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.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wombleton

Wombleton -  5123 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles Ca.  90042
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Next up on my Los Angeles tour was Wombleton records in Highland Park.  Billed as the place to go for the 'good stuff', it lived up to its reputation.  For all the crate digging you do, every once in awhile you want a treat of a nice rare record - you'll find it here, if you're looking for rare imports from the UK and Europe, but you should expect to pay what its worth.  The shop was run by a very nice guy (standing in for the owner) who would be happy to make sure you liked your purchase before you left.  Set up like an old London record store, its a worthy place to go for some high end vinyl.

I went with an English first pressing of Blur's first album Leisure (which has a different track listing than the US pressing).  90s albums are very hard to find, given their limited pressings.














Sunday, December 11, 2016

Atomic Records

Atomic Records - 3812 W. Magnolia, Burbank Los Angeles, California  91505
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Next up on my tour of Los Angeles record stores was Atomic Records in Burbank.  Opened in 1996, it had a nice selection of reasonably priced records with plenty to dig thru.  Also had some vinyl of local bands.  

Picked up the great Beatles parody by the Rutles, Blotto's I Wanna Be A Lifeguard ep, Naughty Sweeties Live at Madame Wong's 1980 (a local group) and the C*unts Live (wonder what the * stands for?) It Came Out of the Garage.














Here's an article from 2013 about the store that appeared in the Glendale News Press, titled It's A Matter of Record: Burbank's Atomic Records and Backside.