|Vibes' new location isn't particularly good looking.|
The album that prompted this post is Acid Bath's Paegan Terrorism Tactics. I will admit the album has never sunk in with me aside from a few tracks, but I can remember all the specifics of where, when, and why I bought it. It's an interesting phenomenon because those events are irrelevant and typically unimportant for the core listening experience. However, I must say that I like this album even more because of those details, even though it never really has clicked with me.
It does seem like it was just yesterday when I pulled that record off the rack at Vibes Music. If you ever visited Vibes in the past, you would know the store decided to relocate, sadly losing much of its appeal in the process. It effectively became what I would describe as a "hipster-oriented" record store. Of course, it still stocked many of the same genres of music, but it lost its welcoming attitude that made one want to browse music of hours on end. It doesn't help that the new location looks trashy, in addition to being situated in an odd area.
I bought Paegan Terrorism Tactics at the Vibes' old location right before they closed for their supposed upgrade. It was a sunny day, and a good day to drive; the store was particularly inviting beacuse it was having a sale to clear out inventory. I walked out with two albums: the Acid Bath record previously stated and Silver Mountain's Shakin' Brains. How on earth I remember these things is beyond me. I will say whenever I spin these albums, I remember how much fun I always had with my dad at Vibes' previous location and the hours we spent looking at music. A portion of my music collection was purchased there, and without it, there wouldn't have been a halfway decent record store in my area. But all good things must come to an end, and I'm left with nothing worth visiting locally. As I've said before, thank god for the internet.
Take a second, browse through your collection of music, and think back to where, why, and when you bought them. I'm sure you'll be able to dig up some memory, ones that you didn't ever think you'd remember. I have memories like the ones above and memories of hopping from record store to record with friends. All of these can be prompted by simply glancing at an album cover. It's certainly an interesting phenomenon.