Like so many other "retro" phenomena, there are growing anecdotal indicators that vinyl may be on the comeback trail. While in Seattle recently with my family, my son (14) and I wandered into Sonic Boom, a local record store in Fremont. After he was done perusing the new CD releases, he asked about their "Vinyl Annex" - a large room off the alley from their street front location. Over 45 minutes later, he was still going through the albums, looking at the tracks and checking out the album art. I had to drag him out of there.
Last week, a Canadian Ph.D. candidate reported that in the process of conducting research for his dissertation, he constantly ran across teens who swear that vinyl is better. He noted that several said the appeal was finding obscure albums and looking at the album jackets.
It's interesting that at the same time, Roger Waters has announced a tour that will include a live performance of "Dark Side Of The Moon," perhaps the most phenomenal album in the history of Rock music. And at WMMR, Pierre Robert's newest feature, "Pierre's Vinyl," has become a signature music appointment in his show. Pierre also has created a complete guide on his web page for where to find great vinyl in the Philly area.