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, September 30, 2016

Joe's Record Paradise

Joe's Record Paradise

Open -  8700 Georgia Ave., Silver Springs Md  20910
(just outside of Washington D.C., which you can reach by Metro)

On a recent trip to Washington D.C., I payed a visit to the new home of Joe's Record Paradise.
The store recently reopened in the basement of an office building at 8700 Georgia Ave., and as you can see from the pictures below, is full of used records of all genres.  They were sampling some tasty old soul/blues while I was there.

Joe's Record Paradise - Washington D.C.

Here are some photos of their prior location, which (on the inside) was painted a lovely fuscia.

Here's a recent article from the Washington Post At Joe's Record Paradise The Music Goes Round and Round that describes the store's latest move.  It features a picture of the store's current owner, Johnson Lee, son of the original Joe, Joe Lee.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Isaac Gracie - Last Words

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Isaac Gracie - Last Words.  If you are reading this blog, then you are likely to do what I do, which is listen to and search endlessly for new music to listen to - as one record store artfully said the thrill of the hunt.  Well, if you do, this is one of the songs you are thrilled to discover when you stumble upon it, a near perfect folk song that reminds me of Bon Iver's Flume or maybe Tim Buckley Song For Janie. It is reported that Isaac Gracie recorded this on Garageband. It's on an EP Songs From My Bedroom released in 2016. Recorded as a 21 year old from England.

For good measure, here is Tim Buckley's Song for Janie from 1966.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Love - Alone Again Or

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day is Love - Alone Again Or from Love's classic 1967 album Forever Changes. One of the great underappreciated albums of the '60s, its a 5 star record on All Music, and 40 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the top 500 albums of all time.

This is a mixture of folk and psych, with a haunting mariachi trumpet and strings thrown in.  This is the last record made by the band's original lineup, a bi-racial group lead by Arthur Lee, guitarist Bryan MacLean, who wrote this song, Johnny Echols on lead guitar, Ken Forssi on bass and Michael Stuart on drums.

The album is highly recommended, and features a number of great songs.

The song has been covered a number of times, including by Calexico in 2004, and the Damned in 1987.

I've also included the band's appearance on the Dick Clark show in 1966, doing A Message To Pretty, from their first album.  This is a haunting folk rock balad.

Don't stop here, as there is much to explore on each of the first three albums.  Signed DC, My Little Red Book, She Comes in Colors, Andmoreagain, and A House Is Not A Motel to name a few.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

House of Records

House of Records Eugene Oregon
Open - 258 E. 13th Ave., Eugene Oregon 97401

Once I saw a picture of it on the Internet, I knew I had to go.  A blue house filled with records.  My sister had a wedding (her oldest son) and so we made a slight detour to this Eugene institution, in business since 1971,  Seems Oregon is the land of record stores.  Dig the cool record dividers.  A bit of everything in the store, both new and used. Got a nice copy of the original Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit, and a reissue of Of Montreal  The Gay Parade (quite a good record).

House of Records Eugene Oregon Store Front

Here's an interview with store clerks describing the store that appearing in Light in the Attic in 2011.

And here's a video on YouTube titled House of Records' Greg Sutherland on why vinyl came back from 2015 interview Mr. Sutherland on the story and its history, with more pictures of what the store has to offer.