Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 

TODAY

Wednesday, October 20

Gapers Block
Search

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


Fuel

Benjy / March 17, 2004 10:44 AM

Clothing or records? I'm not really sure for either...

Andrew / March 17, 2004 11:03 AM

Jazz Record Mart has the best selection of jazz and blues records, as well as lots of weird miscellany, like recordings of old radio shows. I once picked up an LP of a Bing Crosby show for $1.99.

brian / March 17, 2004 11:11 AM

The Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco?

Pete / March 17, 2004 11:32 AM

I, too, was wondering whether you meant LPs or adult novelties. For the former, Second Hand Tunes. For the latter...come on! I'm a suburban dad!

Naz / March 17, 2004 11:42 AM

The sex never stops on the Block.

Wendy / March 17, 2004 12:18 PM

Yeah, see, I was thinking vinyl flooring. Because I'm that exciting. Who's up for a hot night at Color Tile?

Alice / March 17, 2004 12:46 PM

I admit I posed the original question. I meant record albums. Specifically, I'm looking for places with a halfway decent selection of vocalists from the 40s-early 50s, and bands of the 60s-early 70s.

I know there are a lot of music afficionados out there, so I was hoping the collective wisdom of the GB readers might be able to point me in the right direction. Online sources would also be welcome -- although I know some people mentioned some online music sources in the question posed by Fuel a short while back.

monkee / March 17, 2004 1:01 PM

along w/jazz record mart

dance/hip hop: Gramaphone records on Clark.

rare/exotic: dusty groove in ukie village

rock/indie: reckless in bucktown

'That Ian' / March 17, 2004 3:04 PM

eBay.

Cinnamon / March 17, 2004 3:07 PM

The WLUW record fair.

Craig / March 17, 2004 3:16 PM

Vogue Fabrics

Alice / March 17, 2004 3:51 PM

Though I realize eBay might be a source for some of the stuff I'm looking for, I hate eBay with a passion that will not die. I cancelled my eBay account almost 2 years ago, and I haven't looked back or regretted it since. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

The WLUW fair might be promising, however. Thanks!

Jake / March 17, 2004 4:04 PM

Gemm is like a big online music swap meet. But if what you don't like about ebay is the whole semi-anonymous trust factor, you probably won't like Gemm either. Laurie's Planet of Sound on Lincoln in Lincoln Square has a nice vinyl selection. So does Hi-Fi on Clark in Lincoln Park at least it used to...haven't been there in a while).

Al / March 17, 2004 4:20 PM

I always liked Val's in Oak Park. Plus they have a store dog!

Pete / March 18, 2004 8:34 AM

Naz, the sex never stops anywhere. (Even the nursing home, from what I've heard.) I see no reason why GB would be dramatically different in that regard from the rest of this tumescent society of ours.

Russ / March 18, 2004 8:47 AM

If you're looking for new pressings, give Music Direct at 318 N Laflin St. near Ashland & Lake a try. They are an audiophile place, but they carry just about every vinyl LP that gets pressed nowadays. Not sure how much 40's-50's vocals stuff is in print on vinyl, but plenty of 60's-70's rock still is. If the store's too intimidating, go to their web site amusicdirect.com.

GB store

Recently on Fuel

Urban Ethos [26]
What is Chicago's "urban ethos"?

Cool Glass of... [16]
What're you drinking?

Supreme Decision [22]
What's your reaction to the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act?

Taking it to the Streets [20]
Chicago Street Fairs: Revolting or Awesome?

I Can Be Cruel [9]
Be real: what is the meanest thing you've ever done?

View the complete archive

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15