What is there left to say about Harvest Records? For better than a decade, West Asheville’s independent record store has been a neighborhood staple for collectors and casual listeners alike, building a reputation among music lovers that extends across the Southeast and beyond. And just in time for the holidays everything in the store will be 12 percent off on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
And “everything” means not just music, but also turntables. That’s right. Haven’t joined up with the vinyl resurgence yet? Harvest can get you outfitted with the equipment and walk you through the set up to get your record collection off the ground.
It’s no secret that vinyl had come back strong. Once the trademark of small independent labels, records are increasingly a regular staple of big-label releases as well. Billboard reports that vinyl sales jumped a whopping 260 percent since 2009, and music fans bought 9.2 million records in 2014.
In West Asheville, Harvest Records has been at the epicenter of that explosion. When Matt Schnable and Mark Capon opened the 415 Haywood Road storefront in 2004, vinyl made up less than half of their inventory. Now the tables have turned, so to speak. Since Harvest’s expansion in 2011, the store’s vinyl selection has become far and away the biggest part of the store. And with people coming in nearly every day to unload boxes of records, it just keeps growing. “We’re as stocked up as we’ve ever been,” Mark says.
Customers have responded in spades. April’s Record Store Day sees customers lined up down the sidewalk waiting to peruse new releases. Black Friday, Matt adds, is almost as big. The word is out. People want their records.
“The public is really grabbing hold of vinyl,” he says. The appeal, he explains, can be anything from the better sound quality to collectability, not to mention the fans who just like to browse the racks of used records looking for rare finds, essential additions, or an unheard oddity.
“One of the most exciting things about collecting records is that you can explore new stuff for four or five bucks,” Matt says. “There’s also a lot of music in vinyl that never got released on any other format.”
That browsing factor is itself an attraction. Unlike digital downloads and online orders, record shops, like bookstores, offer the appeal of just flipping through racks, exploring liner notes and, as Matt calls it: “losing time.”
All this vinyl talk shouldn’t turn any fans of CDs though. Harvest has plenty of those, new and used, and can order any selections not out on the floor. And to fans of Asheville’s live music scene: remember that Harvest sells all tickets for shows at the Mothlight, the Grey Eagle and the Orange Peel.
Expanded Holiday Hours: Mon – Thursday, December 21-24th, OPEN at 10 a.m.
Photo by Alice io Oglesby.
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