Author: Joe Buonomo

Major Jazz Labels Releasing Their Classic Recordings on Vinyl

In the music industry, there are few labels that aren’t under the control of one of the three remaining majors record companies (Universal, Sony, and Warner), let alone truly independent ones. We all thought the experience of actually going to a brick-and-mortar record store died when megastore retailer Tower Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006. […]

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Announcing Quirky Carousel Records – North County’s Newest OLD Record Store

For Immediate Release Quirky Carousel Records, North County’s newest vintage vinyl record store offering 1,000s of vintage and new vinyl LPs covering all genres of recorded music with a focus on classic rock, jazz, classical and most genres that are hard to find in this local market. Our original store, Black Vinyl Park has been rated […]

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Want to Start a Vinyl Collection? – Things to Know

Why should I buy vinyl? There are two basic answers for this: You are an audiophile, and fetishize the sound of analog recordings, or you simply like the aesthetics of vinyl records, packaging, and turntables. It can absolutely be both! But the aesthetics, the physical aspect of it, is pretty key to its appeal. These […]

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Listening to Music on Vinyl Records: Is It better Than Digital?

There is a great deal of enthusiasm and strong belief from my customers about the superior sound that analog vinyl records deliver over digital recordings as presented via your standard CD.  Worse yet is the sound quality of digital downloads such as the default iTunes format.  I often hear audiophiles in my shop and at […]

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Reflections on ECM Records: The Most Beautiful Sound Next to Silence

Manfred Eicher just turned 73 this past year.  Few in the USA know who is or what profound impact he has made on the shape of jazz to come.  He started as an acoustic bass player accompanying Marion Brown (alto sax), Leo Smith (trumpet), Fred Braceful (percussion) and Thomas Stowsand (cello) in an obscure performance of […]

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Where Did Classical Music Go?

 (I figured if I had a picture of a nearly naked woman on the cover I would get somebody’s attention – Read On…) While researching some statistics about the state of the Classical music industry to present some facts for this article, I stumbled upon the following quote. “Don’t get me wrong, I love instrumental music, […]

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What’s The Deal With Vinyl Record Prices?

What Goes Into Pricing Vinyl Records? If you have had the opportunity to go into a vintage vinyl record store recently. one thing you would have surely noticed is the price most shops are charging for records.  New pressings average about $24 a copy.  It is true that you can get a vintage used copy […]

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Our eCommerce Model

The Quirky Carousel – Business Model for the Next Generation   Do we really need physical storefronts anymore? At a time when it’s so much easier to head online to place an order for everything from pizza to pens to shoes, shirts, and sofas, under what circumstances do we absolutely have to leave home and […]

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Estate Sale Psychology

Step right up…It’s only a dollar (…song byTom Waits) ”I have this fabulous antique steamer trunk and it is selling for only $50!”, exclaimed the seller. The buyer raised his brow and put out his hand and threw a single bill on the table, “I’ll take it, but I will only give you $20 for it!!” […]

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Icons of Mid-Century Modern Design

The trend for mid-century modern may come and go (and come again), but one of the best parts of mid-century modern design is the timeless quality of the individual pieces.  Many designs first created in the mid-century will look just as good in a contemporary space as a mid-century modern one.  Here are eight examples […]

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