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Roundup 6/17/11

A few links to wrap up your week: Minneapolis legend Bob Mould stopped by 89.3 The Current at the UBS Forum this week and read from his new autobiography, See a Little Light, and performed a few songs which you can listen to at The Current. NPR reviews his new book as well. The Foo Fighters latest album, Wasting Light, is on sale today for only $3.99. Fantastic album, recorded on analog tape, and produced by Butch Vig who produced Nirvana’s Nevermind and he’s alo the founder of Garbage.

Which is better – support the artists or the indie stores?

Since I started collecting vinyl records again last year, I’ve pre-ordered a number of new albums directly from the artist’s website. I’ve often advocated for what Techdirt calls “Cwf + Rtb” – Connect with Fans + Reason to buy = $$$. As the music industry sees declining sales, if you can connect with your fans on an individual level and give them a reason to buy, you will see revenue. This works in music and, as Cory Doctorow is proving, works in the book industry as well.

2010 Music Sales

” alt=”Record Store Day 2009″ width=”500″ height=”335″ /> Photo licensed under a CC BY-SA-2.0 license by freeloosedirt via Flickr. Picture taken outside Buffalo Records in Ventura. Get ready to listen to the same annual cry from the music industry – “The sky is falling!” NPR’s music blog, The Record, has the details. For the first time, all music sales, when adding CD, LP, cassette and digital – declined as a total.