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“I had developed a mild addiction to it and I just assumed if I liked it so much, there had to be enough people out there that could make this idea a success,” the McAllen resident said about opening his business.
He is still excited to look at what each new shipment brings to his store and immediately announces it on his Facebook page. He also shares rare finds that he acquires through hard work and lots of looking around.
But why open a vinyl record store when mp3s are so prevalent in the 21st century digital world?
Ozuna said vinyl no longer carries the non-portability stigma that was once attached to it.
“A big part of the revival of vinyl would have to be that the new, still sealed and more modern vinyl records will include free mp3 downloads or a CD of the album,” he said.
During his years of collecting, he has enjoyed many styles of music, with punk, alternative and indie rock being his favorites. The store carries many genres, but he boasts that he has the largest rock and punk vinyl collection in the Rio Grande Valley.
Ozuna’s shop has added a vinyl record label to his store.
“I started this label to give some (talented) local bands the opportunity to have their music pressed to vinyl,” he explained
Two local bands, Seafoam Green and Rumors and Headlines, will be releasing their first vinyl albums during the anniversary celebration; the groups will also perform with Deep Woods kicking off the show.
Rumors and Headlines is a three-piece band from McAllen. Surge is responsible for vocals and plays guitar, his brother Jake plays the bass, and friend Juan plays the drums. The band started delivering their personal taste of punk rock in 2009. All members are currently going to school and have jobs in the food service industry. The band plans on having fun, play music on their terms, and release more records in the future.
“We are not delusional and don’t aspire to be the next Nickelback. We would rather play smaller shows with law stages or not stages if possible. Big stages take away the sincerity,” Surge shared about the bands future.
Seafoam Green is a pop punk, indie rock and chill band from Edinburg.
The event starts at 9 p.m. with Deep Woods performing at 9:30 p.m., Seafoam Green at 10 p.m. and Rumors and Headlines at 10:45 p.m.
There will also be a raffle for two prizes. Prizes include Fall Back Records items, choice of LP worth $15.99 or less, and one of only five 7” test pressings of Rumors and Headlines and Seafoam Green. The raffle will be held after band performances and you must be present to win.
Fall Back Records is located at 416 N. 10th St., Ste. 4 in McAllen. Ozuna is asking that attendees park at Plasma Center. No parking at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant. For more information find Orlie Ozuna or Fall Back Records on Facebook or call 627-2742.
Full bios were unavailable for Seafoam Green and Deep Woods at the time of publication.
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