A look at Tyler Barstow and Matt Fiedler’s Vinyl Me, Please, which outfits thousands of customers’ record collection from a basement in Boulder. Photo courtesy of Brad + Jen.
A once outmoded form of entertainment, vinyl records have seen a resurgence in the years comparable to the yo-yo in the ’90s. Like the wholesome toy, LPs have found a new home in a generation not even old enough to have nostalgia for them.
Of course, with the return of physical music comes responsibility. Not just to keep your turntable and records mint, but to care about capital “M” Music in a way that streaming does not demand. In the world of vinyl, $20 doesn’t buy you infinite songs for two months—it buys you about 12, usually by one band, for a lifetime. If you’re going to spend your money wisely, you have to do your research.
If combing through music blogs to find the next purchase-worthy album isn’t for you, you’re in luck. For annual fee of $284, the Boulder-based service Vinyl Me, Please will be your hassle-free music guru. The subscription service ships you a record of their choosing every month, and as founders Matt Fiedler and Tyler Barstow emphasize, there is only one criterion: quality.
After a low-key yet ambitious approach to the recording process , Land Lines will release its new album, “The Natural World,” with a show at the Larimer Lounge on Jan. 30. Photo by Glenn Ross.
Martina Grbac’s low-key approach to her music sounds downright sheepish at first.
“As a band we don’t really look around for opportunities,” admitted Grbac, the singer-cellist for Denver indie trio Land Lines, over lunch at Capitol Hill’s Shish Kabob Grill last week.
But don’t mistake low-key for unambitious.
“We figured if no one comes to us to release this new record, we’ll just do it ourselves,” she said.
Prince fans, many dressed in purple, line up to catch the first of four shows at Denver’s 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre Sunday evening May 12, 2013. Photos by Evan Semón, heyreverb.com.
AEG Live is bringing the power of its Denver-based management team to bear in the Pacific Northwest, hoping to dominate live-music promotion in Seattle and Portland, Ore., as it has in Colorado.
The strategy shows faith in the leadership of Chuck Morris and Don Strasburg, but concert industry professionals in the Pacific Northwest say the change is bad news for existing promoters and music fans.