Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sad News on Main Street

With the blowout popularity of iPods and the like, it's no secret that the experience of purchasing an album from a record store might be a thing of the past. I, for one, still appreciate the romance of purchasing a record for its entire package. But I also realize that people nowadays want a collection of sounds, not an overflowing heap of CDs stacked everywhere (not to mention, it's a total bitch moving those suckers!). Anyway, my dear pal Brady shared some heartbreaking news upon my return to the office yesterday. One of his favorite record shops, Main Street Jukebox in Stroudsburg, PA, was lost in a fire over Thanksgiving weekend.

Info: Pocono Record

Nestled in the heart of the Poconos Mountains, Main Street Jukebox was founded in 1994. Like most record stores, Main Street Jukebox carries books, DVD's, cassettes and other related music memorabilia, but they're best known for finding that oh-so-rare piece of vinyl or out-of-print CD. Brock knows this first hand.

"I just found out that an amazing indie record store in Stroudsburg, PA called Main Street Jukebox was burned to the ground early this morning. I have become friends with the owners over the past 6-7 years and they are both amazing guys who have a sincere passion for what they do. I am extremely bummed about this news. I have to say that in all of my travels, Main Street was clearly one of the best remaining indie stores in the country and their staff was in it for the right reasons (This store was up there with the quality of records, staff and passion of those like Amoeba and Other Music). Some of my all time favorite records have been found in the stacks of vinyl in that store; records I have searched everywhere for, for years and years. In the age of Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy chains killing mom and pop stores in America, walking into a store like Main Street Jukebox was a breath of fresh air. We have to continue to support independently owned and operated retailers and continue to say no to huge conglomerates. The owners will be figuring out what their next steps will be soon, but in this day and age, with insurance premiums being what they are, I am sure they will need some assistance in rebuilding. If you are located in the Northeast, please be on the lookout for more information on how we can help bring this amazing store back. Hopefully I can organize a benefit concert of sorts in the area with all proceeds going to the store. If you are interested in helping out in some way, please let me know. I will let everyone know more details as I figure out what we can do to help. Thanks for your time. All Hearts, Brady Brock.

Any news of a fundraiser will be posted here. Please stay tuned.

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