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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Freakbeat Records

Freakbeat Records - 13616 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Ca.  91423

I recently took a trip to Los Angeles and, guided by an August 26, 2016 article in LA Weekly The 20 Best Record Stores in Los Angeles and Beyond took a tour of some of the areas finer record stores. While I didn't visit any of these record stores while I lived in LA, each was worthy.  First up was a trip to the Valley and Freakbeat Records, which was my personal favorite.  How could it not be with a name like Freakbeat?  As you would expect some old (and valuable) 60s records could be had (look up young man) and three listening stations provided so you could check before you buy.

Freakbeat Records - Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles CA - store front

Got some nice 45 picture sleeves (nothing too pricey) and a 60s garage record of covers by the Knights.

Here's a video tour of Freakbeat Records from the Vinyl Guide published in November 2016.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sound Garden

Sound Garden -  1616 Thames St., Fells Point, Baltimore Md., 21231

On a visit to Baltimore's Fells Point, I stopped in to check out the store.  It's been rated one of the top 25 record stores in the US in Rolling Stones' 2010 article Best Record Stores In The USA. 

Sound Garden - Baltimore Md - Store Front

Here's a You Tube video of the store with an interview with one of the store's employees.

And here's an article that appeared in Baltimore Magazine in December 2013 titled For The Record  interviewing the store's owner Bryan Burkert, who describes the history of the store.