So vinyl is back and it’s flying off shelves. Sweet. We told you so… Now that the world knows we love wax, we can all start to appreciate the reason for this surge. The DJs. The real ones. The ones who remember what that pitch slider thingy is on those metal wheels. Sure, everyone has read the stories about vinyl sales rising over 30% in 2013 and that’s awesome, but I’m not really here to talk numbers… It’s still a fraction of the sales of music as a whole, so it ain’t like it’s a revolution. Most of the people in the world still won’t listen to vinyl, but we will, and that’s all that matters. I will also give credit to the true collectors and the young folks who, although maybe not a DJ, have caught the vinyl bug because of its many great qualities. The packaging, the artwork, and the overall experience of playing a record, it’s truly the most unique way to experience your favorite sounds.
It gives me hope in a controller crazed society, that vinyl (and the labels that press it) still have their place. I don’t hate technology, but I love that we are still preserving an art form within an art form. That art form of course is, the vinyl DJ. Without new vinyl production there would be little inspiration for the vinyl DJ to proceed. Even though Technics have stopped being produced, there is still a clear demand from a dedicated section of the population for records, and turntables to play these records. Even the new fancy controllers emulate the turntable, and with good reason. They did something special when they invented vinyl, and we should always celebrate it. It’s a way to celebrate the music we love with true conviction and commitment. Maybe that’s why it’s doing well, Maybe some people are just starting to care more about what brings them joy. Maybe they are more passionate about the things that help to interpret life. And maybe, just maybe the number of people who think like this is actually growing.
So whether a DJ, a collector, or any other reason, it seems that some are willing to dedicate themselves to preserving the things that make life worth living. As a thank you to those involved in making this a reality here is a list of Detroit stores with quality vinyl from Techno to Jazz and all in between. Go be a part of history and pick up some wax.
Detroit Threads – 10238 Joseph Campeau, Hamtramck, MI
Peoples Records – 3161 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Melodies and Memories – 23013 South Gratiot, Eastpointe, MI
Hello Records – 1459 Bagley St., Detroit, MI
Stormy Record – 13210 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
Found Sound – 234 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI
Flames – 51 Hancock, Detroit, MI
Solo Records – 30118 Woodward, Royal Oak, MI
UHF Records – 512 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI