For many audiophiles, vinyl records scratch a musical itch that digital downloads just can’t reach. Take a road trip through Northern New England on Record Store Day, April 21, when indie shops host events, special releases, sales, and more.
The idea for the now-global Record Store Day originated with Chris Brown, CFO of Maine-based chain Bull Moose, which sells music, movies, books, and video games. Keene, New Hampshire, is the newest of its 12 Maine and New Hampshire locations. “Bull Moose is a giant room full of culture and people who love it,” Brown says. bullmoose.com.
Looking for punk, funk, or how-to-train-your-dog recordings? “Sure as heck, we’ve got it,” says Rebecca Maloney, manager of Skele-Tone Records in Rochester, New Hampshire. Find mostly vintage records, as well as 45s, CDs, cassette tapes, and eight-tracks, plus audio equipment like speakers and vintage turntables. skeletonerecords.limitedrun.com.
Stop by In the Moment Records in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Friday nights not only to browse a selection of about 10,000 records but also for the shop’s weekly BYOB listening parties. Discover “everything from Slayer to bird calls from the Audubon Society,” plus limited-edition screen-printed gig posters, says owner Byron Greatorex. inthemomentrecords.com.
Burlington Records in Burlington, Vermont, is known for its rare finds at fair prices. That includes a healthy selection of jazz and avant-garde recordings that are among the thousands of mostly vintage records, says Assistant Manager Matthew Parillo. burlingtonrecords.com.
Bob Richard has owned the Record Connection in Waterville, Maine, for 37 years with a passion for vinyl records that has never wavered. Visit for an always-changing assortment of vintage vinyl, books, CDs, cassettes, and a room full of records that cost just a dollar. tinyurl.com/trcville.
Enterprise Records in Portland, Maine, has a solid selection of records in genres like ethnic folk music, experimental classical, hard-to-find jazz, and more. “I like to say I specialize in anything good,” says the store’s owner, who goes by his first name, Bob. “You never know what you’re going to find.” enterpriserecords.net.
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