Digging in the shelves
The music stores in the Bay Area that sell both used and new music
absolutely trounce anything I've ever, ever seen in Vancouver. (Or to
be fair, nearly anywhere else, not that I particularly know where to go
look.) I used to think Charlie's Music in downtown Vancouver was nice
-- it still is -- but the ones here are amazing.
I'd thought Rasputin Music was awesome enough -- and it's
certainly more convenient for me to get to -- but I visited Amoeba
Music recently and picked up a bunch of discs that I've been
looking for for almost two years now. Yes, I could have found them
online, but that's no fun.
Birdy Nam Nam - with accompanying bonus DVD.
Two albums by Jovino Santos Neto -- who I've never seen for
sale in any Seattle area store, and he's a Seattle native!
Both albums by NOMO; the first was not a big label release as
far as I know.
I also found a CD by David Holmes, who composed the score for
"Out of Sight" and Soderbergh/Clooney's "Ocean's" series, and the new
album (major label debut) by jazz prodigy Esperanza Spalding.
If I'd only found CDs by Loop!Station, the Weepies, and Thao Nguyen, I
would have found practically everything on my CD hunting list in the
last two years.