This blog has been on a musical
theme for a while. I will steer it back into some mummified pop culture, while
staying on the same topic. Here are two dead music stores in central Illinois. Both were located in low-income urban neighborhoods, and both served more than LPs or CDs.
Washington’s was essentially a community center, with a café and
a video rental store along with music sales. In its last days Top Cat was selling used odds and ends as well as old vinyl.
These were interesting hybrids of home-spun entrepreneurialism and corporate
product retailing. Both are gone, and most folks in the neighborhoods are
downloading mp3s, if of course they have a computer, internet account, and iPod.
We have uploaded a new podcast at Mixcloud. "Certain Contexts for the Use of Modified Bone Tools" features artists such as :Zoviet*France:, Mnemonists, Jeff Greinke, as well as a few selected audio artifacts. 40 minutes of music for October. Hope you enjoy....