Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
FRONTIER PLACES ON THE NORTH OREGON COAST TO REVEL IN THE RESURGENCE OF RECORDS WORDS: ERICK BENGEL • IMAGES: COLIN MURPHEY
few years ago, North Oregon Coast shop owners who carry records noticed an odd trend: Vinyl was suddenly selling again, big time. The curious comeback of this antiquated medium — the so-called “vinyl revival” — allowed several stores to build upon their selection of new and used records. “It’s hot now,” James Kosharek, a musician and owner of Nehalem Music & Game, said. “It’s ridiculously hot.” These outlets deal in other offerings: antiques, clothing, instruments, music lessons, stereo equipment and fading formats such as 8-track, cassette tapes, and VHS. They don’t survive on records alone. But a surprisingly robust vinyl selection exists between Nehalem and Astoria, bolstered by a demand that, up until a decade ago, had nearly disappeared. “People are still shocked that (vinyl) albums exist,” Chelsea Johnsen, owner of Doe & Arrow in Astoria, said. “It’s a pleasant surprise for people.”
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Though demoted from staple to specialty item, vinyl albums never really went away; they just lay low.