― Sean, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Amboeba, yes. Is there any better music geek experience than walking
around inside w/ $100 store credit in your pocket? It does lack
something as far as atmosphere (the one on Haight used to be a
bowling alley) but makes up for it in ever other way.
The most underrated record store in SF is Open Mind Music on
Divisidero; that's definitely the best place to buy used vinyl.
Douglas, you knocked me for a loop with the FBC reference. I grew up
in East Lansing & I've been going in there since the 70s (well before
I bought records; it was just a cool place to hang out as a kid. They
always had rare records arranged thematically in a display case,
rotating every month, plus they had that cool entry arch made from
45s.) Are you from Michigan? How did you end up at FBC? The store has
only improved w/ time. I always thought of it as a classic rock
haven, but dropped in a couple of years ago to see them stocking
Force, Inc. 12-inches!
Here in Richmond there's a great shop called Plan 9, again w/ great
used vinyl (that's how I measure a good record store these days. I'm
Oddest record store I've seen is a place called Remember When on High
Point Road in Greensboro. It's this ugly building on a terrible strip-
mall-packed road, and inside is the best collection of used vinyl
I've seen. This is where I found Bo Hansson’s Lord of the
Rings thing. They have everything old -- jazz, soul, folk,
odd soundtracks, tons of out-of-print stuff -- but the owner must
read Goldmine because it's all super expensive. It's in the middle of
nowhere & no one is ever in there & it's still crazy overpriced.
― Mark, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
And if I ever felt the need to go to E. Lansing (though I can pretty
much bet the farm that I never will), a trip to FBC would definitely
have to figure into the plans.
― Andy K, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Nate-o, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Lord Custos, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
When in Toronto, do check out the following:
Soundscapes: Not the biggest store in the city, but it has
the best-edited selection of CDs in the city. New releases are often
less expensive here than they are at the big-box locations.
She Said Boom: Maybe not the broadest selection, but it's
still pretty good, and the staff add a pretty good snarky ambience
Rotate This: Biggest selection of indie stuff in the city,
both CD and vinyl, generally at pretty good prices too. As someone
else pointed out else-thread, you can sometimes feel like they're
looking down their noses at you, but who cares what they think,
anyhow, as long as they have what you want?
HMV 333: If you HAVE to hit a big corporate megastore, this
is the place, with the deepest selection of anything in the city. If
you're looking for those old ELO albums, they're likely here. If you
want those old Stranglers, they're here. If you want Firesign
Theatre reissues, they're here. So it's faceless and expensive, but
you've got a much better chance of finding what you're after. Plus
it's got one of the biggest classical and jazz sections in the city
now that Sam's has hit the chute.
― Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― fritz, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
What about Rasputin's in SF? I didn't have enough time when I was
there, but they seemed to have a pretty good selection.
I used to go to Aron's in Los Angeles. I hope they don't go out of
business because of Amoeba.
Is Parasol Records in Urbana a real store? They sent me a free
compilation and they updated me about five times on shipping.
― youn, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
That's Herm Baker's (???) new shop, isn't it? I've heard good things
from co-workers, and the two times I went to VS were very memorable
and hard on the wallet. You know the place is unique when you're
greeted by a Chameleons section that resembles most stores' Grateful
Dead selection. Does Dave F. still have his place in GR?
The rust belt honor roll: Stormy, Neptune, Car City (Detroit), Bent
Crayon, My Generation, My Mind's Eye (Cleveland), Used Kids
(Columbus), Paul's (Pittsburgh), Everybody's (Cincinnati).
― Jeff Wright, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Penguin Records (2 McCaul St)
If you want reggae...go to Eglinton west. There are some of the best
stores there and they all have some of the best new stuff on 45.
Montreal in the Plateau Mt. Royal area...:
The best store, in my estimation, is L'Oblique. I wish I could
remember the cross streets....This is the only store in Montreal that
stocks punk, indie rock, weird random stuff alongside reggae,
electro, and other funkiness. The staff are lovely and very helpful--
not condescending at all.
