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, November 28, 2014

Alt-J - Tessellate

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by Alt-J  Tessellate.  British alternative band, this song, from 2012's An Awesome Wave, features Thom Yorke like vocals over a electronic piano, bass, and hip hop beat, starting with a bell like keyboard intro.  To my ear, a sound similar to Autour de Lucie.  Tessellation is a math term, meaning an image created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps (think M.C. Escher). This is not the 'official video', but a tribute I liked better.  Are triangles your favorite shape?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Song of the Day

Little Eva - Let's Turkey Trot

Today's Song of the Day is by Little Eva - Let's Turkey Trot.  It's Thanksgiving, and in honor of Turkey Trotters everywhere, I give you this little girl group ditty from the Sixties to fire you up before you begin the run.  Remember, its worth an extra helping of turkey and pumpkin pie at your feast.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Portable Music Players

Portable Music Players

In honor of the passing of the beloved iPod Classic and its robust 160 gb hard drive, I thought I'd post pictures of all the portable music players I've bought over the years to ease the pain.  My very first was a portable Craig 212 reel to reel tape recorder, that I used to tape singles off the AM radio played by Cousin Brucie.  I think the tapes were something like 20 minutes long.  Of course, there are the portable record players, which typically played 45s/singles, maybe 3 to 5 minutes long.  We bought a Rio Diamond too (18 song capacity I believe) but we couldn't find it at press time.  Boy I'm going to miss the classic.  P.S.  All of the devices are pictured in a slide show, below.  If you don't see it, try using Google Chrome.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy Mondays - Step On

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is by the Happy Mondays - Step On.  From 1990's Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, this is the definition of the Madchester sound, from the same Manchester England scene that gave us the Stone Roses.  This track, alternative rave dance music, with a heavy bottom, was a cover of John Kongos/Christos Demetriou tune "He's Gonna Step On You Again", and rose to No. 5 in the UK in 1990.  This is quite a cool video.  Is it just me, or is anybody Happy on Mondays?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Thing, Brooklyn New York

The Thing - Brooklyn New York

Open record store. - 1001 Manhattan Ave. Brooklyn New York 11222

Recently I had a chance to spend an old fashion day searching for records in Brooklyn.  There are plenty of record stores alive and well in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Indeed, there were more stores to visit then I had time for in a single day.  The confluence of cheaper rent and proximity to a community interested in buying vinyl leads to great selection and opportunity.

Here is my first post about the stores I visited.  I start with The Thing.  I heard of it, but had never before experienced it.  As the sign says, more used vinyl than anywhere else in NYC.  No man could look at it all in a day (or two or three .... ).  Prices can't be beat - 50 cents a single, $2 an album. There is only one catch - there is absolutely, positively no organization.  So let the crate digging begin. David Johansen, who oversees the proceedings from his perch over the gateway to records, would be proud.

Oh, its a second hand shop for some of the upstairs.

The Thing Thrift Shop and Record Store Brooklyn New York Store Front

You can't truly appreciate just how many records there are without a video - a number of people have obliged - here's one - titled Josh Goes Diggin' @ the Thing - Brooklyn New York from Josh Lamont.

Here's a link to a May 7, 2006 article on the Thing in the New York Times by Nathaniel Rich titled Vinyl Underground   It's old, but he estimates that they have 130,000 records in there.  What do you think?

Next up on my Brooklyn trip -  Earwax.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Aimee Mann - Save Me

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Aimee Mann - Save Me.  From the soundtrack of 1999's Magnolia, it is accompanied here by a great video, shot by the director of the film after the closing of various shoots for the movie.  The video features the movie's cast, in the movie's sets, with the addition of Mann singing Save Me.  Quite cool.

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (it would have won if I voted), I would call it adult alternative pop, its a great song featuring a rubbery bass that would fit right in on a Beatle's record.

Magnolia's soundtrack features a number of Mann songs, including her cover of One, and Wise Up, both worthy of repeated listens.