Tuesday, December 28, 2010

R.I.P. Patricia Keeney

With much sadness and heavy hearts, Downtown Elgin has lost one of their own, Patricia Keeney of Keeney's Sporting Goods and PK's Antiques passed away on Monday December 27th, 2010. Those who are associated with downtown Elgin are very proud of our downtown. Pat may have been the most proud of downtown Elgin.

Read more here from the Elgin Courier News: Elgin Businesswoman Pat Keeney Dies at 62

While most will talk of Keeney's as a place where you could buy a gym suit for U-46, some costume or vintage jewelry, great vintage clothing or hats (witness how stunning the women looked in a recent fund raiser for Pat at Villa Verone a few weeks ago), a place to buy fishing lures, or even a tux. I say that because I bought a tux at Keeney's with tails(!!!) a couple of months ago. What I am here to talk about is her records.

Pat had records. Pat had a lot of records! LP's, 45's, 78's in those old "albums", and many different styles of records. The best thing about them? They were helter skelter all over the store! No rhyme or reason to anything. In boxes by the embroidery machine, against clothes racks, up and down the stairway, and in the PK's basement. If you liked the thrill of the hunt as a record buyer, Keeney's and PK's Antiques was for you! So there I was, coming down fast, to PK's Antiques where most of the records were. "The light switch is on the ceiling", she'd say, as you went downstairs. Of course, I had to ask her 3 or 4 times where the switch was. She was patient with me and just tell me again but at the same time I could sense that if she had to come and turn it on for me, I'd get this feisty glare.

To paraphrase Robert DiNiro's character in "This Boy's Life", she knew a thing or two about a thing or two a bout records. At first I thought I might find few records at discounted flea market prices. No such luck. She knew her music. She knew what was what. I told her as much and she just shrugged it off, but I could sense....compliment taken. Some of the things I got there over the past few years was a MONO copy of The Byrds "Turn, Turn, Turn", a Roy Orbison's "Greatest Hits" on the Monument label, no less, and a wonderful Chet Atkins record that was still in the cellophane from the 1960's. Recently she had the rare Lynyrd Skynyrd album "Street Survivors" with the flames!

As a new record store in downtown Elgin, I was thrilled when she came walking into my store not long after we opened this past June. We chatted, she looked around, said something about how my records were all organized, and then she left. It's not like I was looking for approval (well maybe I was a little) but I was so grateful she came in, and gave me the unspoken "Record Store Blessing". Like I said, I was thrilled. So when people came to me looking for something and I didn't have it, I'd send them to Pat. If someone was in her store looking for a record and didn't have it, she'd send them to me. It was awesome. She was awesome.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

If you haven't visited our snappy new website, what in the wide world of sports is wrong with you? It's at simply: www.rediscoverrecords.com. We have information about Rediscover Records, the Two Doors Down Shop, in which Rediscover Records is located, things to do around Elgin, things to buy in the store, and PayPal links to buy records and gear online. Wonderful.

One of the newest arrivals in which we are most proud is our new T-Shirt styles! They are white writing on the classic rock n roll black shirt. Here they are in their full glory. The shirt pictured in the upper left-hand corner is our "Mom Sez" shirt. Mom Sez, Rediscover Records! You were always told to listen to your mother, well, that continues to this day.

Our other new entry into our canon of great T-Shirts is the brand new logo, soon to be a classic logo, Rediscover Records. This is pictured to the right.

Both of these new styles of shirts are available at our website. Here is a link to both of them under our "Cool Stuff" banner. www.rediscoverrecords.com/cool_stuff. Included in this link are pay pal links to buy now. Yeah, why not buy now? Of course, we love foot traffic and "face-to-face" time. We have them in Small, Medium, Large, and XL, and 2XL. They are 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester and they are pre-shrunk so you won't have to worry about them shrinking to fit your "Ken & Barbie" dolls. They are $14.99 each plus a modest charge for shipping and handling. Since we love foot traffic so much, not only do you save on the shipping by buying in store, there may be a little surprise for you as well. Stop in to see!

Great shirts, get 'em while you can. Wear 'em out to concerts that you attend. If you say someone else wearing one, make sure you give 'em a wave and a hello.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rediscover Records Web Site, it's alive!

Greetings music fans! Just as the subject line states, the web site is live and alive. It's domain name is simply:
Easy enough, right? Go and check it out & sign up for our mailing list. If you are not in the vicinity of the store, buy a record direct from the site via, our pal and your pal, paypal. Questions? Concerns? Please email us at rediscoverrecord@gmail.com.