On St. Laurent:
Disquivel: a used LP lovers paradise--but they also have some new
stuff. It used to be a good source of simply vinyl stuff, but since
sv tanked, they've got less. Lots of weird stuff and used/new cds too.
Inbeat: House, house, and more house.
Noize: Not a bad selection, but heavy on the electro, techno, housey
funk, and breaks.
Rotation (just off St. Laurent on Prince Arthur): The folks here are
rather nice--they try and cover a few too many genres, but are mostly
strong in IDM, techno, house, hip-hop, and other funky chunky stuff.
DNA (just off of St. Laurent a wee bit east on Pine): bunch of
assholes who like to pretend that they know tons more than you. I
actually had someone in there (the first and last time I went) tell
me that the record I asked for was "so two weeks ago"
Mojo: This is such a lovely store. They specialize in funk, reggae,
and jazz, but also stock books and comics. It is just a pleasure to
go to. I go once a week just to enjoy the atmosphere.
Rayon Laser: They used to rent CDs, now they just sell a great
selection of used stuff and new funky shit.
― cybele, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― g, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― hstencil, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
In twenty years, when me knees finally give in, I will be able to
blame Car City. I've spent plenty of time on my fucking knees while
digging through their discounted used section. Biggest score had to
be the reissues of the first six Durutti Column records at $4 a pop
(cheaper than any Bloodrock vinyl!). Otherwise not the funnest place
Nope, the movie's fictional record store, Championship Vinyl, was
located in a space at Honore and Milwaukee, in Wicker Park. The
space has remained vacant since the shoot.
Vintage Vinyl in Evanston has some nice stuff occasionally (albeit at
sky-high prices), but the older guy who works there is a total jerk.
― Andy, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
The Wicker Park continuity was mostly maintained throughout the
movie, although there's one bizarre moment where Cusack is riding the
Blue Line train, then all of a sudden is on the Red Line, up by
Continuity or not, it was a lousy film, but that's another thread,
As far as MI goes, Record Time and Wazoo are also great, though I
find the quality of the stuff at Desirable Discs has really went
downhill in the past couple of years. Dearborn Music has been
surprisingly good at having some really great stuff in their used
section, lots of brand new releases and really eclectic stuff.
I'm actually glad I don't live in SF, because I would be destitute
from spending my paycheck at Amoeba. I'd love to go back there one
― Nicole, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Jeff, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Dans la mason in Halifax, Sams The Record Man
on Barrington is perhaps your best bet as is the Urban Sound Exchange
next door. The Sams features past heroes from the pop exlposion and
has No Distribution renting out its upstairs office space. Blastoff
in Moncton was the coolest store on the east coast but went belly up
this year, sigh.
― Mr Noodles, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Gaslight??? You've got to be joking. It's an awful, awful store. They
never have what I want and when they do it's woefully overpriced.
The best stores of all are Dixons Recycled. Ohhh Second-hand CDs
― electric sound of jim, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Those other stores you mentioned are good though. Also quality:
Raoul in St. Kilda for a usually smashing selection of second-
hand quite-recent releases; Collector's Corner on Swanston St
for likewise and new dedicated dance section (I picked up
"Monster Movie" for ten dollars there last week); Greville Records
for their general coolness and JB Hifi for the cheapest non-
second hand stuff anywhere.
― Tim, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Almost nowhere takes secondhand CD singles anymore. Not surprising
really, since whenever I go through the secondhand CD singles I look
through about 300 before finding one I'd even consider buying.
I'd also forgotten about Raoul - and it's just round the corner from
my house too. I'm off there after work.
― electric sound of jim, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
And another one: These Records, in London. It is bizarre, and you have
to know EXACTLY where it is and when it's open (it's not visible from
the street, and keeps weird hours), but they have lots of things I've
never seen anywhere else.
― Douglas, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― alex in montreal, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― helenfordsdale, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― katE, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
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― adam, Sunday, 3 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― al, Sunday, 3 February 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
((still kicking myself for giving my copy of 'tony fletcher...' to a
long-since-ex boyfriend...i got it at the old vinyl sol))
alas, now i am in saginaw mich and must travel for such things.
― strawberry girl, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Curt, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
There's nothing quite Amoeba-sized up here, but the closest store
that comes to that is probably Zulu records in Vancouver, BC.
