Between 4/20, Easter, and Record Store Day, we're celebrating three of the holiest high holidays in one weekend this year. Record Store Day falls on Saturday, and with it comes a huge number of highly anticipated special releases and reissues, and a score of record stores hosting big day parties. He ... More >>
Texas -- or at least its lawmakers -- is not fond of Tesla, the electric car seller. In 2013, lawmakers blocked a bill that would have allowed the company to bypass auto dealers and sell directly to consumers. For Tesla the car manufacturer -- the one that just put Texas on the shortlist for a $5 b ... More >>
This past legislative session, billionaire Elon Musk's push for a new law allowing electric-car maker Tesla Motors to bypass car dealers and sell directly to consumers crashed and burned. Which wasn't a surprise. The state's car dealers have a long, proud history of plying legislators with campaign ... More >>
As they try to carve out a permanent niche in the ultra-competitive American car market, Tesla and billionaire founder Elon Musk have had to position themselves as sprightly Davids disrupting the lumbering Goliaths of Detroit and Japan. They have no other choice. They can't afford the untold billio ... More >>
Chris Olivera was for several years vice president of corporate communications and public affairs for Gamestop. Part of his job was serving as a public face and spokesman for the Grapevine-based video game retailer. He did that just fine. It was the other part of his job, processing invoices from ve ... More >>
Every so often, we get to wondering what people in the local music community do all day. So, we asked them. Today, Ken Shimamoto checks in with Doc's Records employee Dave Howard, and learn a little about the life of a record store clerk in 2012. I grew up in record stores: from the musty, dusty s ... More >>
Saturday, April 21
Good RecordsIt's hard to beat Good Records' yearly Record Store Day celebration. They always manage to put a solid lineup together, but this one trumps any from years past. Thanks to Sunday's Edgefest, Good's Chris Penn was able to procure performance slots for Ting Tings, Civil Twilight and Switchf ... More >>
If you're reading this blog, it's likely you frequent a record store, and there are several good ones in the area to choose from. But, if you didn't realize that purchasing music online is a mild sin, and if your record store of choice is the iTunes store or Amazon.com, you might be out of ... More >>
Tomorrow, as you now doubt are well aware by now, is the fourth annual official Record Store Day, in which we all get together and celebrate the brick-and-mortar shops that have managed to survive through the economy and the Internet stealing all of the action.But, really, just how bad are things ... More >>
A Store-by-store Breakdown of this Year's Record Store Day Events Around Town
Flickr user: lopolisA little while ago, Rudy Bush posted an item about a new push to allow beer and wine sales citywide, thus eliminating the so-called "dry" parts of town in which booze can't be sold for off-site consumption. Big news, to be sure, but also old news: I called Gary Huddleston, the ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park sends word: Borders Group is removing from its shelf 200 Waldenbooks locations across the U.S. -- including, as you can tell from the headline, the longstanding Valley View Center location, which opened in October 1999. Employees there only found out about the closure, sch ... More >>
That's right -- get ready to call the Fort Worth-based chain "The Shack" starting Thursday. The name change ain't official: It'll still be known by its more formal and familiar moniker. But according to Lee Applbaum, RadioShack's chief marketing officer, well, just forget about that whole "Radio" ... More >>
"Speculation that Starbucks is losing retail market share to competitors has been grossly exaggerated. Our customers are not trading down." (Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, announcing lower pricing on certain items in some markets to combat slower sales. The Seattle-based chain reported a 77 ... More >>
Something called the Food Marketing Institute was scheduled to hold two events in Dallas beginning May 4: a "Future Connect leadership development conference" on May 4-6, followed by a "MARKETECHNICS® technology event" May 5-8. According to Tradeshow Week, the events were to take place at the Hyatt ... More >>
Many of them were tucked away in suburban strip malls, their storefronts always the black sheep of the retail family. They were usually owned by a single lifelong music fan, someone who relished the opportunity to dog-paddle in the eye of the pop culture hurricane. Sometimes they smelled like incens ... More >>
Wrote the real-estatin' Friend of Unfair Park who alerted us to the news of Circuit City's imminent demise today, "Getting ugly out there." Indeed: Just two months after Circuit City included its N. Central Expressway and Meadow Road location as one the 155 "underperforming" stores being shuttered, ... More >>
Town East fights recession with bands
Get Gifted offers a night of deals
Came across this interesting item on the Interwebs today: CRM Studios is being forced to move out of its longtime home on the downtown Fort Worth RadioShack Corporation campus. Which is a very big deal, even if you've never heard of CRM. Because, see, years ago it was RadioShack's in-house ad agency ... More >>
Apartments ain't the only thing coming down in the DFW -- corner-lot gas stations are also going the way of the dodo, only to be replaced by banks of banks (like you hadn't noticed). Specifically, gas stations are giving way to Wachovia branches, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports t ... More >>
Losing our Virgin-ity: Come June 18, this place is going buh-bye. On June 18, the Virgin Megastore in Mockingbird Station is closing its big glass doors for good. About 10 minutes ago, I was told this was a mere rumor. Then I found this on the local location's Web site: "FOND FAREWELL!!!!! Thanks ... More >>
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