Look to the site for reviews of records, shows, memories, updates, new releases, and hard to find collectible records. We think we're going to have fun with this.

Are you excited? We're excited!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When 400 Characters aren't enough

This blog is designed as a companion to the Rediscover Records website (still under construction as of this writing, please be patient), the Facebook page, and the Twitter page. As we have moved to this rapid fire, tweet, status update world, sometimes 400 characters (the space allotted for a FB update) or 140 characters for a tweet just aren't enough.

Sometimes 400 characters are not enough to say... where I was when John Lennon was assassinated.

By 1980, I was a freshman in high school and Beatlemania was in full force in my world. In the summer of 79 or 80, I had bought the "Red 1962-1966" and "Blue 1967-1970" and a batting glove for all of $20 at the K-Mart on Route 25 in Elgin. It was a big sale and to top it off, the "Red" record was on red vinyl and the "Blue" record set was on blue vinyl! By this time, I had fully realized that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings. It had become my first musical passion.

Another passion was the Miami Dolphins. On December 8th, 1980 the Dolphins were playing the New England Patriots. In those days, I still *cough* kinda had a bed *cough* time and could only stay up until after Howard Cosell's "Halftime Highlights", except, when the Dolphins were playing I could watch the entire game.

I can still remember Cosell delivering the news that John Lennon had been shot outside his apartment in New York City. I was stunned. Here is some original footage of the announcement.

Sobering, isn't it? When the rest of the school was listening to bands like REO, Foreigner, and Styx, I was listening to the Beatles. I had a Beatles T-Shirt. I had my "Red" and "Blue" records, that I have to this day. Ironic how, for me anyway, that two of my fluff passions in this world, the Dolphins and The Beatles are forever tied together on December 8th, 1980. I was 14.

That night before bed, before I set my clock radio alarm, the song playing before I went to bed was "A Day In the Life". Some of this stuff I'll never forget, even 30 years on.

In the days thereafter, WMET in Chicago played all The Beatles songs A-Z. My Dad, bless his heart, started rolling tape that morning while I was at school. It took up seven 90 minute cassettes! I then listened to those cassettes all the time. All. The. Time. When tape 7 ended, I started again at tape 1. Over and over and over and over and over. There are Beatles songs that I hear today, I'll hear the next song alphabetically, Ticket to Ride to Til There Was You, Hey Bulldog into Hey Jude . . .I bought all the tribute magazines & saved the newspaper articles. One macabre story was from the Rockford Register Star that my aunt had saved for me. It was a photo that amateur photographer, Paul Goresh, took of John Lennon signing a copy of "Double Fantasy" for his assassin, Mark Chapman. Here is the photo. I still have the newspaper.

As time went on, I developed different tastes, styles, obsessions of different music, but there is one running current of water under all these other hip, slick and cool bands, and that band is The Beatles.

"There are places I remember all my life though some have changed."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Record Sleeves

As we know, collecting vinyl has a price. Sometimes that price is a great find from a dollar bin or it could be up to and over $100 for a rare out of print collectible record. One of the things we do to help preserve your records is offer poly record sleeves. We offer them up in packages of 100 poly sleeves for $16.50 (plus tax). They are the 2 mil poly sleeve. Protect your vinyl investment with record sleeves! Sure, it may be a bit of a headache taking the jacket out of the sleeve but the end result is well-protected records.

Often times, if you are buying records in store at Rediscover Records we will ask if you want a poly sleeve for the records you have bought. Now, excuse us while we show our music
snobbery, (as we grin mischievously) some records do not deserve a poly sleeve! Soooo, if we don't ask if you want a sleeve, either, one, we actually forgot to ask, or two, you just may have purchased a record deemed unnecessary for "sleeve-dom", usually those from the aforementioned dollar bins. We must make this point very, very clear though. No matter what records you buy here at Rediscover Records, the latest Pitchfork hipster band or even Englebert Humpedherdink from the dollah bin, we are *always* grateful that you are shopping at Rediscover Records and the Two Doors Down Shop. It's not like we're gonna go Jack Black's "Barry" from High Fidelity. Actually, if we do not ask, don't hesitate to ask for a sleeve. Some choose not to take them and that's fine too.

Thanks for reading, thanks for keeping the sound alive, and keep 'em spinnin' with Rediscover Records!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday

We're open early on Black Friday! Well, not 5 a.m. early but we'll be open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday. Remember, we're located in the Two Doors Down Shop in wonderful downtown Elgin. So with Black Friday in mind, we'll be offering 10% off everything in the store including new vinyl and new turntables.

