Vinyl Records Are Dead (Long Live Vinyl Records): A Few Questions
Yesterday Seattlest took a few minutes out of a "working at home" day to run up to 45th and the taco truck in the Winchell's parking lot (man's gotta eat), and since the Seattlest household got a turntable for Christmas and Golden Oldies is right there we stopped in after eating (man's gotta rock out). Our record collection is pretty thin, consisting of maybe a dozen or twenty records which is great because we have absolutely no desire to amass those huge boxes of vinyl that DJ's and nerds tend to acquire, but, you know, maybe one box wouldn't be so bad. One box of rotating content, maybe?
Golden Oldies has a ton of great stuff unless you're looking for something pressed in the past ten years, or, surprisingly, blues. Their folk, jazz and country sections are packed full of goodies. We didn't really get to rock (had to get back to the home/office), but it looked like they had a wall full. We also have to drop some bonus points on them for maintaining numerous "northwest" sections. They had The Cowboys, which we should have grabbed, in hindsight, in lieu of Enumclaw's "Fiddling Engineer" that we bought out of the "northwest bluegrass" section. We got out of there in about half an hour having spent around $25 for four records. We'll definitely be headed back for more, but, again, the blues section was poorly stocked.
Our question to Seattle vinyl shoppers, though, is where else should we go? Sonic Boom's expansion store in Fremont (RIP, Fremont News) has a pretty good amount of newer stuff, but not a lot of older records, and we're pretty sure there's something else on Fremont Ave somewhere. Jive Time in Wallingford is gone and we're rarely on Airport Way at a time that Georgetown Records is open. What else is there?
Our other question arises from a transaction we witnessed in Golden Oldies while peering into the boxes. A guy came in, pronounced himself homeless ("homeless, basically," he said) and shared his intention to buy an iPod. He doesn't have a computer, though. Where can he rip his CDs and records? This question also pertains to Seattlest because while we have a turntable and a computer and an iPod, we did not get the fancier model turntable that includes a USB out. We're looking for someone in town that will rip records.