Freshly back from Miami, Keith goes for a double-shot of Better Know a Record Shop and talks about two shops there - the vinyl-centric Yesterday and Today Records and the vast spanish-language CD Megashop Museo Del Disco.
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Prior to The Vinyl Exam Keith did a podcast called Soul Traveling where he would visit record stores and play the music he found there. A recent technological issue sent Keith searching through his music only to come across the master copies of old Soul Traveling podcasts, which led to listening through a lot of them. With Soul Traveling behind him (but still part of Vinyl Exam as "Better Know a Record Shop", Keith breaks out a few songs from Soul Traveling and revisits the podcast at a high level.
A few months ago, Sama took a trip to Turkey. He was there with a few friends on route to a wedding in Greece. The plan was to stop in Istanbul for a couple of days, check out the historical tourist attractions, and buy at least one record. Well, the one record he wanted was out of reach and he ended up with a story instead.
Luckily, that record was reissued by Light in the Attic.
Recently, Keith took a trip to Chicago and carved out some extra time to hit some Chicago record spots, grab some Chicago pizza, and even play some old school video games. Consider this a super-sized version of Better Know a Record Shop - just with three Chicago records spots instead of one.
It’s "Better Know a Record Shop” time!
Our host Sama visits both locations of 1-2-3-4 Go Records, in San Francisco and in Oakland. He hangs out with Keith and a few new members of The Vinyl Exam family, picks up a couple of Ethiopian Funk/R&B albums, and plays Galaga for 25 cents. No 45s this time!
1-2-3-4 Go Records is many things in one: a record label, an online mail order business, a music venue, and a record shop. It opened in 2001 in Seattle, and moved to Oakland in 2003. Earlier this year they opened up a second, smaller shop in San Francisco. 1-2-3-4 Go partnered with Lost Weekend Video, a badass movie rental spot, on Valencia street. Both locations of 1-2-3-4 Go focus on punk, garage,
If you’re in the Bay Area, we recommend a quick stop at 1-2-3-4 Go. They’re open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 11am to 8pm. And if you’re looking for new releases, or if you’re a fan of punk, garage, or indie music, then you just might spend a full day there.
More info here: www.1234gorecords.com
Oakland location: 420 40th Street #5, Oakland CA 941609 [11-8pm]
San Francisco Location: 1034 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110 [11-10pm]
All photos by Ryan Jones.