Sonic Boom Records has long been one of Seattle’s favorite spots for procuring new albums, exploring latest music trends and flipping through the newest releases. We’ve known it’s awesome for a while, and the rest of the country is catching on too. Today’s NPR features a story on the venerable store and an interview with owner Jason Hughes. In it, he explains, “The music community in Seattle influences what we sell greatly. Actually, if we weren’t in Seattle I don’t know if we’d still be around. The one thing that Seattle has that many other cities lack is the music infrastructure. Radio stations like KEXP that play music, clubs, and healthy array of bands that are playing in those clubs regularly. There are four major record stores that are still in this city. I don’t know of another city where that’s the case.” Catch the full interview above, and congrats to Sonic Boom!