Putting a new spin on old vinyl

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CSI Media staff | April 11, 2014

Saturday, April 19, is the day to celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Record Store Day at Black Circle Records in Lake Geneva will feature the band Upside Down Girl from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Metallica officially kicked off the first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 — it is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. While digital sales decreased last year, vinyl sales increased by 32 percent, according to SoundScan. And about 65 percent of those sales were at independent music stores.

Tim Townsend is the owner of Black Circle Records, located in the Landmark Building, downtown Lake Geneva. He collected the vinyl for years before he decided to open the store, which is now packed with thousands of albums, mostly vintage.

Some buyers believe the sound of the vinyl is superior to that of the digitalized CD; others collect vinyl because they appreciate the vintage aspect of the record, along with the graphics and the artistic statement of the album package.

Townsend said the fact that he's open after two years is a testament to the popularity of vinyl. “Record Store Day helps promote independent sellers like me,” he said.

Most of what Townsend sells falls in the rock genre, but he sells anything on vinyl.

“It's the sound and the feel of the actual product that I like,”Townsend said.

Apparently, he's not the only one in love with those spinning black circles. Stop by and listen to what you've been missing.

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