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A reverse musical trend

There is a growing trend across the nation as nostalgic practices continue to rise in popularity. This trend has been particularly evident through the resurgence of the vinyl record.

“We have seen customers, especially younger ones, moving back in time over the last five to ten years,” record store owner Mike Matthews said. “They want older music and still want vinyl and cassettes. Our business has hit highs that we did not see coming. Our business tactics are not much different than they were 30 years ago. It has been a great time as the old is coming back. Rock on!”

“The Guardian” found that vinyl record sales hit a 25-year high last year, while digital formatting has dropped in the last few years. 2016 was the first year in the 21st century in which vinyl sales outperformed digital downloads.

Sony Music Entertainment recently announced that they will begin pressing vinyl records following a 28-year break. This announcement came following an increased demand and success among competitors such as Columbia and 20th Century Fox.

Several explanations have been offered regarding the rise in popularity among older artists and the connection with rises in vinyl record sales. A primary reason for vinyl record sales surpassing digital downloads is the fact that a vinyl record is tangible.

“Vinyl is better than digital because you physically hold the music in your hand,” record collector Josh Hagen said. “I have records that have been around since the 1960s and 1970s, it’s just mind blowing to me whenever I pick those records up that this plastic disk is older than I am.”

Amazon has seen a rise in vinyl sales with the “AutoRip” option for customers purchasing music. With most compact disc and vinyl record sales, Amazon’s “AutoRip” option offers the digital download in addition to the tangible formats. Along with promoting vinyl collecting, it has assisted inventory cleaning for the internet giant.

Another interesting association with the vinyl record is the record turntable. Available in several themes and structures, the turntable is gradually returning to its former glory.

“I started collecting vinyl because I was interested in how turntables worked,” Hagen said.

Established in 2003, Ion has found success with their various turntable options. From Ford Mustang themed turntables to traditional suitcase-style carry cases. Ion has heavily invested in the vinyl record resurgence.

Appealing to younger individuals, Ion recently introduced the Bluetooth speaker turntable. This product has been a positive addition as the distinguishable sound of the vinyl record meets wireless technology. These turntables are available at affordable rates, further promoting the vinyl movement.

Digital conversion is an option with most modern turntables. The opportunity to turn a vinyl record into a digital format has helped the hobby expand as listeners can experience both listening styles.

“The sound off of the needle is incredible,” lifelong music follower Dick Hagen said. “Vinyl records are timeless.”

Historically speaking, the ushering of vinyl records is symbolic in multiple ways. In the 1980s, the compact disc hit the music scene, becoming the most sought musical format. With a small size and fair sound quality, the compact disc took over, essentially replacing the vinyl record. Following the introduction of digital downloads, compact disc sales dropped dramatically. Some automobile manufacturers have even halted compact disc stereo installation. Today, vinyl records are making their way back to the top over the compact disc.

As the digital community continues to dwindle, the vinyl record community is welcoming new collectors at monthly events like the Keystone Record Collectors music expo. Free to the public, this event takes place on the first Sunday of every month at the Continental Inn on Route 30.

With yearly events such as Record Store Day each April, the vinyl record is back to stay. How far will vinyl records go this time around?

Located throughout Lancaster County, these businesses will help build any record collection!
Located throughout Lancaster County, these businesses will help build any record collection!

Much Music at Conewago Coffee This October

October is here, with cooler nights, warmer colors in the trees — and great music all month long at Conewago Coffee in Cygnet Studios (336 South Market Street, Elizabethtown).  Experience several different musical genres and moods at the art studio and coffeehouse this month:

Friday, October 2nd, 7:30 PM – NeXday

The month of music kicks off with NeXday.  Its band members are Lane Kohler, Derek Hallet, Trevor Kaufman.  Their influences range from Blink 182, anberlin, Deftones and “whomever we decide to emulate.”

Saturday, October 10th, 3:00 PM – Sean Brown, Violin

Aspiring young violinist, Sean Brown, continues to advance in his Suzuki music training, performing another show at the coffeehouse.  Be sure and see this young talent.

Friday, October 16th, 7:30 PM – Scott Parmer, Guitar/Vocal

Scott’s café style is acoustic performance, an up close and intimate sharing of his soulful interperatation of songs, appealing to a broad age range of listeners. In addition to some original compositions, he covers artists like Train, Wallflowers, Eagles, Snow Patrol, U2, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Sting, Greenday and Ben Lee.

Be sure to visit hist website to learn more:  http://www.scottparmer.com/

Saturday, October 17th, 7:30 PM – The You Know Whos

As Chris Bemis, from The You Know Whos explains:  “We are an energetic rock and roll band with a 60’s vibe, much like that of the early Beatles, Rolling Stones, and a hint of Bob Dylan.”

Check them out before the show at: http://www.myspace.com/theyouknowwhosmusic

Friday, October 23rd, 7:30 PM – Ship Wrecks

Paul Rehkugler and Michelle Cina (acoustic guitar/vocals team up for a show at Conewago Coffee.  The influences for Ship Wrecks are many:  Against Me!, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Chuck Ragan, City and Colour, Dan Andriano, Dashboard Confessional, Heavens, Hot Water Music, Matt Skiba, Moe Weimer, Patrick Downey, Propagandhi, Raise Up Roof Beams, the Scene Aesthetic, Taking Back Sunday, Trunks and Tale. Whew!  Come and hear the distillation of this wall of sound, and enjoy a night out with friends.

