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Hey! Look What I found. Where Do You Buy Records?

Yesterday, I found a copy of one of my favorite albums at a local antique mall/indoor flea market. You never know what you're going to stumble upon at one of these places. I didn't have a lot of time so I flipped through the 6 or 8 crates of records pretty quickly. I happened to find a VG/VG+ original copy of The Byrds LP Mr. Tambourine Man in Mono for $5.00. Except for a little wear around the edges, mostly on the bottom front cover and a stamp on the name and address of a previous owner on the back; the record is in great condition. There was no sleeve inside promoting the other albums for sale, but so often those are replaced or gone anyway.

Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man

The stereo copy of the album would have the 'Stereo "360 Sound"' logo on both the top of the front cover and the red label on the record. This one has neither and has the correct corresponding catalog item number of CL2372.

Mr. Tambourine Man label
Mr. Tambourine Man label

This is one of my favorite albums of all time and as I was excited to find a nice copy. Now, I just need to spring for that USB turntable I've been wanting so I can hear the difference between the vinyl and the CD reissue from the late '90s.

This find got me thinking about a question I had started a post on months ago, but never got around to finishing. Unfortunately, the question "Where do you buy records?" becomes harder after each passing year. With the influx of iTunes, Amazon, and online retailing the brick and mortar there are less record stores than ever. Independent record stores have been closing for years and still continue to close.

Not only do independent record stores have to compete with the internet, but the big box stores carry music too. Target, Borders, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart and K-Mart, have music sections, albeit only compact discs, though much more limited in overall scope than in years past. Out of these stores only Best Buy carries vinyl, but only in very small selection and quantities.

Here's a list of you local independent record stores -
Record Stores
Apop Records - St. Louis
CD Reunion - St. Charles
CD Warehouse - South County
Euclid Records - Webster Groves
Phono Mode - St. Louis
Record Exchange - St. Louis
Slackers - 10 St. Louis Metro Area locations
Vintage Vinyl - University City

Then, there's the semi-monthly St. Louis Record Collector's Show held in South St. Louis bringing dealers from in town and out of town focused on mostly vinyl LP's and 45 RPM records, but also selling compact discs and DVD's. Plus, there are tons of various online retailers ready to sell you vinyl and ship it directly to your door.

However, you can also find some diamonds in the rough in places like antique malls like I do on a regular basis.  You have to be a bit more careful with these to look them over and do your research, but you may still find some nice pieces. Further, there is a monthly flea marke at the St. Clair County Fairgrounds, Belleville, IL.

Finally, you can search sites like Craigslist, ebay, or etsy for some finds. Many folks are nice here, but some don't know anything about the worth of records and could be overcharging wildly so be careful.

St. Louis is lucky to have some great independent record stores to supply more than just "hit" tunes to the music loving public. Get out there and buy some music people! Please leave some comments if you know of some other local outlets.

A short RSD report

Just chiming in with my Record Store Day purchases and a few impressions of the day. Let's start with the goodies:
Justin Townes Earle
- Move Over Mama b/w Racing In The Streets [7"]
Death Cab For Cutie - Live [7"]
The New Pornographers - Moves b/w A Drug Deal Of The Heart [7"]
Flogging Molly - Don't Shut 'em Down b/w Saints & Sinners (Acoustic) [7"]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Gotta Get That Feeling b/w Racing In The Street ('78) [10"]
Atmosphere - The Family Sign [LP, Clear Vinyl]
Mercy Rule - Providence [LP]
The Blasters - Over There [LP]
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church [CD]
Will Hoge - Again Somewhere Tomorrow [CD]
Glossary - Feral Fire [CD]
Son Volt - 6 String Belief [DVD]

Overall it was a great day with a lot of good finds. I was particularly excited about Jeff finding the Mercy Rule album at Apop and bringing it to my attention. Such a good record and it is really cool to have a copy on vinyl. The Blasters brings me one step closer to owning all of their original releases on vinyl. The Patty Griffin and Will Hoge discs were good used CD finds while waiting in line at Euclid. Euclid came through with having a copy of the Glossary disc, I've been meaning to pick it up since last year and it hasn't left my player since opening it. Got to see some great performances by John Doe and Jill Sobule, The Sights, The Bottle Rockets, and the legendary Skeletons. Let's not forget about the free brews at the various locations! Euclid had PBR, Apop had PBR and Fat Tire, and Vintage represented with some Schlafly. The highlight of the day was just getting to spend the day with such great friends. Thanks to Jeff, Scott, Scott, and Tom for the great day. Let's hope next year proves to be even better!

