Seattle Office of Film + Music

May 18, 2009, 10:23 am
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The music business’s ongoing economic apocalypse has been hell on record stores both big and small. And while the demise of fluorescent-lit megaliths like Tower Records and Virgin Megastore is sad, we have a special place in our hearts for our endangered local indie stores. Annual Record Store Day spending sprees won’t be enough to keep these stores alive. So we’re happy to see that the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, a network of mom-and-pop emporiums, is trying to figure out a way to adapt to a climate in which everyone downloads music. Earlier this month, CIMS launched, its attempt to beam the personality of the local indie record store directly onto your laptop. Right now, Thinkindie is simply an indie-centered online music store, one where you can get a 320 kpbs download of Merriweather Post Pavilion for $9.99. The site’s got a growing catalog and a few exclusive releases, but soon it’ll turn into something more.

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Very interesting. Austin’s Waterloo Records, which I just wrote about on my blog, is a part of ThinkIndie. I hope it pans out for them, because no one deserves to make it more than they do. They love music, they employ musicians, and they make shopping a fun adventure for music lovers. I would hate to see that place disappear into the ether.

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