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BlakStaar
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"Wrekko Sto Pet Peeves"


  

          

OKP attracts serious music heads like me who actually spend money on music, at locally-owned shops. Over the years, I find myself spending less time in record stores. This is partially because I’ve become very selective about what I must own in a physical format. So, I don’t buy music as much as I did 15 years ago.

But there’s another reason why: I’m not finding what I want.

This problem has led me to think about pet peeves I’ve developed over the years

Ladies and gentlemen, I present...wrekko sto pet peeves:

1. Raging against Amazon and other big box retailers. Yes, they are the bad guys, the Walmart of the web, but focus on your establishment and what you have to offer. A couple years ago, at my former favorite shop, the owner told me about Amazon’s on-demand CD-R feature as if most CDs sold by Amazon are produced on-demand. Obviously, this is false. The reality is that most CDs sold by Amazon (and by the site’s third-party Marketplace Sellers) are the same exact CDs that artists sell on their websites (see: Foreign Exchange Music), what’s sold at Best Buy, Dusty Groove, live shows/festivals, records store, etc. He was misinformed and his ignorance still befuddles me to this day. I should add that at the same shop, management recently posted a print out of an out-of-print album from Amazon. They wanted to illustrate that their price was lower (about half) than third-party marketplace sellers. On Amazon, the price started at $50 or something high. We all know Amazon, understandably, is generally cheaper. That out-of-print album was an exception. Mind you, I don’t mind local shops being more pricey. I understand and respect why.

2. Poor curation. Too many damn greatest hits collections and run-of-the-mill albums/bargain bin shit. Where are the actual albums? Do better. Develop relationships with estate planners, retiring DJs, etc.

3. Not keeping up with music news/pop culture. Example: TV One Unsung and other documentaries, along with biopics, spark renewed interest in artists. If you knew the New Edition movie was debuting in January 2017, then be thoughtful and prepare for that shit weeks beforehand. On two occasions, I’ve heard people inquire about artists that were recently the subject of a TV doc and the shops were not prepared.

4. Music Snobbery: “You just now gettin’ hip to that?” That’s what a staffer said to me at Moods Music in college 10+ years ago when I put an older Eric Roberson CD on the counter. Funny thing is, I had illegally downloaded the album years prior and was just getting around to buying the CD. Another time, the owner turned his nose up at me when I inquired about a Gretchen Parlato album, as if I asked for a goddamn Ashanti CD. I was a regular and he should have known better. The problem here is that I was a baby faced collegian who still looked like a teen, and he thought he knew more than me. The thinking was that if he had not heard of the artist, it must be some young folks’ B.S. Oh, and at the now-defunct Earwax Records in ATL, management questioned if I knew anything about AC/DC because of the shirt I was wearing. Why is it so hard to conceptualize a black girl listening to a classic rock band? It ain’t speshul. I get it. Mofos be rockin’ Metallica shirts and can’t name a single solitary song. Who cares?!

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"Music is not to be possessed; it's to be shared.” - James Mtume

"Just stay loose, keep it raw, and bang ya drums out sometimes." - Madlib

  

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Wrekko Sto Pet Peeves [View all] , BlakStaar, Mon Jun-18-18 11:52 AM
 
