Streaming music is not going away. It’s poised to be the way we all get music in the future. But this transition away from the old ways of making, recording and distributing music continues to be a painful transition for artists and people associated with its creation and recording.
Rain Perry is one of those musicians. The result is a pivot to filmmaking and a documentary called The Shopkeeper that looks at the effect streaming is having on independent musicians and producers. The Shopkeeper focuses on some of those people, including the operator of the longest continuously operating studio in Austin, Texas. The trailer makes for some sober viewing.