We asked. You commented, emailed, and tweeted, and we’ve tallied up the votes; now it’s time to congratulate the winners! We’re featuring your TOP FIVE record stores this week, one per day, as we impatiently await Record Store Day, Saturday, April 16th, 2011.
We celebrate the stores that make Record Store Day possible and the vinyl enthusiasts—namely you, dear readers—who love them. It’s been great reading your opinions! Count down to Record Store Day with us as we pay tribute to the record stores that make our lives richer every day.
Today’s obscure Top 5 Fan Favorite comes from Huntsville, Alabama. One of my dearest friends grew up in Huntsville, and I am of the very biased opinion that everyone from that city is kind and beautiful and wonderful, as I imagine all of Vertical House Records’ fans must be.
Like my friend, they are a vocal bunch, and they love their record store. This is what they had to say:
Cheryl: Vertical House Records in Huntsville, Alabama!!! VH has a huge selection of collectibles, plus they have great house shows, carry small independent labels, and their shop is located in a great old mill bldg along with art studios and other indie altie businesses. Love the owners, Andy and Ashley! They care about their community and do tons to support local/regional musicians & the art center at the mill!
Natasha: Vertical House Records has a great selection of music. Anything you like they probably have or will have at some point. Andy & Ashley Vaughn know their music and if you just want to chat they’re good at that too. Very warm and awesome ambiance with two spectacular humans. Always learning of a new band with their mix c.d.’s, “eargasms.” They’re on their 8th issue. Buy a record and receive one now! Or just ask and I’m sure they’ll give you one for free. That’s how much they love music. They want you to want it, so take it! It keeps me excited about music. You probably will catch a lot of the bands they put on “eargasms” to play the store at some point. VERTICAL HOUSE RECORDS 4 LYFE!
And from owner Ashley, herself: I’m a bit biased, and I’m voting for the store my husband and I own: Vertical House Records in Huntsville, Alabama! We have over 20,000 new and used vinyl and are constantly getting new inventory in. We also have live shows in the store… and some of our favorites have been NOBUNNY, Ty Segall, Jacuzzi Boys, Strange Boys, Davilla 666, and more!
Record Store Day:
Vertical House Records will be open from 11am-6pm for Record Store Day. There will be free promotional goodies (while supplies last), along with a ton of Record Store Day exclusive releases.*
They are also running a contest for two free tickets to the upcoming Secret Stages in Birmingham, May 13th & 14th. To enter to win, just buy any local CD or LP. Contest ends April 16th at 6pm. Winners will be notified via email.
*Due to a limited quantity, RSD releases are on a first-come, first-served, no-holds basis.
Vertical House Records
Located on the 2nd floor of
historic Lowe Mill / Flying Monkey Arts
2211 Seminole Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35805
Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm, extended 11am-6pm for RSD11