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Oooohhhhhh don't talk to me bout Moods...smmfh...
Jun 18th 2018
1
RE: Oooohhhhhh don't talk to me bout Moods...smmfh...
Jun 18th 2018
3
"Record Store" b/w "CDs" ???
Jun 18th 2018
2
RE: "Record Store" b/w "CDs" ???
Jun 18th 2018
4
      RE: "Record Store" b/w "CDs" ???
Jun 18th 2018
5
           Too dusty?
Jun 18th 2018
13
                RE: Too dusty? LOL! Nah....it was just a mess
Jun 18th 2018
15
Please be well informed
Jun 18th 2018
6
so what you're saying is, folks should definitely check out Moods?
Jun 18th 2018
14
      Absolutely, if you hate record shopping...
Jun 18th 2018
17
           RE: Absolutely, if you hate record shopping...
Jun 18th 2018
19
                RE: Absolutely, if you hate record shopping...
Jun 19th 2018
25
While we’re on the topic...
Jun 18th 2018
7
RE: While we’re on the topic...
Jun 18th 2018
8
Amoeba
Jun 18th 2018
10
Amoeba in Hollywood..they gonna also get marijauna license lol
Jun 19th 2018
28
It's Wrecka Stow (c)
Jun 18th 2018
9
RE: It's Wrecka Stow (c)
Jun 18th 2018
11
RE: Wrekko Sto Pet Peeves
Jun 18th 2018
12
WRECKA STOW!!!! WRECKA STOW!!!
Jun 18th 2018
16
All things considered, just let me rock in peace.
Jun 18th 2018
18
waiting my turn at a crate only to watch the goods get snagged
Jun 18th 2018
20
RE: waiting my turn at a crate only to watch the goods get snagged
Jun 18th 2018
21
It's Annoying But Apart Of The Diggin' Life
Jan 04th 2019
50
Big wallet shutdowns
Jun 18th 2018
22
Record Store Day was the worst
Jun 19th 2018
23
That's some bullshit and he probably flipped those
Jun 20th 2018
29
      RE: That's some bullshit and he probably flipped those
Jun 20th 2018
34
RE: Big wallet shutdowns
Jun 19th 2018
24
      Yeah they used to do it at record conventions too
Jun 20th 2018
30
           RE: Yeah they used to do it at record conventions too
Jun 20th 2018
32
                PM Dawn, SHIT!
Jun 20th 2018
35
                     John Carraro?
Jun 21st 2018
36
                          not sure but if I find it I'll send you a link
Jun 21st 2018
38
                               Found one (link):
Feb 20th 2019
55
                                    Lol @ diamond d's comment
Feb 21st 2019
61
*googles Gretchen Parlato*
Jun 19th 2018
26
I like her version of Mary J's "All That I Can Say."
Jun 19th 2018
27
      This right here is all I needed to here...she got that nasal white girl
Jun 20th 2018
31
           RE: This right here is all I needed to here...she got that nasal white g...
Jun 20th 2018
33
Heres one thats not about "that store"
Jun 21st 2018
37
Hahhahahahahaha
Feb 21st 2019
62
RE: Wrekko Sto Pet Peeves
Jan 04th 2019
39
That sounds DOPE!
Jan 04th 2019
40
I don't shop in certain "hipster" stores because of the attitude
Jan 04th 2019
41
I'm about to take a store out of rotation for that very reason
Jan 04th 2019
42
      Gonna start an 80s/90s rock post on here. Been looking for new tunes
Jan 04th 2019
43
           Oh man...so you get down with Mudhoney and the like?
Jan 04th 2019
47
                I do now, lol. You just put me on.
Jan 05th 2019
52
I hate the "hey we know what this goes for on discogs" bullshit
Jan 04th 2019
44
This one thrift shop... someone went to discogs... saw an $60 record
Jan 04th 2019
45
That aint going NO PLACE HOMES!
Jan 04th 2019
46
RE: I hate the "hey we know what this goes for on discogs" bullshit
Jan 04th 2019
48
The main spot here charges 1/3rd of the Discogs median price...
Jan 04th 2019
49
What I Hate Is People Who Look Up Prices On Ebay & Amazon
Jan 04th 2019
51
      People that gotta come dig in the crate right next to me
Feb 20th 2019
56
LA OKP Peeps
Jan 05th 2019
53
Another dope pop-up for you LA folks courtesy of Egon and Madlib:
Feb 20th 2019
54
Went shopping after lunch today...
Feb 20th 2019
57
Nah...my locals havent changed a bit
Feb 21st 2019
60
nonexistent
Feb 21st 2019
63
Only been collecting since the Fall.
Feb 20th 2019
58
See...you cut that out...telling secrets...
Feb 21st 2019
59
haha
Feb 22nd 2019
70
      RE: haha
Feb 25th 2019
      RE: haha
Feb 25th 2019
73
If that’s an original pressing in good quality, fair price n/m
Sep 04th 2019
104
I feel sorry for Atlanta...
Feb 22nd 2019
64
RE: I feel sorry for Atlanta...
Feb 22nd 2019
65
Re: Macon
Feb 22nd 2019
66
Oh shit, i forgot about JBs
Feb 22nd 2019
67
      Theyre getting it together fast (JBs)
Feb 22nd 2019
68
      How could I forget about JB's?!
Feb 22nd 2019
69
      RE: Oh shit, i forgot about JBs
Feb 26th 2019
75
           It's brand new...less than a year old
Feb 26th 2019
79
Guess I gotta take a drive down to Macon soon
Feb 22nd 2019
71
Yeah...me too
Feb 25th 2019
72
RE: I feel sorry for Atlanta...
Feb 26th 2019
77
      RE: I feel sorry for Atlanta...
Feb 26th 2019
80
People Who Only Buy Vinyl To Turn Them Into Bowls, Clocks, Etc.
Feb 25th 2019
74
thats just stupid
Feb 26th 2019
76
Using an album cover as an art piece irks me also
Feb 26th 2019
78
LA/Cali cats
Jun 07th 2019
81
checked out Bandcamp Oakland yesterday
Jun 13th 2019
87
      RE: checked out Bandcamp Oakland yesterday
Jun 13th 2019
88
Not really a pet peeve...but this shit pissed me off
Jun 10th 2019
82
RE: Not really a pet peeve...but this shit pissed me off
Jun 12th 2019
83
      Home is Charlotte
Jun 12th 2019
84
           RE: Home is Charlotte
Jun 12th 2019
85
                Word...lemme know when and I'll put a word in for you at Repo
Jun 13th 2019
86
The empty cover and sleeve of the LP you've been looking for for ages
Jun 13th 2019
89
RE: The empty cover and sleeve of the LP you've been looking for for age...
Jun 13th 2019
90
New wrekka sto in LA
Aug 28th 2019
91
help a newbie?
Aug 28th 2019
92
RE: help a newbie?
Aug 28th 2019
93
where do you find out about garage/estate sales?
Aug 28th 2019
94
      RE: where do you find out about garage/estate sales?
Aug 28th 2019
95
           much appreciated
Aug 28th 2019
97
r/vinyl
Aug 28th 2019
96
reddit has been a good source for many things
Aug 28th 2019
98
      I'm not a great authority on turntables
Aug 29th 2019
99
Best entry level table?
Aug 29th 2019
100
+1 for discogs
Aug 29th 2019
101
update: i sent a letter to the gvt, it said im a sucka!
Sep 04th 2019
103
      Its durn impossible to find OGs of those "In The Wild"
Sep 04th 2019
105
           yeah i just need to be disciplined
Sep 04th 2019
106
                Just added you mayne...i think...sent a message too
Sep 04th 2019
107
                     i think that will be my strategy going forward
Sep 04th 2019
108
                          RE: i think that will be my strategy going forward-yup
Sep 04th 2019
109
I wish my record store sold turntable needles
Aug 29th 2019
102

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