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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 10:25 AM
I love when I'm traveling to different cities and towns, to check out their local music stores to see what kind of cool hidden gems they might have. I realize record/CD stores are becoming less and less vibrant these days, but I just wanted everybody to throw in and tell us about cool stores in their area. And if anybody can stand up to the heaven/nirvana of Amoeba Records out in San Francisco? Let me know...
 
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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 08:46 PM
I'm a huge fan of record stores and seek them out wherever I go. Unfortunately, they seem to be a dying industry, even here in New York. Well they have been dying a slow death for almost 30 years now!!

Back in the 70s and 80s all the department stores all had pretty good record sections!!
I remember As a youngster in Long Island, NY, I spent a lot of time at Times Square Store, Korvettes, Sears, K Mart just looking at the records (though my father never let me get too many). As they went out of business one by one I would raid the racks and get as many LPs as I could.

I remember when Filenes Basement of Boston opened in Manhasset, Long Island circ. 1982 and they had a record bin. Mostly trash, but I remember finding a rare LP called THE COMPLETE SILVER BEATLES. This album was one of the Decca audition releases (there were many semi-legal releases in the stores at the time), and for the first time I was able to hear what the Beatles sounded like when Pete Best was the drummer. I remember playing that album constantly. The Filenes record department is no longer there anymore. It's just a fond memory to me.

Around the same time there was a department store called Two Guys. This store was located on Hillside Aveue on the border of Nassau and Queens. When that store went out of business I found THE EARLY BEATLES and BEATLES RARITIES. I was so happy for days because I desperately wanted to hear "Do You Want To Know A Secret" and "You Know My Name Look Up The Number." I got both in one shot!!!

Any Long Islanders remember the store Mays on Hempstead Turnpike? WHen they went out of business circ. 1982, I found the Beatles White Album on cassette!!! I wore out those cassettes fast as I played the album all the time. I used to get butterflies in my stomach waiting for "Revolution 9" to come on. That track literally freaked me out when I was a kid.

So many record stores and record departments have closed. Nowadays there isn't much of a record store industry anymore. A shame.




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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 09:22 PM
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Any Long Islanders remember the store Mays on Hempstead Turnpike? WHen they went out of business circ. 1982, I found the Beatles White Album on cassette!!! I wore out those cassettes fast as I played the album all the time. I used to get butterflies in my stomach waiting for "Revolution 9" to come on. That track literally freaked me out when I was a kid.

So many record stores and record departments have closed. Nowadays there isn't much of a record store industry anymore. A shame.


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Sure do - although I used to go to the one on Sunrise Hwy more. Bought a lot of recods at Korvettes in the mall.

At least in Boston we still have Newbury Comics, and a handful of small stores in Cambridge that still actually sell "records"

Was just in Quebec city, there were a couple cool record stores there - old copies of Beatles 65 in the window, a few others I can't remember.

To answer PumpkinEskobar's question, I have never seen anything close to Ameoba. Just an amazing place (at least the one on Haight St)

 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 09:23 PM
Whenever I'm in Seattle I check out Easy Street Records , they sell new and used , Gov't Mule played in the store and rel;eased an EP of that performance .

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 09:26 PM
I'm w/ you on that, one of the first things I like to do when I'm in a new city is check the yellow pages for record stores. Two of my favorites are Soundgarden in Syracuse, NY and House of Guitars in Rochester. Ollie's in Syracuse used to be great but it's been closed for a while. Lake Shore Record Exchange in Roch was cool too but I think that's closed as well. Used to be quite a few on/around Yonge St in Toronto but I haven't been there in a few years. I just moved to Mass and have found a couple. Looney Tunes ( I think) in Providence also has a killer comic/graphic novel section and Armegeddon Records. Also Newbury Comics usually has something interesting. Have never been to Amoeba but have heard so much about it

