Category: recordshop

So this wound up in my possession this week—a …

So this wound up in my possession this week—a hanging promotional mobile from the UK for Tears For Fears, sent out to record stores there to hang up and hype the forgotten last single from Songs from the Big Chair.
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Bought this classic Scottish punk album back i…

Bought this classic Scottish punk album back in the fall of 1986 without having heard a note of it, and I love it to this day for so many reasons, especially for the torn price sticker from Second Coming Records in Greenwich Village, which was my favorite record store ever. Still, what a great album; I picked it up because it was the former band of Stuart Adamson, the leader of Big Country, but here, he just plays guitar. U2 has often said this was an influential album for them (it came out in 1978 as they were getting started) and you can see why—the Edge copped his early playing style from songs like “Of One Skin” (and then took it to the next level). The hallmark of this classic album is “Into The Valley,” with its unintelligible vocals and arguably the greatest riff of all-time—so freeing and joyful, like so much of poor Adamson’s work. R.I.P.


Last day of vacation, I finally unexpectedly s…

Last day of vacation, I finally unexpectedly stumbled across a record store—and an unusual one at that—in the former mining- turned ghosttown of Jerome, AZ. We visited 15 years ago when it was almost a ruin; now it’s rebounded nicely as an artistic enclave. What makes this vinyl shop unique is it is Puscifer The Store (note the band logo sign in photo), owned by the side project band of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. It’s a pretty, if small shop, which has a few special items if you’re a fan, and it shares the space with a wine shop. We had a good browse.
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I went to Record Store Day 2019 at the Newbury…

I went to Record Store Day 2019 at the Newbury Comics in our local mall. In the past, I would get up at 5AM to be ninth in line at a different shop and wait for 5 hours for it to open, only to get a few of the releases I wanted. At Newbury, I got on line 45 minutes before opening, didn’t have to stand in the rain (very important!), was 23rd in line and got everything I wanted (and a freebie Queen poster for some reason) because they had ludicrous amounts of inventory. I think one of the big duds this year is going to be the overhyped, overpriced 3” record players; they had a ton and the gizmos wern’t moving. After the line had disappeared, the decorative stack of players (top right) still looked the same, and if hardcore record nerds willing to get up at dawn aren’t going to buy them, neither are casual collectors. Lots of good finds overall though, and hey, even my Alexa celebrated Record Store Day.


I went to Record Store Day 2019 at the Newbury…

I went to Record Store Day 2019 at the Newbury Comics in our local mall. In the past, I would get up at 5AM to be ninth in line at a different shop and wait for 5 hours for it to open, only to get a few of the releases I wanted. At Newbury, I got on line 45 minutes before opening, didn’t have to stand in the rain (very important!), was 23rd in line and got everything I wanted (and a freebie Queen poster for some reason) because they had ludicrous amounts of inventory. I think one of the big duds this year is going to be the overhyped, overpriced 3” record players; they had a ton and the gizmos wern’t moving. After the line had disappeared, the decorative stack of players (top right) still looked the same, and if hardcore record nerds willing to get up at dawn aren’t going to buy them, neither are casual collectors. Lots of good finds overall though, and hey, even my Alexa celebrated Record Store Day.


So is IG back up and running again? Let’s find…

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 @thesharp…

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…

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.

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