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If Starbucks is the new record store please just shoot me now

This Magazine Staff

I have to admit that I don’t pay much attention to the CDs for sale at my local Starbucks. I’m usually in desperate need of caffeine and trying to figure out whether eight grams of fat in coffee cake really does make it “low fat.” Does it?
I know they’re currently selling some sort of new Paul McCartney CD cause his face is all over the gift cards they’re selling. Unless it gives the buyer insider access to his dirty divorce details, well quite frankly I’m not interested.
I’ll pay more attention to the music selection from now on after learning that my beloved alt-rock band Sonic Youth is doing a CD for Starbucks. Nooooo! Say it isn’t so.
The band is asking fashion designer Marc Jacobs, some random actors and musicians like Beck and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to pick their favourite Sonic Youth songs which will then appear on the compilation, along with one new track from the band. Sounds like a kind of cool project and I’m sure bandmember Thurston Moore is being sarcastic when describing Starbucks as the “new record store”, but something about the union of Starbucks and Sonic Youth seems wrong. It’s creepy, like when Bob Dylan did those commercials for Victoria’s Secret. Yuck.

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