Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to show many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Song of the Day

Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

Today's Song of the Day is the Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You.  From 2000's 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia (a really good album) this is alternative rock, with plenty of echoes from elsewhere, particularly the Rolling Stones (hear the whoo whoo whoo and several of the guitar lines).  This version of the song's video is censored.  As you guessed, the band's name is a play on 60s counterculture icon Andy Warhol.  The song has been featured in both a number of movies and tv shows.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Song of the Day

Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly

Today's Song of the Day is Curtis Mayfield - Superfly.  From the 1972 blaxplotation film of the same name, it is Curtis Mayfield with his high thin falsetto laying down the funk.  In the film, the star - Ron O'Neal - plays Priest, a coke dealer looking for one last big score to leave the business.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Song of the Day

Hospitality - Betty Wang

Today's Song of the Day is by Brooklyn based Hospitality - Betty Wang.  From their 2012 debut album, this is upbeat indie pop led by female vocalist Amber Papini, who wrote this song.  The song is about someone Papini met at work - Betty Wang - who's birth name - Su Chia - is the chorus I spent way too much time trying to figure out (flu shot?  two shots?). 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Song of the Day

Los Mads - Rock n' Roll Woman

Today's Song of the Day is by Los Mads - Rock n' Roll Woman.  A cult band from Peru, this is a cover of Buffalo Springfield's / Stephen Stills Rock n' Roll Woman.  Sung in English, they've slowed it way down from the original, psychedicized it, and stretched it way out.  Kept the heavy reverb and added a fat rubbery bass guitar - quite a nice cover.  Like many, almost, but not quite made it.  Apparently discovered by the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but broke up before they broke through.  But they left this ace song behind.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Song of the Day

Elliot Smith - Cupid's Trick

Today's song of the day is from Elliott Smith - Cupid's Trick.  From 1997's Either/Or, this is a bit more rockin' Alternative than usual from Elliott Smith, a great and under appreciated artist who died way to young.  He plays all the instruments on this one, and his thin-reed voice leads the proceedings.  Not as much here, but in many other songs, seems like a descendent of Nick Drake, a folk legend of the late 60s who also died tragically young.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Song of the Day

Beck - Song Reader

The great Beck (Hansen) in 2012 published a book of sheet music, containing 20 new (and great) songs.  Rather than put them on his own album, he gave them to the world first to have a go at interpreting them.  He has done some live shows of the material, with others, but he's given all an opportunity to put their mark on these songs.  Imagine getting a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song before they did it.

Here are some great versions of the songs on the album - some by Beck himself.

Beck - Title of this Song

Great version - accompanied by cool video of awesome skateboarders bombing downhill.  Any one know who is singing?

Beck - Do We? We Do

Beck and friends performing Do We?  We Do - in London in 2013.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Song of the Day

Specials - A Message To You Rudy

Today's song of the day is from the Specials - A Message To You Rudy.  One of a number of great ska songs from this 2 Tone ska revival group, this one was originally written by Dandy Livingstone in 1967 and sported a slightly different title (Rudy, A Message To You).  Great trombone solo and rocksteady beat, this video features the band as it presented to the public when it was first formed - repelete with 60's mod style 'rude boy' outfits - including porkpie hats.