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The Record
9:02 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Eulogy For A Record Store

The Melody Records storefront in February.
Tom Cole NPR

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 9:01 am

How do you measure the value of an experience — one that promises the thrill of new discoveries; the chance to experience, at least vicariously, foreign cultures, new ideas, unexpected emotions — and, at least for a moment, escape? What's that worth?

Probably more than words can express — whatever experience those questions might conjure for you. For me, they're prompted by the loss of an experience — of going to a record store.

Melody Records, on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., closed on March 9,2012, after 35 years in business.

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Music Interviews
6:57 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Lady Rizo: 'Lowbrow Is Where It's At'

Lady Rizo is a Grammy-winning cabaret and burlesque performer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:46 am

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A Blog Supreme
6:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: April 20, 2012

Cover art detail from Jazz Samba, released 50 years ago today.
Verve Records

Here's what we posted on this date two years ago, while snickering like a teenager.

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Music News
4:35 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

For Sale: A Record Store For The Ages

Murray Gershenz at work during the filming of Music Man Murray.
Richard Parks

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 9:46 am

There is a music store for sale in Los Angeles. It has old, sagging shelves stuffed with hundreds of thousands of recordings, from wax cylinders to 8-track tapes to LPs and CDs. The man who has owned the business since 1962 is Murray Gershenz.

"I wasn't earning enough money to support my family, so I decided to get some extra income by putting my record collection up for sale," Gershenz tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I opened the store, built some shelves with the help of a rabbi friend of mine and, little by little, the music took over."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:57 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Tokyo String Quartet Will Bid Farewell

Christian Ducasse courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:01 pm

It's time to say goodbye: After more than 40 years, the members of Tokyo String Quartet have decided they will disband at the end of the 2012-13 season.

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