Vinyl Is Alive and Well
If you keep up with trend, you may be under the impression that record stores, along with records, have gone the way of the Dodo bird. Not necessarily.
Vinyl especially is experiencing a reemergence. According to Vinylhunt.com, global vinyl sales are at their highest since 1997: $151 million of vinyl sold last year, up more than 50 percent from 2011. Really, if you love collecting music, take a look at the list of special releases from artists of all sizes, shapes, flavors and eras, in honor of upcoming Record Store Day on Saturday, April 20.
Whether new sounds, inexpensive old ones or rare collectibles, much of the inventory in these top Dallas-Fort Worth record stores won’t be available for very long beyond this Saturday. So get some fresh air and expand your music selection — without clicking.
Every day is Record Store Day at Good Records on Greenville Avenue. Owned by Tripping Daisy/Polyphonic Spree/Preteen Zenith frontman Tim Delaughter, Good Records is to Dallas what Amoeba Music is to Los Angeles: a music mecca, with a delicious selection of limited-edition vinyl, box sets and fascinating used stuff. Inside, acoustic stage “Live from the Astroturf” hosts 12 hours of live music. Store opens at 7 am Saturday for the collector rush.
Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Ernest’s original shop opened in Nashville in the ’40s and is nothing short of legendary in the world of traditional country. In Fort Worth, Ernest Tubb Record Shop owner Jerry Kay Weeks has been at it more than 20 years at this location. The shop specializes in traditional country, honky tonk, swing, Texas Red Dirt country and gospel, with hundreds of vinyl titles for $1 and special collectibles. For Record Store Day, Weeks is giving away red 45’s by Dale Watson, singing “I Lie When I Drink” and “Thanks To Tequila,” while supplies last. Oh, and live music from the Brazos Valley Boys from 1-4 pm.
Mad World Records
Record stores in Denton are part of the lifeblood of the town. Mad World is well-known and smartly stocked. Live music starts up at 5 pm Saturday, with Spooky Folk, Kurt Baker and more.
The music collection at Recycled Book in Denton is also regionally famous, and the stores hosts live music Saturday from noon-5 pm, starring well-known RTB2 frontman Ryan Thomas Becker, Tony Ferraro and local spice faves Mariachi Quetzal. For Record Store Day, everything in the store is 15 percent off — books too.
Cloud 8 Records
Tucked inside Dolly Python on Haskell Avenue is collector (and Eight Track Museum curator) Bucks Burnett’s operation, Cloud 8 Records. Burnett counts Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads fame among his close friends, and Burnett was recently Pete Townshend’s special guest on The Who’s Quadrophenia Anniversary U.S. Tour. There are some magnificent finds hidden at Cloud 8.
Bill’s Records has been a Texas institution for more than three decades. His original location at Spring Valley Road was a bit larger, but it still has all the great idiosyncrasies, a music stage in the back and, most important, Bill himself behind the counter damn near every day. Fittingly, Bill celebrates his birthday on Record Store Day with 12 hours — and 26 bands’ worth — of live music.
Forever Young Records
At 11,000 square feet, Forever Young Records in Grand Prairie claims to be the third largest independent record store in the country. It’s an impressive experience: It’s structured entirely to resemble a huge jukebox (including a full Wurlitzer replica entryway), and the vinyl inventory comprises around 30 percent of its total stock. At roughly 5:30 am Saturday, collectors can line up outside to get a lottery number good for dibs on the most wanted limited-edition stuff. Among the hot items: an orange and red 7” vinyl of Iggy Pop’s “No Fun,” with the Black Keys on the flip side covering the same song. Only 7,000 exist, exclusively for Record Store Day 2013.
CD Source celebrates its 20th this winter and touts an inventory of 125,000 CDs and 11,000 vinyl titles. On Saturday, the store hosts 12 hours of live music, starting with the songbird voice of Becky Middleton at 9 am, followed by local biggies Fox and the Bird, Home By Hovercraft, Dead Flowers and many more. Along with music, we hear free food will also be in abundance. The store opens at 7 am Saturday, and owner Lance Price also tells us he’s getting in “double the quantity of special releases we got in last year.”
Movie Trading Co
Although not every metro location of Movie Trading Co is participating in Record Store Day, the one on Greenville Avenue has a fine music selection, and it is offering “buy two get one free” on all used CDs and vinyl, as well as special-order editions released for Saturday.