2009/10/30

A quick note about Reflex...


Yes, Andy is a friend... Sure... But the reason why we do support Andy's store is because he's an independent one and believe me I pay ALL my records when I order at Andy's. Of course, we all have to deal with dosh and I just CAN'T buy all my records at Reflex to tell you the truth., I asked him to wait "another bank account cycle" several times.

I just try to do it when it's possible. It's the kind of store you can go and DISCUSS about music for hours with the seller. There was a shop like this in Lille a long time ago, and when I crossed the front door the guy recognized me all the time and said pretty often "Hey Yann, got that record for you..." Do you want to listen it? I've discovered so many things I'd like to find such a shop in every town . In Lille there's no MORE independent record shop, they all shut down... A***** blew them away and even big stores are threatened. They have now developped two new activities: Merchandising and Manga (yes...). I discuss very often with one of the seller I know for many many years and every year is worst than the one before... I'm not nostalgic at all but it was really great to go at the shop in the mid eighties, to discuss hours and hours about music (Hornby's high fidelity!)... I loved the "clap clap clap" of the records when I touched them... As an example, and to let you know they just want to kill independent store, Andy PAID MORE as a store to get a copy of the 22 dreams DVD than you can get it as a customer on Amazon. including p&p...

Well, just an idea... Buy a record a month at reflex? Believe me, these records, coming from england for me, have a very different taste! And Andy is a brilliant musician (click on te right cover to dl his LP).

Last year, in Toulouse, I've found this kind of shop. I dived in its blue waters for three hours and I've bought Jazz and the most important thing maybe... A record I've never heard about before...

5 comments:

Cpt.Stax said...

great words yann, I couldn't say better and I second it completely

nice weekend f

Yann said...

Thanx Flav. That's waht we lost, don't you think? The pleasure to GO to the shop even if the wallet started to get red! I still love the discussion with that big store seller, he's a musician and sometimes he can say "Should listen this one..."... But we are in Jurassic park actually, last dinosaurs...

Ian S said...

Dinosaurs are cool !!
I remeber those shops as well Yann. I do miss them.

simon2307 said...

On the demise of record shops this is a great read, http://bit.ly/3RVcvB
Cheers,
Simon

Yann said...

Brillant comment Simon! Will use it tomorrow. thanx a lot. ;)