Vinyl Lovers Spin More Than Barry Manilow

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When you think of a party centered on vinyl, you might picture a basement, an old Panasonic deck, and a couple of half-deflated bean bag chairs. It seems Chad and Travis Dryden, the brothers behind the Idaho chapter of the Vinyl Preservation Society, are looking to class things up a bit.

"It started as a way of getting us out of our basement," said Travis, dressed in a garish purple sheik's outfit for the group's Saturday, Oct. 29, costume party. Chad went for the handlebar moustache and bell-bottoms at the event, which also marked VPS' fourth anniversary.

Fifty or so party-goers piled into the Linen Building's upstairs gallery cum dance hall, brightly lit and with a bar. In a corner were piled a handful of crates, each with almost 80 records inside, a DJ, and two turntables.

The evening included record players to bid on, and a vintage coffin-like number from the '50s for raffle.

Ron Groove with Boise's Audio Medics said he's a big supporter of the old-school vinyl. He said it's different than just rolling up to a venue with a flash drive.

"When you buy a record, you don't have to worry about what bitrate it is."

Groove has a collection of more than 1,500 records.

Notable costumes: the mandatory Freddy Krueger, Juno and Bleaker, and a perfect, homemade Evil Knievel.