Happy International Record Store Day!

Walking the aisles of a music store…every album at your fingertips…So much music, so little time….Vinyl, baby, vinyl…the songs selected for an album, all carefully arranged in a particular order, the album cover art, liner notes, what’s better?  It’s an endangered species.

I’m dedicating The Cure’s Lovesong to record stores (just don’t make me choose between records and books!).

To commemorate International Record Store Day is Drop The Needle Again: A Documentary On Record Store Culture.  Enjoy!



[Lovesong posted to youtube by user Bob Rock]

[Drop The Needle Again (A Documentary On Record Store Culture) posted to youtube by user Ryan Hanratty]



27 thoughts on “Happy International Record Store Day!

  1. Next to my easy chair stands my Victrola. I don’t play it much anymore. When I got it twenty-seven years ago, I was quickly banned from playing it because I only had one 78 inch record; Glen Miller’s ‘Moonlight Serenade’. I guess twenty or more straight playings was a bit much. But, I do suppose, that later when I played ‘ Tha Shrimp Boats Isa’ Commin’ … There’s Dancin’ Tonight’, many, many times over with semi-approperate dance steps on an old hardwood floor, the final straw was broken. So Happy-International-Record-Day everyone. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Hi again G,
      I hadn’t heard Tha Shrimp Boats Isa’ Commin’ … There’s Dancin’ Tonight — can you believe that?
      Everyone should hear this…or enjoy it again.
      Here’s Shrimp Boats
      (posted to youtube by user cdbpdx)
      Enjoy, everyone! 🙂


  2. V. Alarcón-Córdoba

    Ah, yes, the days of the record store shelves. My older brother was a record junkie. He’d get music anyway he could: buy, trade (we used to go on a record trading circuit from door to door back in the 60’s – swap one Four Seasons for two Chris Montez) steal (he’d join Columbia House, get the free records and quit as soon as they arrived in the mail). The great thing was we listened to all that beautiful music on a simple folding GE portable record player and were happy as can be.

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    1. Hi V! A record-trading circuit sounds fantastic! That’s funny about Columbia House. Your brother was very resourceful :). What wonderful memories, listening to all that beautiful music. A folding GE portable record player! Brilliant!
      Thanks for sharing your great story, V :).

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    1. Me too! I’m delighted that you feel that way about records/books, Stephen. I wonder whether there’s a market for a genuine record store with books…and maybe comic books. I know that some larger book stores carried music CDs for a while although that didn’t seem to inspire people.


      1. A guy I know who spent the late 70s in music retail, opened his own record store in 1983, called Murmur Records. It was pretty successful, and grew over the years as it moved to larger locations. Some even with parking! All went well for about a decade, but by the early 90s, the first two Lollapalooza tours brought with them an influx of itinerant youth prone to shoplifting and general shenanigans. This caused the owner to rethink his concept to equally emphasize his other love, books. The store rebranded as Alobar Books and Music, but the bloom was off the rose. A few years later he expatriated halfway around the world and just sells books now.

        Records and comics are often not so strange bedfellows. When I was a youth, long ago, I can testify that those were all I ever spent my scant cash on! Famous stores I could name like Wuxtry in Athens, GA. are known for having a comic store adjunct, Bizarro Wuxtry, right next door. Nearby, there is a store in a regional chain called Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More, which are like the old Media Play stores of the 90s with books, CDs, DVDs/Blu-Ray, but also comic books and records. All used. Some of the books are new but the majority of stock is second hand, and priced to move.

        I started out loving books and comics as a child and that was all I ever bought at first, but music quickly became the dominant passion. For a while, they co-existed in my world, but I lost interest in alternative comics about 25 years ago. Dwindling space and income forced me to choose and I decided about 15 years ago that Music Was My Best Entertainment Value®. I’ve sold off all my comics, thinned out my bookshelves and buy about one book a year now, if that. I also virtually ceased buying movies around the same time, never went overboard on the DVD when that was introduced, and still have more laserdiscs than DVDs, which are also obsolete now. I’m still buying records and CDs. I’ll let you know when that stops!

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        1. Thank you so much for sharing your story, postpunkmonk! The evolution of art, literature, popular culture and multi media is fascinating. I’m happy to know that stores exist selling used music, books and comic books. I found Wuxtry and Bizarro Wuxtry online — I could spend all day in a place like that, especially if coffee was available. I imagine that your record and CD collection is wonderful!

          Thank you once again, it’s lovely to see you here :).


          1. Dana – The gentleman I referenced who always worked at or owned the best record stores in Orlando, Florida through the 80s and at least part of the 90s also blogs on his interests at Garlic Never Sleeps [https://garlicneversleeps.wordpress.com], a blog which you might find interesting!

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