If you support independent business over big box stores AND you still use a turntable, this slideshow is for you. The culture blog, Flavorwire, has selected what it thinks are the ten greatest independent record stores still in existence. Over the course of my 44 years I have visited four of these stores. Each store has a wonderful unique quality that shows its dedication to music. For example, in Austin TX, at Waterloo, they hold small performances smack in the middle of the store with free beer, of course the local brew Shiner Bock. Click through and take a nice stroll down memory lane to a time when you ran home from the record store with an LP, ripped open the plastic to read the liner notes as you listened to every perfect imperfection you hear from vinyl.
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