Record Store Day all about joy of vinyl
Don’t expect a mere handful of veteran audiophiles to show up for the sixth-annual Record Store Day this Saturday.
Red Cat Records co-owner Dave Gowans anticipates the reception to be like last year, when throngs of young music lovers lined up along Main Street to cram inside his Mount Pleasant shop and thumb through hundreds of limited edition vinyl records released especially for the event.
“A whole generation of people … grew up at home and their parents had CD players and they didn’t have records,” he said, “so records are a new exciting thing to find.”
Grant McDonagh, whose Zulu Records has been a mainstay in Kitsilano for three decades, has witnessed customers go from buying vinyl to CDs to MP3s.
“It is a really good feeling when you see somebody who is younger, who doesn’t know a lot about records, who is experimenting a little bit with one or two classics in their hand.”
He added a physical album may not offer the same portability as a digital audio file, but there’s no matching the ability of a vinyl record sleeve to convey history.
“It’s a record of what the artist is. It’s a record of where you are, when you bought this.”