COOL OR KOOL LETS GO…
The Bop Shop – The best shop that I have been to in Rochester. Well organized, decent prices and the stock is in nice condition. I like the new location. Spent about a hour and a half here and walked with a nice stack of records. The girl working there was friendly. I will be back. Highly Recommended. 1460 Monroe Ave.
Record Archive – Super big store with tons of inventory. The higher priced LP’s are on a wall cataloged like a library which makes it difficult to flip. The collectors records are hanging on a wall, some nice stuff there but a bit pricey. There are lot’s of other interesting things in this shop as well, like a dinosaur and crazy gift items. I have been here twice now and only managed to find one LP I wanted. They have some 3 and 5 dollar LP’s but they are mostly common. This place is fun to just walk around and look at all the stuff and there is lots of stuff. This place is certainly worthy of a good look. Recommended. 33 1/3 Rockwood street.
Lakeshore Record Exchange – This is a nice medium sized shop however I didn’t find too much of interest to me. Lots of new vinyl, some second hand. I did buy several used 7 inch records very cheap here. If you are in town and have time, stop by. 370 Park Ave.
Other shops in Rochester that I didnt have the time on this trip to check out: (next time)
Record Time – 60 Crittenden Blvd #1305
Round Cat Records – 277 Mount Ridge Cir.
House of Guitars – 645 Titus Ave.
Needle Drop Records – 304 Gregory st.
Heavy Metal Records – 75 W. Main St.
Mobile Records – The last time I was in Mobile back in 2012 there were no record shops in town. I see somebody had the intelligence to open one up here. Good move. No competition. The shop is owned by Keith Glass a guy who moved here from Australia, he’s a friendly guy and he and his staff are very knowledgeable about music and helpful as well. The shop is a bit disheveled with LP’s packed too tightly in the bins and LP’s on the floor that you may trip over but that’s a small price to pay to shop in the only record store in town. There are plenty of records to flip through and keep you busy for awhile. Something for everybody. All genres. The condition of some of the LP’s well, they were a bit too scratchy for my taste but for someone else maybe that’s OK. Don’t worry, keep looking you are bound to find something you just have to have. Mobile Records is quite the hang out, during the 2 hours I was there two different people came in bringing with them records to play in store. The owner put them on and everybody listened and then there were comments and discussion. I thought that was pretty cool. I did find several records here at a good price.
I returned 3 days later and Mobile Records just happened to have their semi-annual backdoor sale and quite a few people came out for the .25 cent records. They had a BBQ out back going and it was just a really good time. Glad to see a proper shop open here now. Highly Recommended. 140 S Sage Ave #B
|“Mind if I take a photo of your shop”? “No, go right ahead”!|
James is no longer at the Mobile Flea Market but this guy is (below)…. his common records have prices that are out there. I didn’t have to hang around too long. I moved onto the pigs, chickens, airbrushed T-shirts and hipster beenies
New Orleans, LA
Juan le Ger Record Shop and Art Gallery – This shop is only about one and a half years old. After speaking to the clerk Jeremy it turns out he worked at Music Surplus in Los Angeles for the past 10 years. For sure he has applied his vinyl knowledge to his own shop in the Algiers area of New Orleans. Right in the middle of a cool residential neighborhood and only a couple blocks from the ferry. The shop is nice, clean, well organized and reasonable prices. All genres. I came away with some real gems. Pay cash for even bigger savings. I will be back. 240 Pelican. Highly Recommended.
Euclid Records – Big store, lots of stock. I didn’t find much in the LP department this trip except for a cool Alice Cooper boot. I did however do very well in the 45 section upstairs. I love the way Euclid classifies the 45’s by record label. Brilliant. It makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. I still think the big brother store in St Louis is a better store but the NOLA shop is a real fine shop none the less. Their price tags are the same as the STL store which means they are a super pain in the ass to remove, if they have been on there for a few months and you are lucky enough not to damage your record jacket when you finally do remove them you will forever be able to see where the Euclid Records price tag once was. They should find a better price tag, these really suck.
