New Record Store in State College, PA

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post.   I’m not happy with myself, but things have been busy at work and I’ve had a lot of events on weekends.  To any loyal readers, I apologize.  I know you come here expecting fresh rhetoric combined with some occasional mockery from Mike Hunt.  I hate to disappoint you, the reader.

I’ve been sticking pretty close to my existing playlists lately – and my roommate somehow got me into ordering some used vinyl off eBay.  I’m not the proud owner of No Brakes by John Waite, Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood and about 5 different Sting or The Police LPs.

I was back in Penn State last weekend for a good friend’s wedding and after all the events, I spent Sunday walking around College Ave. with my girlfriend.  The last time I was in town, I had noticed that the town’s lone record store had closed down, which was extremely sad if not entirely surprising.  What did shock me was that this time, a brand new record store called Music Underground had opened in the same location.  I thought to myself, “Why would someone do that?”  But we walked into the store and I immediately understood.

The inventory in the new store was almost exclusively vinyl.  Brand new records, used records, budget bin titles, used turntables and stereo equipment, etc.  And to top it off, the store is also doubling as an arcade – with several coin-op games.  I really thought that was a brilliant business model – and I hope it takes off and finds a permanent home along the main drag of stores in town.  At the end of the day, I don’t think I’m the only person that wants a reason to browse through stacks of albums in a store.  The only thing that irks me about this place is that it’s owned by the folks at Chronic Town, the local hookah bar.  Could there be a worse name for an establishment?  Chronic Town… you’re serious?

Still – kudos to someone for taking a chance – there’s probably not many people that are brave enough to open a record store in this economy and in this era of the record industry.  If you’re in State College any time soon – drop into Music Underground and scope it out!

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