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Has The Vinyl Revival Gone Too Far?

Posted by - 02:11 PM on 03/13/13
The AV Club asks: Has the vinyl revival gone too far?
Something happened, though. Record Store Day got big. It became an event. Major labels and mega-successful bands—who were in on the “holiday” from the start—began to play a larger and larger part. The grassroots veneer fell away, and it became more transparent: It had always been a way to herd consumers into stores, devised by an industry that keeps clinging to outmoded models of the past rather than learning to innovate and adapt to new technologies.

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02:20 PM on 03/13/13
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Absolutely not. People paying for music and enjoying the total package (ie: physical copies, limited runs etc) should never be labeled negatively. Yeah, it might be getting trendy in 2013, but for crying out loud... people are buying music!
02:28 PM on 03/13/13
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Considering what a blip on the radar vinyl is for the overall revenue of the music industry, I think they're pretty aware that they can't ignore new tech and business models just because RSD is getting bigger. RSD will always be a mix of commercialism and community outreach. It brings music lovers together. Who provides the music doesn't matter; the consumer is still the ultimate arbiter of what actually gets bought. Without the consumer, there is no RSD. And that's why this article is a silly knee-jerk reaction fueled by hipster instinct.
02:31 PM on 03/13/13
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02:32 PM on 03/13/13
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Not a very convincing or interesting editorial. RSD sucks. Pointless cash-grab represses suck. But that alone doesn't mean vinyl's resurgence in popularity has "gone too far," whatever that means.
02:35 PM on 03/13/13
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I've been more apt to buy vinyl than I am to pirate an album online.
02:43 PM on 03/13/13
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In some ways, yes. In terms of it coming back to prominence as a form of music, no but people who seem to worship vinyl take it too far.
02:44 PM on 03/13/13
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Not a very convincing or interesting editorial. RSD sucks. Pointless cash-grab represses suck. But that alone doesn't mean vinyl's resurgence in popularity has "gone too far," whatever that means.

This;
02:50 PM on 03/13/13
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I strongly disagree. Whether vinyl is popular or not, it is still my favorite way to listen to music, and I love receiving these pieces of art in the mail to own and to cherish. I love my records, and i love buying them. How is that bad?
02:50 PM on 03/13/13
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this is a classic case of "I liked it before it was cool and now it's cool so I hate it"
02:50 PM on 03/13/13
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sounds like hipsters whining about the fact that they're no longer the only ones that can buy vinyl
02:58 PM on 03/13/13
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Absolutely not. People paying for music and enjoying the total package (ie: physical copies, limited runs etc) should never be labeled negatively. Yeah, it might be getting trendy in 2013, but for crying out loud... people are buying music!
Amen!
03:07 PM on 03/13/13
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I think some of you are missing the point. He's saying this is a cash grab & it is. Sure, re-issues are cool, but these records are way overpriced & readily available. I completely understand where he's coming from.
03:07 PM on 03/13/13
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The only thing that has gone too far is the ridiculous price some companies charge for it. £30 for one record? You can't possibly be telling me it costs anywhere near that to produce?
03:13 PM on 03/13/13
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Not a very convincing or interesting editorial. RSD sucks. Pointless cash-grab represses suck. But that alone doesn't mean vinyl's resurgence in popularity has "gone too far," whatever that means.
This, except I enjoy RSD and some labels/artists' enthusiasm when it comes to the day.

For the most part, I've been seeing friends gain a vinyl collection over the past few years and enjoy the medium because they appreciate the artwork/craft and it allows for a more relaxing music experience versus the on-the-go capabilities iPods have brought us. That, I believe, is wonderful and shows that passion for music and music listening still exists today.

I do not enjoy labels releasing ridiculously overpriced new releases of pop artists on vinyl or represses/boxes of classic artists on vinyl that sound cheap. A few examples that spring to mind are Kanye's last album, which was like $40 at a store near me on vinyl and sounds awful on most record players, and all of the Nirvana/Fleetwood Mac/Radiohead boxes I see lately that are $150+ and just have a few demos on their own disc with some anecdotal liner notes from the band.

Overall, I see smaller indies and higher up, but still respectable, indie labels getting the most out of this resurgence. And, like everyone else has been saying, people are putting value back into music financially and aesthetically, which is great for art to keep being produced and distributed. Fuck pretentious news sources getting uncomfortable over a positive trend picking up steam.

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