Some Kind of Record
I acknowledged Record Store Day by visiting a couple independently-owned retailers Saturday. The experience was ok, I guess.
Partly because I haven't bought into the current vinyl revival that's inspired new hope in the ongoing viability of physical product, I couldn't help feeling nostalgic for the pre-internet days when record stores were vital community institutions. Seeking solace, I began compiling a list of Kansas City record stores past and present. I know I've overlooked several key landmarks; please help me to fill in the gaps.
What was the name of the really good but ill-fated store on Westport Road in the mid-'90s? And I can't come up with the name of the great late-'70s store on Broadway or the moniker of the store on Main before it morphed into Recycled Sounds.
As I have no expertise in Latin music, I've left those specialty stores off my list. I'm also excluding mass merchandisers like Target, Venture, Wal-Mart and my beloved Red-X and bookstore chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble. Lawrence merits its own list.
The list: Abba To Zappa, Alley Cat, Autograph, Caper's Corner, CD Warehouse, Classical Westport, Corky's, Dirt Cheap, Disc Traders, Ear Responsible, Exile, FYE, Groove Farm, Half Price Books, JR Disques, Katz, Keeping It Real*, Kent's, Love, Mike's*, Mr. Z's, Music & More, Music Exchange, Musicland, Needmore Discs*, Peaches, Penny Lane, Record Bar, Record Cabinet, Recycled Sounds, Rock Therapy, 7th Heaven*, Sharlie's, Sound Warehouse, Spiney Norman, Streetside*, Tigers, Village Records**, Vintage Stock*, Vinyl Renaissance*, Wax Factory*, Wherehouse*, Zebedee*