So, are you the type of person who, at a party, makes the rounds, constantly on the move to chat, to flirt, to, well, whatever, with as many people in as short a time as possible. I’m not. I’m the type that finds a corner and hangs out there. Sometimes alone, sometimes with a few others. I prefer to claim my space and wait for people to migrate, as they inevitably will, to hang out with me. Or at least near me. I was reminded of this strategy when I came across this article on Wired:
Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD’s Coffin By Eliot Van Buskirk 10.29.07 | 12:00 AM As counterintuitive as it may seem in this age of iPods and digital downloads, vinyl — the favorite physical format of indie music collectors and audiophiles — is poised to re-enter the mainstream, or at least become a major tributary. Talk to almost anyone in the music business’ vital indie and DJ scenes and you’ll encounter a uniformly optimistic picture of the vinyl market. “I’m hearing from labels and distributors that vinyl is way up,” said Ian Connelly, client relations manager of independent distributor alliance IODA, in an e-mail interview. “And not just the boutique, limited-edition colored vinyl that Jesu/Isis-style fans are hot for right now.” Pressing plants are ramping up production, but where is the demand coming from? Why do so many people still love vinyl, even though its bulky, analog nature is anathema to everything music is supposed to be these days? Records, the vinyl evangelists will tell you, provide more of a connection between fans and artists. And many of today’s music fans buy 180-gram vinyl LPs for home listening and MP3s for their portable devices.
That’s right, they’re coming back. And who’s sitting on over 60 studio, rare, bootlegged or imported Pink Floyd albums on vinyl. You know it bay-beeee.
Ok, I also have albums by Huey Lewis and the News and Rick Astley. So maybe the cool people will just congregate near me. My latest vinyl purchase? Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky, and it included a cd version along with the double album. Wilco’s cool, right?