Absolute Vinyl: Boulder’s Homage to The Good Ol’ Days

Doug Gaddy has been selling records for 28 years.

From hocking records at swaps in Washington D.C., Austin, and New York, to paper catalogs, to selling them on eBay; opening a record shop was just about the only thing he hadn’t done.

“I figured if I can make it in the depth of a recession, the rest will be easy,” recalls Gaddy.

Doug and his wife, Annie, co-founded Boulder’s Absolute Vinyl in 2009, and though they’re still waiting for the “easy” part, the shop has been a thriving hub for Boulder music junkies for five years running.

Doug started attending record swaps in 1981 while living in Washington D.C. He recalls traveling to New York City for the swaps that were filled with vendors and enthusiasts who would occasionally rub elbows with a big-name musician or two.

Gaddy describes Boulder’s music scene as a contributor to the major minor markets, producing a few big-name bands like Firefall and plenty of obscure ones.

At the time of Absolute Vinyl’s debut, “Boulder was losing its record stores,” says Gaddy, who has coordinated an all-day event in lieu of Saturday’s National Record Store Day.

The store will open at it’s usual 11:00 hour, with Kendall Burks starting around noon followed by Someone’s in for an Explosion at 1:00pm. The shop is headed towards 1,000 quality vintage titles–many factory sealed and collectible–RSD exclusives, 100s of current releases, stereo equipment, live music, Radio 1190 swag, RSD freebies, and 100s of free LPs in time for the event. Photographer Kirsten Cohen will have plenty of prints on site for sale in addition to those already hanging in Absolute Vinyl.

Gaddy admits he has no idea what the future holds for vinyl.

“Records are just inherently cool,” says Gaddy, “and the sound is so unique.”

The enthusiast says loves listening to albums in the sequence the artist curated them to be rather than a single son MP3 played through lap top speakers.

“There is so much new creativity because of the internet,” Gaddy says in defense of new-age music technology. He also notes the “Back to the Future” response to technology that seems to currently be taking trend. Gaddy notes that many prefer listening to music through technology from the ‘50s than through ear buds.

Doug Gaddy reports the amount of vinyl growing year after year at a sustainable rate, despite the advent of iTunes and Spotify but only time will tell what the future holds for the way we consume music.

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