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What are the best record stores? My friends and I have driven up to the Princeton Record Exchange, and found lots of good stuff. And one my friends said he went to an awesome place in San Fransisco (can't remember the name) What are your favorites, or do you order cds on-line?

A Nairn, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The best record store in the United States is most likely Amoeba Records (both the one in San Francisco and and the original in Berkeley are excellent, I haven't been to the one in Los Angeles which just opened a month ago). Insanely huge used selection of virtually everything and cheaper new prices than any big chain store I can think of. Doesn't hurt that the one in SF is about the size of a Virgin Megastore. They, unfortunately, have a sucky website. Aquarius Records, also in SF, is really cool with a good selection made up almost entirely of employee picks. They are really friendly, have fantastic taste and a nice website with short nifty reviews of weekly picks. Outside of SF, Other Music in New York is really good (and their website is relatively easy to navigate). I remember Chicago and Portland having a bunch of cool shops with good selections of new and used stuff. I don't order online if I can avoid it and if I do I try to order directly from the labels themselves (which is a hit or miss proposition).

Alex Magid, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

other music in boston/(nyc too although i've never been) everything feels new and exciting, the records are kept by in-store defined genres and they put all the cutout/promos in the one dollar section, even if they are totally fabulous records.

ddd, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

as a san francisco resident, i feel it is my duty to declare:

lou's records in encinitas (near san diego), california to be the finest record store in the world.

all 3 amoebas have their merits, aquarius is great, but lou's beats all of these stores in terms of selection, price, and level of service.

http://gygax.pitas.com, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

free clouds everything from cher to francois hardy from nina simone to elvis and alal the punk ska you canshake a stick at .in edmonchuck.

anthony, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Actually one of my co-workers used to live in Encinitas and he agrees that Lou's is pretty darn fantastic (I'd never heard of it until just now--probably cause I avoid anything south of LA like the plague). He claims it is such a cool store that people make pilgrimages from all over just to shop there. Apparently there is also a great pizza and beer bar called Solona Beach in Encinatas so my contempt for that part of the state may have been premature. Anyway, thanks fellow SF guy.

Alex Magid, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Amoeba Records - bar none.

JM, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

In Oz, it's a toss up between Brisbane's Rocking Horse and Melbourne's Gaslight.

goeff, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Amoeba, Aquarius, Lou's -- all quite fantastic. I have to make a plug for my local store Noise Noise Noise, though. It may be a hole in the wall, but oh, is it wonderful.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Geoff, have you been to Synthaesia in Block Arcade? Perfect one stop shop for all things IDM/glitch/tech-house/post-rock/Jap psych/kraut/ECM, and the customers all seem to be pretentious musos or critics who are fun to surreptitiously listen in on.

Tim, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Amoeba Amoeba arriba arriba!

Other Music is my hometown store (in NYC), and it's where I go ALL THE TIME--it's one of those places where if you ask for assistance, you will GET IT. Wonderful.

I should also put in a plug for the twice-annual WFMU record fairs (conflict-of-interest alert: I DJ at WFMU): I never go to one of them without buying a giant pile of vinyl that I know I will never ever see anywhere else.

In East Lansing, Michigan, there's a teeny little place called Flat, Black & Circular that's well-stocked, cheap and friendly--it's been there for at least 25 years (with the same guy behind the counter), which should tell you something.

Douglas, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've been in both of those ones you mentioned Goeff! IIRC Gaslight has a yellow sign and is on Bourke Street? It was a few years back, but I spent a fortune there.

Brizzy seemed to have lots more used recd stores, and was overall better than Melbourne.

Dr. C, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

One of my favourite record stores has recently closed -Disc n Dat in Stamford, CT. I used to do a job that took me to USA about every 6 weeks and I stayed in a hotel right next to it. It was unbeatable for used CDs for $7.99 or less. The first time I discovered it was in around 1997, and I *literally* came home with a suitcase full of CDs.

The other week I was back in CT and felt gutted when, pulling into the parking lot, I realised that where it had been is now a bakery or laundry or something.

Dr. C, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I believe I've talked elsewhere about my lone trip to Amoeba SF and how I had to take a lunch break about half-way through. I do believe I spent more time there that day than a few clerks.