 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 09:49 PM
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I'm w/ you on that, one of the first things I like to do when I'm in a new city is check the yellow pages for record stores. Two of my favorites are Soundgarden in Syracuse, NY and House of Guitars in Rochester. Ollie's in Syracuse used to be great but it's been closed for a while. Lake Shore Record Exchange in Roch was cool too but I think that's closed as well. Used to be quite a few on/around Yonge St in Toronto but I haven't been there in a few years. I just moved to Mass and have found a couple. Looney Tunes ( I think) in Providence also has a killer comic/graphic novel section and Armegeddon Records. Also Newbury Comics usually has something interesting. Have never been to Amoeba but have heard so much about it


Back in the day the " Vinyl Museum " on Yonge Street was a great store , three levels of albums , this was before cds , I bought a used copy of the first KGB album as well as Electric Flag's " The Band Kept Playing " being a huge Mike Bloomfield fan those were great scores .

 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 10:13 PM
The mention of Korvette's brings back some real memories. They always seemed to have a great selection and terrific sales for the best prices. Every week they would put a handful of records on sale for $3, and they would all be on sale for a week about every two months. Some of my favorite places I've been to are the forementioned Newbury Comics in Boston, Easy Street Records in Seattle, Everyday Music (also in Seattle) and Soundgarden in the Fells Point section of Baltimore. Even though I'm close to NYC I've yet to go on a CD buying spree in any of the shops there. My son goes to NYU and says there are some good shops near there, promises to take me on a tour of them someday.
 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 10:37 PM
In our corner of Western Massachusetts there's a great used CD store in Northampton called Turn it up! and in nearby Amherst there's Newbury Comics. I sometimes drive down to Enfield, Ct. to shop at Music Outlet. Of the big chains, Best Buy used to have a good selection but not any more, as with Circuit City (Circuit is now filing for bankruptcy). I guess more people prefer to download music, and the idea of buying a CD, checking out the cover art, fondling the CD booklet and sitting thru a whole CD is becoming a lost art in this short attention span society.
Or maybe I'm just old and not "with it"!!

 

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 10:43 PM
Purple Phrogg Records is my local one. Al is the guy who owns it. Really great guy to talk with about music. He has recorded some home psychedelic albums too. He is really into rare vinyl, most of that stuff he sells on ebay these days. Sales at the store are slow, he only opens occasionally for the social end of it. If you are ever on the Ohio Turnpike at the last exit in Ohio heading into PA exit 232, or the 2nd exit entering Ohio from PA then Purple Phrogg is south in North Lima on Rt 7 (also called Market St) near the intersection of Rt 7 and Rt 164 (also called South Ave). Just call first because he isn't always there - 330-549-0141.

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  posted on 11/23/2008 at 11:37 PM
I've got a couple down here in South Carolina. In Columbia there is Papa Jazz which is located in the 5 Points area of Columbia. It's great for old school jazz CD and vinyl. In Charleston there is a pretty hip little record store downtown called 52.5 Records. It's got really good selection of vinyl. Manifest or Monster music in Charleston has a decent selection when it comes to CD, but it seems that they've been struggling as of late.
 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 01:33 AM
when in tucson az. check out 17th street market!. not only great old rock blues, country, jazz, world, and local music. but instruments and great produce/groceries. bassist [Harvey Brooks] runs the music store.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 05:47 AM
My favorite. I get a 15% discount. E-mail Ryan, and it may raise! Tell him Kevin sent you..
http://www.galaxydiscs.com/

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:22 AM
All the mom and pop stores in my hometown have went out of business but we have a local Hastings multi media store that has a coffee shop in it. They let locals perform acoustic sets there and sometimes you can run into pretty good deals on used cds & dvds!

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:27 AM
Canterberry Records in Pasadena, CA is a great store. It has been open since 1964. Whenever I'm in town I always stop by. I've found lots of good stuff there and you can't beat the staff either.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:34 AM
Scotties Records Morristown NJ

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:36 AM
I've been to Amoeba Records in Berkeley and on Haight. The one in Berkeley had a lot of great hard-to-find stuff. It's overwhelming if you are going in just to peruse and scout a find. But if you have some things in mind before you go in you will most likely find it there. The one on Haight seemed more picked over- less new stuff but lots of gently used coming back. I enjoyed the one in Berekely more.