Then with all things Black Friday, anything with the word "black" in the title, is 20% percent off! Bill Black's Combo? 20% off. AC/DC's "Back In Black"? 2o% off. Black Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmore, Blackfoot, Black Dog? All 20% off. How does that sound for a Black Friday sale? (Just a little fine print here, the word "black" must appear in print somewhere on the record, in song title, name, artist name. Now, let's not get greedy here, most records are "black" so we're not gonna take it that far with all "black records 20% off". Nice try. These ground rules seem reasonable enough and are here in black & white, for a Black Friday sale.) There will be other sales throughout the Two Doors Down shop, check with each "store within the store" for their own sales details.

In honor of Black Friday, let's get a watch of one of the great American Bands, Steely Dan, with their song "Black Friday" from their 1975 record, Katy Lied. Also 20% off with "Black" Friday.

Remember, we're not some Elvis museum or some dusty ol' nostalgia record store. We have the best in new releases and sealed vinyl. Here are some of our titles.

Broken Bells - self-titled
The Black Keys - Brothers
Arcade Fire- The Suburbs
Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women - s/t
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
The Cure - Disintegration Reissue on 180g. vinyl
Deadstring Bros. - Sao Paulo
Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
Scott Lucas & the Married Men - Absolute Beginners
Mark Utley & Magnolia Mountain -Redbird Green (This record is a stunning alt. country record)
The Promise - Bruce Springsteen 3 LP set on 180g vinyl
Of Montreal - False Priest
Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
The Roots - How I Got Over
The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St. (Reissue)
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
She & Him - Volume II
Versus - On the Ones and Threes

Also many other new selections and and reissues on vinyl. Rediscover Records is the place to buy your vinyl in the Elgin area.

Why go to a Ho, Ho, Ho, Hum shopping mall or a Big Box store for your shopping needs when you can shop in downtown Elgin and the Two Doors Down Shop. It's a great place to be. Come see for yourself.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When Rediscover Records was in it's planning stages, the main requirement for the storefront was to be in downtown Elgin. If it wasn't to be in downtown Elgin, it wasn't to be at all.

With the gentrification of the U.S. for several years, downtown businesses gradually dwindled, drifted, wept, and became tumbleweeds while the malls and big box stores were striving as they were strewn all over the country. Downtown Elgin is nothing like that. The tumbleweeds are leaving. Color me impressed with all things Elgin.

Downtown Elgin is historic as it is "cool". It has an urban feel, even though in the suburbs. It very much feels like a city without the suburban sprawl. Sure there are pockets along Randall Road in Elgin that look like "Any Suburb USA" but downtown has a very "Ma & Pa" feel to it. It is the best kept secret in the area.

There are wonderful book shops such as Elgin Books, several great restaurants like Villa Verone, Elgin Public House, Al's Cafe (Pictured at the top. It's an old bank building), El Faro Mexican Restaurant, Ravenheard Coffee, Domani Coffee, Top Notch Tattoos, Hill Top Skate Shop, Toom Toom Thai, Bangkok House, and so much more. I guess "so much more" acts as a qualifier for any businesses I may have overlooked or didn't link.

Also pictured is a image by loco artist Barb Broeske. This is of Medusa's Night Club with Elgin Books in the lower right. In case you were wondering, Rediscover Records is next to the book store.

This isn't your father's downtown Elgin. Sure, it may not be from the hey day of the 1940's and 1950's when it was a thriving downtown but it certainly is not the blighted monstrosity that it was in late 1970's to the early 1990's. To paraphrase an old Elgin slogan, "Elgin, It's Happening Here"

That's the PSA from Rediscover Records for the day. Now, let's go play some records!

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Releases

Greetings from Elgin, Illinois. Home of Rediscover Records. Elgin has had some pretty cool record shops over the years but they, unfortunately, drifted, crumbled, wept, and gradually left the landscape of Elgin. Rediscover Records is a place in Elgin where you can browse record bins, have your sound palette whetted by unique soundscapes while in store. Rediscover Records today, it's where you can find new vinyl, used vinyl, 45's, and even those old 78's.

On Tuesday November 16th we'll have a few new exciting new releases on vinyl.

