Marissa Nadler on How Record Stores Are Family Affairs
In honor of the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, we hit up a few of our favorite musicians to find out what vinyl shopping means to them.
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Based In: Boston, Massachusetts
What’s your favorite record store and why?
Newbury Comics. I went here to buy CDs and tapes in high school and they are still going strong — and have been very supportive of my own music as well as the music of many friends/bands over the years. They’ve adapted well to the vinyl resurgence. There are a bunch of locations, but it truly feels like a family affair.
What were the first records you bought at your hometown record store?
The Fugees’ The Score was my first CD that I actually remember buying. I also bought my first Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell tapes there.
What did you learn from shopping at record stores?
Growing up when I did, what I liked most about the pre-streaming era was that if you spent your hard-earned $10 on a CD, you were going to LISTEN to it. I always listened to albums from start to finish just because I was determined to find at least one song that I liked on the album that I got by slinging coffee or whatever.
What was the last record you bought? Where?
The last album that I bought was Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree, but, terribly, I was in Middle America somewhere on tour and got the CD I don’t remember where.
Why do you still buy records?
If it’s a local band or a friend’s band I do it to support independent music. If it’s a classic, I do it for the sheer fact that there’s nothing like listening to an album on vinyl. It sounds better. It demands attention.
Which record, in your opinion, do you need on vinyl? Why?
I could list a zillion albums here, but the first one that popped into my mind was Nina Simone’s Sings the Blues. It just happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums. I think Joni Mitchell’s Blue is another one.
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