There is a great locally owned chain store in Baltimore called Record-and-Tape-Traders.
http://www.recordandtapetraders.com/
They are consistent in keeping stock of stuff you can't find in say Best Buy. I hav efound Instant Lives and ABB Archive releases there. As well as some great rare bluegrass and jazz.


And my absolute favorite music spot in Baltimore is Sound Garden in Fells Point (downtown Baltimore). http://www.cdjoint.com/
Probably one of the most well-stocked places I have ever been to for great music. Also a must-go-to place for most music acts that stop off at Rams Head Live! to play. You can often attend day-time acoustic performances of that night's act right there in the store.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 07:41 AM
Sure miss the hours of diggin' for that that " score "

All my near by shops in the college towns are gone .....

But when I'm in St. Louis..... http://www.vintagevinyl.com/

 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 08:22 AM
vintage vinyl, fords nj. It rivals amoeba...been to both many times
 

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  posted on 11/24/2008 at 11:18 AM
Another great New Jersey store is the Princeton Record Exchange (Www.prex.com)
They are located right across from the University.

I was there a few weeks ago. They have a lot of used CDs at cheap prices.
Mostly $1.99 to $4.99. Makes you realize that it is not necessary to charge so much money in order to purchase music.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 11:26 AM
Record shops are almost dead here in the UK, apart from the Zavvi and HMV megastores. Berwick Street in London was a good place with about 6 stores, now there's only 2 I think. My own favourite, Lost Chord in Byres Road in Glasgow has just closed after about 30 years. The indi Fopp (who started in the same market hall as Lost Chord) went bust and has been partly revived now owned by HMV. The ones that are surviving, Badlands in Cheltenham and Spin in Newcastle have good websites, so I think that's keeping them going. I do miss the browsing and excitment of finding an unexpected gem. Cyberbrowsing just ain't the same.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 12:42 PM
I always like to hit Electric Fetus when I'm in Minneapolis - nice selection of CD's and vinyl.

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 02:09 PM
Indie record stores are the best. I have difficulty locating them when I travel unless I ask a local clerk or wait person and they just happen to know.

Chicago used to have this great store on State Street called the Crows Nest. I was just there in September and it's gone. Replaced with a Barnes and Noble. Ugh.

Buffalo has one last hold out, Record Theater, which is decent. It now only has 3 locations, though, where it used to have 5 or 6. We used to have other decent stores; Home of the Hits, and New World Records but they met their fate in recent years.

Sadly, they will likely all go eventually. Just last week, I did something I haven't done in a long time. I went in to my local Record Theater started with the rock section at A and browzed my way all through Z and the post Z compilation sections. I repeated this in the R&B section, the Blues section and the Jazz section. I was in there for nearly 3 hours and left with a ridiculous $260 worth of mostly CDs and a couple DVDs.

Browsing like that always leads to discoveries of new albums I didn't realize had come out, or triggers memories of some review I read somewhere on something or other and has me erratically criss-crossing the store at times as things occur to me. I'll see one artist that reminds me of another, and it's like; "Oh yeah, I meant to look at this guy. I've got to go back over there and dig." It's a bit of a treasure hunt

Sometimes the browsing, hunting and acquiring is as much fun as the eventual listening. I assume this is what the ladies like so much when "shoe shopping." My attitude is, "Honey, buy as many shoes as you like no matter how impractical, just don't question my music purchases!"

Nothing like good 'ol brick and mortar record shops. Gotta love em.

Toronto used to have this great "Sam the Record Man" store that sadly met it's demise recently.

The best store I've seen recently, still operating is "Manifest" in Charlotte, NC.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 02:22 PM
PumpkinEscobar, where are you in SC. I live in Augutsa Ga. and go to papa jazz a lot. Have one of those cards that they stamp whenever you buy stuff. My bro lives in Columbia, so I go up there every once in a while!

 

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 02:39 PM
I'm not. I'm in Buffalo NY. I travel to Charlotte somewhat frequently to visit folks.

I've also had the "opportunity" to travel more this past year since my job was shipped overseas to Asia.

 

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  posted on 11/25/2008 at 02:39 PM
Ooops. Sorry. Misread the last post......nevermind.

 

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