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    Vinyl is back. And with it comes “Vinyl in the ‘Ville,” a first-time event to celebrate the once-forgotten medium and bring together music lovers young and old who embrace the sound of analog and the glory days of album artwork.  

    The free event will take place Thursday, April 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ear X-tacy record store on Bardstown Road. The night will offer a chance for attendees to bring their favorite records for an “open turntable hour” that will allow them to take turns playing their personal favorites for the crowd. Several other turntable stations will also be set up around the store for personal listening.

    “We had hoped to put on a vinyl listening night for awhile,” said Rebecca Cornwell, store manager of ear X-tacy. “And when Crosley came to us hoping to do the same thing, we decided it’d be a perfect time to finally do it. We figured everyone from indie fans who just discovered vinyl to baby boomers who still have stacks of it would want to come.”

    In 2008, more vinyl albums were purchased (1.88 million) than any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Today’s artists are even releasing their latest albums on records, including Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses, Cat Power and Tom Petty.

    Ear X-tacy will offer 20 percent off all vinyl purchases during “Vinyl in the ‘Ville.” Along with that discount, Louisville-based Crosley Radio, a manufacturer of retro-styled turntables and other consumer electronics, will offer chances to win one of six Crosley turntables with the purchase of vinyl. Plus, vinyl enthusiasts will also receive other free gear like T-shirts, records and food while supplies last.

    Louisville Photographic Booth Company will also be there to snap “Sleeveface-style” photographs of attendees (fun photos in which record sleeves conceal parts of the body to give the illusion that the person is part of the album cover.)

    “We’re hoping the community really gets excited about this event,” said Bo LeMastus, president of Crosley Radio. “Not only is it something that caters to the growing population of vinyl enthusiasts, but it also helps get the word out that Louisville is host to one of the greatest independent record stores in the country, as well as one of the top turntable manufacturers in the country.”

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