Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember 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 or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

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.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

  Open -  featuring Latin and Jazz CDs, including Salsa.  So I ran down the steps to the 7, the doors open and jump into the train - only to find that it isn't going to go anywhere due to signal problems.  Off the train, up the steps, I get onto the Shuttle instead to Times Square - which I never do.  Get out, head for the 1 and what do I see?  Yup, the Record Mart - underground in Times Square Subway Station.  Salsa blaring on the video screen.  CDs only, but a nice collection if you like Latin or Jazz.  Happy hunting.



Here's a story that appeared in the New York Times titled Beneath the Roar of the Subway an Old Familiar Rhythm Return on December 19, 2007 about Record Mart and its reopening.

Want to see something else?  I've put together a list of the Top 110 Songs of the 1960s complete with You Tube videos so you can give a listen.  Are your favorites on the list?

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart Times Square Subway Subway Station New York City
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Record Mart Times Square Subway Station New York City

Record Mart  Times Square Subway Station New York City
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Playlist Psych 1

Psych 1 Playlist

Here's a fine collectiion of psychedelic songs from the sixties featuring Love, Sweetwater, Pink Floyd and the Jefferson Airplane, among others.  There is a link at the end to a You Tube playlist, where you can hear them all in a row.  Or you can click on the list below and hear them individually.  I couldn't find all the Sweetwater songs on You Tube, so you will have to search for them yourself.

Love She Comes In Colours
Love Alone Again Or
Love A House Is Not A Motel
Love Andmoreagain
Love The Daily Planet
Love Old Man
Love The Red Telephone
Love Signed D.C.
Sweetwater Motherless Child
Sweetwater  Here We Go Again
Sweetwater What's Wrong*  (This is not the version I wanted but the only one I could find).
Sweetwater   Two Worlds
Jefferson Airplane Triad
Jefferson Airplane The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
Pink Floyd Paintbox
Pink Floyd Remember A Day
Pink Floyd Arnold Layne
Pink Floyd See Emily Play
Byrds Eight Miles High
Move Blackberry Way
Janis Joplin Summertime



If you want to listen to this playlist, simply click on this link.  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL7B7680F5F71DD0AD&amp;hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  I couldn't find all of the Sweetwater songs so you will have to look for them yourself.  Happy hunting.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Other Music Greenwich Village New York City

Other Music Greenwich Village New York City
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions
    Here are some records (and admittedly one cd) I bought recently.  While the Wallflower Complexion is not an original, the Ill Wind - Flashes and Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady (one of my favorite records) are.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds  20 St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
  Closed.

When I went there in August 2012, when I originally wrote this post, it was but a shell of its old self, It had mostly cds and just a few records in the back.

But now, even that is gone.  Here's a Sept. 21, 2015 in the blog EV Grieve The Last Record Store On St. Marks Place Is Closing announcing its sad departure.

But back in the day, it was filled with used records everywhere.  I bought so many records there, I could even begin to name them all.  One of my personal favorites was by Earl Hooker - There's a Fungus Amung us - a great blues record from 1972 that sounds a lot like Booker T.






This was all that remained of their record collection in 2012.



Ah, dig the purple Sounds price tag.  How many records do I have the bear that?


Here's a link to a story by Binky Phillips titled Stars In A Record Store that recently appeared in the Huffington Post about various stars who visited Sounds back in the day.  Hey, how come he didn't mention me?

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
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Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
   This was once full of records.  All of these bins and more.  Now its only cds.

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York

Sounds St. Marks Place Greenwich Village New York City
     All that remains of their records.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
   Open.  Recently went to Gimme Gimme, a real record store featuring plenty of vinyl, both lps and 45s.  The store has a turntable so you can listen to your selections before you buy, and a lot of $1 records if you feel like hunting for a bargin.  And plenty of well organized records too, by genre.  Will go back.


Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
 

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
   

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimmi Records East Village New York City
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Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City
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Gimme Gimme Records East Village New York City

Gimme Gimme Records East Village NYC
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Blues Playlist 1

Blues Playlist 1

I've always liked the blues and like all of the British 60s bands that covered their tunes, went back to the originals to see how they were interpreted by their originators.  Here's a collection of some of my favorite blues songs, none of which should come as surprise, but all of which are worthy.   Make sure you listen to the Hooker/Van Morrison version of Gloria.  With You Tube links as always.

