Because vinyl is so in it’s out, Laserdiscs are here to save the day. The unfamous, overlooked father of the DVD and CD, which you probably last dealt with in elementary school-era science class, is making a triumphant entrance into our little inferno of hipness. Opening at 193 Knickerbocker this Wednesday, directly across the street from Vinyl Fantasy, Disc Daydreams is slated to become the nation’s first Laserdisc emporium since, well, ever.
“We’re really constructing this thing from the ground up. It’s our baby. We’re manufacturing demand and will reap the benefits,” says, Al Bum, proprietor of Disc Daydreams, who’s inked distribution deals with Urban Outfitters, Opening Ceremony, and Starbucks, who stopped selling CDs just this week to make spaces for LDs. “People like albums, LPs, because of quality and scarcity, and because of style, which is the inevitable result of the first two. But LDs offer higher quality and they’re scarcer. We’re not commissioning new releases, we’ve just gathered up all the remaining discs we could find and are offering them to you. You won’t find Drake’s new mixtape here, no Biebs, no Top 40 hits. And that should comfort you,” said Bum.
Asked about the new neighbors, Ron Ottiofiend, manager of Vinyl Fantasy, said, “Competition? Pffft! What competition? When it comes to vintage media, we’re all in this together. I hope they do well. It’d even be interesting to team up with those guys, ’cause after Laserdisc booms and busts, who’ll supply the next big obsolete trend? Hell, the way I see it, we should already be drawing up the plans for our own joint venture: Betamax and 8-Tracks.” Let’s see how the Laserdisc sales go before we get our hopes up for that though.
Written by jaytoles