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Sometimes, I think I was born a generation or two too late–almost all of the music I love is from before I was born, let alone cognizant of music. If there’s one advantage to the modern era, it’s having almost the world’s entire media catalog only a few clicks away, 1 Now I can explore and cultivate a taste for this stuff in a way I never would have in the dark days of Real Physical Media, and it’s distribution-related quirks. You were limited by what your local record store kept in stock, and heaven help you if your local record store was a big chain–it’s mainstream, big sellers and Top 40 for you, son. The independent stores were where the action was. Now, the Internet is the world’s biggest independent record store.