I started these posts a few months ago to highlight my purchases of music in physical formats. I like doing it, as opposed to keeping up on all of the other stuff I post and subsequently forgot exists by way of it not being pressed on CD, wax and/or cassette.
In January, a few of the FYE’s went out of business in my area. Apparently a few are still left standing, but the Providence (North Main) and Smithfield (Putnam Pike) shit the bed by end of the first quarter. They had decent sales for the closings, and I hit both stores to see what I could still get my hands on.
Normally I wouldn’t care to backtrack like this, but I recently found out what currently occupies the Smithfield location: The Paper Store.
The FUCKING Paper Store.
I know what you’re probably thinking:
FYE is part of a corporation. FYE is expensive. FYE doesn’t sell vinyl. FYE employees are scabs. FYE doesn’t care about independent music. Why care about FYE?
And, for the most part, I agree. But this is the way I see it:
FYE played their part in pushing a decent amount of music. They weren’t great as far as selection or price, but they still contributed to millions of CD sales. The store was there for people with an indifference as to whether or not they bought from a mom-and-pop shop, as well as the folks who didn’t know of any other music shops in existence. Essentially, they sold physical formats, and I liked them being around just as a buying option for the public, even if I never cared to shop there. Besides all that, who gives a single shit about a “paper store”?
Anyway, now that I’ve shed a thousand tears, here’s a listing of what I bought. I don’t remember what I spent on anything and didn’t save the receipt, as these “Don’t want my mp3″ posts hadn’t existed at this time. But here goes:
The Rolling Stones — Aftermath, CD, new: It was less than ten-dollars, I know that. Because I’m trying to cop all the older Stones albums on the cheap when I have the opportunity. I bought the US version, which features “Paint it Black.” Score.
The Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons, CD, new: Same story here — under $10 and US release. They’re also both remasters. But all you really need to know is that “Let’s Spend the Night Together” is on here. Probably my favorite Stones tune of all time. Yeeet.
Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story, CD, new: RIP Tasso. He absolutely hated Hot Rod.
Smiley the Ghetto Child – The Antidote, CD, used: I think this was like $1 and I bought it solely because of the Premo track, “The Wake Up Call.”
White Zombie – La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, CD, used: I just Googled this so my lazy ass could copy-and-paste the album title, and I found out there are two Zombie album’s that preceded this one. I’ll have to check into them.
Silversun Pickups – Swoon, CD, used: This is my favorite of the entire haul. It’s really a great album and I’d love to eventually get it on vinyl. In time.
Aerosmith – Rocks, CD, used: I read some press with Kurt Cobain where he mentioned this album as a top-notch play. So I bought it and I like it.
Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction, CD, used: My buddy Kozzy Kozbourne is a huge metal head, and he pointed me in the direction of this album. I’m glad to own it, but don’t have a final opinion about it as of now. I just remember not being crazy about what I heard.
Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, CD, used: My second time buying this. That Chuck Berry jam is too good to be true. Also love the Urge Overkill rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”
Too Short – Shorty the Pimp, CD, used: Shorty the Pimp was one of my prized cassettes to fall victim to the broken water filter, and easily my favorite Too Short album. So glad to have this back in my possession. This album is classic, raunchy West Coast greatness. 1992. Love it.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love, CD, used: I’m Electric Ladyland away from owning the three studio’s.
The Black Keys – Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, CD, new: Gets nice.
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power, CD, used: I think most people hail this as Pantera’s best. I like Cowboys from Hell better, but those are the only two I own as of now. So I’m not to be trusted.
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