April 26, 2009

Vinyl making slight comeback in LA

Record stores are opening rather than closing in Los Angeles as the public is slowly re-embracing vinyl records, a store owner says.

Neil Schield, who opened the Origami record shop in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood, said records are the only portion of the physical music business enjoying sales growth amid a sea of digital music downloads, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday.

Such increased interest in vinyl recordings comes after scores of Los Angeles record stores were forced out of business since the start of 2007 when 259 of the stores littered the city. Now only 185 remain thanks to three new record shops, including Schield's.

Marc Weinstein, founder of the three-store record chain Amoeba Music, told the Times he is consistently surprised about the tenacity of vinyl, which was essentially replaced by compact discs in the 1980s.

I've always marveled at every new generation of 15-year-old boys who go to the Doors vinyl section and say, 'Wow, an original Doors LP!' Weinstein said. Major labels should have capitalized on this years ago.