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Tuesday, March 5

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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


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

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