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My favorite store in Portland is Exile Records on like 49th and Hawthorne. Some of the members of Eat Skull work there.

t. weiss, Thursday, 14 August 2008 22:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

They've got psych, drone, experimental, noise, sublime frequencies type stuff covered.

t. weiss, Thursday, 14 August 2008 22:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

If it weren't on the expensive side I could truly love Volcanic Tongue.

krakow, Friday, 15 August 2008 07:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Off topic-ish, sry... I live in a small town that can't really support record stores, but what's it like in bigger cities that can these days? I mean, with online buying/stealing as big as it is, are they sort of going away / getting more specialized? At one time I thought they'd become more popular than ever, people would discover more music with greater ease and therefore buy more, but I think that's just me / people like me. What's the skinny, yo?

RabiesAngentleman, Friday, 15 August 2008 11:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I don't know. A friend of mine just opened a record shop in South London (The Dream Machine in Dulwich - obligatory plug!) which seems like a brave move when so many record shops are closing down. I shall be interested to see how it fares.

Masonic Boom, Friday, 15 August 2008 12:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

A new experimental/avant-garde record store just opened in Seattle (Ballard).

Dissonant Plane.

HI, YOUR BAND! (Mackro Mackro), Thursday, 27 November 2008 00:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

there's abs. nothing here in upstate NY (binghamton). we had a record fair the other day that wass decent but nothing special really.

k3vin k., Thursday, 27 November 2008 01:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

drive to rochester and go to the bop shop.

ian, Thursday, 27 November 2008 01:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've got family there, so i'll "pop" into the bop shop next time i'm there, thanks!
if anyone's got other suggestions (closer to bing) that'd be cool.

k3vin k., Thursday, 27 November 2008 01:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Any good ones (2nd hand too!) in Cambridge, UK? Going to see a friend in March, won't have that much time for recordshopping but would like to scour for a bit if there's a good shop...

willem, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 09:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So... what advice does ILM have for starting a small record store?

I have the space, which is free (part of my house - and local regulations allow businesses in the home), a Visa Merchant account, Paypal, an eBay account, a Discogs account (which I'm thinking can function as a de facto web site for stock listing), and a fair amount of stock. I know I need a business license, business cards, a land line, and some physical modifications to the space (wall shelves, crates, etc). What I especially need more info on is distributors, and distro contacts. I'm basically going to be working on the small-but-good model of Wall Of Sound in Seattle, TD's in Bloomington Indiana, Exile in Portland, etc. I am interested in how people typically set up accounts with distros, how to contact ones people think are good, and what the usual minimum orders are.

I'm also sure I'm missing other crucial details, which is why I'm asking.

sleeve, Saturday, 20 June 2009 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

sent an e-mail to your efn account...

ian, Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

i like how that reads like it's one genre. it would be funny if you went into their store and they only had 5 avant-garde japanese noise industrial art-rock indie alternative free-jazz folk experimental ambient world electronic electro-acoustic neoclassical records and nothing else.

scott seward, Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

scott you just made me laugh.

thanks ian!

sleeve, Saturday, 20 June 2009 22:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

When I first read that I thought it was an ad for scott's new store.

Horace Silver Machine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 14:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Twisted Village store in Harvard Square is closing tomorrow.

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Ear X-Tacy in Louisville is closing

Ned Raggett, Monday, 31 October 2011 22:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Dear Louisville, and all who have shopped, supported, and loved ear X-tacy over the years,

It has been a dream come true...actually, a dream exceeded, to be part of your musical lives here in Louisville for the last 26 years. My life was changed forever, and guided by the power of music since I can remember. Music has been the soul, the heart, the passion of my life for my entire 56 years. The record store experience has been the only child in my life. Now, it's time for me to let it fly.

Thank YOU...for allowing me to be part of your musical universe. Louisville, you made me feel like I was truly HOME when I moved here in 1976. It's been a great ride, but as George Harrison knowingly said, "All Things Must Pass." It's with sadness, but also with great pride I say to you now...

ear X-tacy is no more

Long live ear X-tacy!

Please keep the music alive. Support the incredible music scene and independent businesses we have here! Until you leave this great city, you cannot realize what a unique treasure we have here. Embrace it, celebrate it, and promote it. Love it.

Thank you all for making my dreams come true. Thank you for making ear X-tacy the wonderful place that it was. I thank all of the staff that made this store THE hub for music in Louisville for the past 26 years. Please take pride in knowing that YOU have been the heart and soul of what this store became. Thank you for sharing my dream and exceeding all of my expectations! To all of the musicians who have graced our store and stage, I cannot tell you what a thrill it's been. From the local newbies to the incredibly huge national artists...THANK YOU for gracing our store and sharing you incredible musical talents with us all...that's what I like to call: "earX-tacy".

Love, peace, music and ear X-tacy to you all,

John D. Timmons
President, ear X-tacy, Inc.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 31 October 2011 22:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Every record store is closing and it's fucking depressing.

International Waters, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 03:44 (six years ago) Permalink

one store that's still chugging along:

skip, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 03:57 (six years ago) Permalink

This Toronto store has been in the same location since the mid-'70s:

I was there all the time during the '80s, but only drop in once every year or two now.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 04:03 (six years ago) Permalink

As far as I know, also the same two owners the whole time.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 04:05 (six years ago) Permalink

ear x-tacy wasn't really so hot the last few times i went there, much prefer underground sounds.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 08:39 (six years ago) Permalink

still sad i guess.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 08:39 (six years ago) Permalink

how is cheapos in Minneapolis doing?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 08:39 (six years ago) Permalink

I realized lately that I don't go into the city as often because I don't want to find out that another record store has closed. And thus I contribute to the deaths.

President Keyes, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 13:51 (six years ago) Permalink

This Toronto store has been in the same location since the mid-'70s:

I was there all the time during the '80s, but only drop in once every year or two now.

― clemenza, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:03 AM (10 hours ago)

I LOVE Around Again--Discovery Records is also great (on the east end, in Leslieville):

"I think I relate to the Lawrence one the most." (Craig D.), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 14:43 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

I went to this place 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

My fave record store in Berlin, Dense, closed last week:

Duke, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 21:22 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Another one bites the dust, at least in its current location.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:16 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

A bit expensive the last time I was there (~2009) but not insultingly so.

skip, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:20 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So apparently Rough Trade is opening in Williamsburg...

sktsh, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:17 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

record stores, never more relevant

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:08 (three 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 (three years ago) Permalink

Stopped at Stinkweeds in Phoenix last week and am happy that it's still going strong:

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:54 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

The store I work in LUNA Music (as weekend guy) just celebrated our 20th birthday. Stop in if yr passing through Indianapolis:

I might be a little biased, but I think it's a pretty sweet spot.

dronestreet, Thursday, 12 February 2015 21:07 (two years ago) Permalink

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