Cosmic Debris Rides Vinyl Revival

Brent Finnegan -- November 4th, 2010

Photo by Matthew Braga via Flickr. Creative Commons 2009

Photo by Matthew Braga via Flickr. Creative Commons 2009

In last week’s HHS Newsstreak, Zach McDonnell wrote about Cosmic Debris, a relatively new independent record store in downtown Harrisonburg:

“I said, ‘I need a college town,’” explains [Cosmic Debris owner Steve] Cape, “then a friend of mine did some research for me and said Harrisonburg was a much bigger town [than Staunton] with more students.”

When Cape saw no record stores listed in the city’s phone book, Harrisonburg became the site of Cosmic Debris, which prides itself on being a “real record store.” The shop, tucked away in the Oasis Art Gallery building on the corner of South Main and Water Streets, already contains over 20,000 dirt-cheap used albums in CD, cassette, and vinyl formats.

And 30,000 more are on the way from storage in Atlanta, near his former stores in Athens and Savannah, Ga. (read more)

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3 Responses to “Cosmic Debris Rides Vinyl Revival”

  1. Yikes. I hope Mr. Cape has not made a terrible mistake… His friend should have told him that the ‘Burg is not really a college town…not much of one, anyway. The average JMU student is about as mainstream as college students get, and rarely goes downtown. And I doubt they spend much time searching for vintage vinyl. Good luck, man. There’s always EMU…

  2. Paul Somers says:

    Oh man, I think this guys got it. His shop will have a small but loyal following. I went in and thought it was great. If there’s ever a High Fidelity movie to be made in this town it will be centered around this shop. He’s a really nice guy too. I traded him for some stuff and thought he was more than fair. It’s like a lot of other things in this town in that it is of a good quality, but yes the support is questionable for the reasons the other comment listed. Hopefully, he’ll push through because we need a little record shop the likes of his. I’m into it.

  3. Herbbie says:

    This a Great Shop!Has a nice slow pace and you are not hurried along.The owner is cool to deal with.

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