All of the sad.
News broke this week that The Disc Exchange would be closing for good soon. As WVLT reported on Thursday, there is no set final day, but it will be in the near future. They're currently running a liquidation sale, offering everything in the store at 40% off.
The Disc Exchange will be missed in a big way, and we certainly wish all the folks over there well in whatever they do in the future.
While the news of any local business closing, especially one that's been a part of my life for over a decade, is really sad, it's not necessarily surprising. It's been something of a miracle that a city Knoxville's size has had as many locally owned record stores as it has for so long.
Raven Records, Lost & Found, Basement, Hot Horse, and Wild Honey remain, and if you want them to stick around, the solution is simple. Buy records.
The Disc Exchange's Jennie Ingram told WVLT that TDE was the last locally owned record store to buy new CDs. That's an increasingly shaky value proposition. I don't even have a CD player anymore. If a local band gives me their CD to review, I have to get an old laptop out of my closet, upload it, and put it on a thumb drive so I can put it on my macbook.
Vinyl is the thing for an in-store buying experience now. The romanticism and the collectability cool factor is just not there with CDs.
Still I'm going to really miss The Disc Exchange. In a true 'don't know what you've got 'til it's gone' moment, reminiscing on my many memories with TDE, I now realize what a big role it played in my life. As a kid trying to figure out how music plays into his identity and personality, The Disc Exchange was there to help facilitate.
As a nine-year-old, the first CD I ever bought with my allowance was at The Disc Exchange. It was Metallica's Black Album. Or... At least I thought it was. I accidentally picked up the stringed quartet Apocalyptica covering Metallica's Black Album. Luckily the option to exchange it for the real thing was there.
The very first thing I did when I got my drivers license at 16 was drive to The Disc Exchange (then on Kingston Pike) to pick up Yonder Mountain String Band's Elevation.
Over the years, I brought in such classics as Chumbawamba, Jewel's Pieces of You (Thanks for the Christmas present, Aunt Deborah), and Jock Jams Vol. 2.
In 2012, I got to see my one of my all-time favorite bands, Band of Horses, do an intimate acoustic set in their store.
More recently, KMW partnered with The Disc Exchange on occasion for our Thursday Night Listening parties in which we'd listen to local music and then one record in its entirety, drink beer, hang out, and raffle off prizes.
Share your memories, stories, and most embarrassing records you tried to turn in.
We want to hear your stories. What were the best in-store performances you saw over the years? What were the most embarrassing records you tried to turn in? Was it Creed? It's okay if it was Creed. I mean, you were trying to get rid of it. Anyway, hit us up on twitter or in the comments of this Facebook post.