1.03.2011

Indie Fun. It's not always converse & cowboy boots.


Hey kids, remember when you used to drive over to your local record store to spend a few hours casually poking around the stacks of cd's, discovering new music and revisiting old favorites? I know it's hard to recollect these memories of days gone by, way back before itunes offered up any song you could imagine for 99 cents and the click of a button. I remember my hometown local record store...the time I searched for hours through the racks for a Prince cd, and the quick trips to run in and pick up the latest N'Sync cd (yeah, i admit it. I love boy bands.). My musical taste has evolved, just the same as the way I shop for music. But honestly, I sometimes yearn for the simplicity of a trip to the record store, because let's face it, spending too much time on the internet sizzles my brain and dims my eyesight. 

The other day we stopped in our local indie record store, Pegasus Records, which has served our city for 30 years. We didn't go for an LP or a cd, but to purchase some tickets to hear the most amazing up and coming duo, The Civil Wars. Their voices are hypnotically beautiful, drifting softly above the haunting acoustics of the guitar, that lead singer John Paul White so wonderfully plays. When we heard the duo would be playing at the intimate Zodiac Theatre to celebrate the release of their debut album, we just knew we had to be there.

And although we walked into the record store with a purpose, I found myself searching the musty stacks just like I have in the past. I walked through this place, lined with random posters and crates of cd's, and felt nostalgic. The indie record store represents something that is essentially almost dead. Basically, a specialized junkshop. An American gothic staple. It's not flashy or pretty. It's not beautifully designed, and more often than not, it smells like old wood. But there's no denying it's a pretty cool place. 

Devoting some time in a great record store rejuvenates. Unlike itunes, there are those ever helpful cats just behind the counter who are happy to offer an opinion. After a visit in the stacks, you can depart enlightened, carrying some music that might just blow your mind, with a huge grin on your face. And who doesn't want that?







Now, watch this amazing Civil Wars video! It was filmed here in our town!!


Aren't they great? Doesn't hurt that they look like movie stars, either. 

35 comments:

Lula said...

There's nothing, and I mean nothing, as good as a record store, and better yet, an old, vintagy record store. The smell of old wood is awesome! I remember going to one in Richmond and it was the best. I bought a little over 20 vinyls and they cost me like, ten bucks in total. I think the best part was knowing that they had been used by other music fans and that they had some history on them. It's so sad that they are making us pay 99 cents for a song now, I find that totally ridiculous.
The Civil Wars are really good, great find!
And wow, Hudson's the cutest.
Kiss
Lula

Mrs. Miller said...

what a fun day! lots of my friends work at the local record store here! i've been on the hunt for some david bowie on vinyl. super cute outfit!

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

Aww sounds like fun! Really cute pictures as well. :)

The Sweetest Life

Christine @ Fanciful Vision said...

What a lovely blog, your pictures are all so gorgeous as well! :) Really fun to read through your posts :)

x Christine

Alaythea said...

Although I have been a huge fan of Joy Williams (half of the Civil Wars) for a long time I haven't had a chance to listen to some of their music yet. My hubby and I LOVE good music (and I too was a fan of boy bands at one point in life!) and we are always searching for new bands and new music. This Christmas we ended up with new music from Castledoor, Ives The Band, Tall As Lions and Florence & The Machine. ALL amazing bands!!! Hopefully I'll have a chance to check out The Civil Wars soon - by the way, for some fun upbeat tunes check out Nicki & Rich!

Music Man said...

This was a fun little outing. I am really looking forward to our night out to hear a great band. I hope Pegasus Records is around when Hudson is older. I remember when they had another store in the mall.

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Shalyn said...

I am SO SAD to say, I don't think I have ever been in a record store-GAH! Must.Go.Now! You make them sound so fantastic! And I do have a vintage record player, too. Gorgeous photos, Ashley! Hope you and your fam have a wonderful Monday!Ps. Wanted to let you know your comment on my blog about the homeless man made my day- so touching! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jeannie said...

Good pictures of you and Hudson in your sweaters. Both are so cute!

thisitalianfamily said...