Some faves in MI: Record Time/Roseville, Neptune/Royal Oak, Encore/Ann Arbor, Wazoo/Ann Arbor, Desirable Discs/Dearborn...

Andy K, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Another vote for Amoeba... I've never seen its equal; nothing in New York comes close.

Sean, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Andy: Have you been to Windy & Carl's store? (I think it's in Dearborn.) What's that like?

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 cheap.)

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. Weird.

Mark, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mark -- shamefully I have not been to Windy & Carl's shop, but I've heard from several people that it's a good one. I haven't been much into space rock the last couple years (though I can say the new Medusa Cyclone is pretty phenomenal), so maybe that's why I haven't been compelled to go there.

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Other Music, as other people have mentioned, is probably best in NYC for indie/IDM/avant-rock type stuff. However, Downtown Music Gallery is consistently better for the European-improv/downtown/avant-jazz universe. They also do mail-order through their website. They pack a surprising amount of selection into a very small floor space.

Nate-o, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Positively Records, Woerner Avenue, Levittown, Pennsylvania. Right next door to a comic shop...for extra geeky indie hipness.

Lord Custos, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I have to put in another plug for Amoeba as one of my fave record store experiences. Luckily, I get to go to San Francisco again next week, and the Haight store is on my agenda!

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 (hi Simon)
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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and as far as Edmonton goes, anthony, I quite liked Blackbyrd and Southside Sound. The new Sound Connection just isn't the same as the old one on ...101st, I think it was. But I still brought home a bunch of vinyl from there, despite that.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Windy and Carl's store -- Stormy Records. And grand it is too, even though I've only shopped on line with it.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

where is the record store pictured on the cover of "endtroducing" by DJ Shadow?

fritz, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was in Stormy Records last year. Only later did I learn it was Windy & Carl's store. I'm pretty sure somebody else was behind the counter when I was there. Great store though. So is Neptune. I've spent many a lost afternoon in Encore and Flat Black & Circular. Vertigo, in Grand Rapids, which is sort of a successor to Vinyl Solution, shows promise. [<-SHAMELESS PLUG]

Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I went to Amoeba in Los Angeles for the first time last weekend. It's sorta depressing watching people trade in stacks of records and finding rows of boxes filled with 45s from the 80s being sold for a dollar (each, not the whole box!). I found A Walk Across The Rooftops by the Blue Nile. The title track reminds me a bit of the Associates, but the rest of the album is hazier. There's a lot to listen to in it.

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Vertigo, in Grand Rapids, which is sort of a successor to Vinyl Solution, shows promise.

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?

Andy K, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thumbs up on Stormy Records (Windy and Carl's store). Surprised not to see Car City mentioned by the Detroiters as that's always a mandatory stop when I'm up that way.

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

More for Toronto:

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've been to the SF amoeba and it's quite good. Other Music in NYC is decent too. There is a great used record shop in Tucson AZ (forgot the name) actually. Similarly, Princeton REcord excahgne which was mentioned in the initial post has a prety good used lp section, but they aren;t always so good with new independent releases. Also, there is Vintage Vinyl in Evanston IL, they have a lot of hard to find stuff, but too expensive usually. I think High Fidelity was based on that shop or something. NYC may not have any one shop like amoeba, but if you walk around the village for a bit you can find about 10 or more good small shops. there used to be a website listing all village record shops but I can't find it anymore. Down here in philly we have spaceboy and AKA which both do a fine job with new releases of all types. as for online, the best shops are gemm.com (a marketplace of used sellers, but very nice for finding those rare items), tweekitten.com (best indiepop mailorder), amazon.co.uk (the dollar is strong so it's almost always cheaper to buy imports from amazon UK than in your local shop, no sales tax, even the shipping isn't bad).

g, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Worthwhile Chicago stores:

