Friday Mixup

by Ricardo Gutierrez

I must have put on like 20 pounds while in Richmond last week. That town is so good to me, always shows love. If you'd like, you can see some video of Sam picking apart the little piggy's head here, crispy skin, juicy cheeks and all.

While we were down there we hit up a local record store in town, Plan 9. It's a great spot that has clearly felt the hit because of the change in the way music is consumed and delivered. I spoke to the clerk there for a good bit about the situation and it set me off on thinking about the subject deeper. As you guys know, I think there is room for everyone, even with technological changes. I know, I'm a serial optimist when it comes to this. 

Maybe I'm just naive, but I do think there is room for good shops to exist beyond just niche markets. I feel the key is finding a way to get them to take full advantage not only of the technology, but also of the leveled playing field with the demise of large music chains. I'm going to be thinking and writing a lot more on this at my spot as I have more to say. 

Also, thanks to Oliver Wang for putting us/me onto that spot Good Records and posting that awesome summer song series. I don't leave the house all that much but I am going to make a point of going down there to support soon. I'd love to speak to the owner/commenter about all that is swimming in my head on the subject.

The point of all of that is that we picked up a few CDs at Plan 9, including Smashing Pumpkins' awesome Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Hearing the album reminded me of the great "1979", which really forced me to create a set around the track.


1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
Let's Go to Bed - The Cure
Nylon Smile - Portishead
River Euphrates - Pixies
Shack Up - A Certain Ratio
Wrists - Tegan and Sara
Stay Hungry (1977 Version) - Talking Heads
Go Bang - Arthur Russell
Red Dress - TV on the Radio
Social Living - Burning Spear

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