On The Record At VinylFest


This weekend is the third annual VinylFest, and the second On The Record panel.

Last year’s was a big success, and this year’s line-up is another good one. Here’s some quotes from the panelists.

Dave Rucinski, Gubbey Records:
“Gubbey Records releases, promotes and documents isolated and eclectic music exclusively from Louisville, Kentucky based artists on physical formats such as Vinyl Records, Analog Cassettes and CD. I love vinyl because it is a physical format (which I think the public is still very hungry for), the artwork is large and if the record is cut properly, has superior sound quality.”

Bryan Puckett, Little Heart Records:
“God, vinyl just smells good. A new CD smells so clinical. Sterile, like a doctor’s office. Vinyl has that smell. At this point one of my biggest hopes for VinylFest is that it’s going to smell like living in my record collection.” On Little Heart Records: “I think we’ve carved out a niche market here in the city. We focus a lot on younger bands and the punk and hardcore sect, though I’ll give any band or musician a chance. I’m really excited to be involved this year to show everyone who may not have checked us out in the past what we’ve been up to the last ten years.”

Ben Jones, Better Days Records:
“From a stores standpoint, there is no vinyl resurgence. We have never left the medium. It has just evolved from a two decade void where technology replaced physical product to being replaced again with an older technology, that is, records made way to cassettes and CDs, then, to MP3 and now kids are going back to records, CDs and tapes. It is a nostalgia move, in many ways. The industry has a problem with more than two formats dominating. Right now, it is MP3s, CDs and vinyl, in that order. The music lover is realizing that the warmth and “snap, crackle and pops” associated with vinyl has its own rhythm. It adds an extra dynamic in the soundtrack of our lives. Industry wise, it still goes back to the industry finding a balance. For us that knows the game, nothing really changes. It is all about making money not art. Record companies will follow the trend for as long as it remains profitable. The artist that embraced records are being choked by the majors that are jumping on a trend. We know the bubble will burst soon. We see prices rising on new vinyl releases with each new release. By the same token, strain on plants to produce leads to quality issues. One thing leads to another. Meanwhile, we know that people will always love well loved used records. That is where the retail game is played, on a field of used CDs and vinyl.”

Wes Allen, Eastwood Records:
“I love vinyl for it’s clean, natural sound, and the fact that it has stood the test of time and technology and is still as popular.”

We start at 12:30 with a one-on-one with Ben, then the others will join, including Sean Liter of Modern Cult. Following that, a full night of music kicks off with Little Heart and Eastwood recording artists Ricky Morse, Shadowpact, Krosjoint, Fast Friends, The Whiskey Riders, and New Bravado. More info here.