Dusty Groove - somewhat pricey, but a good place for funk/soul/jazz/hip-hop, with the occasional rare bit.
Weekend Records and Soap - great techno shop run by Marlon Magas, with soap and some indie stuff. Hard-Boiled - not a bad little indie shop, with lots of Hong Kong movies to boot. Not so into Reckless (kind of like the Amoeba of Chicago), but it's not horrible for used CDs. I'm generally looking for rare, out-of-print vinyl, which is getting harder to come by in most used stores in town. There's some weird stores in various out-of-the-way neighborhoods (Beverly Music way down on the South Side, Raffe's Record Riot [ha!] up on the Northwest Side) that can be occasionally worthwhile. Best small town weird-ass record store: Toonerville Trolley Records, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Used to come out with armfuls of great rare punk, jazz and psych records there, for not much money. Many thanks to the college town's students, who kept in the place in business (and most of the rare vinyl untouched) because of their love of Dave Matthews and similar ilk.

hstencil, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Andy: Yes, Eastunes is still hanging in there; Radio Kilroy and (blessedly) Believe in Music are not. In its prime, Vinyl Solution was probably the best store between Detroit and Chicago, if not between the coasts. At least one import label (Flying Nun) told them VS was their highest volume retailer in the U.S.

Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surprised not to see Car City mentioned by the Detroiters as that's always a mandatory stop when I'm up that way.

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 to navigate.

Andy K, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

G, yes, I heard that Vintage Vinyl in Evanston was the store in High Fidelity, although it was supposedly set in Wicker Park. Vintage Vinyl is also in St. Louis, actually University City on Delmar. Big store. I'm pretty sure that's their original location. There's a smaller VV in the lovely St. Louis suburb of Granite City, Illinois.

Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I heard that Vintage Vinyl in Evanston was the store in High Fidelity, although it was supposedly set in Wicker Park.

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.

hstencil, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think I take Amoeba for granted, but it's certainly the best shop I've ever been to. I don't go to Rasputin's because an employee was rude to me... over ten years ago! I can't even remember what it was, but now I won't shop there... it pays to be kind to customers, because their competitor (Amoeba) has made tons of cash off of me since....

Andy, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Re High Fidelity: They must have used some combination of locations for interior and exterior shots, because Vintage Vinyl claims to be "the record shop featured in the John Cusack movie...". When he's outside the store, it does look like Wicker Park, not Evanston. In checking, I read where VV also claim to not be affiliated with any similarly named store, so scratch what I wrote about the St. Louis connection.

Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Checking further, I'm seeing references to Vintage Vinyl as the store *mentioned* in the film High Fidelity. Possibly due to Cusack having grown up in Evanston.

Okay, carry on...

Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Trust me, the interiors of Championship Vinyl were also the same aforementioned space at Honore and Milwaukee. Most of the store's vinyl inventory was donated by various Chicago record labels for product placement.

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 Graceland Cemetary.

Continuity or not, it was a lousy film, but that's another thread, probably.

hstencil, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Another vote for Stormy! And they have been putting on some pretty stylin' shows in the store from what I hear, though (shamefully) I have been way too busy with the school thing to go to any.

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 day.

Nicole, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'll be in Austin in March, anybody know what's the best record store there?

Jeff, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Jeff, you going to SXSW?

Andy, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yep, the interactive part of it at least, March 7-12

Jeff, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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?
I would be the one who said that. They are arrogant arrogant but damm it they have a decent collection. Personally I LOVE Soundscapes but thats cause they get into long arguements about with me about Zen Arcade versus Warehouse etc. That and they hire people i know to work the weekends and its close to Ted's Wrecking Yard. She Said Boom is good too. And 333 Young HMV is grate despite being well you know, um, cough, corporate.

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I can't believe none of the Australians here have mentioned Au-Go-Go, Missing Link or Heartland Records. AGG is especially good for its second-hand vinyl, and Heartland have a great range of import vinyl from the UK (the only store in Melbourne that still does this).

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 *drool*

electric sound of jim, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

*Dixons Recycled* are woefully overpriced considering how little they give away for cds (and I mean that comparative to other second hand cd stores). Plus they rarely buy singles anymore, and considering that singles are basically all I review any more it gives me plenty of piles of crud to look at while I ANGST them.

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

How could I forget JB hi-fi? I'm a fule

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Another can't-believe-I-forgot-it: in San Francisco, be sure to visit Aquarius! They're small but mighty (VERY much driven by the employees' personal taste), and they have an awesome weekly e-mail update...

