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Vinyl Records

Inside Dead Wax Records on Cherokee Street
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There’s good news for local vinyl record stores. Vinyl sales are up 50 percent this past year as we enter the peak shopping season. A number of music store owners say the increase results from a new generation discovering that vinyl offers a widely different audio experience than streaming services.

“It’s nice to be able to have everything on a system or a phone, or an iPad or a computer, but when it comes down to it the really special records are the ones that you have to hold in your hand and you have to listen to them,” said Tim Hendrickson of Dead Wax records on Cherokee.

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Vinyl record to CD to mp3 to live streaming...and back? The evolution of music is one that has, pardon the pun, come full circle. At least that’s the case at Boxing Clever, a downtown St. Louis advertising agency whose new record label, Boxing Clever Records, deals only in vinyl.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: There’s nothing quite like buying art directly from the source of creation. That’s true across all media, but music is probably the easiest to exchange cash for product, as directly and affordably as possible. Usually that purchase would take place after a gig, as musicians on the club level routinely mix-and-mingle with fans at merchandise tables, offering everything from vinyl to (believe or not) baby onesies.

Every now and again, though, you can find a musician-slash-label operative who’ll deliver straight to you, and that brings us to Tim Rakel.

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David Baugher | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This year’s Record Store Day will be April 20. This annual event began in 2008 as about 300 U.S. stores celebrated independent record stores here in the US and around the world and grew to a worldwide celebration that is held at thousands of retail locations.

The largest Record Store Day events in St. Louis will take place at Euclid Records in Webster Groves, Vintage Vinyl in University City’s Delmar Loop and at APOP Records on Cherokee Street.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2012 - "I'm very good at the past. It's the present I don't understand."

That's a quote from Rob Fleming, owner of the independent record store, Championship Records, in Nick Hornby's novel "High Fidelity."

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: It all started, this fascination with vinyl record albums, says David MacRunnel, back when he was 2 years old.

"My mother (Linda) used to force me to listen to records, her music, Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis, 24-7," says MacRunnel of Creve Coeur.