What a fun trip to the record store! I don't think I've ever been in one. Crazy how the times change. I work with teenagers and I can't believe that many of them have no idea what a cassette tape is... um yeah. Definitely makes me feel like an old gramma, haha. Anyway, love the pics! :)

Natasha said...

They have absolutly beautiful harmony. Whenever someone asks what type of music I like my answer is "pretty music" (meaning anything with "pretty" harmonies)...so yes I'm also a bit boy band fan...but not so much N*Sync...more Backstreet Boys..haha

Natasha said...

Ooops I forgot to mention how much I LOVE your outfit in this post as well...the sweater is amazing!

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Diana Smith said...

wow great music, never heard of them before! Thanks!

-Sam I Am- said...

holy smokes I love that song!!! for serious. and your photos are amazing!!! i miss the old record stores.. i was watching a video the other day that was set in the 90's and TOTALLY had the walkman and CD phase going on. LOVED IT :) Just like this post!

Lauren said...

Thank you for posting that video - a new favorite discovered!! And Hudson is seriously adorable!!

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Haley K said...

loved the photos from the record store...love places that make you nostalgic :) And The Civil Wars are awe-some, their voices compliment each other perfectly. thanks for sharing them! i have no doubt they'll be FANTASTIC live! Their concert sounds like a pretty sweet date night to me!

Brooke said...

Great photos!! I love your outfit in the last two pictures :) Going to check out the video right now!

Sands said...

Ohhh that place looks so cool! I love technology and all, but I still love buying CDs (and books! I'll never buy one of those Kindle thing!). And I don't even want to know what comes after Blue-Ray.

PS: I love how you switch up the little memos under your header! Always so inspiring, Ashley :P

xo
Sealverland

vintch said...

vintage, indie record stores are where it's at! we have a little one near where i live, and it's my and robert's friday tradition to get a cheese steak sub then go browse around! thanks for those lovely pictures!

Summer T said...

Loved the song and especially the video. I think that guy looks like a bloated johnny depp :)

so good to see Hudson at Pegasus! I hope they never close! Will, I remember the store in the mall too. Andy F. worked there didn't he? :)

S and O said...

They are great :) lucky you!
Oh my goodness these pictures are just sooo cute!
I love your outfit.
xoxo
Olivia

Tucker said...

I'm listening to them now - thank you, they're amazing!

you look absolutely gorgeous in these photos. and little hudsons outfit is soooo cute.

Meredith said...

it's too bad,
i have lots of records but no record player.
one day...

Jill @ TheLadyBoard said...

I am a total music junkie and could just spend days on end in record stores- love!!

Also? Um, Ashley, you have a ridiculously attractive family. True story.

Klove said...

I wish I was still cool...and went to see concerts. It sounds really fun. Plus, LOVE your sweater. XOXO

Gabriele said...

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In My Tennis Shoes said...

Thanks for the introduction! My kinda music definitely, very soulful! Will definitely be listening to them in the future! :)

alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great family day! Your little boy is adorable!

Jan said...

I remember flicking through bins full of cassette tapes held in those super long plastic cover things. Does that make me old? I still love independent music stores although I always feel like I need to impress the spotty indie kid behind the cash with my musical selections (the insecure girl from high school lurking inside me still takes over sometimes it would seem....)

Amy said...

My gosh! What a gorgeous music video...and I think I'm going to do some serious The Civil Wars stalking because you've introduced me to a band that is just absolutely incredible. I love their voices. It's so good. Okay, enough of that! But I love this post. I can smell the musty scent of old records. It's my favorite, right next to freshly cut grass!
Great post,
Xo

Linley said...

is that a local/Alabamian duo? i think i've heard of them before (from a different blog who also is in AL). have fun at the concert! (:

kileen said...

can i just say that you have the most amazing lashes!! like, seriously, i need to know your secret. :)

and i haven't heard of Civil Wars before now but now i'm going to be checking them out.

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thedemuremuse.com said...

that record store looks divine!!

also, you always seem to share the best music. i loved when you posted the tracks around Christmas time and Civil War is definitely growing on me too.

Ashley Eliza said...

sounds like such a fun day! have so much fun at the concert!

xoxo