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COLUMBUS RECORD STORES CASEY CASCALDO | lANTERN PHOTOGRAPHER

The “vinyl revival” has hit Columbus.

Following the digitization of the music industry near the turn of the century, record stores began closing their doors as customers left analog behind and entered the world of CDs and MP3s. But some record stores decided to ride the wave and wait out the digital age. Many record stores that remained open survived the decrease in sales and soared into what many call the “vinyl revival” — the increased interest and sales in vinyl records.

Four campus stores — Lost Weekend Records, Used Kids Records, Records Per Minute and Magnolia Thunderpussy — all survived the digital age and plan to celebrate by participating in the 11th Annual Record Store Day on Saturday.

MAGNOLIA THUNDERPUSSY

Magnolia Thunderpussy, with a name intended to be remembered, originally sold records in the 1970s for $2.99 and $3.99 before the onset of VHS, cassettes and CDs.

“There were record stores on every corner, almost more than bars.”

- Charles Kubat

Kubat and his daughter, Charlotte Kubat-Vishak, take a break from operating the store for a picture. In 1969, Kubat founded the store at its original location at 11th Avenue and High Street, but it has since moved to High Street and near 4th Street.

The store plans to celebrate Record Store Day by offering 20 percent off used records to those who download its app Thunder Kiss and show it to staff.

With the “vinyl revival” Kubat decided to create more room for records in Magnolia Thunderpussy to keep up with the demand.

USED KIDS RECORDS

Used Kids Records opened its doors to the Columbus community in 1986. The current owner, Greg Hall, bought the business in 2014 and oversaw the change from High Street to its new location at 2500 Summit St.

Audiophiles looking to try a record before they buy it can check the audio quality at Used Kids Records' listening station. Just place a record on the track, put on the store's headphones and drop the needle.

When confronted with the demolition of other local businesses just blocks away, Hall said in an interview with The Lantern in 2016 that “… We honestly don’t really want to try to struggle through [construction] again.” Used Kids decided to relocate further off campus to its current location on Summit Street in order to avoid the strain High Street construction would have on business.

LOST WEEKEND RECORDS

Lost Weekend Records opened at its current location of 2960 N. High St., in August 2004 –– though its owner, Kyle Siegrist, previously operated another store. To celebrate Record Store Day, Lost Weekend Records plans to offer 33 percent off used LPs; 45 percent off used 45 rpm records; 78 rpm records for 78 cents; and 10 percent off new material.

“Owning a record store allows for people to create memories of where they buy their records. There’s no memories from buying from Amazon or online.”

- Kyle Siegrist

Siegrist pulls the record “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret” by Soft Cell out of a sleeve. He said he enjoys being part of the Columbus community and gets to know his customers well.

In early February, Lost Weekend Records celebrated its 15th anniversary at Ace of Cups with local performers. Lost Weekend’s emphasis on local music and community engagement is displayed through a large collection of fliers advertising shows by Columbus bands.

RECORDS PER MINUTE

RPM, short for Records Per Minute, opened its doors on High Street in Columbus on July 19, 2012. In addition to selling used records for $2, RPM also sells new records. The store plans to celebrate Record Store Day with a 20 percent discounts on new and used records.

Owner of RPM, Steve Louis — silhouetted in the doorway — previously operated a store called Sour Records in Westerville for 12 years before taking a nine-year hiatus from selling vinyl. He opened up RPM because he missed selling music.
“The more physically engaged you are [to music], the more connected you are with it.” - Steve Louis
Having sold vinyl records since 1991, Louis said he finds physical copies of music much more captivating.

In a previous interview with The Lantern in 2017 he said “Music itself is physical. The more physically engaged you are, the more connected you are with it.”

The inside of Records Per Minute, located at 2960 N. High St.

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