How to not shop at Record Archive
1. Don't go on a Saturday
Record Archive is never that cheap
really. Especially not the used cds.
2. Don't enter any store, though Mt. Hope
is the better of the two.
3. Don't walk up the funky stairs
, that just leads to the overpriced used cds
4. Don't buy any used cds. I have spent literally hours here, looking for some band I may have seen a flyer for in the gutter in 1987
or that was mentioned in an interview with a band I might have sort of liked and caught on MTV when i was 14
. No avail.
5. Don't buy things in the middle of the store. The perimeter does house the good stuff
, but the hip hop
is about as good as you'd find in the gift shop
of the Rochester Geriatric Community
off of Westfall
(? 15a certainly).
6 & 7. Don't go down the stairs. Really, don't.
8. After not listening to me (thank you
, by the way), you find yourself amongst a whole slew of valuable and utterly worthless
records. There are some old Beatles
records, and other classics, but the only thing that I actually considered paying for was the $1.25 80's metal records
, just to decorate my walls with the sleeves.
9. Ascend the stairs, probably having found not much that you'd want that much anyway
, though it's possible I'd imagine, I just never have.
Smile to the cashiers (who always look at me like they've got a working knowledge of music the size of John Cusack
in High Fidelity
10. Leave. Check out posters. Go to sweet concert. This trip was not without its merit.
I've been quite disappointed with record stores since I've
been attending RIT
two years ago. If you're looking for the Top 40
hits, as well *a lot* more independent music, try Fantastic Records
in Pittsford, NY
, just follow Monroe Ave
. east from the city past 12 Corners
. It's across from the Chase Pitkin
parking lot. If you're looking for even *further* underground music, check out Analog Shock
. Arguably one of the best record stores I've been to (yes, I argue with myself
), yet open at weird hours because I suspect the owner is the only cashier. It's not far off of Rt. 15
just between Brighton
and Downtown Rochester
. Also, Java's downtown (parking at the garage on East Ave
is free after like 8pm or so) has a lot of decent jazz and other bands on various nights, as it's next to one of the best music schools
in the Eastern US
, if you're looking for performances. Across the street is Milestones
which has live music every night, and some little jazz cafe
. The Bug Jar
on Monroe Ave just south of downtown also constantly has live shows, and even open mic nights