Yeah. You heard me.
I was completely disappointed by the lack of anything interesting in your used vinyl, and was totally turned off by how many re-pressings and re-issues fill the bins at your stores.
I realize that running vinyl shops is the new hip thing. I mean, while music sales in general have plummeted over the last couple of years, new vinyl sales have soared. That's awesome, really. But driving around the city and walking into store after store only to find the same expensive 180 gram vinyl re-issues and bootlegs is just depressing. Did no one in your town collect any vinyl of worth during the 70's and 80's? Does everyone horde their collections, never giving anything of value up?
Seriously PDX. I'm stymied by the lack of finds.
A particular disappointment was Millenium Music. The upstairs is dedicated to vinyl, but it seemed to be full of nothing of note except expensive re-issues. Thier soul sectioned had a large area devoted to James Brown, but that stuff I can find in dollar bins here. I want the real rare grooves not a costly imported 180 gram vinyl re-press. Boring.
And why do used vinyl places create Electronic music sections and fill them with the crap trance singles of some down-on-their-luck DJ from the 90's? Dollar bin it all and give me something useful. The odd rare Acid House bin buster might be nice, but nope, just crappy old trance and brand new IDM vinyl. Seriously. Do IDM fans buy that much vinyl?
I saw the same selection in store after store, as if the stores were in collusion with each other to force Portlanders to buy the same music. It was all such a disappointment.
Jackpot Records (both stores!) you were the worst offenders. I picked out a couple of albums I was interested in, and brought them to the front counter to listen to, only to be told, "We don't have a vinyl listening station."
WTF kind of used record shop doesn't allow you to listen to the vinyl to judge what shape the record is in? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard come out of a record store clerks mouth. Ever. (And that's saying something as I used to go to Orpheum on Broadway all the time. Remember that doof?)
Even worse, when asked if he could put them on the system so I could hear them, he gave me this pained look, like, Wow! you want me to stop listening to this thrilling Iron and Wine album so you can put on some old 80's freestyle single?
"We don't do that," he said.
"Well," I said, "you can re-shelve these for me, 'cause I'm not buying them without hearing them first."
"Okay, I'll put them on," he grumbled as he sllllloooooowwwwwlllllyyyy turned down the record he was playing (yes, please! A decent fade out is needed when there's just 1 person in your store!) and put my track on.
It gave me great pleasure that both singles were crap and I decided not to buy them anyways.
Everyday Music: You were Portland's saving grace—barely. I know, I know, "They have everything!" Yeah, but it's beat to shit, not taken care of, priced oddly, and has big gaping holes. Yes I found a Nona Hendryx album I'd been looking for, but not even in the miles of Elvis LP's (mostly from the 70's) did I find a single Kid Creole soundtrack.
Even the much revered Mississippi Records was a let down. The only thing I found there were a couple of old 12" singles that were re-pressings, not originals. They had a great punk singles section, and maybe if I was more into that, I'd be able to give a better review of what they had, but otherwise, once again, I found some of the same new copies of old albums I saw at other vendors. (However the help was very nice and the listening station is right in the front window, where you sit on an over-stuffed chair and listen at an old janky turntable. Goofy, but charming.)
What's up PDX? As far as the vinyl selection goes Seattle has you poor mofo's schooled.
Could you work on that please?