Check out Ship Wrecks at:  http://shipwrecksmusic.com/


Saturday, October 24th, 7:30 PM – Matt Wheeler, guitar

Matt Wheeler is a locally-based singer-songwriter who just loves music and a good story. The set will include heartfelt originals mixed in with folk and rock covers. Joined by a few friends from his band, “August to October”, his music has a soothing, autumnal feel.

Learn more about Matt Wheeler at: http://www.facebook.com/augusttooctober

Flint Plays Conewago Coffee on Friday

It’s Friday night, and you are looking for some good music and good times in Elizabethtown.

IS there live music on Friday nights in Elizabethtown?

Look no further than Conewago Coffee at Cygnet Studios, on Market Street.  This Friday night, at 7:30PM, Flint will be playing the coffeehouse.

Flint is an acoustic-rock band from Elizabethtown College. Its core members are Todd Lewellen on vocals and guitar, Kyle Grimm on bass and ukulele, and Dave Ashcraft on drums. Oftentimes Micah Albrycht, violin, plays along as well. The band plays almost all original music, but occasionally will throw in a cover song for the fun of it. All of the band’s songs can be played either as a small acoustic piece or as a full band with electric guitar and full drumset, allowing for extra creativity and variety between performances.

Influences:   Iron & Wine, Damien Rice, Death Cab for Cutie, Great Big Sea, Guster, John Butler Trio, Modest Mouse, Owen, Band of Horses, Dear and the Headlights, Margot and Nuclear So and So’s, Fleetwood Mac, Nickel Creek, Pedro the Lion, Silversun Pickups, Straylight Run, Styrofoam, Sufjan Stevens, and others

Band Interests:   Long walks on beaches, starry nights….  and playing good original music.

If you want to learn more about Flint and hear some of their music, check them out on Facebook and MySpace:

Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Flint/41926670988?ref=ts

MySpace Website – http://www.myspace.com/weareflint

Flint Plays Friday Night at Conewago Coffee

It’s Friday night, and you are looking for some good music and good times in Elizabethtown.

IS there live music on Friday nights in Elizabethtown?

Look no further than Conewago Coffee at Cygnet Studios, on Market Street.  This Friday night, at 7:30PM, Flint will be playing the coffeehouse.

Flint is an acoustic-rock band from Elizabethtown College. Its core members are Todd Lewellen on vocals and guitar, Kyle Grimm on bass and ukulele, and Dave Ashcraft on drums. Oftentimes Micah Albrycht, violin, plays along as well. The band plays almost all original music, but occasionally will throw in a cover song for the fun of it. All of the band’s songs can be played either as a small acoustic piece or as a full band with electric guitar and full drumset, allowing for extra creativity and variety between performances.

Influences:   Iron & Wine, Damien Rice, Death Cab for Cutie, Great Big Sea, Guster, John Butler Trio, Modest Mouse, Owen, Band of Horses, Dear and the Headlights, Margot and Nuclear So and So’s, Fleetwood Mac, Nickel Creek, Pedro the Lion, Silversun Pickups, Straylight Run, Styrofoam, Sufjan Stevens, and others

Band Interests:   Long walks on beaches, starry nights….  and playing good original music.

If you want to learn more about Flint and hear some of their music, check them out on Facebook and MySpace:

Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Flint/41926670988?ref=ts

MySpace Website – http://www.myspace.com/weareflint

Summer Fun at Cygnet Studios

How do you like to relax on a summer day?  Do you enjoy perusing art galleries, evening concerts, or a refreshing iced drink?  If any or all of these apply to you, consider a visit to Cygnet Studios on Market Street, Elizabethtown.  A relaxing and friendly venue in any season, the warmer weather offers a great opportunity to enjoy coffee and conversations on the front porch, or to unwind with a book and beverage in the garden seating area.  Below is a list of some of the events happening this month.  Be sure to check out the complete online calendar regularly at http://www.localendar.com/public/CygnetStudios and consider joining our Facebook group for the latest updates and happenings.

July 2009 Gallery Artist of the Month – Nolan McGuire: “Through Bubbles”

Gallery Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday: 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

http://www.cygnetgallery.com/

Oil paintings and textural studies on canvas. Artwork on display until the end of July.

Thursday, July 23, 30 – Painting

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

http://www.cygnetstudios.com/

Explore ideas and techniques for painting in watercolor, acrylic, oils. Outdoor garden painting as weather permits. Bring your own supplies or purchase from Cygnet Studios as needed. Ages 16 and up. $5 per session.

Friday, July 24 – Clay Sculpture: “Feebus, Finneon and Friends”

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

http://www.cygnetstudios.com/

Create a clay sculpture of your favorite Pokemon or Badugan character. Bring a picture for reference. Ages 6 and up. Register through http://www.getintogears.org.

Friday, July 24 – Music: neXday, featuring Lane Kohler

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

http://www.conewagocoffee.com/

Lane Kohler will perform vocals and guitar at Conewago Coffeehouse in Cygnet Studios.

Saturday, July 25 – Music – Lorenzo Casey

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

http://www.conewagocoffee.com/

Lorenzo Casey will perform an eclectic mix of blues, rock and roll, standards, R and B, dance and easy listening songs at Conewago Coffeehouse in Cygnet Studios.

Friday, July 31 – Chair Massage with Julia Kreider

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

http://www.cygnetstudios.com/

Relax after a stressful week with a 5-minute ($5) or 10-minute ($10) introductory chair massage.