It would appear that vinyls are not nearly as old fashioned as my grandfather would have me believe. Earlier this week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released the statistics from the past year and the sale of vinyls for 2015 was the highest it has been since 1988. The sales brought in a total of $416 million, a small fraction of the $7 billion the entire industry brings in. However, what’s notable is that vinyls, the old men of the music world, surpassed free streaming, which only made $385.1 million last year.
I just got back from a spring break road trip from Nashville to the Grand Canyon, which included way too much sitting in my friend’s car. Whether it was driving for hours and hours on endless country roads or sitting in the passenger seat while traveling across the entirety of Kansas, road trip songs definitely kept me sane. The following playlist was one of the many I made for the 48 hour drive there and back, and I used songs by ODESZA only.
WRVU, Bonnaroo, and You: Three great things that are coming together for one big contest. Starting March 21 you will have the chance to win two tickets to the Bonnaroo Music Festival taking place June 9-12 in Manchester, Tennessee.
The contest will be divided into two parts. First, Bonnaroo week on WRVU from March 21-25 will feature an artist of the day directly from the festival lineup. Listen to WRVU each day to collect the artist’s name and by the end of the week, submit those 5 names to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For people who get the correct names, they automatically advance to stage 2. You will get the chance to show your Bonnaroo spirit from March 28 to April 8 through a social-media centered photo contest. We will post your creative photos about why you should be the WRVU listener to win the tickets onto our Facebook page. The winner will be determined based on their creativity and breadth of social media interaction.
Check our Facebook page and Twitter (@WRVUNashville) for more details. Good luck!
Driving back to Nashville from Lafayette, Indiana this weekend, I decided to revisit the Decemberists’ entire discography on the way down, to listen to each record and then to rank them in a hierarchy. The result was a list ordered as such:
- Picaresque (2005)
- Castaways and Cutouts (2002)
- The Hazards of Love (2009)
- The King is Dead (2011)
- The Crane Wife (2006)
- Her Majesty the Decemberists (2003)
- What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
You may notice that their most recent release, What a Terrible World, is at the bottom. What you can’t see is how strikingly large the gap between albums six and seven actually is. Make no mistake — WATW is still a decent album by any standard. But it does stand as the Decemberists’ biggest disappointment, especially given the bands remarkable consistency and excellence. I want to reexamine What a Terrible World a year after its release, unpack its problems, and see if they can be fixed.