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Jakarta Post

The silent return of vinyl records

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 25 2008   /  12:01 pm
Vinyl is In: (JP/M.Taufiqurrahman)(JP/M.Taufiqurrahman)

There is one good reason why the movie High Fidelity, based on Nick Hornby's best-selling novel set in London, was shot in Chicago. The largest city in the Midwest has been long known as a Mecca for indie rock and the place where a countless number of bands built their credibility. In the days of yore, little-known bands like Slint, Silver Jews, Tortoise or big arena rocker Smashing Pumpkins built their fan base in Chicago while laboring in obscurity under the tutelage of labels like Touch and Go, Drag City and Thrill Jockey Records. Recently big acts the likes of Wilco and the Breeders repatriated to Chicago to work on their new albums. But the ultimate reason for the movie being shot in Chicago is the fact that the windy city is home to a large population of independent music stores manned by people who are as devoted as the characters of Rob Gordon and his crank...