The resurgence of vinyl: how a vintage medium made its way back into popular culture

For 26-year-old Joshua Davis, there’s nothing better than spending the day browsing through stacks of vinyl records. About once a month, he makes his way to garage sales in Ottawa, tracking down new and exciting albums to add to his collection of over 50 records. Last year, he checked another title off his list when he found the late David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust at the Great Glebe Garage Sale for five dollars. “Ever since Bowie died, I just wanted a vinyl copy of [that record],” he said. “I always have a short list in the back of my head of things that I really want.” However, the hunt is only half of the fun for Davis. The real enjoyment comes […]

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Letter: Physical music isn’t retiring

RE: Tidal, strip-club inspiration and Tesla cars: Akon interviewed In a recent interview with the Charlatan, Akon stated his theory that physical music (such as albums and vinyl records) would be obsolete within two years’ time, thanks to services like iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud. The creator of Konvicted said the concept of purchasing vinyl records and albums has already been overtaken by digital libraries, and the only market left to sell to will be collectors. Although Akon’s thoughts on iTunes and Spotify overtaking physical music are on the right track, he seems to have forgotten how the music industry has evolved along with technology. We’ve simply found a new medium in which we can consume music, and if anything it […]

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Young people driving vinyl resurgence in Ottawa

Vinyl records are enjoying a comeback, especially among young people, and Ottawa is no exception to this trend. John Thompson, owner of The Record Centre in Ottawa, said his store is seeing more young people buying vinyls. “They are who’s driving this whole thing,” he said. “It’s quite a resurgence.” Thompson said people may start buying records for their cool factor, but once they start listening to them, they’re addicted. “That whole hipster thing or cool thing is out the window and they’re doing it because they love it,” he said. Thompson said the younger generation was raised listening to digital music and  “missed out” on the vinyl experience. “Saving your allowance and going out and buying a record, ripping […]

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Vertigo celebrates 10 years of vinyl

Amidst the discussion on the future of music, one shop is proving sometimes people just want something to hold in their hands. Local shop Vertigo Records, which primarily sells vinyl records, is celebrating its 10th anniversary Oct. 10. Over the last few years, records have become increasingly popular. Vinyl sales leaped 17.7 per cent in 2012, according to billboard.com. And while the surge in popularity has only hit in the most recent years, a slower market didn’t stop Vertigo owner Darin Tomlin 10 years ago. “Our main focus has always been records, since day one,” Tomlin said. “The resurgence in popularity has allowed us to expand our selection, with the majority of new releases now being readily available on vinyl, […]

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