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.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Tropicalia - More Information About The Music and the Movement

Tropicalia Links

Here are some cool links to things Tropicalia.

The first is to a promo video on YouTube for the compilation Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas a cool compilation of obscure Brazilian Psych 45s from the late 60s and early 70s.  Sure does make you want to buy the cd!  Of course, the principal figure in the creation of this album, and the video, was the owner/operator of Tropicalia in Furs. published A Guide To Brazilian Music  The linked page takes you to the Tropicalia section of their site, which contains recommendations and excellent reviews of numerous Tropicalia albums.  A great guide for the explorer.  Don't forget to read their more detailed reviews of various particular artists, like Os Mutantes. Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, among others.

Here's a link to an article titled Once Upon A Time, Brasil Protested With Psychedelic Rock 'n Roll appearing on the website Vice.

A link to a BBC documentary Brasil Brasil - Tropicalia Revolution  Its in 6 parts, so if the rest doesn't play after part one, go to the YouTube playlist and play the rest!  Great footage, interviews, and music.

And another link to the official trailer of Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado which contains about 2 mins of clips of artists performing Tropicalia, intercut with others of the time in which the music was made.

Saturday, May 18, 2013



Here a link to Sounds and Colours, which provides a most informative list of The Best Tropicalia Albums  A great place to begin.  Happy Hunting (and listening).

Friday, May 17, 2013

High Fidelity Amityville Long Island New York

High Fidelity - 59b Merrick Rd., Amityville, Long Island (New York)  11701
     Open - Record Store

On the recommendation of a couple of well-informed fellows, I took a trip to the South Shore to visit High Fidelity.  The trip was well worth it, as the store is well-stocked with vinyl of all genres.  Prices were reasonable, and the staff friendly.  Highly recommended for an excellent record shopping experience.

As I'm interested at present in buying records that have come out in the last 20 years that was my focus - I bought first presses of Neutral Milk Hotel's In An Aeroplane Over the Sea, Yo La Tengo's I  Can Hear The Heart Beat As One, Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls, and the Strokes Room On Fire.  Also got some old stuff, including a blues comp Copulatin Blues.  You'll find some pictures of the store  below, as well as of Mark the owner/manager. 

High Fidelity - Amityville Long Island - Store Front

And here's a link to a You Tube video tour of the store, so you can see more of what it has to offer.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mr. Cheapos Commack Long Island Record Store

Mr. Cheapos - Mayfair Shopping Center, 46 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, Long Island NY  11725

For me, this is the 'other' Mr. Cheapos, but if you live further out on the Island, this is 'your' Mr. Cheapos.  Currently he has two stores, one here and the other in Mineola.  While he has less records than he used to, its still happy hunting.  Had a good trip the last time I was there.  Good finds included a Feist record The Reminder, and a Janis Joplin bootleg.

Mr. Cheapos - Commack Long Island - Store Front

Here's a link to an article in Newsday Mr. Cheapo Record Store Franchise Turns 30 with an interview with its owner Stu Goldberg.

And another that appeared in the Commack Patch in June 2013 Vinyl Revived At Mr. Cheapo.

And here's an interview with Stu Goldberg about the stores and their history Music You Can Touch And Feel At Mr. Cheapo's CD And Records that appeared on My Long Island TV in June 2016.

Finally, a link to a You Tube video titled Record Store Showcase 16 which gives you a video tour of Mr. Cheapo's of Commack Long Island.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tropicalia Playlist


Here is a fine playlist of Brazilian Tropicalia music.  From the late 1960s early 1970s, Tropicalia is a mix of Bossa Nova, Psych, and 60s Pop, with a whole lot of other elements thrown in the stew, like church, French and latin music.  General chaos and experimentalism is the order of the day.  Featuring Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Caestano Veloso, Gal Costa, Tom Ze and Nara Leao, among others. You can hear them all in a row by clicking on the first song, which will take you to a You Tube playlist featuring all of the songs.  Or you can click on any of the songs listed below and hear them individually.

Os Mutantes -  Panis et Circenses
Os Mutantes -  Ando Meio Desligado
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil -  Baiao Atemporal
Astrud Gilberto - Aqua de Beber
Gilberto Gil - Misere Nobis
Os Mutantes - El Justicero
Os Mutantes - Fuga nr. ii
Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso - Coracao Vagabundo
Caetano Veloso - Tropicalia
Gilberto Gil - Bat Macumba
Caetano Veloso - Enquanto seu lobo nao vem
Os Mutantes - Ave Lucifer
Nara Leao - Meditacao
Os Mutantes - Le Premier Bonheur de Jour
Luiz Bonfa and Catarina Valente - Manha de Carnival
Os Mutantes - A Minha Menina
Gal Costa - Divino Marvihoso
Tom Ze - Gloria
Tom Ze - Quero Sambar Meu Bem
Mario Castro Neves & Samba SA - Candomble

Know a good one I haven't listed here?   Let us know in comments.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tropicalia In Furs

Tropicalia In Furs, East Village, New York
      Closed - 304 E. 5th St. East Village New York  10003

Tropicalia in Furs Record Store Greenwich Village New York Store Front

Last December (2012) I visited Tropicalia in Furs, then a record shop in the East Village which sold, in addition to the usual rock, Brazilian music.  Unfortunately, when I was there, I didn't know what Tropicalia was, and had no real familiarity with Brazilian music outside of Bossa Nova.

Since then, I have learned what Beck, David Byrne and others before me have discovered - Tropicalia - which I have been exploring for the last few months.  Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze and others, which you should find on a Tropicalia playlist in our playlist section, among others.  A Brazilian mix of the late 60s early 70s that mix Bossa Nova, psych, pop and many other elements into a wonderful stew.

Having finally discovered this music I decided another trip to Tropicalia in Furs was in order.  Unfortuately, as reported in EV Grieve in the article Another East Village Record Store Closes of January 2013, this store is no longer with us.  Here are some photos of the store just before it closed.

And here's a You Tube video of a tour of the store in happier days.  And another, titled  A Day At Tropicalia In Furs from 2008, that includes the store's owner Joel Stones playing some nice tunes and showing records he has in the store.

Here's a link to an article in the Village Voice, titled Fifth Street Tropicalia in Furs from 2009 which describes both the store and Tropicalia too.

Tropicalia In Furs

Tropicalia In Furs, East Village, New York

Tropicalia In Furs

Tropicalia In Furs, East Village, New York

Tropicalia In Furs

Tropicalia in Furs, East Village, New York

Tropicalia in Furs

Tropicalia in Furs, East Village, New York