OMG, People Buy Records? Vinyl In The News Thread

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

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

Stereo would be tough.

schwantz, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:00 (five 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 (three 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 (three 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 (two years 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 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

everything is so fucking expensive and it’s getting worse. Fuck this shit.

brimstead, Sunday, 3 November 2019 22:35 (six months ago) link

yeah the bubble's never going to pop it's awesome

With an Extreme Burning (aka The Tormentor) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 3 November 2019 22:54 (six months ago) link

secondhand-wise i'm still finding great &/or interesting stuff at decent prices, but new releases/reissues no thanks (with the odd exception)

no lime tangier, Monday, 4 November 2019 08:33 (six months ago) link

Still gonna be a while yet before the Earnest New Vinyl Collectors of the aughts start getting divorced, downsizing, and/or dying

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 4 November 2019 13:46 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

yeah but it'll happen
& some kids will get lucky the way i did when a bunch of suckers "upgraded" to CDs in the late 80s
good times, somewhere down the road

doo rag, Thursday, 19 December 2019 09:12 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Rainbo Records pressing plant closes in Los Angeles. They pioneered the flexi-disk.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-01-27/rainbo-records-vinyl-pressing-plant-closes

nickn, Monday, 27 January 2020 23:53 (four months ago) link

everything is so fucking expensive and it’s getting worse. Fuck this shit.

yeah flipping through the new arrivals at the local store I saw a bunch of LPs that I could swear were $1-3 back when I started collecting a decade ago that are now priced around $8-12. I understand it in the case of Gentle Giant or XTC, since those bands always seem to attract the more obsessive types and there aren't exactly a ton of copies floating around, but mixed in there was a $12 copy of Thriller, which last time I checked was one of the highest selling albums ever. there was a $7 copy of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, an album which every thrift store on the planet used to have a half-dozen copies of. I just spent 10 bucks on a copy of Gary Numan's Dance, which is about the sum total I paid for his first four. I could've gotten Dance for a buck or two back then but I didn't feel like it. It was one of those albums you couldn't give away.

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 00:06 (three months ago) link

Condition is everything, were these (Thriller, SNF) in great condition? Because I imagine most copies out there are beat to shit.

nickn, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 00:40 (three months ago) link

i don't even bother going through dollar bins/3 for 10 bins or w/e anymore, should i?

brimstead, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 01:48 (three months ago) link

i see copies of dance going for $20+ these days

brimstead, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 01:51 (three months ago) link

xp
Depends on where you're shopping.

nickn, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 02:58 (three months ago) link

so glad I did most of my upgrading/re-buying in the mid 2000s

it's definitely getting worse

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 03:16 (three months ago) link

A fire has destroyed one of the two facilities in the world that manufacture the lacquer required to press vinyl records https://t.co/SZHMmJdZM3

— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) February 7, 2020

ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:00 (three months ago) link

heh I bumped a different thread but this will do

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

Sorry, didn't see that!

ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:04 (three months ago) link

Much like the squeeze in the run up to RSD, I'm sure it'll be the small labels who really get hit hard by this

ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:11 (three months ago) link

man that is a bummer

davey, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:14 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

i see copies of /dance/ going for $20+ these days

i see copies of /dance/ going for $20+ these days


lol found a decent copy for 9 bucks the other day along with the first four Numan records for 12-13 each *shrugs*

brimstead, Sunday, 8 March 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link


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