Saturday, January 25, 2014

Akron, OH

Square Records - I've been in this shop 3 times now over the past few years. I will have to make this a regular stop. My last trip in they had some real nice stuff at very good prices. All genres but mostly rock, punk, etc. New and used vinyl. Good stuff. Nice owner. Highly Recommended. 824 W. Market.

Queen Boot

Elvis Boot

2017 Update:
Time Traveler Records - Nice shop, friendly owner/staff decent prices. I didn't pull the trigger on any LP's but on this cold snowy day I did find quite a few nice 45's at a very good price, had to dig but I found what I wanted. Thank you Time Traveler. Just a couple miles down the street from Square Records. 118 W. Market Street in Akron, OH.

Also, it appears Calhoun Records has closed. I drove there and there is a for rent sign. Called owner he said he closed the shop, hes buying and selling privately until he can find the right space.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Buffalo, NY

Peace Bridge to Canada

First Niagara Center

Record Theater - I was here in BUF a few years ago and hit several record shops but didn't find much. This time around things went quite well. Record Theater have a pretty good sized sales floor however do not waste your time looking at any of the LP's they have out for sale. Make a left turn around the check out counter and head for the blue door with the little sign that says "The Backroom". Go in there, that's where you will find the goods. The secret back room. They have a big one dollar bin, a new arrivals bin, Jazz, Soul, Rock, all genres as well as a dedicated bootleg LP bin. Good stuff. Good prices. I even managed to get invited into the "back room" of the "back room" where they have boxes upon boxes and pallets upon pallets of unprocessed and unpriced LP's. I even wandered around back there and found yet another back room, that's right, the back room of the back room of the secret back room.

Really nice and helpful people working in the secret back room. They will process your LP's in the back room and then you pay out front on the main sales floor. After asking, I was even able to use the "Employees Only" restroom. All in all, I had a very pleasant experience at The Record Theater. A high volume store with really nice people working there.

I didn't go to the other Record Theater location in BUF (3500 Main, Amhurst) but have heard that the LP selection is small. 1800 Main St. Highly Recommended.

2017 Update: No more 'backroom' action. All of the used vinyl stock is now out on the main floor. Bummer.

The Secret Backroom
Look at the fucking party going on in the Backroom

The Backroom of the Backroom

More of the Backroom of the Backroom

The Backroom of the Backroom of the Backroom
The Bathroom
A Boot

Another Boot
Canadian Pressing
Canadian promo

Canadian radio station give away promo

M&B Record Exchange - This place is a bit north of BUF but worth the extra few miles drive. Looks like a husband and wife operation. Most of the shop is dedicated to used vinyl and the selection is decent. Prices are good as well with a good amount of $6 LP's. I found a few bargains here. Good shop. 207 Delaware St. Tonawanda, NY. Highly Recommended.


Record Baron - The last time I was in BUF a few years ago I did OK at this shop, it does not appear much has changed here, however this time I was able to find nothing that I wanted. I did not have the patience to deal with the stacks of LP's all over the place, on the floor, on top of the bins that are stuffed so tight with LP's you cannot even flip through them.

The guy working there who I think may have been Dan just sat in his cubby hole made of LP's and appeared to be in a trance. I don't know why, there is work to be done here, the place is a mess, shit is piled up all over and it's out of control. The difference between this place and some of the other shops with the same space/hoarding problem is that Record Baron has good quality records. However, the prices are way out there. If he dropped his prices to a more realistic level he could sell some of his inventory and free up some space. Prioritizing the inventory may help with the space issue but no matter what he has more records than he does space. You need either a bigger shop or sell some of your stock, OR move some it to another location / storage facility, there are just too many LP's packed in this little space.  3048 Delaware. Recommended if you can take the hoard environment and the high prices.

Dan hangs out right there behind those boxes of records

You can't see him but the owner is sitting right there
Revolver - This was one of the more interesting record buying experiences I have had. The owner Phil sells on eBay and also at a local flea market. He will also open his warehouse which is his garage to you upon appointment. He is a super nice guy and made his garage available to me at 10am on a Friday in December. It was 28 degrees. As I was flipping through his records my fingers felt like they were going to snap off. Phil apologized for the cold weather and closed the garage door. It didn't help. I found a couple of records I wanted, paid Phil and retreated to the warmth of my car. Decent inventory, most prices seemed slightly on the high side but his stock is in good shape. 716-213-7604 Phil. Recommended.

2017 Update: Phil has moved into a proper retail space on trendy Hertel Ave.
A very nice space with lots of vinyl. I picked up some Nazareth white label promo LP's and some other cool stuff. Check this place out.  1451 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, NY

Spiral Scratch Records - Looks like he specializes in the punk genre but he has plenty of rock and some other genres as well. Small shop. I didn't find much that I wanted here but if I lived in BUF I would definitely make this place a regular stop. 291 Bryant. Recommended.


Media Man - This is an antique and used book store as well. Prices seemed a bit on the high side so I didn't hang around long. Meh. Nice neighborhood though. 234 Allen St.


Black Dot Records - Small punk rock shop located in the basement of a residential home. Strange but true. I looked around, didn't find anything I wanted and split. 223 Lafayette. Recommended if you are looking for punk rock records.

It's a house
In the Basement