Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Columbus, OH

Original promo poster my brother purchased at Used Kids

Used Kids Records
I have been in this shop several times over the years when I'm in town, they have a decent selection of used vinyl. I am usually able to find at least one or two records. This was the case today. I flipped through all they had on the floor and walked out with a Spanish pressing of The Doors "Soft Parade" and a cool Stones bootleg. Sometime last year when i was here, i got a UK Ramones "Rock n Roll High School" soundtrack. I have also been in here and gotten skunked. i heard these people are regular eBay sellers, that would explain the owner guy taking photos of vintage 7" sleeves when i was there. A few years back, my brother won an awesome Sabbath "Sabotage" promo poster on eBay from this shop. What a score. They have a good mix of all genres and CD's too. 1980 N High Street #3, Columbus, OH. Highly Recommended 

Lost Weekend Records
This would be my second trip into this shop. It's an old house. The owner is friendly and helpful. He played the Cars RSD 7" while I was in there. It sounded just like any old Cars songs. I picked up a Police Portuguese pressing of the 1st album, that was it, they have lots of good stuff in here of all genres. If your in Columbus, don't miss this one. 2960 N. High St. Highly Recommended.

Wizard! and Four Million B.C.
Spoonful Records
This is a new shop here in town. The owners dad is super friendly. He walks up and starts giving you information. He says they have been open for 9 months now. A good selection of used vinyl at good prices. They have 2 vintage pinball machines set to free play as well. What a great mix, second hand vinyl and pinball. Dad will tell you all about the pinball games too. All the record bins are on wheels and dad says they have bands play in the shop sometimes. I like the vibe here, like your in his living room or something. I picked up a few LP's here including two Neil Young German pressings. He was giving away free Ozzy RSD promo posters the day I was there. There is free parking around back in the bike shop parking lot next door. 116 E Long st. Columbus, OH 43215  Highly Recommended.

There are other record shops in Columbus, but these three are the only ones truly worth visiting if your into used vinyl.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tampa / St Petersburg, FL

The RSD doors opening
The 9am seven inch feeding frenzy

A great Pink Floyd book

Mojo Books and Music
This was my first stop on Record Store Day. They opened at 9am. So right after I got done eating at Waffle House, I rolled up to Mojo at 9am. There were about 40 or 50 people waiting in a line outside. They open the doors and in we go, I’m the last person in. That’s when the entertainment starts. All the RSD geeks and D-bags start their feeding frenzy. Seriously, some of these people don’t bathe. One prick showed up with his whole stinky family and proceeded to grab all 5 copies of the ZZ Top/Mastodon split, the Rush 7”and anything else he was going to go home and post up on eBay. He takes his huge stack of vinyl and moves to the rear of the store and starts giving one copy to each family member. What an asshole. Obviously Mojo needs a better policy. I like the Bananas policy. At the counter there, they had a list of the 7” RSD releases they had on hand and you pick from the list, one per customer. No grabbing a huge pile and then separating yourself from the other RSD hyenas and then cherry pick through your eBay investments leaving the scraps for everybody else. After RSD feeding time, I did manage to get the Ozzy 7”, the AC/DC 7”, and the Queen 7” which was a re-issue/replica of the Portuguese “Keep Yourself Alive” 7”. In the non RSD dept. I also got a CCR UK pressing LP and a sweet Pink Floyd The Wall book by a local publisher in St Pete. A nice book. Only 5,000 printed, this one numbered and autographed by the authors. Mojo has a decent selection of used vinyl and a big selection of used books especially books relating to music. 2558 E Fowler Ave Tampa, FL.  Highly Recommended.
The vinyl retail location
The vinyl library

The Bananas blind dog mascot
There are two Banana locations. One is a retail location for vinyl only. 226 16th Ave. N St Pete. I went here first. They claim to be the world’s largest record store with 3 million records and CD's. This location has a bunch of 45’s in boxes all organized so you can flip through them. The LP’s are on shelves like a library. Ordinarily I don’t like this set up, however in this place it was OK since there were so many LP’s to go through, so by looking at the spines it was easy to differentiate the common domestic releases from imports or promos, etc. None of the jackets are plastic covered which made it easier. I did notice that all the LP’s from the higher end of the alphabet, like T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z are by some windows, therefore those LP’s are sun faded. Bananas may want to tint those windows or get some curtains up. They also have some vintage stereo equipment for sale, OK, not that vintage, I saw mostly black-faced stuff. A friendly staff and an equally friendly blind resident dog there hanging out.  I picked up a Queen DJ 12” promo of “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions”, an ELP “Trilogy” promo, a Cars “Candy-O” promo and an original Aerosmith first album with the original cover and the drug referenced bio on the back. Not a bad day. Highly Recommended. 
22nd Ave retail location

