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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 7, 1989-- Page 4

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By Michael Paul Fischer
NSE Entertainment Editor
Passion, the long-awaited Peter
Gabriel soundtrack to Martin
Scorcese's The Last Temptation of
Christ, had just been released on
single compact disc (CD), single
cassette, and double-LP formats, and
I rushed into Liberty Street's
Schoolkids Records store after a
particularly hectic day at the Daily
building a block down Maynard
Street. Whereas early compact disc
releases of 80-minute double LPs
had been truncated to the format's
70-minute capacity by dropping
songs and fading out others, infuriat-
ing CD buyers, the Gabriel album
(by "album" I mean a volume of
songs on any format) follows the
precedent set by Sting's ...Nothing
Like the Sun and cemented by U2's
Rattle and Hum, by forcing out a
questionably-doubled extra-price
vinyl set to accommodate a 50+
.minute recording designed for CD
size. Holdouts like Simple Minds'
Live in the City of Light require two
CDs - and a death-spelling price for
the marketer. "Looks like we won't
be seeing the real double-LPs for
much longer," I lamented to the
sales clerk.
"Looks like we won't be seeing
any LPs, period," he returned dryly.
And as record companies and re-
tailers alike pursue a self-fulfilling

policy of reducing vinyl stocks in
response to a perceived consumer
abandonment of the LP, major chain
stores like Record Town, whose
local outlet is found near I-94 in the
Briarwood shopping mall, earnestly
whittle away the space devoted to
these oversized platters, leaving the
fan of this format in a quandary: ei-
ther to accept the inferior dynamics
of a prerecorded cassette or pay the
extra seven dollars demanded for digi-
tal perfection - or to spend hours
searching madly for a format that's
getting almost as hard to find as an
8-track cartridge.
Fortunately, music-buying plu-
ralists exiting suburban strip-mall
vertigo for our lovely campus are
suddenly to encounter a thrilling
haven from progress in the area of
Liberty and State streets, where a
mighty triad of new-record outlets
offer a remarkable combination of
variety, selection, and price. Despite
its recent remodeling and expansion
to accommodate a complete CD de-
partment, the Schoolkids store
stands as a true rarity in that it still
stocks primarily LPs - and not just
any LPs, but an unparalleled selec-
tion for its size of modern and col-
lege pop, international, jazz, folk,
and soundtracks on cassette and CD
as well.
Earlier in the decade, 0 u i
magazine included Schoolkids in a
list of the nation's top ten record

stores. And bitch as they may about
Schoolkids' recently increasing-to-
close-to-suggested-retail prices, lo-
calites will not deny the vigor of the
store's comprehensive stock: a super
collection of cut-outs, those hard-to-
sell oddities or overstock items at
heavy discount (you can build a
Brian Eno collection at only four
bucks a shot), obscure imports
(although thinning continuously as
major labels clamp down the copy-
right statutes), and a complete rack
of music magazines, including
British weeklies like the Melody
Maker. You can even find 12" disco
mixes there - as well as the new
White Lion or Winger album.
Should you be searching for
these on a Saturday, when the aisles
jam up with enthusiasts, go instead
to Discount Records, which has
an impressive classical selection on
its own, put particularly features
lower prices. Unlike regular chain
stores such as Record Town, who
even sell their $8.99 lists at $9.99,
Discount cuts way below regular re-
tail, and is distinguished by a laid-
back style evident in crayon-written
dividers and elaborate displays. But
Discount sells few LPs. Selling
even less is State Discount, a
drugstore across the street which
sells a limited stock of new releases
and predictable mid-line oldies on
CD and cassette. By dealing in
enormous volume, State cuts close

to the bottom of a retailer's 40%
mark-up to offer unbeatable prices.
But if these aren't low enough,
or you still can't find Ry Cooder's
Paris, Texas on LP, head down State
toward Angell Hall and find the
amazing Wazoo used record store.
Like PJ's at Hill and Packard,
Wazoo sell almost all LPs - and
because of the alternative bent of
Ann Arbor listeners, you'll find
much more at both stores than just
old John Waite pressings. Instead,
search out old imports and new pro-
mos sold off by local hacks and
DJ's.
Classical buffs will be satisfied
by two more stores in the same
vicinity. Liberty Records is the
older, an institution which also sells
many soundtracks. But you'll never
figure out its arrangement; ask a
sales clerk for assistance. Just on the
other side of Schoolkids is its new
offshoot, SKR Classical, a fancier,
more modern-looking store. The dif-
ference in selection is hard to tell.
And should you be searching for
new-age, your mecca will be Earth
Wisdom Music in the Seva restau-
rant up towards Division. They'll
pay every tape for you before you
buy it; but they don't sell LPs any-
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By Alex Gordon
NSE Editor
"Mike," Carol said, "why don't
we load the kids into the wagon and
take a vacation?"
"Where can we go, honey?" Mike
responded. "We've been to Hawaii,
and the Grand Canyon."
"We'll take a vote!" Carol said
triumphantly. "Greg, Marcia, Peter,
Jan, Cindy, Bobby!"
Down the stairs the six polyester-

clad Brady kids came. As they settled
in the romp room, Mike opened the
meeting of the Brady household.
"Kids, your mother and I have de-
cided we should take another vaca-
tion. We're going to let you kids de-
termine where we'll go."
"Groovy!" Jan said. "I heard
about this college town in Michigan
that has just tons and tons of muse-
ums and galleries. With my glasses
I'd really like to see the Monets at

lovely gallery
the University Museum of Art." "And a m
"Art, that's for stinkers!" Bobby prices he cha
sneered, drawing a quick glare from "Personally
Carol. Slusser Ga
"Son, you know I don't like that Architecture
word." Campus."
"Aww, but Mom, in Ann Arbor "Now Mik
they have a really neat mummy at tion is for y
the Kelsey Museum of Ancient work. After
and Medieval Archaeology." amusement p
"A mummy, oh really Bobby, poster we've
you've been watching too much tv, mixing busin
Greg said. "I'd like to go to T h e Marcia s
Hands On Museum. I hear that Perhaps if
place really smokes." d sat the Clemei
"That's fine," Carol replied, "as a ydal '
long as you don't smoke.", my diary. I'
Jr ha ened

illion dollars with the
arges," Mike chuckled.
I'd like to see the
llery in the Art and
Building on North
ke, the idea of this vaca-
you to get away from
that fiasco at the
ark with the Yogi Bear
all had our share of
ess with pleasure."
ddenly had an idea.
we look through all the
.y American documents
ants Library, we'd find
just die if Desi Arnaz
to be looking at the rare
w my diary."
bout as likely as my
ng as the six of us are
to record a song," Peter
sides, I'd like to spend
e at the Bentley
Library, on North
ey have lots of swell
ut the history of
could show up Buddy

Just then Alice, the housekeeper,
and a University of Michigan gradu-
ate, entered the room. "I hope you
folks don't mind me intruding, but I
remember the Natural Science
Exhibit Museum being a real hum
dinger. Sam the Butcher says there's
a skeleton of a wooly mammoth
there so big that he could make a
hundred steaks out of it."

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