Hey flock! Does anybody still hunt for CDs in random stores, or just me?
A couple weeks ago I stumbled across a copy of The Tragically Hip’s Live Between Us at Savers.
It was a complete fluke to find, and I spent the next hour in my car with a Little Caesars Pretzel Crust pizza.
The combination of Gord’s ranting and a giant goopy cheesy pretzel pizza is really fantastic in its own unique way.
Fast forward to yesterday, and I was driving around Amherst going to every thrift store like a goofball. Sadly, there were no more Hip CDs to be found.
Desperate to hear “50 Mission Cap” and “At The Hundredth Meridian” (the two songs *not* on the live album), I got on my phone and started searching for the nearest music store…
..which happened to be right back in Niagara Falls.
I vaguely knew about Music Matters. One of my old friends had talked about the place when it opened.
I didn’t know what to expect. Obviously they’d have vinyl, but would they have the very specific CD that I was hunting for?
As I walked into the store, Depeche Mode was playing. In this moment, I was one with this place. It had absorbed me in an instant.
As I went through the meticulously alphabetized CD racks and made it to “T”, I saw it. Right in front of me was the cover art of Fully Completely.
They actually keep the CDs in a separate storage, and the guy there will assemble the Jewel Case for you. It reminds me of Blockbuster, but cooler.
Also, they guy is exactly the type of person who would run a music store. He seemed incredibly laid back, but would still ask if there were any other albums you didn’t see. I wholeheartedly believe if there was, he could reach into the fabric of spacetime and pull it out.
I left very happy, left the 5-star review I promised I would (I owe them that much), and came home to the sound of Gord singing about a hockey player and corduroy roads.
Now to get another pretzel crust pizza….