Record Store Day celebrates the art of vinyl

By David Villegas

Contributing reporter

Record Store Day

Shula Records in Wicker Park before the chaos of Record Store Day took place. Photo Credit: David Villegas.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 was a special day for music lovers who have an interest in collecting vinyl records. This day, which is recognized as Record Store Day, is held on the third Saturday of April, a tradition that began in 2007.

Record Store Day gives vinyl collectors the chance to add to their record collections by shopping at their local stores with other music fans. Some stores feature live performances by local musicians. It is also noteworthy to acknowledge that there are a number of records that are only released for this day which are shipped to select record stores that participate.

One such place is Shuga Records, located in Wicker Park.

Will Johnston, who manages the store, explained how his store operated differently on Record Store Day than a normal business day.

“Our store was busiest basically all morning, as we had a solid line of people waiting to checkout from when we opened at 8 a.m., until about 1:30 p.m. The store remained busy until around 7 p.m., then started to thin out as the evening kicked in and live music ended,” Johnston said.

Paul Wertico, an associate professor at Roosevelt in Jazz Studies, explained why he believes more young people are back to buying vinyl.

“It seems vinyl is coming back for various reasons, such as having that feeling of actually having something in your hands, as well as looking at the record’s artwork, reading its liner notes, and getting that classic vinyl sound versus the digital compression of MP3s, etc,” Wertico said.

Wertico also notedt that young people also buy turntables which can be bought at Urban Outfitters and other such record shops. He feels that although more young people buy vinyl, only time will tell if they will be enthusiastic about this collecting these items long term.

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