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•  Rolling Stone reports that "Tower Records, the beloved music chain that shuttered all of its U.S. physical locations 14 years ago, has been revived as an online store.

"After nearly a year of teasing its return via a social media presence, the new Tower Records officially relaunched this week, complete with the return of its Tower Pulse magazine as well as online performances."

Tower Record filed for bankruptcy and closed all its US locations in 2006, the story says - only one bricks-and-mortar location remains, in Tokyo, Japan.

I think the things that surprised me most about this story were a) that it took so long for this to happen, and b) that it was 2006 when Tower closed all its stores.  It seems like a lot more recently than that … but maybe that's just because the years are beginning to run into each other.