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

cybele: L'Oblique is on Rivard and (I think) Rachel (a few streets south of Mt-Royal). Esoterik on Guy (between St-Marc and St-Mathieu) has a small but great used section. The store overall is great (my favourite in Montreal) and a friendly two-man staff.

alex in montreal, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the recordstore in japan that had no new york. i wanted to kiss every inch of that place....

helenfordsdale, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

neptune - royal oak wendell's - royal oak recordtime - roseville flipside - mt clemens (maybe?)

katE, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I prefer to be ignored by the shopkeeper unless I need help

calstars, Monday, 19 December 2016 19:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i'm fine with a "let me know if i can help you find anything" when i enter

i used to work at a record store, one of the cd/game exchange (formerly called record exchange) stores in the DC area and it was store policy to ask to hold all bags behind the counter. i fucking hated that so much. the cds and games were locked behind cabinets anyways, why the fuck do i need your bag too?

marcos, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sometimes i don't feel like yelling hello. i'm really far away from the front door. sometimes i will. but usually i wait until people come closer and i make eye contact and say hi.

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scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sometimes i just wave.

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yea im also fine with being ignored

marcos, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I usually think "the owner of this store does not need another friend" and decline to engage until I purchases I'd like to make.

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

*have purchases

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

scott do people ever ask "what's new? / what's good / what should i buy?"

marcos, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sometimes people ask me about things that they see. i could definitely, uh, "upsell" more if i wanted to. people love to be told what to buy. people totally buy things where i write on the plastic sleeve "Great!" and "Stoner classic!" and stuff like that. i could do that more too.

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the people who buy the most never ask me anything though. i definitely cater to people who enjoy volume shopping. finicky people are not my fave customers. though i try to be nice to everyone.

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

what do you mean by finicky people?

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah I have def been swung by a store-scribbled label. Not to buy sth totally cold but maybe if I was kinda curious or on the fence already. Even stuff like ''beat but plays!'' has had an effect on me.

mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there are people who are very skittish and afraid of buying the wrong record and they have a very small list of things that they KNOW they absolutely want and everything else is viewed with suspicion and they often want a lot of convincing and reassurance. like. and this is 100% the opposite of what i am like but i try to be supportive. (i have a box of 45s for a buck a piece and recently a couple of people stood and listened to dozens of them on their phone. took them an hour or more. they spent five bucks. but at least they didn't make a horrible mistake and buy the wrong one dollar single. in my opinion, sometimes you need to hear the wrong records. or even bad records. but that's just me.)

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i think I mostly listen to the wrong records

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

local store in my area always has something good for between $5-10. I've found enough stuff that I really like that I don't mind whiffing now and again. So I bought the wrong Deuter record, I'm sure I'll see the right one come through soon enough.

great Canadian prog-psych debut from 1969 (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 19 December 2016 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp it drives me insane when people pull that kinda close inspection shit on some dollar record I''m selling at a show. IT'S A DOLLAR. Stop looking for hairline marks!

sleeve, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yea otm. when most record stores sold used vinyl for $1-$5 i felt a lot better just buying things on whims and feelings.

otoh when the same and other places started selling used vinyl for $10-$40 i basically stopped buying vinyl

marcos, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(obv there is plenty of used vinyl that is worth that amount, plenty of stuff id pay for, but vinyl markup has gotten pretty gross at many places ime)

marcos, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it's anecdotal, but i have found that younger people who were not around for records when records were the thing are much more selective and less willing to take a chance on something they haven't heard/aren't sure of. they have very specific wants and they often want ONE gem as opposed to the gluttons of yore who just wanted to load up in order to fill the gaping void that the pizza wouldn't fill. the internet has helped refine their tastes to within an inch of their lives.

which is why i got rid of my listening station. to bug them.

haha!

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 20:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

and it's not really the picky part that bums me out. it's that a lot of these people don't even get any pleasure from looking at records. they just ask if i have the three things that they want that nobody ever has and then they leave. or they wander around looking at the shelves and NOT look at any of the records. sometimes for a while! it can be excruciating to watch sometimes.

the nice people who like to look make up for it though.

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 21:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(obv there is plenty of used vinyl that is worth that amount, plenty of stuff id pay for, but vinyl markup has gotten pretty gross at many places ime)

― marcos, Monday, December 19, 2016 3:53 PM (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Store I used to work at likes to price anything they don't normally get at blanket prices, just because they aren't the everyday 70s rock. It's the result of not being very good at seeking out interesting buys. Especially true when they put out newer indie records that have come in used. I like to point out to them when they are priced higher than the same copies they still have sitting in the new bins.