Euclid have moved since the last time I was here, a few doors down on the same side of the street. Hipster neighborhood, the new space is much bigger and better, they even have a stage in the back where they host live instore performances. Highly Recommended. 3301 Chartres St.
|Best record store bag award goes to Euclid|
Domino Sound Record Shack – I really like this shop. Very reasonable prices. Cash Only. They never disappoint. This my second time here, both visits have been good. Always find good stuff. 2557 Bayou Rd. Highly Recommended.
Captain’s Vinyl – I walk in and I smell cigarettes.Yuck. Small shop, looks like they are ready to get up and roll to a record flea market at any moment. All stock are in LP boxes. All genres, mostly common stock. I quickly find a few records at a good price and I leave. Dodgy neighborhood, a few characters cruising around on bikes who looked well, lets just say when I saw them I covered up my watch and put my cell phone away.
Skully’s – A small shop in the French Quarter that seems to cater to the tourists. Punk, Metal, local music, etc. I only found a couple of small boxes of used vinyl on the floor, everything else was new. I didn’t have to spend more than 4 minutes in here. 907 Bourbon St.
I took a side trip to the Superdome… and the Smoothie King Center where the Pelicans play. Hey Smoothie Kings, you may want to lock all of your doors because you left one unlocked! So of course I went into your arena, used the restroom and then took a stroll on your hardwood floor. No security anywhere.
|This is what happens when you don’t lock all your doors|
Ocean Springs Maryland.
Maynard’s Music and More-
Well, this shop is the only game between Mobile and New Orleans. I was en route to NOLA and I wasn’t expecting much from Maynard’s but was presently surprised to walk out with not one but two Psychedelic Furs bootlegs at a good price. How they ended up here is a mystery but they are mine now. Lots of common stock and prices a bit on he higher end of the scale, but you just never know so this place is a good place to take a chance. A friendly owner and just a couple miles off of the 10 freeway, pull off and see what you can find, who knows you might get lucky like I did. 2209 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS
|3rd period Blues game…I just walked right in…ticket? I don’t need no stinking ticket!|
Euclid Records – Euclid have two locations, one in STL and the other in New Orleans which I have already visited and reviewed. The STL store is superior. It is one of my all time favorite record shops. I was introduced to them at a record swap in Austin years ago. They have the goods. All genres. Very helpful and friendly staff. I bought a few records, they even provided me with a box and boxed up my LP’s for me. I have never walked out of this place empty handed. The jazz, classical, soundtracks used books are all upstairs in this new location. They have the collectible LP’s mixed in with the regular stuff out on the floor. Finds: Autographed Frampton Comes Alive, Frampton boot, Eagles boot, various Iggy Pop 7″‘s. Highly Recommended. 19 N. Gore Ave.
|The upstairs Jazz room|
|Boot in shrink|
Vintage Vinyl – I really like this store on the Loop, however for some reason it just seems rather picked over. They do have a pretty good jazz selection but the rock section is mostly just common LP’s. I do usually manage to find one or two used LP’s here though. Friendly and helpful staff. Always worth a look around. Recommended. 6610 Delmar.
Record Exchange – OK, so I have been visiting STL for many years now but for some reason I never knew about this shop until now. This was my first time here. Their business card says they have been around “since 1977” and “one of the largest vinyl stores in the U.S.” Well, it IS very large in what looks like an old office or bank building. It is packed full of LP’s, CD’s, DVD’s and all sorts of other music memorabilia, the problem is…..it’s all very common stock. I dug for an hour or more and found one LP. Just one. There were plenty of customers shopping around me but I didn’t find much. I took lots of photos, the place feels cool enough but there isn’t much in the way of quality stuff here. Euclid has quality over quantity, this place is the opposite. The king of common. Recommended if you want to dig but don’t get your hopes up. 5320 Hampton Ave
|The restroom was well decorated|
|Lots of black faced hi fi equipment for sale|