Willie Mabon - Seventh Son
Little Walter - Juke
Muddy Waters - I'm A Man
Albert King - Laundromat Blues
Big Mama Thornton - They Call Me Big Mama
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning
Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
John Lee Hooker & Ry Cooder - Big Legs Tight Skirt
Etta James - Ball & Chain
Sonny Boy Willamson - Ninety Nine
Paul Butterfield - Get Out My Life, Woman
Little Walter - My Babe
Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
Big Bill Broonzy - Guitar Rag
Paul Butterfield - Baby Please Don't Go
Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker - Gloria


If you want to listen to this as a continuous playlist, simply click on this link.  <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL9BD225AF65B3F937&amp;hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
I couldn't find the John Lee Hooker/Ry Cooder collaboration on line yet.  So you'll just have to look for it yourself.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store -  356 New York Ave., Huntington Long Island  NY  11743
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Here's a link to an article published in the Huntington Patch on July 4, 2011 titled End Of An Era: Soundtraks Closes that contains an interview with the store's owner and discussed the impending closing of the store and its history.

Here's a link to another article published in the Huntington Patch on July 12, 2010, Soundtraks: Record Shop Meets Music Hall Of Fame, discussing the store in happier days.

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island


Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Record Store Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Huntington Long Island

Inside Soundtraks Huntington Long Island

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Playlist of Indie/alternative songs from the 1990s - 2000s

Playlist of songs from the 90s - 20s

No one trick pony here.  This playlist offers some tasty treats from the 1990s and 2000s (ok, and song from 1984, but I can't resist).  Alternative/Indie/Punk.  Hope you find something you like here.  You can either try out each song individually by clicking on the link below, which will take you to a You Tube video, or you can listen to the whole playlist together, also courtesy of  You Tube. 

New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed
The Thrills - Don't Steal Our Sun
Libertines - Can't Stand Me Know
Elliot Smith - Between The Bars
Beck - Girl
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
The Afters - Beautiful Love
Chris Cornell - You Know My Name
Something Corporate - She Paints Me Blue
The Replacements - Unsatisfied
Nth Degree - Morningwood
Idlewild - These Wooden Ideas
Sugarcult - Los Angeles
Gomez - Girlshapedlovedrug
Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
Ben Jelen - Christine
Faktion - Distance
Yo La Tengo - Beanbag Chair
All Time Low - Dear Maria Count Me In
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony


This link (yeah I know its ugly but it works) will take you to a You Tube playlist that will play the whole playlist in order.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

See Hear Fanzines East Village New York

See Hear - Fanzines - 59 East 7th East Village NYC

    Long Gone.  While not a record store, it sold fanzines - such as Not Fade Away, 99th Floor, Here 'Tis, and Breakthrough, which were written by fans who touted their favorites, which introduced you to records, so.it belongs here.  Before the Internet, this was the vehicle of choice for those who wanted to add their voices to aid others in discovering new (to you) music.  These zines were often quite well written, with interviews of the bands they discussed.  It was in the basement below grade when I went there.








Here's a link to a You Tube video titled See Hear - A Quick Look Around circa 2001 which gives you a video tour of the store.

And here's an article titled Some Rock History Fanzines You Might Have Missed that describe some of the fanzines you could have bought in the store back in the day.  I bought many of these, including Breakthrough, Here Tis and Ugly Things, but the best was Not Fade Away.  This covered Texas garage/punk from the 60s and had great interviews with band members.  These were great sources to discover music you didn't know, by people who were willing to point you in the right direction.  By the way, if you are interested in that genre, try and lay your hands on Journey to Tyme, (a discography and interpretive guide to Texas 1960s Punk/Psychedelia) by David Shutt which gives a 1 to 4 star rating on 127 pages of Texas 60s garage / punk / psych records.  It's ratings are spot on, and can be relied on with confidence.

Mr. Cheapos Record Store Mineola Long Island

Mr. Cheapos - 134 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola Long Island NY 11501
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