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, November 30, 2013

Flea Markets

Flea Markets

Every record collector hopes to find the 'big one' for a buck lying in a crate somewhere where no one else has looked.  Often that takes you to a flea market, in the hopes that amid the Barbara Streisand, Herb Albert and Ferante and Teicher you'll find that great record you're looking for.

Here are some photos of three flea markets I visited in the quest - one of which actually produced the record shown below.  Make sure you bring the tool of the trade - your battery powered portable record player.

Somewhere in Maine on Rte. 1.  He'll be happy to play it for you.



Here's another one in Brooklyn - the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene (sorry there were no naked girls)





And elsewhere on the stoops of Brooklyn






And here's the find - would you have picked it up?



Tools of the trade

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Los Salvajes - Es la Edad

Song of the Day

Today's song of the day is great latin garage punk from the mid-60s.  Los Salvajes (the Savages) were from Barcelona, Spain and cut this track in 1966.  Los Salvajes - Es la Edad (It's The Age) is a beat band moving to punk - there's harmony from the lead singer, but a great fuzzed out guitar solo, and the obligatory snarling scream.  It can be found on the great latin garage comp Los Nuggetz.  Added bonus - the video has quite the collection of 60s record covers of Spanish Ye-Ye groups. 




Eat your heart out - I bought the original ep on a trip to Barcelona.  Here's a picture of the cover.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bull City Records, Durham, North Carolina

Bull City Records, Durham, North Carolina
    Open - 2600 Hillsborough Rd., Durham NC 27705 

A long time ago and many moons I went to Duke.  This store was not there then, but it is now (along with my son who's also going to Duke) so we stole a few moments.  A good selection with a lot of newer vinyl.  Picked up some good stuff and heard about some more.  Highlights included the New Pornographers - Mass Romantic, Muck and Mires - A Cellarful of Muck (garage revival), Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Rights Words Right Action and Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing.  Worthy of a visit.


Bull City Records - Durham North Carolina - Store Front






Here's an article that appeared in Indy Week in August 2016 A Decade In Bull City Records Keeps Booming interviewing the owner of the store Chaz Martenstein, about his store and its history.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jack's Rhythms New Paltz NY

Jack's Rhythms, 54 Main Street, New Paltz NY 12561-1522
   Open

Another of New Paltz's finest.  Lots of vinyl, nice selection.  Ask and he shall play too - or you can listen for yourself.

Here's an article that appeared in Daily Freeman Lifestyle in September 2014 Mid-Hudson Valley Record Stores Experiencing Vinyl Revival interviewing the owners of both Jack's Rhythms and Rhino.

Jack's Rhythms New Paltz NY - Store Front







Rhino Records New Paltz New York

Rhino Records - 3 Church St.  New Paltz NY  12561
  Open

Finally made it to Rhino in New Paltz.  Too many records, so little time.  And imagine, New Paltz a really small town, still has three record stores (ok maybe only 2 and 1/2).  But enough to keep you away from the mountains for awhile.  And while you're there, say hello to Pee Wee.








Finally made it to Rhino in New Paltz.  Too many records, so little time.  And imagine, New Paltz a really small town, still has three record stores (ok maybe only 2 and 1/2).  But enough to keep you away from the mountains for awhile.  And while you're there, say hello to Pee Wee.