Gaijin Punch wrote:24-bit WAV is a great choice,
I meant as in having the option to get the 24-bit WAVs, as choice in audio formats is good, and if a store is offering 24-bit they're probably likely to have more sane and usable options like FLAC or Vorbis. 192khz is bugshit insane, but 24-bit 96khz (which I think is what most digital shops that sell 24-bit WAV use) is a little less nutty in certain situations (e.g. recording in the studio, but then why would you be buying music for the studio anyway?). I'm not sure that I buy that the studio is the ONLY situation in which 24-bit is useful or desirable, but 192khz is, as the link makes clear, wasted on human hearing (and hard drives or media players). If anyone wants to dick around with 24/96 just to see on their own if it offers any difference, Nine Inch Nails' most recent album was released for free in a huge variety of formats. If I remember right, on the download page it actually cautions you that the 24/96 is going to be useless without the right equipment.
citcelaid, thanks for those links. I've been hearing a lot ABOUT Disclosure lately, but haven't once listened to any of their tracks. That was a good one. I'm slowly trying to get more into the shoegaze genre--I love My Bloody Valentine, but I feel like I need to educate myself more on acts like Slowdive and proto-shoegaze bands like Cocteau Twins, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc. That Girls Names has a good sound, though, and I'll definitely keep my eyes out for it.
Have you heard Dykehouse's Midrange? He's an early release on Ghostly (sorry to keep on about that label) and has a sort of shoegaze-meets-bedroom-production vibe and sound. I find it a really enjoyable album which may be worth checking out. It got a hilariously bad review on Pitchfork when it was released, the sort of thing where you can definitely tell the reviewer was just completely wrong for the album and spent most of the time ranting against the whole indie-electronica genre that came on the heels of IDM, which he states, "was fucking over sometime in 2001." Pretty amusing.
Dykehouse hasn't done anything of note since, but before Midrange was released he contributed a great cover of My Bloody Valentine's cover of Wire's Map Ref. 41°N 93°W on a Ghostly compilation.