Yesterday the O ran a very interesting piece on the "comeback" of LPs. Turns out that everyone's favorite mega-store, Fred Meyer, accidentally ordered R.E.M.'s Accelerate on LP instead of CD, and before they could catch the mistake the records were shipped to stores and then quickly sold.
Wait, you can buy vinyl at Freddies? Well, you can now.
Now Fred Meyer is "doing a test" in 60 stores, stocking 20 albums, ranging from a reissue of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" to the new Raconteurs album on premium 180-gram vinyl.
With the wide range of quality indie record stores already in town I doubt this will really make a huge impact, but it's nice to see a story where people are buying music again, even if it is within a few feet of a produce section.
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