During the past few months, there has been a lot of articles talking about the revival of vinyl. While we still hear about the closing of some record stores, there is no denying that more and more people are getting into the treasured format. Do a quick search on the Internet and you will find vinyl lovers gathering to talk about a new find that they just snagged for a dollar, or simply appreciating great cover art. On Tumblr there are tons of blogs dedicated to solely posting pictures of vinyl, check out Pornographic Phonographic. On Twitter, I have a growing list of other websites that keep the vinyl spirit alive. While vinyl has been around for much longer than the Internet, they seem to be a great match. In fact, a reason why vinyl has become so popular again is due in part to the Internet. On one hand, a lot of people felt the need to go back to the better quality sound of vinyl because mp3s became such a big part of the listening experience. However, on a more positive note, people are better able to share their love for vinyl through the Internet and bands have more opportunities to promote vinyl releases.
When the Internet allows for so many ways for people to be creative and form communities around common interests like vinyl, it is startling to hear about the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA). If passed, these two bills could make it so easy for large corporations to have control over websites that promote music and art. The editor of one of the websites that I write for posted a great call-to-action letter regarding these two acts, which you can read here. So if you have not heard much about SOPA or PIPA, please go check out the letter on REDEFINE. The website is getting together a list of other music/art websites that are taking a stand against the bills. Awfully Crate is happy to be in the company of other great websites and I hope you will join too.