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Learning to Be OK With the Word ‘Vinyls’

(via by Jem Aswad

One day last summer, while showing off his new apartment, my son pointed to his roommate’s impressive crates of albums and said, “Look at all of those vinyls!”

“Don’t you ever say that word again!” my wife and I thundered in mortified parental unison, as if he were a five-year-old who’d just dropped an f-bomb. “They’re records — or albums, or just vinyl. But for the love of God, they’re never, ever ‘vinyls.’”

“Whatever,” he grumbled, as his roommates laughed…

Read more: Learning to Be OK With ‘Vinyls’ – Variety

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Vinyl Comes Back From Near-Extinction


(via Statista)

from , November 19th, 2014

While the whole world is talking about Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and other digital music services, a long-forgotten medium has come back from near-extinction: the LP. In 2013, 6.1 million vinyl albums were sold in the United States, up from less than a million in 2005 and 2006. The same trend can be observed in the UK and in Germany, where LP sales have climbed to the highest levels since the early 1990s. Global vinyl sales amounted to $218 million in the past year and it’s all but certain that the vinyl comeback will continue in 2014.

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“We Stomped On The Quality of the Art of Music”: 20 Record Stores Weigh In on Vinyl’s Return

(Reprinted from Paste Magazine)

The emergence of vinyl fans among a generation that didn’t necessarily grow up with it left some scratching their heads, but its success is undeniable. Vinyl records, which some thought had taken the same forgotten route of 8-tracks and laser discs, are the one format that’s seen an increase during a notable slump in record sales. With artists like Arcade Fire, the Black Keys and the Beatles leading the vinyl march, the format is here to stay, at least for a while.

We asked record stores across the United States what they thought about the return of the waxy, black format. Here’s what they had to say:

(excerpt follows)

Terry Currier, Music Millennium: Vinyl Records are one of the greatest inventions ever made. They’re the purest form of sound of any format of recorded music that has been introduced to music fans. The industry did a big disservice to music fans by forcing vinyl out in the ’80s. Not only the great quality of sound but the get quality that went into many of the packages.

Vinyl was treated more like art than the CD and especially more than digital downloads. You interface with the packaging much more with a 12″ × 12″ than you do with a 5″ × 5″ cover of the CD, thusly you learn much more about…the music you are experiencing.

…We are a society of convenience and because of that we stomped on the quality of the art of music. Vinyl may not be the salvation of the record industry but this new renaissance in vinyl is here to stay.

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