It is a good time to be a music fan even amongst all the digital clutter that has seemingly hijacked the entire scene lately. There’s iTunes, eMusic, Pandora, and a million other sites out in the viral universe where the music geek can listen and buy countless songs with little more effort than the click of the mouse. But what about the analogue audiophiles out there? Vinyl certainly has made a resurgence in popular music culture with everyone from breaking artists releasing their new albums on that beatiful black wax to dinosaurs in the twilight of their careers re-issuing classic records to capitalize on the growing interest in the format. People are just being overloaded and bombarded by all the fast-paced technology out there these days, so it’s nice to sit back, drop the needle, and relax to the subtle, pleasing tones of vinyl.
There are very few better places locally to find a great selection of records than the Dimple store located at 2433 Arden Way in Sacramento. Since the opening of their all-vinyl store it has been virtually a music lover’s wet dream: vast used selection of everything from rock to jazz, unbelievably fair prices, and a knowledgeable staff that plays great tunes while you shop. My personal recent purchases at the store included King Crimson’s “In the Court of King Crimson” (for $4 in perfect condition), Harry Belafonte’s “Live at Carnegie Hall” (for even less in perfect condition), and, a find that nearly made me collapse in a euphoric shock, Tom Waits’ “Nighthawks at the Diner.” It is impossible to find used Tom Waits at a reasonable price anywhere. ANYWHERE. Period. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon that treasure and instantly started to salivate.
But of course Dimple isn’t the only place to check out the best wax Sacramento has to offer. If you’re in midtown, look up Phono Select (which specilizes in newer releases) and The Beat (which has a good mix of both new and used). There is also the aptly named Records which contains a wide array of used music from every category imaginable. Any serious music fanatic should take the time out of their busy schedules to check out one of these great stores. Honestly, after you go once, you won’t be able to stop. And that’s a good sign, even if it is killer on your pocketbook. Hey, it’s music. It’s worth it.