OMG, People Buy Records? Vinyl In The News Thread

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http://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/rsd-FPH-04192014:article

A line of people stood waiting at the register of Val’s halla Records in Oak Park the morning of April 19, most with records in their hands.

That’s right, records; those black, round objects about the size of a dinner plate. First supplanted by the 8-tracks, cassette tapes, then smaller compact disks and later by the invisible digital downloads.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 21 April 2014 22:04 (five years ago) link

and soon by ponos.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 21 April 2014 22:40 (five years ago) link

Val's halla Records in Oak Park

mattresslessness, Monday, 21 April 2014 22:47 (five years ago) link

in Oak Park

mattresslessness, Monday, 21 April 2014 22:47 (five years ago) link

Oak Park

mattresslessness, Monday, 21 April 2014 22:47 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

that's pretty interesting - I wonder if those are really "new" presses, or just refurbished ones cobbled together from old ones?

RSD-rolled (sleeve), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 19:07 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

lol of course the only contemporary records were Super Session and a Vanilla Fudge LP

polyamanita (sleeve), Thursday, 5 June 2014 23:59 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

better than usual article:

http://pitchfork.com/features/articles/9467-wax-and-wane-the-tough-realities-behind-vinyls-comeback/

sleeve, Friday, 1 August 2014 16:50 (five years ago) link

i laughed at the anecdote about how many bands want to put blood in their records.

mizzell, Friday, 1 August 2014 19:20 (five years ago) link

apparently the perfect pussy album actually did, maybe it was a different plant to that quoted

doodle cock-up (electricsound), Saturday, 2 August 2014 02:43 (five years ago) link

that story is completely insane.

it really is

sleeve, Monday, 11 August 2014 14:48 (five years ago) link

haha yeah it was wild. I liked it.

dmr, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 01:46 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

local newspaper reporter came in and told me he wants to do a store on vinyl is back. full circle. like a record.

scott seward, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:32 (four years ago) link

“There is a cultural slowing-down where people can sit in the same room at the same time and have something playing that they all can listen to.”

b/c there's no way to do that with any other music format!

these articles almost make me want to burn all my vinyl records.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:34 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

You look disappointed with the article surrounding you.

Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 20 December 2014 21:21 (four years ago) link

"Lovers of vinyl have their reasons"

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 20 December 2014 22:12 (four years ago) link

aw, congrats on that story scott!

Ottbot jr (NickB), Saturday, 20 December 2014 22:16 (four years ago) link

What the heck is an album and why would I want one?

tokyo rosemary, Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:42 (four years ago) link

I think it's part of an egg

Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 21 December 2014 01:05 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

This is good news: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/03/03/quality-record-pressing-vinyl-demand/24289315/

schwantz, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 16:58 (four years ago) link

its the HOT STAMPER dude - http://www.wired.com/2015/03/hot-stampers/

just sayin, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 21:45 (four years ago) link

fuckin' audio oenophiles

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 22:03 (four years ago) link

here come the hot stamper

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 22:24 (four years ago) link

I've seen two medicine commercials with record shoppin' scenes.

Flow-through nonresident pass-through entity (los blue jeans), Saturday, 7 March 2015 04:23 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

That's rad. Feel like I could make a better one. Would anyone buy it?

schwantz, Monday, 13 April 2015 21:59 (four years ago) link

Stereo would be tough.

schwantz, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:00 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

record libraries are newsworthy now? this is a strange place in as much as it's a beautiful building containing not really all that many records:

http://www.factmag.com/2015/05/28/seoul-music-library-understage-vinyl-library/

mortal boomkat (NickB), Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:54 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

aaaaaagh kill me now

"the warm and wonderful crackle of vinyl was finally fighting back against cold, compressed MP3s"

https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/dec/09/vinyl-record-sales-up-but-indie-labels-dont-see-benefit

(article is actually OK imo)

sleeve, Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:37 (two years ago) link

In April 2015, when Sonic Cathedral joined forces with Bristol agent provocateurs Howling Owl to begin our Record Store Day Is Dying campaign, we flippantly suggested that every day should be a record store day.

hmm, where have I heard this before?

Lee626, Saturday, 10 December 2016 18:08 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

it's over, y'all

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-vinyls-boom-is-over-1500721202

sleeve, Sunday, 23 July 2017 15:33 (two years ago) link

When is the "hiding your dumb vinyl story behind a paywall" boom gonna end tho

Puke and Other Poems (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 24 July 2017 02:16 (two years ago) link

Repost here (scroll down a bit):

http://www.reddit.com/r/vinyl/comments/6oxff7/why_vinyls_boom_is_over_gillian_welch_david/?st=j5gv5hhr

Lee626, Monday, 24 July 2017 11:16 (two years ago) link

https://www.channelnews.com.au/vinyl-sales-slump-quality-blamed/

In the first half of 2015, sales of vinyl records jumped 38% compared to the same period the prior year, to 5.6 million units, Nielsen Music data show.

A year later, growth slowed to 12%. This year, sales rose a modest 2%. “It’s flattening out,” says Steve Sheldon, president of Los Angeles pressing plant Rainbo Records. While he doesn’t see a bubble bursting—plants are busy—he believes vinyl is “getting close to plateauing.”

sleeve, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 15:17 (two years ago) link

Old LPs were cut from analog tapes—that’s why they sound so high quality. But the majority of today’s new and re-issued vinyl albums—around 80% or more, several experts estimate—start from digital files, even lower-quality CDs. These digital files are often loud and harsh-sounding, optimized for ear-buds, not living rooms. So the new vinyl LP is sometimes inferior to what a consumer hears on a CD.

“They’re re-issuing [old albums] and not using the original tapes” to save time and money, says Michael Fremer, editor of AnalogPlanet.com and one of America’s leading audio authorities. “They have the tapes. They could take them out and have it done right—by a good engineer. They don’t.”

As more consumers discover this disconnect, vinyl sales are starting to slow. In the first half of 2015, sales of vinyl records jumped 38% compared to the same period the prior year, to 5.6 million units, Nielsen Music data show. A year later, growth slowed to 12%. This year, sales rose a modest 2%. “It’s flattening out,” says Steve Sheldon, president of Los Angeles pressing plant Rainbo Records. While he doesn’t see a bubble bursting—plants are busy—he believes vinyl is “getting close to plateauing.”

is this really the reason vinyl sales are slowing, that newer vinyl consumers are realizing the source is digital, not analog? i doubt it. later on it says another reason is the high cost of vinyl and that maybe seems more likely to me. people maybe getting tired of paying $30-$40 for an album

marcos, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:05 (two years ago) link

I do think more people are aware of the "4 Men With Beards" style of crap CD-sourced pressings. But I'd imagine the stupid prices factor into it as well. Also, not as cool as it used to be, thankfully.

sleeve, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:10 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

(not a serious article)

sleeve, Friday, 10 November 2017 00:20 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

"This At-Home Vinyl Record Cutting Machine Could Change Mixtapes Forever"

Likely nothing more than a novelty, but a fun idea.

https://www.okayplayer.com/music/world-first-home-vinyl-record-cutting-machine-set-2020-release.html

nickn, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:03 (three days ago) link


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