Watching plummeting sales figures in the record industry has become a masochistic spectator sport, and the Boston landscape has seen many of its longstanding record stores calling it quits, from Tower and Virgin to Disc Diggers and Hi-Fi Records. But if Sawyer were really concerned with industry trends and playing catch-up with the business world, she wouldn't be in this situation in the first place. Plans for the new store are wide open — she's thought about keeping it open late to serve crowds from Central Square clubs and staying open for in-store performances. "It's all in flux. That's what's great about being small — you can change what you're doing depending on what customers want. I don't have to ask anyone's permission — I can just give it to them."
Of course, that's the point of Weirdo to begin with: it's an active piece of the community that's part record store, part social center, part work-of-cultural-collage-in-progress. "You can destroy the rest of your life trying to find all the good music that there is until you've overwhelmed everything else that happens to you. That's the project I was put on Earth to do. Being able to share that is the greatest thing to happen."
For updated information on Weirdo Records, and info on how to help them move a few thousand records, visit www.weirdorecords.com
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