|Remember when Ozzy pissed here?|
There isn’t much going on in San Antonio, TX as far as good used records shops go, but here are the 3 main ones that I visited.
Flipside Record Parlor – For starters, they have moved to 840 SW Military. The “parlor” is mostly a head shop with some CD’s and tapes, the LP’s are in the back area of the parlor. They don’t have much in the way of collectible vinyl unless you are in the market for a “Mothers of Invention” bootleg for $49.99 or a Springsteen boot for $149.99. Most everything else was pretty common.
Anyway, I walk into the parlor past the two Latinas working there, one fit and the other one less fit, both of whom are having their lunch in their area in the center of the parlor. So I’m in the LP area flipping through records when I hear a very loud BUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRP! So, I’m thinking to myself, did some burly dude walk into the parlor because I thought I was the only customer? Then I hear from the less fit lady, “sorry, it was the Big Red”. Goddamn. Quite an icebreaker. I didn’t even know what a Big Red was. After I finished looking through the LP's finding nothing I wanted I proceed toward the front door, I start talking with the two ladies who turn out to be very friendly. We talk about their parlor, the late owner and the other record shops in San Antonio. I ask if I can take a photo of the inside of the parlor, the fit owner lady smiles and says, “OK”. I ask if they would like to be in the picture. “Yes, but let me put some lipstick on”…. I thought she was joking. Nope, totally serious. She goes over to her work area and busts out a small mirror and some lipstick and so does the other lady. They pose and I snap the photo. I then ask what Big Red is and they explain it’s a Texas soft drink. Sounds great, so I buy one from the vending machine inside the parlor. Tastes good. They explain there are also among other flavors a Big Blue, Big Peach, Big Orange and a Big Pineapple brand…but the fit lady warned me “the Big Pineapple will make your poop green”. Hilarious. “OK ladies, thanks for the info, have a great day”.
Hogwild – Pretty much a metal store, which is cool, but if you are shopping for second hand vinyl, don’t bother stopping here. Why? Can I interest you in a $20 Sammy Hagar “All Night Long” LP? Or how about a $20 Led Zeppelin “Presence” LP that looks like it just came from the 99-cent bin from another shop anywhere else. They must have some good crack in San Antonio and this guy is smoking it. I spent about 5 minutes in here, and then bailed. 1824 North Main. Not recommended.
Alamo Records and Sheet Music – Oh boy. This place left me a little speechless. This guy is clearly a hoarder. He may also be in denial with regards to how much space he has. He ran out of space years ago. He needs at least four times the square footage he has right now. There is shit all over the place; you’d have to be a midget in order to look at anything on the floor. There is crap piled all over the top of the record bins, pretty much impossible to look at anything. It was an interesting place to look around, as there are cool vintage pin up girl magazines and other interesting stuff all over the walls. But looking through records, which was why I was there, forget it. The owner guy was nice, said he’d stay open later for me if I found anything to buy, I didn’t since nothing is priced and when you ask him how much it’s always some crazy price like $35 for a common LP. The “shop” is located upstairs on the 3rd floor of an antique building. I tried real hard but didn’t find anything I wanted here. Not recommended unless you love digging. 125 Broadway Street
I found nothing worth buying in San Antonio. It's only about an hour, hour and a half drive up to Austin, there is a much better selection of record shops up there.