For us music fans, it comes as no surprise that vinyl is back. Media outlets are writing articles left and right about the vinyl comeback, and have been for the past couple of years now. When Urban Outfitters started carrying vinyl, we all knew what it meant. And that was years ago.
What’s your best crate digging advice?
And sure, if you want the statistics – fewer than 500,000 units were sold in 1993, and its up at 10 million sales as of now. Some say it’s a hipster thing and due to the Record Store Day introduction, but let’s skip that for now and concentrate on the one thing vinyl has in common right now – It’s still an alternative form to collect your music. Sure, it’s up by a few percent but let’s face it, streaming services are dominating the market. But sure enough, it has resurrected and kept a few shops in the major cities alive. That is still fucking awesome in my opinion, as I love physical media. But some of those record store owners are scary, collector nerds who would ban you from the store if you dared to ask for the latest Lana Del Rey vinyl.
What do you look for?
But now that is “back” – How do you go through the stacks of old vinyl to find the hidden gems? If we skip the re-issues, Jack White’s incredible vinyl sales records and concentrate what the record stores include – A huge section of old dusty vinyl.
So when faced with these huge racks of vinyl, what do you go on? What do you dig for? Which record sleeves draws your attention? Any labels you look for? I want to know, and I know there’s a lot of people who wants your help – Because the new and re-issue section is still only a small segment of the shops.
For me, I go for certain record labels – But I do love sleeves – If the record cover showcase something I’m drawn to, I go for it.
What sleeves are worth your attention?
Sure, an old copy of a Guns n’ Roses record in a 99 cent bin is cool, or 36 Chambers by the Wu-Tang for the same price. But what I’m asking for is – How do you dig for records? What are your tips? Let’s educate the masses!
If you don’t have any suggestions, don’t worry – We’ll compile a tips list and help you out, but for now – I’m roping in the help of you who do dig through the crates. Note that we plan on doing a special on this, for newbies and cool people alike, in an upcoming podcast episode as well, so hope you don’t mind us quoting you, if you comment. And don’t forget, six years ago this guy’s collection was worth nothing. Thank god for physical media.