best place to hear great non-live music (2008)

HI FI

While New York City is a live music- maven's mecca, sometimes there's nothing like slamming a beer while listening to tunes on a great jukebox. The big computer, custom-made by East Village watering hole HI FI's owner, currently holds MP3 tracks from over 1,800 albums—a collection which grows weekly. While the selection leans heavily toward New York indie, it's not unusual for a Deee-Lite track to follow the Strokes or Gomez. And at $1 for three tracks, it's a damn sight cheaper than Radio City or the Bowery Ballroom.

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