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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Song of the Day

Today's Song of the Day features a trio of reggae/ska songs -  First up is the incomparable 'Toots' Hibbert doing "Toots" and the Maytals - 54-46 That's My Number from 1968.  The song describes Toots' time in prison for marijuana, and was one of the first Ska songs popular outside of Jamaica.  Go ahead, I dare you to sit still.

Next up is Desmond Dekker - Israelites which was probably the first reggae song that made an impact in the States.  It reached number one in the UK in 1969, and was a top ten hit the the US.  This is from a TV show but I couldn't find the credit.

And last, but not least is Madness - Tomorrow's Just Another Day from the second wave of Ska in the late 70s/early 80s.   Released in 1983 its one of any number of great Madness songs (and videos).

Monday, October 10, 2016

Record Exchange

Record Exchange -  8642 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring Md. 20910  (Washington D.C.)

Nice store run by a nice guy.  This is one of their two locations (the other is in Frederick) and a bit on the smaller side.  But their record divider -  "Budget Vinyl - The Thrill of the Hunt" is priceless.  In all my travels, I've never seen anyone use that one before.  And no, that's not a picture of a Cramps record I bought at the store, but artwork the store commissioned from the very same artist.  Worthy of a visit for the floor alone.

Record Exchange - Washington D.C. - store front

The Record Collector is not the only record store in Silver Springs.  You can also visit Joe's Record Paradise - a short walk away, and Roadhouse Oldies.   Why Silver Spring Is A Destination For Lovers Of Vinyl  published in (for American University's radio station wamu 88.5) in April 2014 gives more information on all three stores.