8,000 vinyl records at a bar in Akasaka, digital selfies and a return to the art of playing vinyl records

Vinyl records making a comebackThere are with just Instagram an estimated 220,000 new images being uploaded to the internet every minute with the majority of those images being uploaded by today’s youth in the techno jargon called “selfies.” Pictures taken of one’s self then uploaded to the internet simultaneously listening to digital music through a mobile device to admire their photographic skills of images of themselves. The digital data explosion we are living through on the internet is just astonishing. In 2012, DOMO created an infographic that showed how much data is generated every minute, and in 2014, the Data Never Sleeps 2.0 infographic was published with all of the latest statistics. This digital data explosion is turning youth into uncreative self-admiring selfies competing against each other for the best selfie while simultaneously listening to inferior quality creative-stunting unimaginative digital music.

Here is a new older trend: iPod users and “selfies” beware: vinyl records are making a comeback and audiophiles say it is because “it’s much warmer than digital audio and you can hear the nuances better.” A far more significant reason though for listening to music played on vinyl records, suggests that:

However, the motivation for buying vinyl runs deeper than simply appreciating the sound quality. Vinyl records offer an atmospheric experience unlike any other to a modern listener. Physically searching for the albums, taking the record out of its sleeve, placing it on the turn-table and anticipating the needle’s contact with the grooves of the record is more captivating than simply clicking “buy song” on iTunes.

To get a better appreciation why music is far better sounding played off vinyl records, this article “Why have vinyl records risen in popularity again? What are some advantages vinyl records have over CDs and digital media?“, would be a good place to start.  Music played off vinyl records is superior to music played off CDs and digital devices the least of which is the far greater range of frequencies. It is unfortunate the youth of today have no comprehension of what music sounds like played off vinyl records.

Two retired Japanese men in Akasaka opened a bar called Your Song where patrons can drink while listening to music played off vinyl records. These two Japanese men also appreciate the quality of sound and the nostalgia of playing vinyl records as a form of art. The two Japanese owners of the bar Your Song, have a collection of about 8,000 vinyl records between them. One of the owners said: “I want to make this bar a gathering place for people who love music and liquor.” The distinct advantage of listening to music recorded on vinyl is because it is a medium the music was originally recorded on. This cannot be done with digital music. Youth today taking “selfies” and having only listened to digitized music with their current right-here-right-now interaction have no idea of the qualitative difference in sound.

Source: The Japan News

Two friends turn passion for records into profit

February 21, 2016

By Ryosuke Yamauchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

Your Song bar in AkasakaOff a busy street in Tokyo’s Akasaka area, a cozy music bar called Your Song sits on the second floor of a multistory building containing various businesses. Visitors open a heavy steel door to find a softly lit, 86-square-meter hideaway that plays music including the Beatles and the Eagles.

One of the two co-owners of Your Song, Kenji Yamada, smiled as he looked at their collection of about 8,000 vinyl records. “I want to make this bar a gathering place for people who love music and liquor,” said Yamada, 59.

Yamada dedicated about 35 years of his life to being a salesman at Asahi Breweries, Ltd. He never thought about a second career after retirement until he hit 48 and suddenly thought, “It’s coming up in 12 years — the length of one Chinese zodiac cycle.”

When he talked about this to Yasuo Yamazaki, his best friend since primary school who was then working at a major credit company, the long-time friends eagerly agreed to “do something together” when they retired.

Yamada and Yamazaki, 59, share a passion for music: They have both collected vinyl records and listened to precious finds at each other’s homes when they were students. It was therefore quite natural for the pair to think of opening and running a bar together — one that would play mainly American and European music from the ’60s to the ’80s on vinyl and draw on Yamada’s extensive knowledge of liquor.

Fulfilling a dream

Yamada’s final decision came when he was 55. His company was offering an early retirement incentive program that would give him the highest severance payment if he retired in two years’ time rather than later, so he decided to take it to embark on his new career and open the bar at 57, when he would still be in good shape.

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