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Earwax records closing up shop…

Posted in Earwax records closing. by Dom Brady on June 13, 2008

Admit it. You took it for granted, didn’t you? As long as there is sky, pollen and heat in Atlanta there will be burgers at Vortex, Chili Dogs at the Varsity, Stone Mountain park, the World of Coke and Ear wax records, right? Wrong.
It’s the end of an era, folks. Earwax records has been a staple in the Hip-Hop and House scenes in Atlanta for a long, long time. We’ve seen several stores like Tower, More Dusty than Digital and others fall by the wayside over the past few years. It seems like all the best record shops are over on the East-side of town now begining over in the Little Five points/East Atlanta area and extending into Decatur- the Sound Shop and Big Oomp over in the West End being two of the few exceptions (but no vinyl at either location). Maybe more people out there buy records. Maybe it’s easier to park. Who knows? Don’t look at me like that. Yes, I know it was a low comment to make but y’all KNOW it was hard as hell to park at Earwax. That little parking lot is a mess- smack dab in the middle of busy traffic going both ways on Spring and West Peachtree. What is certain is that in this era of legal and illegal digital downloads the CD has become a relic to many. It’s easy for folk to blame the demise of record stores on the lack of appreciation for vinyl. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a lossy-sound mp3 era many music lovers are actually retreating back to vinyl recordings for the warm, rich depth of analog sound. Nevertheless, CD’s remain the cash cow for mom and pop record stores attempting to find footing in a crashing wave of digital excess. It’s tough. Earwax is the latest casualty in a domino effect across the county. Be sure to stay in touch with the fellas over at Earwax. They embody DECADES of knowledge in the ATL music scene. Word on the street is that they will still be keeping the on-line shop going. Check them out at earwaxrecords.com.

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