― Sean, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Nate-o, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Lord Custos, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― fritz, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Curt, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― g, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― hstencil, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Jeff, Thursday, 31 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― alex in montreal, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― helenfordsdale, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― katE, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Sean, Friday, 1 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― adam, Sunday, 3 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― al, Sunday, 3 February 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― Curt, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink
― pnewsome, Sunday, 1 February 2004 01:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Sunday, 1 February 2004 20:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Ian Johnson (orion), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink
― Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Sunday, 1 February 2004 21:40 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years 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.
― 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
like this guy. look how happy!
― scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 21:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink
right off the wall.
― scott seward, Monday, 19 December 2016 21:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink
― 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:
― Tim, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink
That looks great Tim – are you taking pre-orders yet?
― heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:03 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink
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.
― scott seward, Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink
now i'm all normal...
― scott seward, Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:33 (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
― reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 2 September 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink
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."
― scott seward, Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:28 (one month ago) Permalink
looks extremely funheaven 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!
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
― Elvis Telecom, Monday, 16 October 2017 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink
record store lolz
― scott seward, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink
my kid put me on the instagram!
― scott seward, Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink
Nice to see King Crimson
― calstars, Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:36 (one week ago) Permalink
― he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink
scott do you ever sell on discogs/musicstack or anything?
― brimstead, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:19 (one week ago) Permalink