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April 2016: Why We Need Record Stores – And Cheese
Record stores are supposedly almost extinct, but I can't help noticing that where really good ones exist, lots of people use them. Amoeba Records in Los Angeles and San Francisco are good examples: cool spaces (the SF branch is a former bowling alley) with an encyclopedic selection of CDs and vinyl, as well as books, posters, and sundry collectibles – people love them, and would love something similar in New York too, if real estate prices would allow it. Other favourites of mine include Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans, Dussmann in Berlin, and the glorious Concerto in Amsterdam, which I walked into the other day looking for one particular album and – as is usually the way with good record stores – walked out with seven.
Back by popular demand following his sold out tour last fall, Joe is announcing a new run of summer tour dates across the US and Canada. The tour will again feature Joe, longtime bassist Graham Maby, Teddy Kumpel on guitar, and drummer Doug Yowell.