Vinyl record lovers flock to Rochester’s almost half-dozen record shops to get Record Store Day exclusive music and merch, and to bridge the generational gap.
Local record stores are taking advantage of the nationwide trend of booming vinyl sales. The line outside the store was at first jam-packed, with people clamoring for the sweet wax exclusives.
After it started dying down for all of the RSD exclusives, the vinyl lovers go and dig throughout the store.
Vinyl lovers have many tastes in music, ranging from metal, to rock, to jazz, but they can all agree that the tactile and listening experience of vinyl makes it special.
Lori Lambert and Evan Brock got in line at 6 a.m. to make sure they got their goodies. This mother-son duo loves listening to vinyl at home.
“Well, I’m a big fan of Buddy Holly and The Beatles,” young Brock said.
“Well, actually, we have four record players in our house, he has his own stereo downstairs in the basement, and I have a record player myself,” Lambert said. “It’s not the same as listening to digital.”
“There’s nothing better than listening to it on vinyl, just because it’s so authentic, and it’s so original,” Brock said.
“Rochester is my favorite place and I want to move here,” said PJ Tone.
And perhaps not surprising given the old-school sound of the band:
“Any early influences of rock and roll, that’s what I love to listen to,” Amanda Louisiana said. “I think that vinyl goes hand in hand with that.”
“The smell,” Tone said. “It’s nostalgia. I’m older, so that’s all I knew for my whole life.”
They love the sound of vinyl too.
“Snap crackle pop, that’s not Rice Krispies, that’s vinyl,” Louisiana said.
Then finally to the Hi Fi Lounge. The cozy and tasteful store features a place to listen, and a place for people to support their local brick and mortar store. As well as storeowners like Mark Kaidy.
“Very limited record releases that come out on this day, coming into stores like this, because it’s the only place you can get them,” Kaidy said. “It’s really an important day for us again.”
Kaidy said that the Pearl Jam and Phish releases were popular at his store.