Mid-Michigan businesses participate in Record Store Week - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Mid-Michigan businesses participate in Record Store Week

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(04/14/14) - It's an entire week dedicated to what many might consider an out-of-date format. International Record Store Week is underway and the staff at the Electric Kitsch in downtown Bay City is ready to cash in.

"We make it a party. We like to have a big event, with live music, free food and there's some other cool things that we're doing," said Jordan Pries, owner of Electric Kitsch.

More than 300 new albums go on sale Saturday, which is recognized as the seventh annual global Record Store Day. Those albums, from a wide variety of names spanning from One Direction to Bruce Springsteen, will only be available for purchase at independently-owned brick and mortar stores - not online and not at any big box store.

"It's the busiest day of the year for sure. It's busier than Christmas time and Black Friday. It's the holiday," Pries said.

Pries admits that selling vinyl in the digital age can be a challenging task - especially with music available for download at a moments notice from sites like iTunes and Amazon.

"I think that trend is finally starting to see a downward spiral, just because people are longing for a physical format, with liner notes, the posters, the art of the LP, and then of course, the music," he said.

Music that he says comes across much better when played the old fashioned way.

"There's nothing that sounds like a record. Putting that needle right on the vinyl, it's the most beautiful sound you could imagine," he said.

Pries says in the two years he's been in business, Electic Kitsch has seen a rather wide range of customers walk through the door.

"Young kids, I've seen ages 14 all the way up 60 and 70-year-old guys who are buying back their collections that they got rid of 30 years ago," he said.

To find a business participating in Record Store Day near you, click HERE.

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