Attn: fans of "VINYLZ R BACK!!!111" Bullshit Bingo

DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,921 Posts
edited January 2015 in Strut Central
An instant full house right here.

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  • skelskel You can't cheat karma 5,028 Posts
    They had me at 'Swedish Death Metal band'

  • JimsterJimster The Cruffiton liveth. 6,664 Posts
    New Vinyl may still exist as a boutique brand, in the same way Rolls Royce can still make a profit, but for all other situations where you want to listen to music and are somehow without your £10K artisanal deck/stylus/amp/speaker combo, .mp3 going to have it on lock. It's just too convenient to abandon. I can't listen to vinyl at work or travelling but the magic of ones and zeros has made this a goer.

    I don't dispute the sound quality, but I can afford decent buds and you can get rips that don't sound like they're being played down a Bakelite phone.


  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,875 Posts

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    Hey Doc,

    Thanks for sharing the article. The sentiments it expressed only solidified why I remain a die-hard vinyl fan, the sound quality, tangibility of the record, and record covers/liner notes. I've been hooked on wax since 1974, so why change now? All my cats who abandoned vinyl (collectors in particular), including my late brother, have later regretted it.

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,756 Posts
    Yes... We have been hearing this for years... but I think it is safe to say it is back.

    As someone who took a 3 year hiatus and just getting back into it, I was floored at how much the "scene" has changed and how many more "people" I have been rubbing elbows with at the record store. It used to be diggers and a few indie rock heads.... now it's a lot more common folk.

    I'm also perplexed by the price of "new vinyl". Lots of remastered 180 gram re-issues for $30!? These used to be half the price in the mid to late 2000's.

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    Hey Raj,

    It's nice to see you on the virtual premises. Funny you mention record stores, they used to be such a regular social hangout in addition to supplier of my product. In the 80s and 90s, the trip to the record store was a weekly event. I'd get put up on the new stuff out, and pick through the bins and/or stuff my dealer put back for me. Man, I miss the backroom status! I'd meet rap cats there, as my dude would play my instros over the sound system. It was nothing to step out the backdoor with the dealer for a minute, during lunch, and spark some lah too. Those were the days. I can't imagine the new crowd being down with such stuff, as record heads 'back then' seemed more counter-cultural than today's lot. We're weirdos (yeah, I admit it)!!!

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,756 Posts
    Big_Stacks said:
    Hey Raj,

    It's nice to see you on the virtual premises. Funny you mention record stores, they used to be such a regular social hangout in addition to supplier of my product. In the 80s and 90s, the trip to the record store was a weekly event. I'd get put up on the new stuff out, and pick through the bins and/or stuff my dealer put back for me. Man, I miss the backroom status! I'd meet rap cats there, as my dude would play my instros over the sound system. It was nothing to step out the backdoor with the dealer for a minute, during lunch, and spark some la too. Those were the days. I can't imagine the new crowd being down with such stuff, as record heads 'back then' seemed more counter-cultural than today's lot. We're weirdos (yeah, I admit it)!!!

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak

    Hey Stacks!

    You still in NJ? The store I hit up on the regular is Double Decker in Allentown and his turnover is unreal. Go there on a Saturday and it is FILLED with people. It is kind of scary and exciting at the same time.

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    RAJ said:
    Big_Stacks said:
    Hey Raj,

    It's nice to see you on the virtual premises. Funny you mention record stores, they used to be such a regular social hangout in addition to supplier of my product. In the 80s and 90s, the trip to the record store was a weekly event. I'd get put up on the new stuff out, and pick through the bins and/or stuff my dealer put back for me. Man, I miss the backroom status! I'd meet rap cats there, as my dude would play my instros over the sound system. It was nothing to step out the backdoor with the dealer for a minute, during lunch, and spark some la too. Those were the days. I can't imagine the new crowd being down with such stuff, as record heads 'back then' seemed more counter-cultural than today's lot. We're weirdos (yeah, I admit it)!!!

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak

    Hey Stacks!

    You still in NJ? The store I hit up on the regular is Double Decker in Allentown and his turnover is unreal. Go there on a Saturday and it is FILLED with people. It is kind of scary and exciting at the same time.

    Oh yeah, I'm still in the Dirty Jerz, my man! I'll have to make a trip across the river some time, thanks for the tip. Is it the usual 'record dude' type of crowd I described? I remember it was pretty much hippies and weirdos, with a few b-boys mixed in, back in the 80s/90s. I kind of relished the countercultural element of the record store back then, among the regulars anyway.

    Peace,

    Big Stacks from Kakalak

  • DJRELAXDJRELAX 452 Posts
    Im in the same boat as Raj. Probably bought 5 records between 2007-2014. Sold and donated 1/2 my collection in 07 too urgently. Also sold most my production stuff; rack gear, keyboards, controllers, the works. I think I was in music depression about it. All I have left is my 12's and MPC, but I am happy and back in the game.

    Just got a tape deck at goodwill and a 10 pack of blank cassettes, its on!

    Record stores/sections are weird now I agree. Lots of new people at all the spots all the time. Not the people you would expect either. I remember how loner-ish it used to be.

  • asstroasstro 1,753 Posts
    RAJ said:

    The store I hit up on the regular is Double Decker in Allentown and his turnover is unreal. Go there on a Saturday and it is FILLED with people. It is kind of scary and exciting at the same time.

    Raj - I live in Easton and haven't hit Double Decker yet, but there are two stores in town here, Used Grooves and Easton Exchange. Both are doing really well according to the owners I've been chatting with, worth dropping by if you're in this area.

