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, February 20, 2017

Crooked Beat Records

Crooked Beat Records -  Arlington Virginia
  Open -  802 N. Fairfax St., Arlington Virginia  22314

The new home of Crooked Beat Records, now a destination visit, after it moved from its long time home in Adams Morgan.  While a smaller shop, its nicely stocked and run by a nice guy (Bill Daly - picture below) so worth the trip.  And you'd be in good company, as any store the features both Neutral Milk Hotel and Belle & Sebastian on its list of best all time sellers draws the right kind of crowd.

Crooked Beat - Arlington Va. - store front

Here's an article that appeared in 2016 in the University of Maryland student paper the Diamondback titled Six Months After Leaving Adams Morgan, Crooked Beat Has Found A Home In Alexandria  And another in Borderstan announcing the closing of the old store titled  Adams Morgan Record Store To Close Next MonthNice to hear the store is doing well.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Small Factory - Scared of Love

Song of the Day

Shame on us.  Today's Song of the Day is from Rhode Island's Small Factory.  A perfect indie pop song circa 1994, Scared of Love features three part harmony from a three piece band made up of guitarist Dave Auchenbach, drummer Phoebe Summersquash and bassist Alex Kemp.  Sounds alot like REM circa Murmur.  No, the singing is not excellent, but can Bob Dylan really sing? Tom Waits?  and we still love them, no?  Unfortunately, they put out two albums in the 90s, and a handful of singles, didn't break through, and left us.  A recent check on You Tube for Scared of Love indicates its been viewed 20 times since its posting some 17 months ago, and I'm 5 of them.  This song, and the rest of their catalogue are well worth checking out.

Here are another couple of their tunes

First is Lose Your Way

Next, here's a live version of Versus Tape at The Bell House in New York City

For more information on the band here is  Trouser Press' History of the band and an article published in 2009 in Magnet Magazine, Lost Classics: Small Factory For If You Cannot Fly

And here are pictures of my copy of the Scared of Love single.