The Washington City Paper's music blog, Black Plastic Bag is reporting this morning that DC's Crooked Beat Records' sales of new and used vinyl have topped the sales of CD's for the second straight year. BPB quotes CB's myspace blog update, "...for the second year in a row (2008) New & Used Vinyl LPs have outsold CDs at Crooked Beat. LPs now account for around 70% of our total sales. We will be increasing our vinyl selection even more in the coming months."
But as I asked over at the City Paper, is this really such a surprise? Sure, my hyper vinyl-gazing may be obscuring my vision or clarity on the subject, but do me a favor--set a Google alert for 'vinyl records' as I have and watch the flood of articles that pronounce both a renewed dawn for vinyl and final reckoning for the CD. From every corner of the globe the alerts and articles stream in--enough so that I might need to relegate them to one email a day. Which I'm ecstatic about, really.
Now, some vintage vinyl:
The Osmonds - One Bad Apple (Mp3)
David Bowie - Changes (Mp3)
The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Mp3)
The Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye (Mp3)
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (Mp3)