First and foremost, one of the more awaited releases in the world of Rediscover Records, it's the remastered version of Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness On the Edge of Town". It's an amazing collection of songs that, some say, tragically never made it on to the "Darkness" record because they didn't fit thematically with the record. Here is actor Ed Norton interviewing Springsteen on the making of Darkness. Ed Norton interviewing Bruce Springsteen

We'll have a limited supply of the 3 CD and 3 DVD boxset available on November 16th.
We'll also have the vinyl "The Promise" on a 3 record 180g. vinyl spanning 21 songs.

The "Darkness" tour of 1978 was one of the more epic tours in Springsteen's history. Here is but a small sample with a blistering version (pardon the rock critic speak) of "Prove It All Night" with the full on instrumental introduction.

Not to get lost in the E Street shuffle are a couple other releases we'll have on November 16th. One of the more exciting bands in recent memory are Japandroids. We already have in the "No Singles" record and you'll be able to pick up the new single "Heavenward Grand Prix". Very limited copies in store and they'll go quick so get yours today.

Here are the Japandroids live on KEXP. Get yer rock on!

In the spirit of rock 2 person groups, we bring you Scott Lucas of Local H fame. The release date for this record is November 16th as well. This time Lucas is with the Married Men and their new release, Scott Lucas & the Married Men "The Absolute Beginners". Again, limited supplies in stock so get them while you can.

Rediscover Records today!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rediscover Records at Amazon Marketplace

We now have a storefront at Amazon dot com. It's the Rediscover Records site! Look for some of the best in gently used and new vinyl. A few choice, diverse selections to start. More will be added on an almost daily basis so check back often at Rediscover Records Amazon Marketplace.

Also, look for a forthcoming website! It's gonna rock!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Record Store Moment

We're spinnin' Bruce Springsteen's 1980 double LP "The_River". I turned over side 1 and flipped it to side two and out pumps the opening drums of the hit single, "Hungry Heart". An elder statesmen in the store was suddenly brought back in time,

"Aaaah," as he smiled big, "this reminds me of Alaska. I worked in Valdez, Alaska and on our lunch breaks the girls would put this song on the jukebox because they wanted to dance to it. This is a great cut."

You could sense just by the music he was brought right back to a special place in his life. Sometimes working in a record store isn't about money at all. It's hearing, listening, sharing, stories just like these.

"Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home"

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Josh White records at Rediscover Records

It is no secret that we buy your used records at Rediscover Records and one of the major coups we've come across in our quest for the best vinyl in town is a singer by the name of Josh_White.

Josh White was one of the more influential Blues, Folk, Spiritual singers of his time. This is quite the understatement and is painted with quite the broad brush. His influence is so much more than a blog entry for a record store. To read more, pictured left, is the biography "Society Blues, by Elijah Wald.

As a child he witnessed a black man being tarred, feathered and lynched. White played regularly for Franklin Roosevelt (in fact, after the death of Roosevelt, White's little brother William, became Eleanor's personal assistant, chauffeur the rest of her life). White was an actor, a sex symbol, he was blacklisted in the 1950's and was the first black artist to play in the Greenwich Village nightclub Cafe_Society, the first inter-racial nightclub in the the U.S. White was one of the first black singers to have a white audience following with help from the song, "One Meatball". He was lifted off the blacklist when President Kennedy invited him to play on the CBS civil rights special, "Dinner with the President". White performed at Lyndon Johnson's inauguration. He had a stamp made for him in 1998.

The list of admirers and people he influenced is a who's who of actors, musicians & politicians. He frequently sang with Billie Holiday, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, and Lena Horne, among others. You talk about a list of admirer's, here are just few of White's, Elvis Presley, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Phish (they've frequently covered "Timber") Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Robert_Johnson (yes, that Robert Johnson), Nat King Cole, Harry Belefonte, Odetta, and Ray Charles. Poet Langston Hughes wrote the liner notes for White's record, "Songs by Josh White". "Jesus Gonna Make Up Make Up My Dying Bed" became Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying", so yes, count Mr. Jimmy Page as a fan. "Silicosis Blues" was later covered by the Jay Farrar & Anders Parker's project Gob Iron on the record "Death Songs for the Living"

The best way to experience an artist is through the music. We have several Josh White records in stock. They are in great condition, including "Josh White at the Town Hall". We have a couple of very rare, highly coveted, 10 inch records that date back to 1949. Come in to check them out, we can even give them a spin to listen to them for yourself before you buy.

In the meantime, witness this video of Josh White singing "Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out"

Josh White died in Manhassett, New York in 1969 of heart disease.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Placing an order, questions

Being a new business and just getting our feet under our little selves we are in the process of getting a web presence. Sure, we'd like to have had a web presence when we first swung the doors open but for the time being, we are an old school retail shop. That means, you go to the store, look around, browse, get a cup of coffee from a nearby establishment (Ravenheart Coffees and Elgin Books are great places for coffee) and browse through the record bins.

