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YouTube Vinyl Junkies

by Joe Wallace
I was contacted earlier this week by a fellow vinyl junkie and YouTube poster about a growing community of vinyl collectors who post video clips about vinyl collecting, their latest finds and other topics. I had no idea this sort of thing was happening on YouTube–I usually go there for exploitation movie trailers and related ephemera.

So it was with great delight that I found a massive trove of posts about vinyl, collecting, finds, etc. These aren’t produced or slickly done with titles and effects, etc. Just people who LOVE the format, the discoveries, and the excitement of being involved in a community like this.

Here’s a sampling of some of those videos, but there are MANY more online waiting to be discovered. One of the very best vids I’ve seen so far (by poster MrHoffame) who shares some really important information about insurance specifically for your vinyl record collection. Amazing, and VERY good to know. Did you know some vinyl insurance policies are SUPER cheap and have NO DEDUCTIBLES? See MrHoffame’s clip “Vinyl Collectors Should Know” below–it’s the third and final one on the page. Viva Vinyl!

Alex Day of Chameleon Circuit on Vinyl Records

Chameleon Circuit had not appeared on the Turntabling radar until just today when this fun YouTube video popped up. For anyone with a passing interest in Doctor Who, this band is probably already a known quantity–they write songs about Time Lords, the TARDIS, etc. and have dubbed their sound “Time Lord Rock”.

Anybody obsessed with both Time Lords AND vinyl records is tops in our book. Behold Alex Day of Chameleon Circuit holding forth about the glories of vinyl. Yes, this is a GREAT vid clip for anyone maybe a bit mystified as to why a certain die-hard segment of the population can’t get enough of the black wax. One of us! One of us! Gabba gabba hey.

–Joe Wallace

Frank Black on Vinyl Justice

I clearly have been living in a cave for many years as this is the first time I’ve heard of the series Vinyl Justice. And Frank Black’s appearance in this clip has rendered me an instant fan of the series (I was already a fan of Frank Black). Live forever and ever and ever, Frank Black. You are one of God’s own mutants. I am now, even as I type this, looking for more Vinyl Justice episodes. Sadly, embedding for this video clip is not available, but you can click the image above to see the episode on YouTube.

–Joe Wallace
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Is the Record Store Dead?

vinyl1by Joe Wallace

I’m throwing this question out because I’d really like to know what Turntabling readers think (there’s a hint–post your opinions in the comments section!) about the state of indie record stores in America. In the last two years we’ve lost a LOT of good ones, but the ones that have survived seem to be in it for the long haul.

One of my favorite indie record shops, Laurie’s Planet of Sound in my Lincoln Square, Chicago neighborhood, is a good example of what I’m talking about. Recently Laurie’s revamped the store setup–once upon a time CDs were the main event judging from the placement and display of the compact discs. But now the shiny disc has been almost marginalized and vinyl is front and center.

It was a brilliant move and one that was long needed–CDs aren’t totally extinct, but they’re really for people with old car stereos and people resistant to going all-digital. There are enough digi-resistant folks out there that the compact disc will probably limp along for a decade or so more, but the writing is on the wall.

Laurie’s will survive if the local vinyl junkies come out and support. I’m one and I do. But what about the record store in general? Do you think it’s an endangered species? Chicago has more vinyl shops than I can name here-literally. In or near Lincoln Square alone we have Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Deadwax, and until only recently, Metal Haven which died in spring of 2010. Elsewhere in Chicago there is the local chain of Reckless Records shops, Dave’s Records, Dusty Groove America, and the recently-opened Leland Hardware Records.

Are they all running uphill here? I personally think not, partly because of changing business tactics (bravo, Laurie’s Planet of Sound) and partly because of a (painfully slow) economic recovery which keeps trying to happen. And then there’s US. The few, the rabid, the vinyl junkies.