While the old adage "I don't want to be a member of any group that would have me," may be true of some organizations (ahem, Tea Party), sometimes that's where you're going to find the really cool kids ... like at the Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho.
Founded in 2007 by brothers Chad and Travis Dryden, VPS has maintained not only a membership but a mission: to respect and honor the music's vinyl medium. Rooted in the Dryden brothers' love of hanging out and listening to music of a quality only vinyl can deliver, members meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Modern Hotel and Bar to share their records and their stories. And like the records they listen to, VPS has some staying power: On Saturday, Nov. 13, VPS will hold a shindig at the Linen Building to celebrate its third anniversary. Five DJs--including Art Hodge, Pedro and Tony B--will provide five hours of music (only vinyl, natch) as well as a dual DJ demo. This is an all-ages event and free for VPS members or $2 for nonmembers. After this party, you may not be a nonmember much longer.
The fun spins right back up on Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with VPS's annual Boise Record Show and Swap. Whether you're hoping to score that sweet Fleetwood Mac re-issue or sell your limited-edition Misfits album with the cover designed by Pushead, somebody at the swap is going to have the info you need. And don't forget: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sunday is the "golden hour." A mere $10 gets you in the door early with first shot at all of the rarities--and maybe even a guilty pleasure or two (somebody has to know where there's a copy of his 1977 self-titled release).