Atlanta Magazine writes on its blog that Decatur CD’s annual April Fools joke put one over on about 75% of the people who read it.
Publicized in its newsletter and on its blog, Decatur CD explained that they were getting rid of all of their CDs, building a “swanky vinyl room” and transitioning to a shop that sells downloads instead of tactile music mediums.
I posted it with a ;-), because I’ll never forget the year they put one over on me, when they reported they were expanding into the Terra Mater space and turning the shop into a pub. Scared for life!
But all in good fun! Good one fellas!
From the Decatur CD blog…
They say “change is good,” and we’re banking on the truth of that statement in these coming months. Times are tough, as you know, and we’ve been duking it out with the best of ‘em these past eight years. But the music-buying public is not what it once was, and in order to survive as a doggedly independent, brick-and-mortar shop, we’re going to have to adapt to those changes, while finding a feasible way to lower our day-to-day costs.
We can’t move. Good ol’ 356 W. Ponce is our home; relocation doesn’t make sense. We can’t cut back our staff, because three people is already pretty bare bones. Frankly, we could use an extra set of hands around here sometimes, but the money just isn’t there. The only way we can feasibly save money would be to stop selling CDs.
Let that one sink in for a moment.
FM Fats writes in…
Sugarland’s new album, The Incredible Machine, was released Tuesday. As I was driving down West Ponce on my way home, who should I see walking out of Decatur CD with a vinyl copy of the album but Kristian Bush. I guess he wanted to be the first one on his block with a copy, but you would think he might have some connections for freebies.
Posing the immortal question: Will the antelope of sprawl swallow the swallow?
OK, now that I’m done amusing myself…
There’s lots of Atlanta buzz around Oryx & Crake and their debut self-titled album so this should be a pretty slammed event. More deets on the event over on Decatur CD’s blog. (Yes, King of Pops will be there. Someone inform Gutenberg. That is, if cubalibre has let him out of her basement yet.)
From the latest Decatur CD newsletter…
As you may have heard, we caused a bit of a tussle on the internet recently by speaking our mind about independent retail, Wal-Mart, Sugarland, etc. Quite a few media outlets (the AJC, L.A. Times, CMT’s blog, many others) picked up the story and the whole thing got blown a little out of proportion as far as we’re concerned. But hey, that’s the internet, is it not? Just to clear the air, Kristian Bush stopped by the store and he was a stand-up guy all around, talking with Warren for a good long while, chatting up customers, and so on. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of our control, we won’t be stocking the current Sugarland release. However, Kristian did propose working with Decatur CD on a little event this fall. It’ll be fun and we’ll keep you posted when we have more details.
The Chicago Tribune is the latest news agency to pick up Sugarland story. Apparently Decatur CD has touched a nerve that stretches far beyond the city limits.
How much farther can it go?
I’m hoping it’ll escalate to the point were Wal-Mart feels compelled to say something. I’m drooling with anticipation for a Decatur vs. Wal-Mart death-match.
Some Decatur stories have a certain je ne sais quoi and find themselves quickly being reported on much larger stages.
Country Music Television summarized the recent falling out and reconciliation between Decatur CD and Sugarland in a blurb…
Sugarland’s Kristian Bush visited Decatur CD record store in his hometown of Decatur, Ga., on Wednesday (Aug. 12), after a store employee criticized the duo’s exclusive distribution deal with Wal-Mart for their new CD/DVD, Live on the Inside. Decatur CD employee Warren Hudson complained on the store’s blog that by “shutting the door on independent record stores, you’re in effect shutting the door on your hometown.” Bush posted a reply on the blog entry that he would come to the store when he had a break from his tour. During his visit, he signed autographs for customers who happened to be in the store and purchased three CDs.
If there’s a moral here, it’s that criticizing celebrities is a great way to get free publicity. With that said, look forward to my critiques of various Decatur celebs attached to random initiatives I support.
For example: “Dear John Mayer, why did you write a song about an Atlanta highway (I-85) thereby promoting the stigma that our city is all highways and subdivisions? Did you not perform often in Decatur? Did we not nourish your young mind with progressive thought and a ‘shut up and be quiet’ stage? And this is how you repay us? It seems you were more than just “tempted to leave the car in drive and leave it all behind.”