Sunday, April 22, 2012

San Diego, CA - Record Store Day 2012

There are 4 record shops located here in the Hillcrest district all withing walking distance.

Record City -
This store is still the best record shop in San Diego. Great prices, great selection, and a pleasant and helpful shop owner. Every time I visit here, I find something good.

Record Store Day Eve 2012 - I went to Record City the evening before so that I wouldn't have to deal with some of the chaos the next day. I did find some good stuff. How about not one, but two Sammy Hagar promo LP's one of which I've never seen before and both SIGNED! A Hagar UK import, a UFO UK import, a David Lee Roth German import and a Robin Trower white label promo. Not bad. They still have the buy 5 get $1 off each policy here. The owner had about 10 large still sealed boxes laying about the store that were just delivered product for Record Store Day so it seemed he would be well stocked.

Signed promos

Record Store Day - Doors at Record City opened at the normal 11am. I show up at about 11:30 the line is down the street. It took me 40  minutes to get in the door, by that time it was relatively picked over. I was hoping for the Devo and Bowie 7 inchers. He had the Devo, but they were now all gone. No big deal since I was more than happy with my purchases from the day before. As you can see, Record City was packed. There was a huge line outside the shop to get in and another one inside the shop to pay. It was all very orderly. Like a buffet line. The owner had complimentary food and beverages for his customers to enjoy like Hostess Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Cupcakes. He also had about 10 XL pizzas all with different toppings. Nice. The only bummer was the pizza was pretty oily as was the girl behind the counter helping him who was coughing and touching/picking her nose and then for some unknown reason touching the pizzas. Pretty weird. Pretty gross. After witnessing that, I nearly had a Larry David moment. While I did enjoy some Hostess cupcakes, no way did I eat the pizza. Gross girl not withstanding, the owner is a super nice guy and really helpful. This is how you run a business. It looks like his RSD was a huge success.I love this store. 3757 6th Ave. Highly Recommended.

Record City Record Store Day buffet
Tanng! Records - This shop is nice and they have lots of collectible vinyl all over the walls. Some of it is really nice and some of it is just rather common and dressed up to be more than it is. Kind of a NYC record store approach. For example, a $25 domestic Queen LP. I mean it's a really nice $10 record anywhere else which is already $5 more than it's worth. Same for the Led Zep or anything else in this shop. If you want the more collectible stuff prepare to pay big, like $50 and up. They are very proud of their product here. I bought nothing but it was interesting to look at the vinyl on the walls. I spoke with the owner/clerk who by the way, was super high on weed. I mean, he must be the owner because why would you want a person who is stoned out of his mind working for you? Perhaps he buys his medical pot at the Holistic Cafe around the corner. Tanng! 3830 5th Ave. Recommended for a look around.

Other record shops in Hillcrest area:

Off the Record
Thirsty Moon

Monday, April 16, 2012

St Petersburg, FL

Banana's Music - I was here also last year in 2011. I didn't go to their huge warehouse this time around due to the fact I didn't have the time, but I did go to their smaller retail location which I discovered has a big room full of $1 LP's. I mean they are scratchy but you may find some jackets or covers to upgrade to or who knows what you might find digging here.

The shop still looks about the same as it did a year ago. Friendly staff. A mixed bag with regards to prices. They must be rather proud of their inventory with some of the prices I saw. $24.99 for a Canadian pressing of Bowie "Changes One" or $24.99 for a domestic Pink Floyd "The Wall"?
Promos are generally $10 and imports or scarce (or not so scarce) punk LP's are $24.99....kinda steep. The rest are in the $4.99 - $7.99 range. I did buy a Cars 12" UK pressing. 2887 22nd Ave. Still highly recommended.

The $1 room

The Disc Exchange -
So.....check this dude out, he is literally up to his earlobes in records. Are you kidding me? He may be the king of common LP hoarders. And I thought Banana's was proud of their records, this guy IS banana's! Can I interest you in a garden variety Kiss "Alive" LP for $49.99? Yea, he's got lots of crazy prices and lots of beat up common LP's. The owner of this shop should throw a party and send invites to the following:
The owner of Vinyl Records in Vancouver.
Owner of River Records in Memphis.
Owner of  Been Around Records in Little Rock.
Get them all together and let's have a little hoarding intervention party.
Ridiculous. Have a look at the front counter here, the guy is buried, can you see him? I swear he's there, behind all those LP's somewhere. Unreal. Just about every spot in the shop have LP's piled up, every isle even the CD isles are stacked up with LP's on the floor. Holy shit, I couldn't believe it, I had a look around flipped through some records for about 10 minutes, snapped a few shots and got the hell out of there before I was swallowed by an LP sinkhole. Dude you need help. Recommended for entertainment purposes only. 6712 Central Ave.

Can you find Neil?
Another shot of the front counter

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tampa, FL

Kingfish Records -
This shop is located at the Oldsmar Flea Market which is open on Saturdays and Sundays only. The owner of this shop is friendly and has pretty good stock. The LP's are a little dusty and quite a few of them are scratchy, but I did manage to walk away with a few good finds. He also has a shop next door that sells CD's and jazz LP's. There are a couple of other vendors selling records at this flea market but Kingfish is your best bet. Definitely a good time here. Highly Recommended. 9am - 4:30pm Sat/Sun 180 Race Track road North Oldsmar, FL   Kingfish are located at: F43-48

UK pressing

Mojo Books and Music -
Mojo have moved since the last time I was here in 2011, hereinafter referred to as the Tampa Bay Record Store Day fiasco. I do like the new space. There is a coffee and tea shop inside now. They moved the whole operation a couple of doors down. They have lots of vinyl in all genres. They have tons of books so I did buy a used Tom Petty book but I didn't buy any records this trip due to the prices being pretty high. They had some cool records but the collectible LP's are about 25 or 30% higher than anywhere else I've seen, for example see photos of the LP's below. Mojo's must be pretty proud of those. 2540 E. Fowler. Highly Recommended.

Microgroove Records -
A new shop started up by two guys from the now closed Vinyl Fever. Cool shop, cool vibe. An old garage of some sort from back in the day. Some CD's here but mostly new and used vinyl. All of the vinyl is mixed together new, used, rock, punk, etc. Good prices. I like the shop but it would seem they need to beef up on the used vinyl inventory if they want to be in this for the long haul. 4906 N. Florida. Recommended.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Gainesville, FL

When in Gainesville be sure to eat at Harry's Seafood, Bar and Grille, awesome food

Taiwan press
Hyde and Zeke - 
This shop has so much potential. The place is dirty and kind of a mess. The owner doesn't seem to care. I asked about collectible records and he told me he had a box of them somewhere. So I ask if he could get that box out and let me have a look since I'm from out of town and don't know when I'll be back again. He says the box is buried somewhere and he doesn't think he'll be able to get it out. Really? I see and meet all different types of record shop owners but if you can't get your collectible box of LP's out to sell because they are buried somewhere, this may be a sign from God that you need to get your shit together and clean and organize your place of business. Pretty simple. None the less, I did manage to find two petty cool LP's here. 402 NW 10th Ave. Recommended.

Hear Again Music - 
Mostly new reissue LP's here. Some used vinyl but it's all common. If your looking for new vinyl, this is your place, if you want used, this is not your place. 201 SE 1st #105.

Wayward Council -
Super dirty punk rock shop with some newer generation punk rock releases, pretty slim selection. They do gigs here as well. 807 W. University Ave. Not recommended.