Tuesday, February 11, 2014

St Louis, MO

3rd period Blues game...I just walked right in...ticket? I don't need no stinking ticket!

Euclid Records - Euclid have two locations, one in STL and the other in New Orleans which I have already visited and reviewed. The STL store is superior. It is one of my all time favorite record shops. I was introduced to them at a record swap in Austin years ago. They have the goods. All genres. Very helpful and friendly staff. I bought a few records, they even provided me with a box and boxed up my LP's for me. I have never walked out of this place empty handed. The jazz, classical, soundtracks used books are all upstairs in this new location. They have the collectible LP's mixed in with the regular stuff out on the floor. Finds: Autographed Frampton Comes Alive, Frampton boot, Eagles boot, various Iggy Pop 7"'s. Highly Recommended. 19 N. Gore Ave.

The upstairs Jazz room
Boot in shrink
Radio Promo
Eagles Boot


Vintage Vinyl - I really like this store on the Loop, however for some reason it just seems rather picked over. They do have a pretty good jazz selection but the rock section is mostly just common LP's. I do usually manage to find one or two used LP's here though. Friendly and helpful staff. Always worth a look around. Recommended. 6610 Delmar.


Record Exchange - OK, so I have been visiting STL for many years now but for some reason I never knew about this shop until now. This was my first time here. Their business card says they have been around "since 1977" and "one of the largest vinyl stores in the U.S." Well, it IS very large in what looks like an old office or bank building. It is packed full of LP's, CD's, DVD's and all sorts of other music memorabilia, the problem is.....it's all very common stock. I dug for an hour or more and found one LP. Just one. There were plenty of customers shopping around me but I didn't find much. I took lots of photos, the place feels cool enough but there isn't much in the way of quality stuff here. Euclid has quality over quantity, this place is the opposite. The king of common. Recommended if you want to dig but don't get your hopes up. 5320 Hampton Ave

The restroom was well decorated
Lots of black faced hi fi equipment for sale

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Akron, OH

Square Records - I've been in this shop 3 times now over the past few years. I will have to make this a regular stop. My last trip in they had some real nice stuff at very good prices. All genres but mostly rock, punk, etc. New and used vinyl. Good stuff. Nice owner. Highly Recommended. 824 W. Market.

Queen Boot

Elvis Boot

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Buffalo, NY

Peace Bridge to Canada

First Niagara Center

Record Theater - I was here in BUF a few years ago and hit several record shops but didn't find much. This time around things went quite well. Record Theater have a pretty good sized sales floor however do not waste your time looking at any of the LP's they have out for sale. Make a left turn around the check out counter and head for the blue door with the little sign that says "The Backroom". Go in there, that's where you will find the goods. The secret back room. They have a big one dollar bin, a new arrivals bin, Jazz, Soul, Rock, all genres as well as a dedicated bootleg LP bin. Good stuff. Good prices. I even managed to get invited into the "back room" of the "back room" where they have boxes upon boxes and pallets upon pallets of unprocessed and unpriced LP's. I even wandered around back there and found yet another back room, that's right, the back room of the back room of the secret back room.

Really nice and helpful people working in the secret back room. They will process your LP's in the back room and then you pay out front on the main sales floor. After asking, I was even able to use the "Employees Only" restroom. All in all, I had a very pleasant experience at The Record Theater. A high volume store with really nice people working there.

I didn't go to the other Record Theater location in BUF (3500 Main, Amhurst) but have heard that the LP selection is small. 1800 Main St. Highly Recommended.

The Secret Backroom
Look at the fucking party going on in the Backroom

The Backroom of the Backroom

More of the Backroom of the Backroom

The Backroom of the Backroom of the Backroom
The Bathroom
The Bootleg Bin
A Bootleg

Another Bootleg
Canadian Pressing
Canadian promo

Canadian radio station give away promo

M&B Record Exchange - This place is a bit north of BUF but worth the extra few miles drive. Looks like a husband and wife operation. Most of the shop is dedicated to used vinyl and the selection is decent. Prices are good as well with a good amount of $6 LP's. I found a few bargains here. Good shop. 207 Delaware St. Tonawanda, NY. Highly Recommended.


Record Baron - The last time I was in BUF a few years ago I did OK at this shop, it does not appear much has changed here, however this time I was able to find nothing that I wanted. I did not have the patience to deal with the stacks of LP's all over the place, on the floor, on top of the bins that are stuffed so tight with LP's you cannot even flip through them.

The guy working there who I think may have been Dan just sat in his cubby hole made of LP's and appeared to be in a trance. I don't know why, there is work to be done here, the place is a mess, shit is piled up all over and it's out of control. The difference between this place and some of the other shops with the same space/hoarding problem is that Record Baron has good quality records. However, the prices are way out there. If he dropped his prices to a more realistic level he could sell some of his inventory and free up some space. Prioritizing the inventory may help with the space issue but no matter what he has more records than he does space. You need either a bigger shop or sell some of your stock, OR move some it to another location / storage facility, there are just too many LP's packed in this little space.  3048 Delaware. Recommended if you can take the hoarding environment and the high prices.

Dan hangs out right there behind those boxes of records

You can't see him but the owner is sitting right there
Revolver - This was one of the more interesting record buying experiences I have had. The owner Phil sells on eBay and also at a local flea market. He will also open his warehouse which is his garage to you upon appointment. He is a super nice guy and made his garage available to me at 10am on a Friday in December. It was 28 degrees. As I was flipping through his records my fingers felt like they were going to snap off. Phil apologized for the cold weather and closed the garage door. It didn't help. I found a couple of records I wanted, paid Phil and retreated to the warmth of my car. Decent inventory, most prices seemed slightly on the high side but his stock is in good shape. 716-213-7604 Phil. Recommended.

Spiral Scratch Records - Looks like he specializes in the punk genre but he has plenty of rock and some other genres as well. Small shop. I didn't find much that I wanted here but if I lived in BUF I would definitely make this place a regular stop. 291 Bryant. Recommended.


Media Man - This is an antique and used book store as well. Prices seemed a bit on the high side so I didn't hang around long. Meh. Nice neighborhood though. 234 Allen St.


Black Dot Records - Small punk rock shop located in the basement of a residential home. Strange but true. I looked around, didn't find anything I wanted and split. 223 Lafayette. Recommended if you are looking for punk rock records.

It's a house
In the Basement