What $32.81 Can Get You at Capitol Hill's Sonic Boom on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

A new copy of The National's Boxer, $12.99.
I'm not sure if this story is funny or sad, but it's true, and it demonstrates almost everything that's wrong with digital music: The first three tracks on this record are "Fake Empire," "Mistaken for Strangers," and "Brainy," in that order. I got this album through . . . eMusic, I believe, when I still subscribed to eMusic. There was some technical snafu, and "Fake Empire" and "Mistaken for Strangers" didn't come through. Not a big deal, right? Wrong. It was WELL OVER A YEAR until I realized the first two songs existed. Consequently, my Boxer starts with Brainy. So, yeah, glad to have the whole thing in one place now.

A new vinyl copy of The Dutchess and the Duke's She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke, $11.99.
I've been listening to/loving this record for a few years, but didn't own a hard copy until a few hours ago. I buy hard copies of my favorites to leave a high-carbon trail of my musical consumption for my offspring to snark at someday. When I was at the register, the clerk mentioned that they had just put this record on the shelf today. Time to reorder, y'all.

A used vinyl copy of Stephen Stills/Manassas' Down the Road, $4.99.
I'm a sucker for Stephen Stills. I loved the first Manassas record. I haven't heard this one. I don't think.

This LP is 37 years old. Do you think you'll have ANY of the mp3s you own today in 37 years?

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