Albany record store finding its groove: The red sandwich board sits on the sidewalk on Solano Avenue, the word “Records” and an arrow pointing to the door. The strains of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” waft out to the sidewalk. That would be records, as in LPs. Strictly Vinyl Records opened in January just off the corner of San Pablo Avenue, tucked behind the Subway. The name is accurate — owner David Kearney only carries vinyl records. There’s a box with 45s and the walls are lined with good old-fashioned record racks. Kearney, 41, is a lifelong record collector so opening a store made sense. Well that, and he needed a job. “It’s kind of a lifelong dream,” Kearney said.
The world’s best record shops #029: Princeton Record Exchange, Princeton: Barry Weisfeld is the original owner of PREX (as it’s often lovingly called). Weisfeld had spent five years, starting in 1975, sleeping in his van and selling records on street corners, college campuses, fleamarkets or wherever he could find a space…Customers, both local and international, come for the rabbit hole experience; a seemingly never-ending, continually updating archive of quality, well-priced records. PREX is thought to have the largest selection on the East Coast, with close 150,000 music titles and over 10,000 DVDs. If you’ve ever been to an Amoeba, you’ll know what you’re getting in to.
Wormhole’s World: Meet the owners of new RPM record store: Karrie is very new to vinyl, by her own admission, and whilst Greg has been collecting records for 10 years, which seems a fairly long time, it really isn’t, especially when you’re going in to the business with no previous experience pushing wax…What they are, though, is enthusiasts. They’ve put themselves on the line — because let’s be fair, going into business on your own is a very big step — all because they love records. They love the artwork, they love the feel, they love the sound and they even like peeling off the cellophane.
Rare Beatles Acetate Given To Cilla Black Up For Auction: A long-lost acetate (demo disc) given to Cilla Black by the Beatles in 1964 has been found by Black’s family – the song was a top 10 hit for Cilla but the acetate features McCartney demoing the song for for Cilla. The disc will go on sale on Saturday August 27 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in the Paul McCartney Auditorium of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. It is estimated to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.