Otherwise, most stores in the Northwest are a mish-mash of small
stores.. and I kinda like it that way. I'd hate to have to see the
same exact store every time I had the urge to shop, even if I wanted
to dwell into a different genre.
Seattle has the following:
― Brian MacDonald, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― pnewsome, Sunday, 1 February 2004 01:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Sunday, 1 February 2004 20:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Ian Johnson (orion), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink
― Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink
Pooly stocked in some categories (especially electronic/dance). Surprisingly well stocked in contemporary classical, I'll give them that!
― Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink
Newbury Comics just sent out an update from the owner saying they need to "change or die" and are moving to hybrid stores, i.e. places that sell even MORE pop culture crap and clothes. Oy.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 14:48 (four years ago) Permalink
it's crazy, the only places I can buy music in my town are target, best buy and walmart.
― tylerw, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink
Used to drop by Discovery a lot when I lived in the east end - now it's a bit of a hike so I rarely go, but if I'm looking for something specific on vinyl it's nice to know you can see if he has it on the website. Going into the store itself can be a bit intimidating for the casual music fan, though...if you're not a huge fanatic, especially about vinyl, I get the feeling that the owner might come off as a bit condescending sometimes...just because he's really into what he's doing, I'm guessing. (He's also got a nice stash of 78s in the back room, if you've got a couple hours to go through them.)
― Sean Carruthers, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink
I went to this place http://www.plattfon.ch/about/ on Saturday. It's charming, well-stocked and seems to be thriving. Just want to pass on some good news.
― Daniel Giraffe, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:09 (four years ago) Permalink
sad about ear x-tacy. since my sister moved to louisville, i probably bought 100+ records there, from right at the beginning of my music-buying life (6th or 7th grade); till the last time i made it down that ways a year-plus ago (got a steal on the used Loren Connors 2CD As Roses Bow). though i agree their collection had gone downhill in recent years, my tastes had also gotten more esoteric. always had a pleasant time while i was there though...stacking shitty used CDs and figuring out which combination i could afford.
― dronestreet, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 19:34 (four years ago) Permalink
News like this makes me glad my local stores are still doing OK. There are four of them in a town of 150,000 (we used to have seven). One sells a LOT of games and DVDs to get by. One still focuses on CDs, I can't really imagine how they will continue. They added vinyl a few years back but it is completely picked over now. One is a small specialty store (with tons of decent-to-good vinyl and CDs) that depends heavily on cigarette income. The other is the venerable H0use Of Rec0rds, still going strong after who knows how many years (35?). They are continually reclaiming CD shelf space in order to stock more vinyl, new and used. They say business is fine, so I hope they'll be here for at least another decade before the data cloud takes over our brains.
― sleeve, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 20:46 (four years ago) Permalink
(xposts) I dropped into Discovery once or twice many years ago--didn't realize it was still around. (I don't venture east much anymore.) I don't know if this is a fair statement or not, but my recollection is that it was a little on the pricy side. Do you guys remember Open City on the Danforth? That was the only store east of Yonge I ever regulary trekked out to; I thought their prices were really good, I almost always came away with a few albums.
I took some photos a few years ago for my site of all the locations where my favourite Toronto record stores once were (or, in a couple of instances, still are--Sam's, of course, has since vacated).
― clemenza, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:12 (four years ago) Permalink
My fave record store in Berlin, Dense, closed last week: http://www.dense-shop.de/2011-10-17-dense-is-closing-goodbye-and-thank-you/
― Duke, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:22 (four years ago) Permalink
Haha, I didn't realize you were Clemenza, Phil - have seen your writing about!
I definitely remember Open City - he always seemed to get a bunch of good recent releases in his CD stacks at the counter, probably castoffs from a reviewer. Also had a great basement of discounted items and I almost always found something good to leave with. It was a sad day when he decided to pack it in because his prices were definitely more reasonable than Discovery and it was a lot closer than the Books Plus at Main or the downtown stores!
― Sean Carruthers, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 22:00 (four years ago) Permalink
Also just learned Monster records on Yonge near Wellesley closed down earlier in the year...guess he went back into artist management. Oh well.
