The New Face of Vinyl

The New Face of Vinyl is a project started by Ben Meadors & Owen McCafferty to discover what vinyl means to the youth of today.

http://benmeadors.com/vinyl

New Face of Vinyl Heads to Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in March; Oh, and a Long Needed Update As Well

Let me begin by apologizing for the lack of updates—after returning from NYC and Chicago, Ben and I found ourselves in a pile of work that we are still trying to catch up on.

Nevertheless, the trips out to the big apple and the windy city were a huge success. We took in a lot of material and we are both eager to visit the west coast and wrap up the traveling. Soon enough we can actually start to write this thing!

Ben and I met some great people in both cities—in and out of record shops. As someone who has spent the majority of his life in Cleveland, I can already notice the stark contrasts in vinyl culture between all three cities and that makes me even more excited to report our findings for the final book.

While not giving away too much (we need to save the details for the book), here are some sneak peeks at the places we visited:

Halcyon the Shop located in Brooklyn boasts an interior that you won’t find at any other record store in the country—it’s like stepping into a Zen garden. When not functioning as a night club of sorts, the record store is filled with people from all over the world looking for dance, electronic and house music.

Making our way out to the East Village near NoHo, we stopped into Good Records on 5th street to chat with John, the owner. A music lover and a Scotch aficionado, he had an interesting take on youth’s new found interest in the format. The small basement type store featured intoxicating antique wood floors that moaned with pleasure as you move from rack to rack flipping through almost exclusively used and out of print pressings.

Fast-forward about 800 miles and now we are in Chicago; more specifically the neat and tidy Ukrainian Village to have a look around Permanent Records. Lance, the owner, was away at his L.A. location (which Ben and I will be stopping at while we are in L.A.) getting things set up. Lance has been a great help in spreading the word about the project.

While the trips proved to be slightly exhausting and quite a lot of work (the bitter cold weather didn’t help), the support we’ve received has been overwhelming, and everyone’s enthusiasm will make sharing this book even more rewarding than we originally anticipated.

OK, now that NYC and Chicago are out of the way we get to enjoy some warmer weather. Portland is our next stop on March 5th; we will spend about three days there until heading down to San Francisco, and then finally Los Angeles.

While we don’t have a final list of stores for the west coast, I’m working on it and will release the locations when they are set in stone. We are still seeking individuals in these cities aged 15-25 who would be interested in having their photographs taken and featured in the book. If you or someone you know would be interested, fill out our survey at the project homepage (http://BenMeadors.com/vinyl) and provide as much information as you can. If you have any questions, comments, or overall complaints, write me via e-mail: vinyl@benmeadors.com

Thank you to everyone in Chicago and New York City who were so accommodating to us—we couldn’t have done it without you.

California here we come!

-Owen (and Ben)

Oh yea, follow us on Twitter (@newfaceofvinyl), Tumblr (newfaceofvinyl.tumblr.com), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/thenewfaceofvinyl) and like us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/newfaceofvinyl)

Original Article

On our way to Chicago!

Sorry, no video blog from yesterday. Owen and I were simply too exhausted to make one. Heading to Other Music today then driving to CLE -Ben

Had a great time interviewing Jess today!

Had a great time interviewing Jess today!

Follow us here and on twitter at @newfaceofvinyl

The New Face of Vinyl Is On It’s Way To NYC!

Ben and I will be headed to New York City to get started on The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution

We are both very excited to visit New York City and interview some very interesting and motivated vinyl lovers. During the visit, we will be photographing three stores, and three people (aged 15-25) about their vinyl story; the emphasis being why young people have picked up a once “out dated format”

The stores we will be visiting in NYC are: Other Music, Halcyon The Shop, and Good Records.

We hope you can follow us along: Twitter (newfaceofvinyl), Blog (http://benmeadors.com/vinyl) YouTube (thenewfaceofvinyl) and, of course, this Tumblr!

If you are interested in supporting our project, you can still donate at our blog site via PayPal. Donations over $165.00 will get you a limited edition, signed copy of the books.

More information about the book can be found at our former Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/newfaceofvinyl

Have a safe New Years. Ben and I will be going to bed early for the 9 hour haul to the city, so have a drink in our honour!

All the best,

Owen McCafferty 

The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution is coming to NYC from January 1st-4th and Chicago from January 5th-8th to interview three record lovers (ages 15-25) and three independent record stores in those cities. In March we will be heading to the West Coast to visit Portland, San Francisco, and LA.
The above image is my first record player, which I earned by cutting my neighbors lawn for an entire summer. It was the flame that lit my burning passion for music, vinyl, and this entire adventure.
The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution is a book that which explores more than just a new “fad” sweeping across the world. Young people everywhere have picked up a once outdated format: a reaction to the disconnect listening experience this generation has been forced to gow up with. 
Follow us on Twitter (@newfaceofvinyl) to keep up to speed. You can find out more information about the project via our former Kickstarter page (http://kck.st/newfaceofvinyl) which features a video Ben and I put together. Although our Kickstarter site is closed for donations, you can still receive a thank you gift (which if you donate $165 or more will get you a hard cover, full color 180+ page, limited edition, signed copy of the book) by donating via Paypal on our website: http://www.BenMeadors.com/vinyl
Thank you for your support, and thank you for keeping this wonderful format alive.
Owen M. McCafferty II
co-Author/Creator 

The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution is coming to NYC from January 1st-4th and Chicago from January 5th-8th to interview three record lovers (ages 15-25) and three independent record stores in those cities. In March we will be heading to the West Coast to visit Portland, San Francisco, and LA.

The above image is my first record player, which I earned by cutting my neighbors lawn for an entire summer. It was the flame that lit my burning passion for music, vinyl, and this entire adventure.

The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution is a book that which explores more than just a new “fad” sweeping across the world. Young people everywhere have picked up a once outdated format: a reaction to the disconnect listening experience this generation has been forced to gow up with. 

Follow us on Twitter (@newfaceofvinyl) to keep up to speed. You can find out more information about the project via our former Kickstarter page (http://kck.st/newfaceofvinyl) which features a video Ben and I put together. Although our Kickstarter site is closed for donations, you can still receive a thank you gift (which if you donate $165 or more will get you a hard cover, full color 180+ page, limited edition, signed copy of the book) by donating via Paypal on our website: http://www.BenMeadors.com/vinyl

Thank you for your support, and thank you for keeping this wonderful format alive.

Owen M. McCafferty II

co-Author/Creator 

5 Days Until The New Face of Vinyl Comes To NYC

On January 1st, Ben Meadors and I will be in NYC to visit Good Records, Halcyon the Shop, and Other Music which we will be featuring in our book The New Face of Vinyl: Youth’s Digital Devolution

You can follow our progress and updates via Twitter (@newfaceofvinyl) or on our site at http://benmeadors.com/vinyl

Hope to see some of you there, and if you are between the ages of 15-20 and collect records in the NYC area, fill out or survey to be considered for a feature in the book. 

Hope everyone had a happy holiday!

Owen & Ben

http://kck.st/newfaceofvinyl