So is IG back up and running again? Let’s find out with a test post: This is a shop I went to a few weeks ago—Vinyl Paradise, far out on Long Island. Unfortunately, the truly awesome storefront, referencing Elvis Presley and Clash album covers, is the best thing about it. Inside, you’ll find lots of carefully curated screamo bands and everything else appears to be randomly scrounged from garage sales—lots of Judy Collins and Seals & Croft. Apparently they’ve been there three years, which says to me their rent must be dirt cheap.
After getting tipped off about it by @thesharpnotes the other day, I went to Lynbrook to check out a new shop, Needle & Groove, which is less than two months old. My purchases here aren’t really indicative of their offerings—this is a shop tailor-made for serious collectors of Seventies Rock. Deep, deep sections of the staples like Floyd, Zeppelin, Zappa, The Who Kinks, and so on—with, of special note, Japanese pressings for many of those acts and particularly Van Halen. They played quality T.Rex and Motörhead the entire time I was there. But as it turned out, I stumbled across a sweet 1993 UK pressing of Billy Joel’s final album, “River of Dreams,” which was never released on vinyl in the US, and also an autographed copy of Bruce Hornsby’s first album. Doing a quick comparison to signature exemplars on the web via my phone, I nabbed it for a bargain $7. Mish, the piano player in our house, is rarely interested in my finds and she was thrilled by both.
Anyway, it’s a good shop, with a friendly staff and fair to moderately high prices (you’re getting what you pay for; it’s a very clean and rarity-heavy inventory). If you’re in the area or on the LIRR (2-3 min walk from the station), check it out.
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You don’t go to Portland, Maine without hiking (check!) and going to LLBean (check!). With that accomplished, it was time to return to MY natural habitat: Record Stores. Portland has three within 2 minutes walk of each other and they’re great. Strange Maine was silly with lots of non-music stuff to grab attention. Electric Buddahs was the most fun, with sections like “WTF?!” and “I always vote progressive” for Prog Rock. Moody Lords looks like it would be the lightweight of the three because it’s also a clothing boutique, but it was the hands down champ—the kind of place where I found 45s by forgotten indie act The Tweeds and a Russian pressing of Peter Gabriel’s “So.” For those inclined, there was a MFSL copy of Dark Side of the Moon on the wall. It’s the serious record hang I was hoping to find. And honorable mention goes to Yes Books, with no Records but who cares? It’s an old-school, used book shop—the kind with a big, dimly lit maze of narrow aisles and shelves reaching to the ceiling, surrounded by piles on the floor. All of this made for a lovely afternoon of puttering.
I picked up that Porg-shaped picture disc on Record Store Day, because I needed to be able to definitively say what the cutest record in my collection is.
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So Record Store Day 208 came and went pretty painlessly. Usually I get up at 4:30 so I can be eighth on line outside in the cold, waiting for one of the local shops to open at 9:30. This year, I had a hernia operation recently and I’m still recovering, so that just wasn’t in the cards. I opted to try my luck at Newbury Comics at the local mall, and got there 15 minutes before they opened at 8am—and it was a breeze. Got almost everything I wanted and the elusive missing LP—Recutting The Crap II—will doubtlessly be kicking around stores for weeks, if Recutting the Crap I was anything to go by. So all in all, not a bad way to start the day.
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Another obscure McCartney LP I once picked up a day or two before Record Store Day (see yesterday’s post). Run Devil Run is so-so, a romp through oldies with the help of friends like David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Still it’s a great one to have found on LP!
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I say it every year—if you’re a serious record collector, don’t wait until Record Store Day on Saturday to hit your local shops. Hit them NOW, as in Today and Tomorrow, because they’re sprucing up and puting out a few special non-RSD goodies for people to buy on Saturday. Case in point: I once got this disgustingly rare LP of Paul McCartney’s 2005 album, Chaos & Creation in the Backyard, in the days leading up to an RSD. This is the week to go find that special record you’ve been stalking in real life instead of on Discogs. Don’t sleep on it.