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April 16, 2010

True Vine ranks on Spin's 15 Best Indie Record Stores ... again

For the second year in a row, Baltimore vinyl hub The True Vine has ranked No. 14 on Spin magazine's list of America's 15 Best Indie Record Stores.

No offense to True Vine, but ranking No. 14 two years running seems a little odd, doesn't it? Well, that's because it's the same list as last year, pretty much word for word.

One minor detail is different -- the sentence: "In honor of the second annual Record Store Day on April 18" was changed to "In honor of the third annual Record Store Day on April 17."

Looks like Spin is aching for something -- anything -- they can write about Record Store Day. But to copy and paste something from last year and pass it off as new material? That's low, man ...

I put a call out for comment, but haven't heard anything yet. True Vine's owner, Jason Willet, was happy with the publicity, though.

"Maybe they've run out of ideas," he said. "That's funny."

UPDATE: This just in from the Spin camp:

"We updated last year’s list to reflect any changes that might have happened in the intervening 12 months. These are SPIN’s 15 favorite indie record stores. We’ve loved them in the past and we love them right now."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:01 PM | | Comments (1)
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Yet another reason why I pay so little attention to music journalism, and spend so much time seeing bands live.

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