Happy New Year! I've been absorbed in the holidays the past few weeks, but plan to resume regular features (including the 50 State Tour) next week. One of the highlights of the season was catching WGN's Yule Log broadcast on Christmas Eve, complete with a soundtrack made up of classic radio dramas like It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. It was an awesome new take on the Yule Log genre and a fantastic homage to the early days of radio.
Speaking of classic sounds, today I read in the San Francisco Chronicle that sales of vinyl music were indeed up in 2008, along with sales of digital downloads. It's very interesting that while album sales were down overall, vinyl album sales were up 89% from 2007 and exploded to their highest level in 17 years. According to the same Nielsen report, more than two-thirds of vinyl sales were at independent record stores and the top selling vinyl album was Radiohead's In Rainbows. Digging deeper into the Nielsen SoundScan report, there are more fun tidbits about vinyl. Several of the top 10 vinyl albums of the year were reissues, including Abbey Road by the Beatles and Neutral Milk Hotel's amazing album In the Aeroplane over the Sea.