I just read a nice story by Peter Von Ziegesar about taking his son on one of his weekly jaunts to New York record store Subterranean Records in the New York Times article Vinyl Idling (registration required). While I am a big proponent of digital downloads I am also a big fan and supporter of small indie record stores run by knowledgeable, passionate music fans. A good record store is not just a record store. It is a sociable place that lives and breathes music where sometimes the conversations are far more fascinating than the records you actually end up purchasing. This is something that can never be replicated online no matter how good the technology gets. And how do you replicate the smells, for good or bad? To find a cool record store in your area check out Record Store Review. Later.