The Starbucks Factor

Okay. Here’s a question for opponents of “selling out.” Is it a bad thing that Feist’s The Reminder is on sale in Starbucks? I’ll admit that when I saw the album there I was disturbed. Upon a moment’s reflection, though, this is just snobbery. I don’t like the idea that, in the future, if I praise Feist this may indicate to other people that I’m the sort of person who gets his music recommendations from Starbucks rather than the sort of person who knows a lot about Canadian indie music. But that’s selfish and petty. She’s welcome to as big and middlebrow an audience as she can find as far as I’m concerned.

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