Readers are pulling no punches in the comments on the post, calling it an affront to independent stores. We contacted Kornelis, who confirmed that it's a serious pick but noted that it's meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
"Starbucks has done a lot in terms of exposing their massive audience to (mostly) quality (often) local music," he says via email. "Seattle is home to some of the biggest and best traditional record stores in the country -- from Silver Platters and Easy Street to Everyday Music and Sonic Boom -- and nobody has recognized them or chronicled their evolution in the last five years as much as the Weekly. I also think it's worth recognizing the contribution that Starbucks has made to the local, regional, and national communities."
The comments on the Best-Of pick are getting pretty interesting. One of them, from deepconcentration, in particular caught my eye.
you truly should be ashamed of yourself. this is an insult to sonic boom, silver platters, easy street, and the many, many other terrific indie retailers who are trying to keep afloat and serve the remaining customers who believe that good music deserves to be paid for.
I've written a lot about the damage piracy has done to musicians, retailers, and the industry that supports music. But I can't remember a single comment that said people who take music without paying for it "should be ashamed of themselves." Why is that?