Upcoming Shows - April [Concert Calendar]

The next month will bring some great music to the stages of the various concert venues around town here in St. Louis. Here is a list of recommended shows that comprise all different types of music and both National touring acts with some local bands as well. The list covers nearly every day next month so you have no excuse not to go out and see some live music! April 2011

Fri 4/1 Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Record Release Party – Off Broadway

Fri 4/1 Webb Wilder - The Gramaphone

Fri 4/1 Flesh Vehicle (Tom Pappas of Superdrag) w/ Tok, One Lone Car, Damned Holy Rollers - Firebird

Sat 4/2 The Funeral Pyre w/The Secret – Fubar

Sat 4/2 Sebadoh w/Richard Buckner, Colour Revolt - Off Broadway

Sat 4/2 Everest – Firebird

Sat 4/2 The Great Crusades, Kentucky Knife Fight, Benjamin Riley – Duck Room

Sat 4/2 Dulad w/ The Transatlantic and Barefoot Jones - The Tap Room

Mon 4/4 S. Carey (of Bon Iver) – Off Broadway

Mon 4/4 Pretty Little Empire – Firebird

Tues 4/5 Queens of the Stone Age – Pageant SOLD OUT!

Tues 4/5 Lukas Nelson - Stagger Inn...Again

Tues 4/5 Listen Up Series featuring Irene Allen, Miles Long, John Krane, Mark Ahleers and John Lorraine - Focal Point

Thu 4/7 Cody Canada (of Cross Canadian Ragweed) & the Departed - The Old Rock House

Fri 4/8 Bobby Rush - BB's Jazz Blues & Soups

Fri 4/8 Raveonettes – Firebird

Fri 4/8 Oil Boom, Beth Bombara & The Dive Poets – Off Broadway

Sat 4/9 David Dondero w/Franz Nicolay (ex-Hold Steady) – Firebird

Sat 4/9 Cold Cave – Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/9 Cornmeal w/ White Water Ramble - 2720 Cherokee

Sat 4/9 - Prairie Rehab w/ The Trophy Mules and Trigger 5 - The Tap Room

Mon 4/11 Cave Singers w/Pretty Little Empire – The Old Rock House

Mon 4/11 Young The Giant w/ Kitten, Parlor Knights - Firebird

Tues 4/12 Subhumans w/MDC – Firebird

Wed 4/13 Chuck Berry - Duck Room

Wed 4/13 The Del McCoury Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Charles Family Arena

Wed 4/13 Guitar Wolf – The Vault (Farmington, MO)

Thurs 4/14 Mike Watt and the Missingmen – Duck Room

Thurs 4/14 The Damnwells – Off Broadway

Thurs 4/14 Lyrics Born w/ Skins & Needles plus Nato Caliph!

Thurs 4/14 Zola Jesus w/ Cult Of Youth - Billikin Club

Fri 4/15 John Doe (X) and Jill Sobule – Off Broadway

Sat 4/16 Record Store Day - live music at Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl, and Apop Records

Tues 4/19 The Fresh and Onlys w/Crocodiles - Billiken Club

Wed 4/20 Cee Lo Green – Touhill Performing Arts Center

Wed 4/20 Soul Track Mind - The Gramaphone (In Store @ Vintage Vinyl 5:30 pm)

Wed 4/20 and Thurs 4/21 Reverend Horton Heat – The Old Rock House

Thurs 4/21 Black Lips w/Vivian Girls – Firebird

Thurs 4/21 The Builders & the Butchers – Off Broadway

Thurs 4/21 Arcade Fire w/The National – Scottrade Center

Thur 4/21 Guitar Shorty - The Gramaphone

Fri 4/22 The Black Angels – The Old Rock House

Fri 4/22 Ha Ha Tonka – Off Broadway

Fri 4/22 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Firebird

Fri 4/22 - The Joy Formidable w/ The Lonely Forest - Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/23 The Civil Wars – The Old Rock House SOLD OUT!

Sat 4/23 Lightning Bolt w/ Parts and Labor and Spelling Bee – Luminary Center for the Arts

Sat 4/23 Foals w/ Freelance Whales, The Naked & Famous – Firebird

Sat 4/23 Beyond Reach (Larry Lee & Randall Chowning from Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Focal Point

Sun 4/24 Maserati – Firebird

Sun 4/24 Star & Micey – Cicero’s

Tues 4/26 Deftones – The Pageant

Tues 4/26 Mountain Standard Time - 2720 Cherokee

Wed 4/27 The Decemberists w/Justin Townes Earle – The Pageant SOLD OUT!

Wed 4/27 The Whigs – Off Broadway

Wed 4/27 Jukebox the Ghost & Wakey! Wakey! – Firebird

Thurs 4/28 Stephen Kellogg (solo acoustic) w/ Tift Merritt – The Old Rock House

Thurs 4/28 The Scapegoats - Guitars of the Stars (Collinsville)

Fri 4/29 Kinky Friedman – Off Broadway

Fri 4/29 The New Pornographers w/The Walkman – The Blue Note (Columbia, MO)

Fri 4/29 Local H w/ The Weeks - Firebird

Fri 4/29 Dierks Bentley w/ Josh Thompson, Miss Willie Brown - St. Charles Family Arena

Fri 4/29 The Gibson Brothers - The Gramaphone

Sat 4/30 Bunnygrunt w/ The Kyle Sowashes and Black James - The Tap Room

Sat 4/30 Colonel Ford (ex-members of The Rockhouse Ramblers) - Focal Point