“All-Vinyl” at Hyde Park Records

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By Yasmine Laasraoui

One of the last record stores on the South Side, Hyde Park Records 1377 E 53rd St., has set out to provide its neighbors with a three-part music event series.

This past Saturday June 29 the shop held its “All-Vinyl In Store Series” presenting a live DJ set without that “digital stuff,” as explained by the store’s own Ethan Currie.

Walking into the store I was greeted with a gleaming disco ball and a combination of this decade’s indie music and some rock and soul oldies. The walls were covered with various posters and album artwork, ranging from The Who, to Marvin Gaye and Kanye.

The event promised a 10% discount on all vinyl, which seemed to have attracted many people as they dug through stacks of records. A friendly sales associate conveniently asked whether I wanted a crate to sit on while I sifted through their large 99cent collection.

The variety of not only records, but CDs and DVDs was surprising. I found plenty of used soul records, new LP releases, and CDs from my tween years (R. Kelly, Destiny’s Child, N’Sync etc. etc.).

Hyde Park Records is without a doubt, eclectic in terms of music, décor and
customers. Without the pretentiousness that many other Chicago record stores hold, Hyde Park Records’ groovy old-school feel was cool and comfortable.