Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by zakyfarms, Sep 12, 2016.
Not until we've got the flying sushi wagons.
I buy on discogs, too. Was citing online example of conglomerate retailers. Still think Amoeba is great though.. will be in SF Amoeba tomorrow..
Finally had my first experience with a rude cashier at Amoeba the other day! Since we're talking about rude record store employees. But with digging for records, sometimes I don't even know what I want to buy until I come across it. If I'm looking for something specific, I go online. If I want a surprise, I go to the record store to see what they have and just about hope that what I'm looking for online is there too.
I suppose it's all about the type of records you're looking for. For years I shopped at both NoCal Amoeba's and found tons of rare, off beat stuff(tons of jazz), and of course this was pre vinyl resurgence so it did make it easier. But when Amoeba SF had to make some severe changes to the store, got rid of the jazz room, etc. I started finding less and less reason to schlep down there. Just not enough to keep me interested. Luckily over the last several years there have been some great small stores open up in the East Bay and they have enough, along with a monthly visit to Amoeba Berkeley to fulfill any need I have to go to stores. Most of what I pick up these days does tend to be on Discogs or through label websites. Lots of times it will because I'm made aware of something by listening to a radio show. If I have some trade $$ left at a particular store I'll give them a ring and ask if they have it. If not, that's when I'll start looking online.
I feel you. I'm into both STRANDED locations (Berkeley/Oakland and in SF). 1-2-3-4 Go is cool but i'm more into used vinyl than re-issues. The thing I still love about Amoeba is, and Stranded does this too, they sell the rare used vinyl IN THE STORE... Some sh***ty indie places sell out and put the rare stuff on eBay. Hate that. Amoeba puts it on the wall... Found out that the place I like in San Jose was putting their rare stuff on eBay and I haven't been back.
How’s the used vinyl selection at Rasputin on Telegraph these days? I was there a few months ago and everything seemed to be in limbo when Mad Monk across the street was closing. I’m worried that the Bay Area is going the way of NYC, music shopping-wise.
The problem with the bay area is the real estate costs. If they're renting the lot, how much do you have to sell to keep it open, keep the lights on, pay employees? Personally, I'll pay a little more to keep these places open. But there are people who are looking for the lowest prices known to man ...tough to do in the bay area.
I haven't seen vinyl in Rasputin Berkeley since mad monk. But I haven't been there in a couple of months, I actually preferred the well-organized lower floor of Rasputin Berkeley to Mad Monk, Rasputin's in a mess now though. Still putting more value on DVDs going into 2019 than you do on vinyl? They should ditch the DVDs, re-establish their vinyl selection, carry a few non-Crosley, non-LP60 turntables and position themselves differently. The Campbell store is the only location where they workers don't appear miserable though...
That depends on your point of reference I suppose, I was born in Hollywood many moons ago. As a kid I remember when it really was a cool place. Wallich's Music City was a favorite haunt as well as Aron's when he use to be in his tiny shop on Melrose semi across from Fairfax High School. The Hollywood Palladium was my home away from home. To me now, it is traffic and congestion. I was there just a few weeks ago to visit my daughter who live just a few blocks from Amoeba. However, she is a kid and loves all the excitement and doesn't know it from another time. Although, she is considering moving over to Burbank when her lease is up.
High rents and the cost of doing business are the death blows to record shops, not the disinterest in buying music products.
I have no idea how some of these stores do it. Stranded boggles my mind. Stores in some of the most expensive areas in the region, and they curate for a specific customer with(particularly the Piedmont store) inventory limited to a fairly narrow, and fairly expensive scope. I love that store, but in this day and age if you told somebody you were going to open up a record store(and only records) in a chi chi boutique neighborhood and specialize in rare, obscure jazz and avant garde used records I'm pretty sure they have you locked up for your own protection.
I love going into record stores. I hate getting a record in the mail that has a seam split because someone didn't pack it well or because the sleeve wasn't made for 180 gram vinyl. I don't need to find the lowest price known to man. And I dismiss the staff. It doesn't bother me when other people think they're awesome. It's better than being down and out and depressed.
As for Hollywood, what's wrong with Arc Light theatre? There are some cool restaurants around there too. I went to some mex restaurant on Cahuenga that was pretty cool too.. There are a hell of a lot more street people at the San Francisco and Berkeley stores...
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