Monday, October 3, 2011

San Francisco/Berkeley/Bay Area

San Francisco

 Amoeba – What else can be said about this store? Gigantic. Cool stuff all over the place. On this day all I was able to find that I really wanted was a David Bowie bootleg from his 1972 Santa Monica gig. The one that has been released officially now. This is an original double album boot. This location is in an old bowling alley. 1855 Haight. Highly Recommended.

Recycled Records – I’m walking from Amoeba to Recycled and there is this dude on the street holding a big huge sticky bud of weed. He’s selling it right out on the open. Welcome to Haight Street. Recycled has some cool records. I usually find something good here each visit. They have a big selection in all genres. 1377 Haight. Highly Recommended.

101 Music – I just happen to be walking by this one so I stop in. The guy is utilizing every square inch of this little shop.  He has some super cool musical instruments hanging on the walls. His records looked to be common with the exception of a few here and there but were a bit on the pricey side. I couldn’t say it’s a bad store, I just didn’t find anything I wanted on this day. 1414 Grant.
Black Pancake – I walk in and smell skunkweed right away. Some kind of DJ / weed party going on in the back room. The records were common. Cool logo, cool shop t-shirts. Not much else to report here.

Rooky Ricardo’s Records – This is an interesting shop. It is part record shop part old school camera shop with real film for sale in a fridge.  I didn’t find any records I wanted to buy but it was fun to look around.  Worth a look. 448 Haight

Rasputin Records - 
New location just opened November 2012 across and down the street from Amoeba, they have some stuff. 1672 Haight St.

KUSF Record Swap - This record swap happens about twice per year and it's a pretty good one. I did notice that many of the vendors were from the Los Angeles area. This one is well worth the trip. The "No Bootlegs Allowed" is funny because after you walk in the door about 10 feet in, there was a bootleg CD seller from L.A. right there. USF - McLaren Hall - Highly Recommended.

Peoples Park Berkeley
Amoeba – This location is OK, but I prefer Rasputin's next door. Amoeba Berkeley have some cool 7 inch collectibles up on their wall, but I have been in there twice in the past 12 months and haven’t found anything I wanted to buy.  2455 Telegraph.

Amoeba Berkeley
Rasputin Music – Big store. IMHO Rasputin's Berkeley is a better store with a better selection and better prices than Amoeba Berkeley. All the CD’s are on the ground floor. For the second hand vinyl go downstairs. This place is one of my favorites. All the collectible vinyl is all over the walls, 360 degrees of awesomeness. Check condition at the front counter (like Amoeba does) because sometimes the condition of the LP’s here are hit or miss. On this day I did pretty good picking up a Led Zep triple album boot, a Deep Purple Japan issue boot and a Tubes album autographed by Fee Waybill and a couple other guys in the band back in 1976. Sweet. The owner used to have a bunch of pinball machines upstairs, now there are only 2. A Star Wars and a Guns n Roses. 2410 Telegraph. Highly recommended.

Signed Tubes LP

Downstairs LP room
Downstairs walls of collectible vinyl
Downstairs LP used vinyl room
Street level with the CD's etc.

San Rafael 
Red Devil Records – I read quite a few reviews online before going to this shop. It seems a lot of people think the owner Barry is an asshole, so I was expecting the worst. There is a sign in the window before you get in the door, “TURN CELL PHONES OFF”. I walk in the front door packing a not turned off cell phone ready to take on whatever big bad Barry is going to throw my way. I check the “New Arrivals” bin. There was some super good shit in there but most of it a bit steep. After looking through all the records in the shop I did get a Jeff Beck boot for $20 and a Black Crows RSD 7” for $6. Barry was helpful and not impolite with me or anybody else in the store. No problems here. Lots of collectible punk rock records all over the walls. Although a bit pricey, he’s got lots of stock in all genres. 894 4th street San Rafael. Highly Recommended.   

Red Devil Records

Pacific Pinball Expo - Marin Civic Center Exhibition Hall – This is an annual event put on by the people at the Pacific Pinball Museum. It was awesome. No records in this place but there were nearly 400 pinball games all set to free play. 10am – midnight for $25. The highlight games were the very rare Cactus Canyon game, Medieval Madness, Monopoly, Medusa, Hercules (worlds largest pinball machine), Family Guy, Adams Family, Funhouse and more. My wrists were worn out. Highly Recommended. 

German back glass
Pacific Pinball Expo 2011


  1. In the city, Joe at "The Orbit Room" plays vinyl from noon'ish to five on Saturdays and Sundays. You might like to check it out if you happen up market st. one day. Bring an album.


  2. Hi there, I can't figure out where to sell my vintage Pink Floyd record; where's the best place? I don't care about getting the most $ for it; I want it to be in good hands if that makes sense. Cheers and great blog!

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  4. Berkeley Record Swap happening Sunday, November 16th 10am - 4pm.
    Where: NextSpace Berkeley | 2081 Center St | Berkeley, CA 94704

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