Cog Nomen on the Survival of Record Stores: "Community Will Never Go Extinct"
Oh yeah, naked mind, whack frack attack ...
Enter the world of Cog Nomen's Ulysses Perez and Buffalo Brown, where everyone's shimmying to that "Indietronic Psychedelic" sound. "Kind of Pink Floydish," Mr. Brown explains, "with some songs without words that are just about transporting you."
We here at Crossfade recently sent Ulysses and Buffalo our Sweatstock 2013 questionnaire, worrying about the survival of the record store. But these reassuring dudes insist it's all good. "Community will never go extinct."
Crossfade: Is the record store going extinct? If so, why should we save it? And how?
Cog Nomen: Community will never go extinct. It may change shape or direction, but there will always be a community that gathers around the love of music. Sweat is more than a record store.
Does the world really need vinyl? Or CDs for that matter?
People who love vinyl will love vinyl. It's not a primary source for music playback, but it's a good one and it's not leaving soon. CDs? I still have boxes of them.
What's the purpose and importance of a place like Sweat Records aside from hawking pieces of playable plastic?
Sweat is more than a record store. And it's a fine records store. All the staff are like curators when it comes to music and the arts. Sweat is a community of people deeply involved in the local music scene.
With digital music sales surpassing physical music sales for the first time in 2012 (and hard-copy sales set to decline by almost 80 percent by 2016), how optimistic are you about the future of the record store?
I think when you have smart, fun and genuinely involved people enhancing the music scene you have a good shot.
If people don't particularly care about the survival of music shops, should they still come to Sweatstock? What will they get out of the experience of eight hours at the corner of NE Second Avenue and 55th Street on April 20, 2013?
Anyone who is wanting to see some of Miami's most important independent music artists needs to check it out. And buy something if you love something.
Sweatstock 2013. Saturday, April 20. Sweat Records, 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami, and Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 2 p.m. and it's free. Visit sweatrecordsmiami.com.
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