I am currently ripping my entire cd collection. It is no small task. My friend Ryan bought me a big, external hard drive as a wedding gift. We just bought a new computer--a much faster imac with dual processors--so it seemed like a good time to do it. I can put a stack of cds next to my keyboard and load them all day while I work on other projects. At any rate, running through these cds has been a trip down memory lane for me. I came across one of my favorite cds from high school, Fugazi's now-classic album "Repeater" and started thinking about my love of independent and punk music and how it fit with my politics. I loved that Dischord Records would discount their products and then put a suggested retail price on the back of their albums. Of course, most of the bands I like would hate my politics. But to me, independent music has always gone hand-in-hand with conservatism. I like how they do business. I want to encourage business practices I admire. I wouldn't like it if business were forced to do business like Dischord. I've never understood how bands or record companies with the message "don't tell me what to do" could end up hostile to the political ideology that emphasises individual freedom.
I wanted to see if Dischord Records was still in business. They are. Find them here.
I have been accused of being a cruncy-con or a south park conservative. My love of punk, independent music, and tofu predates those terms.