Much of a fan as I am of Ariel Pink’s Pom Pom, it’s debatable if I’d shell out $21 for it on vinyl. When Apple Music’s all-you-can-listen-to-and-more-! option costs me $9 a month, you can see why the world is moving toward the buffet of music.
That’s a little sad, too. I spent my formative years working record fairs, carrying boxes of vinyl (which are deceivingly heavy), and, of course, buying the goods. Holding a 12” gatefold sleeve will forever be a more memorable experience than squinting at a cover on a palm-sized phone.
Therefore I am glad we still have stores like Rainy Day Records, the kind that survived the downfall of physical media, and returned to a world where nostalgia and retro-starved hipsters rule.
The selection here is good, and it’s not like it’s Rainy Day’s fault that vinyl is expensive. They’re really no more expensive than any other shops, and if you’re into 180 grams of analogue goodness, then I see little reason why you’d want to go anywhere else than here. The selection of most anything new is good, neatly organized in a space that’s probably way to hip for me. (Credit where credit is due, actually—the staff is bafflingly un-pretentious.)
There is a decent selection of used records, too (which I’m sure is where the really real hip-kids flock to), with, to my fading knowledge, fair prices.
Slight digression: Does anyone still buy CDs? With vinyl and the SpotiAppleMusics of the world, I guess I don’t quite see the need for them. You can pick them up here, mind you, so you should be covered if for whatever reason you want the lesser of current music-media. (I can get into the whole analogue vs digital argument, but really—let’s just declare the CD dead.)
Digression to the digression: Apparently tapes are a thing again, with kids who weren’t there when that actually was a thing. That’s pretty depressing for those of us who were there.
Anyway, this might have turned more into a rambling about LPs, CDs, tapes, and MP3s, but that is also kind of the point. Vinyl has made a comeback, and that’s great. Comforting, really. We have a good store here, catering to the need, and I can’t think of a reason not to like Rainy Day. It’s a cool spot, and, despite what it might sound like, I don’t really think you need to be particularly cool to go in and enjoy it, either.
To round it off where this started, then, here’s some goodness from Ariel Pink’s latest album…
… beautifully available in a gatefold sleeve at Rainy Day Records!
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