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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paragons - Got To Get Away

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is one of my all-time favorite reggae/rocksteady songs, the Paragons - Got To Get Away aka Man Next Door.  From 1968, this is not Bob Marley reggae, but slightly earlier, with tight harmonies, and a great melody over a grooving bottom bass line.  This is also the band that gave you the original Tide is High, long before it became at hit with Blondie.  This song too has been covered to great effect by others.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is the Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You.  From 2000's 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia (a really good album) this is alternative rock, with plenty of echoes from elsewhere, particularly the Rolling Stones (hear the whoo whoo whoo and several of the guitar lines).  This version of the song's video is censored.  As you guessed, the band's name is a play on 60s counterculture icon Andy Warhol.  The song has been featured in both a number of movies and tv shows.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Curtis Mayfield - Superfly.  From the 1972 blaxplotation film of the same name, it is Curtis Mayfield with his high thin falsetto laying down the funk.  In the film, the star - Ron O'Neal - plays Priest, a coke dealer looking for one last big score to leave the business.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hospitality - Betty Wang

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by Brooklyn based Hospitality - Betty Wang.  From their 2012 debut album, this is upbeat indie pop led by female vocalist Amber Papini, who wrote this song.  The song is about someone Papini met at work - Betty Wang - who's birth name - Su Chia - is the chorus I spent way too much time trying to figure out (flu shot?  two shots?). 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Los Mads - Rock n' Roll Woman

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by Los Mads - Rock n' Roll Woman.  A cult band from Peru, this is a cover of Buffalo Springfield's / Stephen Stills Rock n' Roll Woman.  Sung in English, they've slowed it way down from the original, psychedicized it, and stretched it way out.  Kept the heavy reverb and added a fat rubbery bass guitar - quite a nice cover.  Like many, the band almost, but not quite made it.  Apparently discovered by the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but broke up before they broke through.  But they left this ace song behind.