By Jim Schutze
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Last week, the Good Records Web site carried the following notice: "For four years we have had the pleasure to meet many of you on our journey to a new adventure in listening. We have been proud to bring our vision of a record store to the people of Dallas and around the world. We will be suspending our Internet presence and on-line orders to restructure temporarily. You will soon see changes not only on-line but also at our physical location."
Wait: What changes? And when? And why the elevated language, almost begging the reader to peek between the lines? Was one of the city's most beloved record stores covering up for its own demise? For a moment, I thought it was some April Fools' prank, like the posting at Deep Elm Records that claimed the label had entered an exclusive partnership with Disney Corp. and all future albums would carry pictures of animated Disney characters.
It's not quite so dramatic. "It's basically a karmic cleansing," says the store's new manager Chris Neal, who recently replaced Erik Courson, still a silent partner in the company. Neal, known affectionately as "The Rubber Man" (the result of a college-age tendency to bounce off the walls with excitement), is a longtime friend of Good Records co-owner Tim DeLaughter and his wife, Julie. He says the announcement signals a purging of certain merchandise. "The original vision for the store was that when you walk into the place, everything should be worth buying," Neal says. Guess that means no more Ryan Adams at Good Records. The store is planning some impressive in-stores, while trying to count all the marbles and ensure consistent online service. Oh, yes! And there will be fresh flowers. "We want people to come in and have a good experience," Neal says.
Adds employee C.J. Davis, "We want to make sure we stay the best in town."
Good Records hosts a CD release party for Buzz-Oven Vol. 11 on Saturday at 3 p.m. The disc features music from Chomsky and The Vanished.
The band is planning several benefit concerts, including a show April 23, with Dana's Fast, Solace, FFTN and others. For more information, see www.frolicweb.com.
Here is something else that is true: Prince has added a second Dallas show on June 11. Tickets go on sale April 17.