|The RSD doors opening|
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.
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.
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.
|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”
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.