For all the advantages that digital music has to offer - portability, price, playlists - more people are going back to the turntable.
"A record makes the experience of an album a complete package, and a satisfying one at that, because you have an appealing presentation, and of course you have the old setup of a certain number of tracks per side and needing to flip the record," said Ben Peterson, the vinyl guru at Fort Collins' lone record store, Bizarre Bazaar.
He’s not alone in his appreciation for the old-school allure of the LP. In fact, everyone who makes the annual pilgrimage on National Record Store Day would nod their head along to the beat in agreement.
Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 2:43 pm
When singer Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson first landed on the instrumental track and a few lines of what would become the hit song "Uptown Funk," Ronson says the room was filled with electricity.
"There's nothing more exciting than that period of the song, because the potential is unlimited," Ronson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:40 pm
On the surface, Boogie's got the kind of backstory often told in hip-hop: The child of a single mom and an absent father, a high-school dropout, a former gang member. He's from Compton, Calif., home to N.W.A, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. It's the birthplace of gangsta rap, but for Boogie, "It's about me showing my friends and homies that we can honestly make a change."
What music are we consuming less and less in the United States? If you answered either, classical or jazz you'd be right – only because they are both tied in a recent survey done by Nielsen. But don't tell that to the organizers of the annual UNC/Greeley Jazz fest.
"Some people have looked at CD sales and iTunes sales and equate that to 'Well, there's not an interest in jazz,'" said Dana Landry, UNC director of jazz studies and one of the festival’s organizers. "But there definitely is still a big interest in jazz."
So much interest in fact that the festival is having its best year yet, with more than 8,000 expected attendees from across the country. Not too bad for a festival that has given Greeley, Colorado an unlikely claim to fame.