― Sean Carruthers, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 22:02 (four years ago) Permalink
Another one bites the dust, at least in its current location.http://www.thevillager.com/?p=2018http://blackfridaymagazine.com/new-york-city-music-scene-loses-another/01627
― Jazzbo, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink
Not to kick them while they're down, but I kinda thought lots of records at Bleeker Bob's were overpriced back in the '80s...wonder what they are charging now
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:12 (four years ago) Permalink
A bit expensive the last time I was there (~2009) but not insultingly so.
― skip, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink
So apparently Rough Trade is opening in Williamsburg...
― sktsh, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:17 (four years ago) Permalink
Rough Trade East (London) was busy selling more coffee than anything else when I was in there Sunday. It's so expensive I'm not surprised.
― mmmm, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink
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― tylerw, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:06 (two years ago) Permalink
record stores, never more relevant
― espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:08 (two years ago) Permalink
Two best record stores in Denver are on E. Colfax. What was that guy doing on Colorado?
― MV, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:38 (two years ago) Permalink
Stopped at Stinkweeds in Phoenix last week and am happy that it's still going strong: http://www.stinkweeds.com
― Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:54 (two years ago) Permalink
The store I work in LUNA Music (as weekend guy) just celebrated our 20th birthday. Stop in if yr passing through Indianapolis: http://www.lunamusic.net/
I might be a little biased, but I think it's a pretty sweet spot.
― dronestreet, Thursday, 12 February 2015 21:07 (one year ago) Permalink
some guy came in and this is what he said:
"do you buy records? or is this it?"
what does that mean?
i found myself explaining what a store was to him. and i felt silly.
― scott seward, Thursday, 1 October 2015 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink
― wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 1 October 2015 18:47 (one year ago) Permalink
i think sometimes people get confused and think that they have stumbled into my living room.
― scott seward, Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink
"You've got quite the collection. How long did it take you to amass all this?"
it would be like going into an antiques store and saying: man, you sure do have a lot of chairs! how long did it take you to find all these chairs?
― scott seward, Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:40 (one year ago) Permalink
best description of a VG+ cover ever:
Media Condition: Very Good Plus (VG+) Sleeve Condition: Very Good Plus (VG+) LP in good shape, a few faint paper scuffs and fingerprints on each side, no playback issues. W/Takoma Records inner. Sleeve has edgewear, corner wear, light ringwear, light scuffing, woc (rear).
― scott seward, Saturday, 22 October 2016 21:15 (three days ago) Permalink
ALSO WE POOPED ON IT.
M - there are no mint recordsNM - sealedVG+ - opened, handled, maybe played onceVG - played, has surface noise and pops etcG - has a shit load of surface noise and pops etcF - we pooped on it
― brimstead, Saturday, 22 October 2016 22:04 (three days ago) Permalink
uk goldmine grading seems more useful/meaningful to me
― brimstead, Saturday, 22 October 2016 22:06 (three days ago) Permalink
i don't even wanna fucking deal with selling VG or lower on discogs, the spectrum of buyer expectations is just too wide
― brimstead, Saturday, 22 October 2016 22:14 (three days ago) Permalink
― brimstead, Saturday, 22 October 2016 22:15 (three days ago) Permalink
obviously it's totally different for a store, where you don't really have time to play-test everything
― brimstead, Saturday, 22 October 2016 22:16 (three days ago) Permalink
i do VG covers all the time if the record is REALLY clean and its something that people really want. i mean most old records have VG covers.
― scott seward, Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:07 (three days ago) Permalink
you can't have WRITING on a cover and call it VG+. i mean you can't.
yup, that is a VG- cover specifically cuz of the writing imo
― sleeve, Saturday, 22 October 2016 23:56 (three days ago) Permalink
i put a record up on discogs today for 60 bucks. the median price is about 60 and there was only one other copy for sale on discogs right now. their price? 400 dollars. i sold my copy in about 2 hours. sometimes i don't get what people are up to...
― scott seward, Sunday, 23 October 2016 00:03 (two days ago) Permalink