Do you remember the first vinyl record you ever bought? If you answered yes a few short years ago, you would have been “dating” yourself. But vinyl has experienced a huge resurgence in recent times, with major acts releasing new material in black-platter form, record collectors’ clubs popping up like Bic lighters at a concert, and CDs seemingly going the way of the 8-track.
One such organization, the Vinyl Record Day Company — dedicated to preserving vinyl music, as well as its culture and art — has declared August 12 Vinyl Record Day, and we see no reason to argue. Instead, we encourage you to get to an LP emporium post haste, and, of course, to get there by DART.
One of your best bets is Bill’s Records, which has been around since the early ‘80s and is considered a local institution. Whether you’re looking for brand-new or vintage, obscure or mainstream, you’ll be right at home in this temple of vinyl located near Cedars Station. 1317 S. Lamar St., Dallas
Though Top Ten Records is like a time-capsule circa 1963, this DARTable Gem has never lost its cool or its edge. A small but hand-selected collection of music and memorabilia ranges from rock’n’roll and oldies to hot-off-the-presses Tejano. The D-Link will drop you off at their front door. 338 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas
And Urban Outfitters is in on the renaissance, too, featuring a whole wall of glorious vinyl ranging from current hip-hop to classic rock. They even have several styles of turntable for sale. You’ll find a location right at Mockingbird Station. 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas