Record stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut!!

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by panicproject, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    Location:
    East of the Hudson
    I’m new to MA, I went to Mystery Train recently and was impressed by the sheer size of the place, but the condition of most of their records less so. So far my favorite stop is Record Exchange in Salem.
     
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  2. PB with J

    PB with J Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Somersworth NH USA
    Record Exchange is probably my current favorite, too, with the chnacethat you'll get a chance to talkt o Barrence Whitfield (who signed my Barrence Whitfield Sun Ra album the day it came out.
     
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  3. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Yes, Barrence has been the guy who manned the register every time I've been in.
     
  4. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Heads up: Skippy White's in Boston is closing just after the first of the year.
     
  5. Audionerd

    Audionerd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Well, Integrity n' Music in Wethersfield is closing its doors by the end of January. Another shop bites the dust. Wasn't the greatest shop around, but it's still one less option to pick from, in an already barren landscape. Too bad.
     
  6. roverb

    roverb Active Member

    Location:
    03104
    That’s a unfortunate news. It used to be a great store back in the 1980s, when they were next door to the guitar shop, right near Carvel.
     
  7. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Lot of barren landscape. The ones in business pile on Discogs and eBay to survive. Florida was once great to shop, most every shop I went to in '89 is gone or just plain stink now.
     
  8. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Phase 2 starts in MA today which means retail can start to reopen. If anybody hears anything about stores in-state, give a yell.

    I've heard nothing about Boston-area stores yet.
     
  9. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    How bout New England record shows?
     
  10. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Welfare Records in Haverhill, for my money the best store in the state, says they're reopening "Sometime in July" and will update their Facebook page to that effect.
     
  11. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Blue Bag Records announced that they're opening on or around July 1, and they're completely reorganizing the store in the meantime.
     
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  12. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    Some of the Newbury Comics stores are open but not all. Check their web page.
     
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  13. PB with J

    PB with J Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Somersworth NH USA
    The Record Exchange in Salem has one-hour appointments for a single patron to go through the store to browse. They've had some curbside pick-up action going on - you send in requests that the owners try to fill. Check their Facebook page for more.
     
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  14. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Cheapo in Central Square reopens Friday, 11am to 8pm. Masks required, hand sanitizer and gloves available.

    Blue Bag put 6500 free LPs on the sidewalk last Friday as they reorganize the store. Mostly classic rock stuff, apparently.
     
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  15. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    I liked Blue Bag in Hollywood. Trying to park was a problem.
     
  16. roverb

    roverb Active Member

    Location:
    03104
    i love this place!
    i've been there twice this year and went home with ~30 records each time
     
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  17. Irish-Matti

    Irish-Matti Forum Resident

    Does "Al Bum's" still exist out in Worcester?
     
  18. dave9199

    dave9199 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Durham, NC
    I used to live in New England (MA, RI & CT). I could be wrong but I don't think Al Bums is around anymore. I left MA in 2000 and I think it was gone before then but I could be wrong. I bought my first bootleg there in 1980 when I was 11 when it was a one room store in Worcester on Park Ave. I used to go to That's Entertainment a bit also. I remember going to Strawberries in Auburn & Worcester. I remember driving out to Boston to find things I couldn't find in Worcester. It's nice to see these names again; In Your Ear, Planet, Nuggets, Newbury Comics ( in Shrewsbury, Boston & Warwick, RI) I remember going to Integrity when I lived in CT.
     
  19. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Al Bum's closed ages ago, at least 12 or 13 years.
     
  20. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Parking is usually a drag on Mass Ave in Cambridge, but there's something magical about the block Blue Bag is on: for some reason, there is ALWAYS an open metered spot in front of the store, more often two or three.

    Even if we're not going to Blue Bag, but just having lunch or dinner in the neighborhood (our favorite Greek spot is a block away), we just park there and walk to wherever we're going.
     
  21. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Location:
    Raleigh, N.C.
    Qing Dao Garden is in that neighborhood, too. One of my favorite Chinese places in the Boston area. Generally speaking, parking gets easier the further north you drive on Mass Ave.
     
  22. CraigC

    CraigC Forum Resident

    Location:
    LI, NY
    Planning a trip to Hampton Beach, NH tomorrow and might poke around Portsmouth, any stores worth checking out? I see Modern Records and the prices look astronomical from a few pics on their FB page. Bullmoose doesn’t interest me much.
     
  23. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Are you driving up? The Record Exchange in Salem MA wouldn't be much of a detour and was my favorite record store when I lived in Eastern MA. Looks like they are open with limited hours and general social distancing restrictions.
     
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  24. CraigC

    CraigC Forum Resident

    Location:
    LI, NY
    We’re coming from West Chesterfield NH, thanks for the recommendation though.
     
  25. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Location:
    Raleigh, N.C.
    You won't be far from Dyno Records in Newburyport, MA. Don't know what their current deal is but their website says they're doing curbside and appointments.

    Haven't been there since the 80s myself, but they must be doing something right if they're still around.

    Edit: I just re-read and saw that you're heading north, but I'll bet you can find something in Portsmouth.
     
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