A trip to the record store these days is an act of compassion.
Sure there are plenty of new releases out on vinyl. In fact vinyl records are the fastest growing sales segment in the music industry.
But most record stores fill the majority of their shelves with vintage LPs. These are the records that get traded in by people who have no use for them anymore.
Maybe they inherited a collection from their parents or grandparents and they’re just not that into music. Or maybe they’ve played the records a million times and just aren’t into the bands anymore. Or maybe they thought vinyl died out 30 years ago.
For whatever reason they don’t see any use for the old Cat Stevens or Doobie Brothers albums. They look at vinyl records as an outdated format just taking up space in their attic.
Yet when I and other collectors come in to a record store we see the value in the classic pieces of wax. Continue reading
Did you celebrate Record Store Day?
Saturday, April 20 was the seventh annual celebration of all things vinyl. My girlfriend and I were proud participants. We drove two hours to Criminal Records in Atlanta to dig through crates of used records and seek out limited edition new releases from some of our favorite artists like Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.
At the end of the day we ended up with just about everything we were looking for. What amazed me though was just how many other people did as well.
When we arrived at Criminal Records on Saturday morning, we saw a line coming out of the store and stretching around the next block. We ended up waiting an hour to get in the store, and then another hour or so to get out of the store. Continue reading