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December 26, 2005


The Los Angeles Times profiles the defunct indie record store, NYCD.

Earlier this year, a Yellow Book saleswoman came into NYCD and urged them to buy an ad, saying it might boost sales and win back customers who download songs off the Internet.

Just then, the saleswoman's assistant plucked a rock CD off the wall.

"Oh, don't buy that," her boss blurted out. "I'll burn you a copy at home."

Sal and Tony love telling the story, even though it now has a bitter ending. They closed their shop on Christmas Eve because its once-robust business had virtually disappeared. NYCD (New York Compact Disc) was one of the city's last independent shops selling new and used records.

The Edmonton Sun defines electronic music.

A.O. Scott lists the best films of the year in the New York Times.

Today's 2005 best music lists:

CMJ's 30 Best (albums)
Almost Cool Music News (top 20 albums)
Almost Cool Music News (reader album lists)
Hecklerspray (CD of the year)


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