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I've been in Clarksville, Indiana visiting Dave for the weekend, and it looks like I'm adding a day to the trip. We knew there was snow coming, but the weather forecasts weren't clear about how much until I'd already gotten here—then the storm intensified just a bit more. Metro Louisville is getting 5–6 inches today, but further north between Louisville and Indianapolis the totals could be closer to ten inches, all perfectly timed to make driving home when I needed to be an ill-advised proposition. I could handle the driving, but given that it would be a slow slog through the north side of Indy with heightened possibilities of mishap... I figure I'll make it up to work sometime, and drive home tomorrow.

We did go to ear X-tacy. Since the owner's announcement of the store's troubled times, it seemed important to either support the store or make what could be one last trip. (The lease ends at the current location at the end of March, and it's not known what will happen then; I probably won't be back before April at least.) Fortunately, it seems that a lot of other customers felt the same so the place was busy this weekend. I managed to get three CDs, which just about hit my budget for the trip. It was disappointing, though, to see the odd gaps in the shelves. Classical was reduced to a very small display, but that happened a couple of years ago. Folk and alt-country racks were scant with a lot of white dividers unseparated by CDs. Even in the pop/rock and indie rock displays there were odd gaps that could've been ascribed to temporary high demand if there weren't so many of them. At one point I told Dave that it looked a lot like Borders' CD section about a year, year and a half ago; Borders is now out of the CD market in most of their stores. I knew this is what it looked like when a CD store was "in trouble," but it still made me sad.

FYI, in case anyone is interested, my acquisitions were:
  • Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism (because I like the subsequent albums a lot, let's work backwards)
  • Great Big Sea, Play (replacing a bootleg)
  • Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, In C Remixed (so brand new I didn't know it was coming; I've kind of gotten curious about Terry Riley's "In C" since I heard a bit on public radio about it last year.)
We also had chicken dinner at the Nashville House up in Nashville, which just couldn't be beat. There were other dinners and movies and hanging out. It's been a nice break.

The snow might be tapering off, but it's also blowing around a bit. The roads probably won't be all that good till tomorrow, really. I've driven home from here in the snow before, but not quite this much. Discretion being the better part of valor, yada yada yada....



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Feb. 17th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
I was there at Ear-X-tacy the prior weekend. Only managed to find "The Bunny Boy" by The Residents, but nothing else of interest for me. Pretty slim pickings. There's another place down at Bardstown/Baxter & Highland called "Underground Sound" that's worth checking out. It's a lot like Ear-X-tacy was in the eighties - low rent, no frills hole in the wall.

Feb. 17th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip!

The usual fallback position for me was Better Days Records, but, I was just searching in case they had a website, and have found that they moved to Broadway and 26th street? Did you know that? I was there with my cousin sometime last year, I think, and it was for sure on Bardstown Rd. I think it was still called Better Days....

I was thinking, maybe Ear X-Tacy had slim pickings because they'd been hit hard by swarms of customers in the last week, but if you're saying it was pretty slim even before the owner went public about the store's hard times, then my original hypothesis that they haven't been ordering much new stock is probably (sadly) confirmed.
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