Friday, September 25, 2009

Bad News for Music Lovers: Rhino Records Gutted by Layoffs

Yesterday's announcement that Warner Music Group will be laying off 30-40 employees of Rhino Records marks another sad day for modern-day music lovers who still buy physical product (you know, cd's and records). Rhino has from the outset been a premier reissue and compilation label, and many of their sets simply define genres for the discerning consumer. Some of their modern/punk/indie sets including No Thanks! The ’70s Punk Rebellion, Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the ’80s Underground, A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box and The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze and Britpop Gems of the Last Millennium are no-brainers in an essential music collection; their other genre sets are also not to be missed (but I couldn't find an easy link to copy like those above). Put simnply, this sucks.
It appears that they are going out with one of the best and most anticipated box sets in recent times, Big Star: Keep and Eye on the Sky. Buy some freakin' real music, will ya', and keep this music industry (the parts that don't suck) alive.



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