I left independent stores out of this because, according to the owners of the ones around me, they're doing just fine, and that's for a reason.
Places like Walmart and Target have a music section that is only one small part of a GIANT store. You can only find things of mass popularity in there. Looking for the new Spock's Beard or Pain of Salvation album would be a waste of time.
A lot of people haven't been to an independent record store before, but those that have know that it's a really cool experience. Rows of CDs that reach from one wall to the other, completely stocked. Walls covered in old rare vinyl for purchase. Bins and bins of old used vinyl for cheap. Hell, you can even find bootlegs you wouldn't find anywhere else (Porcupine Tree's Stupid Dream Demos? Yes, please!)
To me, there's no sight better than this
All this discussion made me realize I haven't been to Vintage Vinyl for a while, and today's my day off. According to them, they just stocked the new No-Man DVD, and it's placed in their separate "progressive" section (yep, you read that right).
And who knows, maybe they put the new Zappa reissues on the shelves a day early...
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