DiFabio remembers when a trip to the music store

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A revival of vinyl at new Lansdowne business

Some call it a comeback. Others call it an analog revolt against the digital age. In a literal take on the adage “What comes around goes around,” vinyl records have caught the attention of music lovers and collectors everywhere.

Local entrepreneur Andrea DiFabio is banking on this back-to-the-LP movement. Due to open next month in downtown Lansdowne on the site of the former Cinema 16:9 is a new old-style record shop, Vinyl Revival, promising a return a time when shopping for music was a touchy-feely experience.

“I think the interest in vinyl never went away for record collectors but a new generation of music fans is coming to appreciate the warm sound and the experience of sitting down and listening to a record. The artwork on many record covers is also another draw,” says DiFabio, 44, of Springfield.

This fashion, art and music aficionado is taking the record store experience and combining it with unusual gifts like handbags made from recycled album covers, pillows made from cast-off band/concert T-shirts, clocks and mirrors made from reused vinyl records plus original artwork and jewelry -- all with a music theme.

DiFabio is partnering with the FirstGlance Film Festival to program a variety of features, documentaries, short films and live music events to be showcased in the 40-seat theater in a First Friday screening series.

“Since the space already had a theater, I thought I’d expand the independent record store to include indie films and artwork too. With the opening of Vinyl Revival, I look forward to reaching out to the community of artistic-minded people who value alternative entertainment and unique products as much as I do,” she says.

Like the original rock ‘n’ roll invasion, the vinyl resurgence seems to have started in England. Popular bands like the White Stripes, Primal Scream, Keane and the Arctic Monkeys have all insisted their singles be released on the 7-inch disc format. American avant-garde artist Beck released an album where consumers could choose their own album cover.

Millennials seem to be hooked on their parents’ music. The Classic Rock format in radio programming keeps the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s alive and relevant.

Classic Rock is hip and records are cool again. And this nostalgia extends to performance venues as well. If you’ve been to a recent Tom Petty concert you’d see that 20-somethings outnumber Boomers.

This burgeoning audience of audiophiles was rocked to sleep to the strains of Jackson Browne and Bad Company and now they’re demanding the original music in its original format and packaging.

Who can forget the anticipation of peeling off the cellophane of a new LP and listening to the grooved tracks on a Technics turntable while reading the liner notes and marveling at the album cover art work?

Some of the best album covers of all time belong to the Beatles. In 1966, the Beatles ushered in the age of album illustration psychedelia with Revolver followed by the trippy Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the mysterious “Is Paul Dead?” cover of Abbey Road. Other top album covers include Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason,The Clash’s London Calling, Prince’s Sign of the Times and Nirvana’s Nevermind. Some would argue for the Led Zeppelin IV symbolically anonymous cover or the Rolling Stones photo collage on Exile on Main St. It’s a debate worth hearing in an iTunes world.

DiFabio remembers when a trip to the music store was a day-long adventure. “Growing up, I loved hanging out at my local record store. I hope to get people excited about music when they discover an older artist who is new to them or a new artist they never heard about.”Welcome to Michael Kors Shoulder Bags, the best place to get discount Michael Kors sale.

Vinyl Revival will be stocked with many vintage and new albums from a wide variety of genres including folk, rock, pop, R&B, indie, children’s records, soundtracks and holiday albums. On the visual side of the business, Vinyl Revival will screen features, documentaries and short films by independent filmmakers. The theater will also be available to rent for private parties and cast and crew screenings.

In this age of digital downloads and music-on-the-go, DiFabio hopes to get people to take a few hours of their time and get intimate with art and music. “My mission for opening Vinyl Revival is two-fold: to give customers an alternative to digital music, the multiplex movie theaters and national retail chains by focusing more on indie and local artists.

Vinyl Revival hopes to be a destination. A place where you can put on headphones and listen to some records, hang out and chat about music with other customers.”

 

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