If you would like to place an order before we get the full on shopping cart (with the wobbly wheel) we'd be happy to send something out. We would gladly accept payments to our paypal account. A list of new vinyl will be posted soon. If you see something from this blog, our twitter account, or facebook postings, by all means, send a note. We can get it in the mail (+ shipping) as soon as we can.

In the meantime, if you have questions, inquiries, or would like to know what we have in stock, send an email to rediscoverrecord@gmail.com or give us a call at 847 961 8445. We'd be glad to help answer any questions.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Okkervil River "The Stand Ins"

Okkervil River is one of the great critically applauded yet largely unheralded bands of the "aughties" (If you've come up with a better term for the decade of the 00's, lemme know). Their big break through after a couple of records released was the concept record, "Black_Sheep_Boy". It's a powerful collection of songs primarily penned by front man Will Sheff. Sheff is, arguably, one of the great songwriters of this decade and it's criminal he doesn't receive more praise outside of indie music circles. Here is a video off of Black Sheep Boy, the powerful "For Real". If you like this, watch a live recording of it as well.

Okkervil River's next two records were almost companion pieces, "The_Stage_Names" and "The-Stand Ins in that they had similar loosely-based themes on the music industry. "The Stage Names" was originally conceived to be a double-album but instead released as two separate records. Look for "The Plus Ones" with several pop culture references with a "plus one" added, such as, "Eight Chinese Bros", "Nine Miles High", and the "51st Way to Leave Your Lover". And of course, as most rock show attendees can attest who have been added to a guest list, you are a "plus one". Check it out, Will Sheff solo.

And with their latest release on Jagjaguwar label, The Stand Ins, Okkervil River continues on with these themes with songs like "On Tour With Zykos", "Singer Songwriter" and this catchy little gem titled "Lost Coastlines". The band also recorded several youtube videos of bands they've toured with covering songs from "The Stand Ins" as a promotional tool for the record.

Here is one last video, "Lost Coastlines" from Okkervil River. "The Stand Ins" is in stock and available at Rediscover Records.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I hate the F***ing Eagles

For better or worse, (umm worse in most circumstances) we have plenty of The Eagles music in stock at Rediscover Records. This great snippet is one of Jeff Bridges finest hours (but if you ask this author, he'll tell you "The Fisher King") in "The Big Lewbowski". If you've never seen it, do yourself a favor and add it to your queue for your next film fest. If you have seen it, watch it again, but you don't need me to tell you that.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Paul was in a band before Wings? Huh?

This is the first of, hopefully, many blog entries regarding all things music on behalf of Rediscover Records. Tonight, we are going on a bit of a limb here, putting whatever musical cred on the line in discussing the music of Paul_McCartney, Sir Paul, or Macca, if you will. Did you know that he was indeed in a band before he assembled Paul McCartney and Wings in the early 1970's?

It was hard not to hear McCartney and Wings songs in the early to mid-1970's on the ol A.M. radio dial. They put together a string of hits that even decent hit makers of any era would covet. Thus if you are a person a of a certain age, you may really *not* have known that McCartney was in a band before Wings. The pinnacle of his solo career may have come with the release of the record "Band on the Run" in 1973. This led to a string of decent, but sometimes spotty records that included "Red Rose Speedway", "Venus and Mars", and "Wings At the Speed of Sound". Prior to "Band on the Run" McCartney released his first solo record "McCartney" with arguably one of the great love songs of all time, "Maybe I'm Amazed" and the very overlooked album "Ram", to name a couple. With the release of "Venus and Mars" and "Speed" McCartney toured the United States for the first time since he was in that other band in 1966. Here's a video of Venus and Mars/Rock Show. "It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page!"

My own first record bought with my own money was a copy of "Wings Greatest" at a little record shop in Sycamore, Illinois. It was like an appliance center/slash music store. It was only the beginning of my musical sojourn that has taken me to many places that may or may not be discussed here on this blog, or in person, if you stop into Redisocover Records.

There's a lot of things you can say about McCartney but one thing he seems pretty decent at is surrounding himself with a good band. That "other band" withstanding, the Wings line-ups he assembled included (former Moody Blues) Denny Laine, Joe English, Steve Holly, Lawrence Juber, Jimmy McColluch, as well as, the much maligned Linda McCartney. In the late 80's and early 90's his band included Paul "Wix" Wickens and former Pretenders guitarist Robbie_McIntosh. McCartney still tours and his current touring band is very solid. The list of other artists he's worked with reads like a "who's who" of musicians, much too long for one blog entry.

