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, 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.

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