Originally Posted by Dasher
I think the level of conversation from music heads has took a backseat since the death of the retail shops. You can talk reckless on the internet, and act all snobbish, but cats would rip you apart in the shop if your attitude was too stank.
another thing that died around the inception of internet distribution was the sense of anticipation around buying a record. back when sh*t didn't leak three months before release date, getting a new record was an exciting experience. you'd hear about dope new stuff by word of mouth at stores rather than by some dude jawing off about it on okayplayer. also, when you'd pick up a new album, you'd listen to it in its totality rather than skipping through the mp3s and reburning your own version. i think artists are aware of this process, and so now less time is spent properly sequencing a record and probably even putting together a cohesive, quality project.