I found out some interesting things in this New York Times article about record stores that keep going after they've gone out of business. I worked a couple of blocks from the old location of Midnight Records for a few months. They were gone by the time I was there, sadly. I wish I'd known the store was sort of still being run out of the owner's apartment when I was working there; my checkbook is probably just as happy, however, that I didn't. Good record stores are a dying breed. I was just in Frankfurt, Germany, for almost three weeks for work, and I found a couple of very good used stores, great for older stuff that I already knew about, like NDW bands and some of the indie bands from the 90s, but nothing that sold new music, particularly the indie rock I was looking for. I managed to pick up some music at the local big box store, but it's not the same; good bands, but all on major labels. I love the buried gems on small independent labels.