Posted by: dougery | April 18, 2011

Record Store Day 2011: Newbury Comics, Northampton

My wife and I had been planning a trip to Northampton, the oasis of shops and young people in a desert without either (known also as the Berkshires) for some time. It is a college town, or more accurately, a collegeS town, with several student bodies sharing what amounts to the closest thing this area has to an urban core. A few streets but loads of shops and nary a GAP to be seen.

Our trip coincided happily with Record Store Day, the annual vinyl-lovers holiday (no, not THAT kind of vinyl-lover) where artists and labels release (and re-release) special items to encourage the kind of fanaticism that can only develop around a product that has largely been forgotten. (speaking of, I can’t wait for ‘Physical Book Day 2017’) Wait a few weeks, or a month, and I guarantee you will find a smattering of “Records are Coming Back, Baby” articles detailing how popular the holiday has become. What they won’t include are stats where Rihanna or Lady Gaga or the Biebs outsells all of the vinyl all by themselves… just on iTunes.

Which is not to say it isn’t fun to slip into the mad crush of hipsters pawing away at all those records. I managed to find a couple I had been looking for and also took advantage of the fact that Newbury Comics also sells… comics. And the missus got herself a CD (much more practical than I, as she could unshrinkwrap the damn thing and pop it in the Jeep’s stereo whereas I could only wistfully look into the back seat and imagine how nice my pheasant wallpapered living room was going to sound in a  few short hours.

Listening to: The Black Keys Brothers


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