Dublin: Road Records on Fade Street is in a struggle to survive. A terrible shame if they go as itâ€™s a great independent record store with good taste in music. Itâ€™s where I first bought a Sigur Ros album, and where I saw Carly Sings sing one lunchtime. (If you havenâ€™t heard her album, you might enjoy it.) Who cares if the big stores die along with the record labels, but I thought there would always be room for a class act like Road Records. After hearing my album on Pearlâ€™s wonderful show on Phantom FM a blogger sniffily opined that he was far too worldly and knowing to spend $17 (on CD Baby) on any album. And this when it was worth about 12 euro. If everybody is working for free now, count me in. If not, Iâ€™m going to charge for my albums, thanks very much. Itâ€™s still costly to make a good sounding acoustic music album. Some are now â€œleasingâ€ music by paying for streaming on sites like Rhapsody. I understand that you can run out of room for albums in your house and probably thereâ€™s plenty to be said for it but from an artistâ€™s point of view it takes hundreds of plays before you can buy a cup of coffee. And as someone who uses their own artwork/photography I love having the physical album. Incidentally Iâ€™m having the Half Moon Bay CD reformatted, all slim and with no plastic.