If you keep up with what's going on with the music industry these days, you may have heard the buzz: vinyl records are making a comeback. Every few months or so, this supposed resurgence and its positive effect on small mom-n-pop shops have been discussed in all kinds of publications, from local and college news outlets to the nationally recognized Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. They report that as CD sales have declined, vinyl sales have increased dramatically in the last few years. But is it enough of an impact to affect the overall bleakness of our economy?
Take Bunkado in Little Tokyo, for example. Specializing in enka and J-Pop, the upstairs music section of the long-standing gift shop has struggled for years to attract customers to its extensive collection, which even includes full artist discographies on CDs, LPs, and even 8-track cartridges -- which are all quickly gathering dust.