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, February 12, 2014

Song of the Day

R.E.M. - Driver 8

Today's song of the day is my favorite R.E.M. song,   R.E.M. - Driver 8.  From 1985's Fables of the Reconstruction, they were one of the first successful alternative bands, rising from college radio with ringing guitars (called by some Southern jangle) and vocals buried in the mix.  Here, the vocals are coming forward, but the ringing guitars are still there.  Per Wikipedia, the song is about the Southern Crescent, a passenger train operated by the Southern Railroad.  the band was from Athens Ga., the home of the B-52s, among others.

Apparently, I can't embed the video version I wanted (you can see it via the link above) and so I give you this version instead.

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