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04.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Luke Lavin's shop, Bull's Eye Records, is among the independent music stores that won't be celebrating Record Store Day this year. "I came to the decision to treat Record Store Day like Valentine's Day, as a made-up holiday that doesn't exist," Lavin says. "I may have some refreshments here and may have a small sale to say thanks to our customers, but since we celebrate record...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Analog music for a digital age

Remember records? Those 12- or 7-inch vinyl discs we used to spin at 33 or 45 rpms? They're back, and their popularity is increasing faster than the price of oil during a hurricane. According to Rich Menning, whose independent store Atomic Records will soon close due to the decline in CD purchases, vinyl sales have increased 10% over the last few years. "There has always been a romance to vinyl," he says. "The size-particularly the artwork-is so much more tangible than a...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Online Exclusive

On Saturday, April 19, independent record stores around the country will celebrate Record Store Day. In an effort to drive consumers back to record stores, artists like The Black Keys, Built to Spill, Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M. and Vampire Weekend will release in-store-only singles, and local record stores like Atomic and the Exclusive Company will offer special sales and free live music throughout the day.