    I also dropped out of buying for 7-8 years while my kids were babies and have just been getting back into it in the last year. Honestly stores haven't changed all that much since I was hitting them hard in the 90's, the biggest difference I'm noticing is that things are pretty much the same price everywhere. Even if a shop specializes in indie rock or dance or something, they all price according to Discogs now so you are way less likely to find deals. The flip side is that stuff that I used to consider dollar bin fodder is being bought up like crazy by young kids. Classic rock stuff flies out the door as fast as they can get it in so if you have somewhere to get clean records cheap you can do well flipping them to shops. Or at least way better than you could 10 years ago.

  • JimsterJimster The Cruffiton liveth. 6,664 Posts
    The World Expert on wasps and the sounds they make was walking along the main street of a quiet country town when he came upon an old record store that sold vinyl classics.

    Flicking through the racks of LP's his attention was caught by an album titled: "Wasps of the world and the sounds they make."

    Intrigued, he asked the young sales assistant if he could listen to the album.

    "Certainly sir", said the assistant, "just step into the booth , and put on the headphones and I will put the LP on for you."

    So the World expert on Wasps and the sounds they make, stepped into the booth put on the headphones and listened to the LP.

    Five minutes later he came out of the booth and announced "I am the World expert on Wasps and the sounds they make, but I don't recognise any of those."

    "I'm very sorry sir", said the young sales assistant, "If you would care to step back into the booth again I'll play you another track".

    So the world expert on Wasps and the sounds they make, re-entered the booth and put the headphones on. but five minutes later came out of the booth shaking his head "I don't understand it, I am the World expert on Wasps and the sounds they make, and yet I still can't recognise any of those."

    "I really am sorry" said the young sales assistant, "Perhaps if you'd care to step back into the booth I could play you one more track."

    Eager to salvage his reputation, the World expert on Wasps and the sounds they make went back into the booth only to emerge five minutes later in a state of considerable agitation . "I am the World expert on Wasps and the sounds they make, and yet I have recognised none of the Wasps on this LP."

    "I really am terribly sorry" said the young assistant, blushing, "I've just realised I was playing you...








    the BEE SIDE."

  • dukeofdelridgedukeofdelridge urgent.monkey.mice 2,441 Posts
    Like clockwork!


  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,575 Posts
    Do any of us think that this new vinyl resurgence might help the 'Strut?
    How can we, collectively, co-opt the zeitgeist to help benefit the long-term survival of Soul Strut?

  • LoopDreamsLoopDreams 1,195 Posts
    The store that I used to buy/sell alot at in my hood just changed over for the new gen, and it's left me scratching my head. The old store was dingy, with the proprietor lounging onna sofa in the back eating pizza out of the box while on the phone trying to wheezle collections offa widows of dead record industry dudes. About twice a year he'd hit gold and it was open season for us crusts, cuz he'd bring in so much it would stock the shelves for months and the pricing was made to move stock.
    About a year ago said dude caught on that vinyl is BACK and moved into a larger flashier location, traded in his hoody for a turtleneck and black framed glasses, burnt the sofa, and stopped trying to bed widows for records. He now has much much new vinyls, and lots of young customers who dig the new vinyls. He is happy I think, there's a buzz to the place now that there wasn't at the old place. But damn, it sucks. His New Arrivals now consists of 50% re-issues and any OG's are priced popsiked or worse, cuz he's just going through the old stock and is too busy keeping the new vinyls going to bother diggin. Guess I'll have to start making reg trip to MTL and TO again, hipsters killed my haunt.


  • ppadilhappadilha 2,149 Posts
    mrmatthew said:
    Do any of us think that this new vinyl resurgence might help the 'Strut?
    How can we, collectively, co-opt the zeitgeist to help benefit the long-term survival of Soul Strut?

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  • mrmatthewmrmatthew 1,575 Posts
    ppadilha said:
    mrmatthew said:
    Do any of us think that this new vinyl resurgence might help the 'Strut?
    How can we, collectively, co-opt the zeitgeist to help benefit the long-term survival of Soul Strut?

    I think we have to add keywords like "vinyl comeback" and "Norwegian Black Metal" to the end of every post to improve the strut's SEO.









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  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts
    As we've said on here before, it's not so much that vinyl is back and more that vinyl adorned in overblown packaging gimmicks is now here...and annoying all of us who aren't so attracted to shiny things that exist just for the sake of shiny things.

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,691 Posts
    I learned from some old lady in a store the other day after I pointed out a Root Boy Slim record that he apparently liked to huff anything that would get him high, including insecticide, which she saw him huffing the first time she met him.

  • LaserWolfLaserWolf Portland Oregon 11,518 Posts
    "People"

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,921 Posts
    "Hey, did you know all those old vinyls [sic] are worth a lot of money now?"

    The angle that the author of this piece has missed, besides £6000 for GSTQ on A&M being a comparative steal, is; how come a record that's enjoyed cast-iron "holy grail" status amongst collectors for as long as it's existed can now be obtained for less than half of what it went for just over ten years ago, and five grand less than when it was last up for sale in public? I guess this is what happens when Discogs appears to be your sole research tool.

    EDIT: OK, I've since had a bit of backstory on that Pistols single. It seems it belonged to a former A&M employee who was one of the people that received a copy as a gift when the company got shuttered in '99. According to my (pretty dependable) source, this person lost their job a couple of years ago and has struggled to find work since. So it's likely that some big-time collectro has snagged an almost certainly unplayed copy of one of the great White Whales of UK record collecting for a snip, and the poor sod who had to sell it will lose 20% of their six grand to the auctioneer as commission. Yes, they sold it via an auction house. Bummer.
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