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.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Song of the Day

Shangri-Las -  Give Him A Great Big Kiss

Today's Song of the Day is from those lovely ladies from Queens, the Shangri-Las - Give Him A Great Big Kiss.  A classic 60's Girl Group song, they were ably supported by Shadow Morton, who lead them to a number one hit with Leader of the Pack - the 'live' video for that, featuring Robert Goulet as the motorcyclist is priceless.  This song was later covered by Johnny Thunders, among others.

Earwax, Brooklyn (Williamsburg) New York

Earwax, Brooklyn, New York


Next up on my Brooklyn record store day is Earwax.  A long time denizen of Williamsburg, this small(ish) shop was here long before the hipsters who now come to buy its records.   They were playing a cool Isley Brothers record I hadn't heard before (no, not Shout), 1971's Givin It Back, with the Isley's take on a number of songs by Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix among others.  Got a cheap copy of a Black Uhuru record I was always looking for, Red.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Song of the Day

Dave Matthews Band - Two Step

Today's Song of the Day is Two Step by the Dave Matthews Band.  A jam band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead and Phish, this is one of my personal favorites, with a great jamming intro.  From 1997's Crash, its a mixture of folk, world beat, and jazz rolled up in one stew.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Vinyl Resting Place, Portland Oregon

The Vinyl Resting Place, Portland Oregon

Here's another one of the stores I visited on my trip to Oregon in the summer of 2014. A smaller store, it had a good selection of rock, jazz and blues, as well as some old 'collectors' items from the 60s and late 50s.  Definitely worth a visit.  It too was featured in the handy guide to Portland's record stores.  Love the name.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Song of the Day

Fats Waller - Your Feets Too Big

Today's Song of the Day is by the immortal Fats Waller - Your Feets Too Big.
Two versions of the song are featured below - the first is the original 1939 recording, set to a cartoon.  And the second, a live version from 1941.  Waller was both an accomplished jazz pianist, who played stride style, and a comedic performer of immense girth.  Here, he is performing a light song written by Fred Fisher and Ada Benson that closes with Waller's immortal catch phrase - One Never Knows, Do One.  Waller died very young of pneumonia on a cross-country train trip at 39.

And here is another version, performed live by Fats Waller in 1941.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Song of the Day

Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard

Today's Song of the Day is Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard.  Long past his tour with the Velvet Underground, Reed rises again here as he (mostly) talks and (sometimes) sings his way through this bleak ode to New York's poor.  A simple three chord progression, this one is mostly about the words, over a stripped down backing  with a soulful embellishment at the end.  From 1988's New York, this one fared well on the modern radio charts.  It has a backing vocal by none other than Dion (Dimucci).

"No one here dreams of being a doctor or a lawyer or anything
They dream of dealing on the dirty boulevard"

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Song of the Day

Free - All Right Now

Today's Song of the Day is by Free - All Right Now.  A massive hit in 1970, this one is no secret - just in the mood for some good rock n roll.  Great bass line, great lead guitar, great vocal.  Sorry for the video, but couldn't find anything better with the right version of this hit.  Paul Rodgers, the lead singer, went on the form bad company.  Unfortunately, Paul Kossoff, the guitarist, died way before his time at 25.