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.


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
   Closed










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
   Open













Mr. Cheapos Mineola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos Mineola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos Mineola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos  Mineola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos Mineola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos Minola Long Island

Inside Mr. Cheapos Mineola Long Island

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Playlist of 60s Garage Singles with You Tube Links

Here's a Playlist of 60s Garage singles, aptly named Garage 1, complete with You Tube links so you can sample them for yourself.

Action - I'll Keep On Holding On
Majority - One Third
Avengers - Be A Caveman
Bruthers - Bad Way To Go
Squires - Going All The Way
E Types - Put The Clock Back On The Wall
The Others - I Can't Stand This Love Goodbye
The Uncalled For - Do Like Me
Painted Ship - Frustration
The Descendants - Lela
Caravelles - Lovin Just My Style
Ugly Ducklings - Nothin'
Knickerbockers - One Track Mind
Lyrics - They Can't Hurt Me
13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me


Want to hear them continuously?  Simply click on the link below - I know it isn't the prettiest link, but it works.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Colony Music Times Square New York

Colony Music - 1619 Broadway, Times Square NYC  10019
Closed

Colony Music Record Store Times Square New York City
















Long a fixture in Times Square, the Colony has closed.  Here is a report of its eminent demise in the Times published on August 23, 2012 - Music Shop Recognizes Somber Tune: Its Final Coda . Here's another from the Village Voice Closing the Colony: A Visit to Times Squares Shuttering Sheet Music Outpost with the history of the Colony.  Unlike other record stores, this one also heavily featured sheet music and memorabilia.  And the jumping for joy record store girl. Came here during the odd lunch hour, when there were many more records, scads of shelves lined with them.  

Here's a photo of Colony from back in the day.