Have you ever wanted to start a vinyl collection or just wanted to get some records to take you back to the glory days years ago? There is no better day to start than today because it is record store day! I myself have a pretty good collection of vinyl records, but I might have to go pick up a few more today. Support you local record stores and go buy a vinyl!
“The rawness and the richness of music on vinyl almost went away, but it still seems to be on a lot of people’s radar, and for good reason. It does something different than more accessible means of music playing, like MP3 players and downloads and whatnot. You get in front of these archaic contraptions that go ’round and ’round” — Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
In Columbia, SC, where I am from, there are a few record stores. One, in my opinion, trumps all of the others, Papa Jazz on Greene Street in Five Points. Papa Jazz is an awesome place to go and hang out, listen to some good music, talk with awesome employees, and buy some great records. Papa Jazz covers all the genres from Jazz to Metal. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, you might as well quit. They keep you up to date on what is new in their store also. They post daily on Facebook which new and used records are hitting the shelves. You can even ask them to hold a record for you over Facebook, and they will be happy to do so. Amos Lee, a very popular singer/songwriter worked at Papa Jazz when he went to the University of South Carolina. When he does a show in Columbia, he swings by to hang out at the shop. A few months ago he even brought his guitar and played a show for the guest at the store. Papa Jazz has very reasonable prices. New vinyls usually range from 20$-35$ and used vinyls are usually 5$-20$. Go check them out!
Record Stores are truly a great place to go. The feeling of nostalgia when you walk through the door will make you want to go back to a simpler time. Wherever you are, find out where your local record store is located. Give them some business because vinyl is coming back in a big way!