2887 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL
It was Record Store Day so I drove over to the other Bananas retail location about a mile or two down the road. I did OK there too. A “Frampton Comes Alive” Canadian pressing on black vinyl and a Queen “News of the World” WLP.  They have reasonable prices at Bananas. A good mix of all genres and formats including DVD movies. Across the street don’t miss the big Italian marketplace, pretty impressive. Don’t bother trying either of these places on Sunday, they are closed. What a bummer. Friendly staff here and a dog as well. Highly Recommended.

The used LP section
Daddy Kool Records 
666 Central Ave., St. Pete
Daddy Kool has a Kool name and a kool address, but there isn’t much in this tiny store. Unless you want to pay $30 for an AC/DC “Back in Black” promo, or $40 for a Led Zep III LP. They have some new and used CD’s and some new LP’s. They own a concert production company and sell tickets in store for the State Theatre and other venues in the area. The only people I saw in the store were buying tickets for local shows. Friendly staff. You may wanna check this place out; next time however, I will skip it. Not that Kool.

The used LP section

Vintage stereo equipment for sale Tampa store
Sound Exchange
“Excuse me, excuse me sir, were you... taking pictures”??
“May I ask why”?
“I’m on vacation”
“Uh…OK, well, we get a little concerned when someone comes in here and starts taking pictures”
Whatever lady.
Welcome to Sound Exchange. The have lots of rules here but not much in the way of a good selection of vinyl. This was the Pinellas location. I also went to the Tampa location; they didn’t have much there either other than some cool vintage stereo equipment and more rules. Stuff like “Take the LP’s out of the sealed bag and you will be asked to leave” or “Put CD’s back where you found them” Hilarious. Some good prices on used CD’s I noticed, maybe this is the key to how they can maintain 3 stores locally.  

Disc Exchange
I went there on a Sunday. Closed. Apparently Sunday is not a good day for record shopping in the St. Pete area. I looked in the window, LP’s stacked up all over the place. Looked disorganized, I will check it out next time I’m in town.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Denver, CO

Twist and Shout 
The Denver answer to Amoeba. What an awesome record store. I was very pleasantly surprised. They have a huge selection of everything, new and used CD’s, LP’s, DVD, etc. They have novelties and they even sell some used vintage stereo equipment. They have a real good selection of second hand LP’s including boots, promos and imports. Awesome. If I lived in Denver, I’d live at Twist and Shout. I was told by a clerk here that the owner built this large building; he rents space to the NJ style sandwich shop and the Chipotle next door so if he ever needs to expand, guess who’s getting the boot. They have a frequent buyer club card which gets you 10% off your first purchase so don’t forget that. I picked up an original 1974 pressing of the first Kiss LP, a Squeeze promo, an ELO bootleg, a still sealed Cheech and Chong Canadian pressing and a Jeff Beck promo from KLOS radio, pretty sweet. I left behind a whole bunch of super badass Stones and other bootlegs, which were a bit on the pricey end. Love this store, definitely a fan. Highly Recommended.

More Awesomeness

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Wax Trax II 
A good place to dig for vinyl. A bit on the dusty side, some of the records may be scratchy so check them out. They have some collectable LP’s. I asked the guy working there if they had any bootlegs, promos or imports, he proceeded to explain to me that those kinds of records were for collectors and were a little more expensive. No shit, really? They had some real good prices so I picked up a few LP’s check them out below. This is definitely a must stop in Denver for vinyl collectors. Highly Recommended.

Independent Records 
Nice store, they have a good selection of new and used CD’s, in used LP’s I didn’t find too much, just a Boston “Don’t Look Back” UK pressing for five bucks. Friendly staff. They have a head shop in the store as well as other novelties for sale.

Atomic Records 
Nothing in this store as far as second hand LP’s. They had a whole lot of common LP’s and some new and used CD’s and not much more than that.  If I were them, I’d move out of town, you’ve been crushed by Twist and Shout.

Second Spin
No second hand LP’s here. Lots of new and used CD’s and a very small selection of new LP’s. 

Jerry’s Record Exchange