According to the Huffington Post, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported an 18% increase in vinyl record sales in 2012; making that the highest sales in 15 years. By definition, a digital recording is not capturing, but only approximating (with a series of steps) the full analog audio range that can be found on vinyl.
Consequently, there is a strong movement of buyers that believe (and rightly so) that vinyl does a superior job in capturing an artists' original intentions. Musicians like Jack White (Current National leader in U.S.vinyl sales; just ahead of the Beatles), The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons will go out of their way to make sure they capture their sound on studios equipped with vintage audio gear. It only makes sense they would release products in its native vinyl format (even if it is more expensive than digital pressing costs).
Locally, Providence's Olympic Records has a full selection of vinyl...only. Owner Kevin Morosini's first turntable was a vintage hand me down he found at Goodwill. His love of the format led him to put it all on the table when it came to getting into the retail music buisiness. He can survive against the big box stores by offering a product they don't even bother stocking.
Whether its the new Queens of the Stone Age or an 80's era Nick Lowe album, Olympic has it covered. You can also find local releases by Brown Bird, Deer Tick, Dark Dark Dark, The Body, and Roz Raskins and the Ricecakes; representing some of the the best of the New England scene.
Kevin has selections by local labels as well represented in part by brands like Small Plate, Rhode Records and Corleone (all of whom produce special limited addition product). If Morosini doesn't have it, he'll know how to get it. He is also in the buying and trading market so if you have product in listenable condition and with original art (cover) from any era, Kevin will take a look.
Olympic Records is located at 580 Wickenden Street and open a convenient seven days a week. Kevin is always ready to guide you through the collection whether your an audiophile or just another GoodWill shopper trying out your new find.