Record Store Day
I read an article from YNN that said that yesterday, Saturday, was national Record Store Day. How did I miss it? I grew up collecting 45′s and LP’s and would haunt the local record departments in Woolworth’s, the State Street Mill , Stars in Yorkville and , later, The Last Unicorn. When I moved to LA there was a place on Hollywood Boulevard called Tower Records that had everything. Now finding a store that specializes in vinyl is a challenge. There is, however, one that I know of in Utica that is a real treat to visit.
It’s called Off-Center Records on Bleecker Street and the last time I was in there they had thousands of 45′s, 78′s and LP’s, many of which are out of print and impossible to find. Again, it’s been a couple of years, but I remember going downstairs and spending a couple of hours flipping through the vintage collection, all categorized by artist. Some may ask, “But what about the sound quality?”
Ask anyone at Music City in Vestal and they’ll tell you nothing beats vinyl.
“If you take an old rolling stones record that came out in the 60′s and compared it to a CD it would sound so much better than a CD that’s how it was recorded and meant to be played. And here we are today manipulating that digitally,” said Benny Fiacco, Music City Owner.
So even though I’m a day late “Happy Record Store Day” to everyone who still has a turntable or even…a record player!