Evan, Monday, 19 December 2016 21:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(Surprised to see that George Gerdes LP on the wall there, because it's currently visible here in my front room: I took a chance on it for £1 recently in an example of excellent record shopping behaviour IMO.)

Tim, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(Keep meaning to mention its title, "Son of Obituary" on one of the horrible puns threads.)

Tim, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i just like that record. it's not some rare thing or whatever. best cover!

scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I like it too - exactly the mix of good + slightly weird + great cover I want from a £1 dice buy

Tim, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Here's why I was surprised - posted this on Twitter last week:

https://twitter.com/halfpintpress/status/806635754520801280

Tim, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

That looks great Tim – are you taking pre-orders yet?

heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

Thanks - and not yet, I will do so when I find 0out whether I can persuade someone to do a little exhibition of the thing first (and if so coincide "publication" with that. If you want me to drop you a line ahead of publication then mail me on my ilx mail or at halfpintpress at gmail dot com.

Apols everyone else for spamming the thread up, will keep it to ILB if I can.

Tim, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Thanks, I've followed you on the twitter so hopefully will hear from that in due course.

heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

LP cover, second row down, second album in.

What is that one? I dimly remember having it... Girl on the cover, head shot. Didn't her boyf die in suspicious circ?

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's "Colors" by Claudine. I wouldn't know about her bf I'm afraid.

Tim, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

REDRUM! i found pictures of the old store i had with my pal lance in the 90s in philly. we sold clothes and books and videos and comix and magazines but i sold more records than anything else. that store kinda freaked some people out a little. it was very basement-y. and completely red inside. and we had black trash bags on the ceiling.

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21192945_10156207637772137_4168535241986185944_n.jpg?oh=4e82a4cd1adfa5b6fcabc638344e8b03&oe=5A242613

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21230953_10156207643142137_1012430721860737343_n.jpg?oh=587420ebd8e70067998fbcf08ad790e0&oe=5A53FB30

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21232128_10156207643702137_9196441755436104735_n.jpg?oh=044d0a15fa1648bd286198e4a20a6571&oe=5A21BDFB

scott seward, Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

both versions are awesome, thanks for sharing.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Cool stuff, Scott!

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

scott your place looks awesome. i wanna sit on those lime stripe chairs. old school philly store looks a little like my favorite spot in new brunswick

http://www.spinarecords.com/

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

my dollar dungeon is almost ready for invited guests. ilxors are allowed. you just have to say: "I'd like to play some D&D."

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22519423_10156313784732137_286891511766496723_n.jpg?oh=9aeedc6df2ae243a205d0ee573f890fb&oe=5A693EA1

scott seward, Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:28 (one month ago) Permalink

looks extremely fun

heaven is a multistory record store with endless floors

brimstead, Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone familiar with a record store called Burning Airlines that was somewhere in New Jersey a few decades ago (looks like it might still exists as a band t-shirt dealer)? I somehow got ahold of a thick catalog of theirs in Ohio in the mid-'80s that I was obsessed with. Typewritten and photocopied with thousands of punk/postpunk/new wave records, shirts, posters, buttons, etc. As a student at a school where a tie was part of the dress code I was particularly interested in the "skinny tie" section of the catalog and still regret not getting the Siouxsie and Ultravox ties that I had my eye on. Anyway just wondering if the store was as cool as I imagined it being at the time.

early rejecter, Monday, 16 October 2017 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

yep I remember Burning Airlines catalogs, I think they advertised in MRR back in the day. I ordered a few things for sure.

sleeve, Monday, 16 October 2017 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I was not aware that it was an actual brick-and-mortar store, though!

sleeve, Monday, 16 October 2017 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

You know I guess it's possible that it wasn't -- just assumed it was an actual store at the time.

early rejecter, Monday, 16 October 2017 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20pU6MoJSBY

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 16 October 2017 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Nice to see King Crimson

calstars, Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Fantastic.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink

*drools*

scott do you ever sell on discogs/musicstack or anything?

brimstead, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink


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