one or two decent-sized music retailers or something. We have none. I'm serious. A college town. With no record store. Since you're likely getting some of your textbooks from Amazon, you find yourself buying music from there, too. (I don't do it much because I'm afraid of what will happen if I make a habit out of it. Besides that... I'm moving to Boston.)

This means that I find myself prowling the strange racks of grocery stores like Fred Meyer. Their selections are bizarre because of how condensed they are, but also because of what they don't have. Like, for instance, Brian Eno: he's a pretty big influence on modern music, and is contemporary with a lot of the stuff they have a glut of. Regardless, you're not going to find anything from him there. That's just one example, too.

What really gets me is the "best of" and the "essential collection" nonsense, though. That's a irrational foaming-at-the-mouth pet peeve of mine.

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
guido_jacobs

Well, if there's no music stores there, then OPEN ONE! You're looking opportunity in the eye and complaining about it!

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
masstreble

I've long thought about that. Unfortunately, I'd need capital, of which I am without, and I'd also need to not be moving in a month. I had no long term plans for living in this town to begin with.

There was one, by the name of Pirate Records right down the street. He closed up within two months, but we don't know the real reasons why.

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
guido_jacobs

Let's hope they have music stores in Boston, then...

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
masstreble

Well, yeah. It's Boston, man. Like, half the city is undergraduates. Demographically speaking, that's a big chunk of frequent customers there.

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
guido_jacobs

What are the other half? Historians of the Tea Party?

Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
masstreble

Nah, just some more Bostonian-Americans. :D

Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
guido_jacobs

And soon-to-be ex-Alaskan.

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
salamandream: the condition of muzak

It's a widespread phenomenon, I'm afraid. There are practically no record stores in Los Angeles; the Virgin Megastore and all Towers have closed, along with 90% of the small punk/used record shops and 100% of the dance ones. We do have Amoeba Records, which is a mecca for indie rock but falls a bit short when it comes to the kind of eccentric electronic music I look for... I buy most of my music from an online store in Italy these days.

Someday, if I own a coffeeshop or something, I'd like to stock a few CDs, just to remind people what they gave up.