Even as a McCartney apologist, I've had trouble following his career post the 1980 release "McCartney II". "Tug of War" in 1982 had some redeeming qualities but soon after that he was giving his regards to Broadstreet and doing duets with Micheal Jackson. What was he going to do next, offer Jackson the rights to his other bands songs? Hey, wait a minute . . . Two later releases got my attention in the 1990's, the rockin record of covers, "Run Devil Run" and "Flaming Pie", which as you listen to it now, really sounds like a farewell to his beloved wife, Linda.

There's been times when I think of McCartney and can only think, "Oh how the mighty have fallen" and then I'll put on one of those early Wings records and I'm brought right back to those A.M. hits of the 1970's and going to that little record store in Sycamore to buy that *one* record...

However, for my (first) record buying money and for a good pop song on the radio in the 1970's it was hard to top McCartney and Wings. So if you were 9 or 10 years old in 1976, you were too young to remember The Beatles but heard all those Wings records you may have asked your parents one day, "You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?"

now playing as we write: "McCartney"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rediscover Records In the News

With gratitude and a special thanks to the Elgin Courier News as well as crack staff reporter, Mike Danahey, and Annie_Leibovitz of Elgin, Mike Smart, Rediscover Records was in the news. "Now, we've hit the big time in the USA" Thanks so much for the pub, the press, and the spreading of good musical chairs, err, cheer.

Here is the link: http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/2466870,3_1_EL06_RECORDS_S1-100706.article#Comments_Container

Look for Rediscover Records to be spinning their special brand of vinyl this Thursday at the Elgin Harvest market from 11am-1pm

Remember, keep 'em spinning with Rediscover Records!

Now playing as we blog: A.A. Bondy "When the Devil's Loose"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vinyl revitalization on NBC News

Vinyl is back in a big way. Here is more proof, not that any of us vinyl-o-philes need any more proof. This is from NBC news.

Opening Day. Hang the bunting!

A great opening day at Rediscover Records. Thanks to all the well-wishers, visitors, browsers, as well as, buyers. Thanks for making opening day a great day at Rediscover Records. Keep coming back for an always changing selection of vinyl, brand spankin' new as well as that great well worn looking vinyl.

Some of the selections we listened to today was Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Santana, Detroit Cobras, and a little Emerson Lake and Palmer.

Keep 'em spinnin at Rediscover Records!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Welcome to Rediscover Records

You may have just googled, oogled, choogled your way to this blog or website looking for a record store or, perhaps, namely, Rediscover Records. Rediscover Records is a brand new used record store in wonderful downtown Elgin, Illinois.

What is Rediscover Records? It's where an old school, or new school, vinyl lover can go and browse through bins of glorious vinyl in search of great records. It's a store within a store! Rediscover Records (a web site is pending if you've already done that search and destroy) is located in the "2 Doors Down" Antique Shop in Elgin, Illinois at 207 E. Chicago Street. So the space itself may not be immense but we hope the shopping experience will be immense as well as epic. There is a great book store, Elgin Books, Elgin Public House, Elgin Antiques and Uniques, Ravenheart Coffee and the Domani Cafe is nearby. There are plenty of other shops within walking distance and a FREE Parking Garage directly across from Rediscover Records.

The method to our madness will be to carry the best of new vinyl, either hot new 2010 releases or even those great vinyl reissues they are, well, reissuing. We've also done all the grunt work of searching garage sales, estate sales, (those pesky) flea markets, and even a few flea circus's for the best in collectible and not so collectible vinyl. So if you have never left the world of vinyl, you are just getting into vinyl, or you are just coming back to vinyl after that infildelity with CD's and downloads, we welcome you and we welcome you back.

Visit us again soon at this blog as well as our pending website that will have a calvacade of information or perhaps a web sales presence online.

The time is now to Rediscover Records.

We'll end with this quote from The White Stripes, Jack White

“I think it’s high time the mentors, big brothers, big sisters, parents, Guardians, and neighborhood ne’er do wells, start taking younger people That look up to them To a real record store and show them what an important part of life music really is. I trust no one who hasn’t time for music. What a shame to Leave a child, or worse, a generation orphaned from one of life’s great beauties. And to the record stores, artists, labels, dj’s, and journalists; we’re all in this together. Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help It from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.”