Magnolia Records Opens Downtown

It’s a headline that would have been confounding just a few years ago. CD sales obliterated vinyl in the 1980s and predictions held vinyl would become the eight-track tape of its generation. At that same time, announcements of new businesses of any sort on Magnolia Avenue were hard to come by. It’s a different era. […]

Two Businesses Close, New One Announced and Development Questions Answered

Continuing the theme of catching up on little developments across the city in recent weeks, let’s look at a number of other recent changes. I’ll also have a few tidbits that haven’t been reported elsewhere and answers to a few questions I’ve had thrown my way. There are a lot of moving parts to this […]

Record Store Day – Vinyl in Knoxville? In 2014?

How can that be, right? We all know CDs killed vinyl in the 80s and downloads killed CDs in the 2000s. Maybe some esoteric shops in New York City would cater to DJs there, but Knoxville? As it turns out, Jay Nations, probably Knoxville’s best known guru of vinyl, tells me that he gets customers […]

Take a Walk on the Southside

  Just before Christmas I had a week off and found myself in need of a few CDs. Given my aversion to driving when I’m off work, I decided to walk to the Disc Exchange. I’ve loved the store for years and have shopped at the west location in the years before it closed and […]