Learning to Listen, in a Los Angeles Cafe Built for Vinyl

“Listening bars — cafes with high-end audio equipment, where patrons listen to vinyl records, carefully selected by a bartender, from a record library behind the bar — have been an institution in Japan since the 1950s… Only recently have several emerged in New York City, Los Angeles and a few other places.” via The New York Times Japanese-style listening bars, where D.J.’s spin carefully selected records for a hushed audience, are arriving in America. But truly appreciating them can take a little practice.

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