https://vinylcarolina.com Record Stores, News, Events and More in North and South Carolina. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 22:19:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i2.wp.com/vinylcarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-box.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Vinyl Carolina https://vinylcarolina.com 32 32 108557849 Recyclable Records Keeps Kannapolis Rockin’ https://vinylcarolina.com/recyclable-records-keeps-kannapolis-rockin/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 22:17:08 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1416 Since opening in their Cannon Blvd. location in the Fall of 2017, Recyclable Records in Kannapolis, NC has been a hot spot for used vinyl, cds, cassettes, memorabilia and more. This shouldn’t come to anyone as a surprise, however, as the owners are well known … Continue reading

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Since opening in their Cannon Blvd. location in the Fall of 2017, Recyclable Records in Kannapolis, NC has been a hot spot for used vinyl, cds, cassettes, memorabilia and more. This shouldn’t come to anyone as a surprise, however, as the owners are well known in these parts for the better part of 20+ years in the music media retail world.

So even though it had been over a year since we were last in, we knew we were going to find a few treasures among the racks and we were not disappointed.

When entering the store, you’ll see the entire right wall loaded with vinyl; alphabetized and sorted by the main genres. They keep the focus on the main 5-6 and of note was a substantial selection of metal/hard rock, alternative and rock/pop. Prices were very competitive including some inline and maybe even a bit lower than you’d typically see on eBay/Discogs. Saw a lot of metal, soul, and a few Soundtracks that we hardly ever see “in the wild”.

And for those looking for dollar deals? There is an entire 1 side of the middle aisle filled with $1 vinyl. No getting on the floor cos-playing as Indiana Jones to dig for hidden treasures…they are literally at eye level! We found quite a few great titles in there that we had been on the lookout for.

Along with the vinyl, they also had a strong selection of cds at great prices and when we were there they also had a ton of $1 cds that didn’t disappoint.

And for the tape heads: cassettes-a-plenty to be found as well!

To top it off, there is memorabilia, t-shirts and other items to really round out your shopping trip.

As mentioned before, the owners really know their store and are super nice and helpful. You’ll want to be able if possible to have some extra time to really dig through all the areas of the store…as each section seems to have great selections and prices in store.

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Used Vinyl, Used CDs, Used DVDs, Cassettes, Memorabilia
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662 North Cannon Boulevard, Kannapolis, North Carolina 28083
662 North Cannon Boulevard Kannapolis North Carolina 28083 US
704-712-7910704-712-7910

Established in 1998, Recyclable Records in Kannapolis, NC specializes in used vinyl records,tapes, cds, and other music memorabilia.


Hours of Operation:
Monday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SundayClosed

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The Royal Treatment at King Records https://vinylcarolina.com/the-royal-treatment-at-king-records/ Sat, 29 Feb 2020 21:26:09 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1397 When we heard that King Records had recently moved to a new location in Archdale, we knew we needed to make time to take the trip up to the Western Edge of the NC Triad and pay the owner Jerry a visit. His new store … Continue reading

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When we heard that King Records had recently moved to a new location in Archdale, we knew we needed to make time to take the trip up to the Western Edge of the NC Triad and pay the owner Jerry a visit.

His new store location is just a couple minutes off I-85 and in a small shopping center alongside quite a few other nice retail establishments and a really nice bar that we feasted at for lunch beforehand so that we would have plenty of energy for crate digging!

When you enter the store, there is a nice small lounge area to the right and front center you’ll find turntables for sale and a small selection of used cds. He said they often have people bringing in cds to trade for store credit for vinyl, so there should be a constant flow of sweet deals on those. On the other side of that area you’ll find a selection of more rare items, picture discs and other specialty items. Definitely take time to check thru those!

There are 2 rows of vinyl bins, which apparently Jerry custom built himself (We need him to build some for our music room!). Along the bottom is where you’ll find the “Dollar bins”, with the rest being the used vinyl alphabetized. The used vinyl isn’t separated by genre.

One thing we loved is nothing was crammed & cramped. The bins and shelves weren’t overloaded, so it was very easy to browse through all of them without needing a shoe horn and astroglide to see the covers.

Along the walls is where you’ll find the new stock. Front-facing and mostly 1-deep…making for a great display. They were generally grouped by genre making it simple to pinpoint areas to check for what you’d be more interested in.

Want to take a minute to mention the owner again. Jerry is one of the nicest store owners we’ve met in awhile. It’s SO obvious how much he is loving what he is doing right now with the store. He really seems like someone you could sit around with for hours just talking shop.

Selection: The used bins had a very good selection of the “Main” genres. Didn’t see much jazz/blues, but plenty of hard rock, classic rock, pop, etc. ..including quite a bit of heavy metal and hard rock titles that you don’t usually see “in the wild”. The new stock included a strong variety including a lot of quality jazz/blues reissues. Again there were hard rock/heavy metal new titles that don’t always make it to physical stores and that was awesome to see.

With the location being new and larger than the previous, they have room to increase inventory quite a bit, which will be great to see. We didn’t ask about special orders but we’re 100% sure they do.

Prices: We were very impressed with the prices. Used were very fairly priced. New stock was in-line if not a little under what we have seen elsewhere. We also noticed that they are marking down stock after it sits awhile, including substantial markdowns on RSD. We saw an RSD title that we spent $10 more on just last month at another store.

Bottom Line: If you live in the High Point/Triad area, this store should absolutely be one of your goto spots. With it being so close to I-85, this should also be a stop-in for those passing through!
Located in Archdale Commons on Main St. Suite F.

 

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11651 North Main Street, High Point, North Carolina 27263
11651 North Main Street High Point North Carolina 27263 US

“Brand New Store In Archdale for All Music Needs Vinyl CDs DVDs T-shirt’s Posters Incense We Order ANYTHING Located in Archdale Commons on Main St. Suite F”


Hours of Operation:
Monday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Going For a Spin at Revolver Records https://vinylcarolina.com/going-for-a-spin-at-revolver-records/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:47:59 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1335 Since opening in the early summer of 2019, Revolver Records on Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia, NC has been a big part of a resurgence of local options when it comes to shopping for vinyl. They were the first independent record store to open in Gaston … Continue reading

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Since opening in the early summer of 2019, Revolver Records on Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia, NC has been a big part of a resurgence of local options when it comes to shopping for vinyl. They were the first independent record store to open in Gaston County since the early 90s and have already proven to be a welcome addition.

When we stopped in, we found the relatively small shop overflowing with activity, and inventory. Seems they were in the middle of processing some very large collection buys so there were crates stacked all around. Being a true fan of crate digging, my trigger fingers were twitching from the moment we stepped towards the main aisle.

“It’s the ritual of it. It’s just like for a cigarette smoker. It’s taking a cigarette out, tapping it, lighting it, that first inhale. It’s the same thing with sliding the record out of the jacket, spearing the hole with the spindle, and then dropping the needle down. It’s the ritual of it.” – Co-Owner Ron Davis in an article with the Gaston Gazette

The store retail area is an L-shape with the always-popular “latest additions” awaiting you on the left as soon as you walk in. From there you can browse a well-organized set of rock/pop shelves leading onto most other expected genres. A very good selection awaits whether you’re looking for classic rock, 70s and 80s rock/pop as well as r&b, country and more along the main aisle.

Along the back wall we found a full area of used audio equipment for sale. A great selection of receivers and other components as well as a couple of turntables. Revolver had recently advertised a couple of very nice vintage turntables via their Facebook page and it appeared those were already gone which wasn’t a surprised as they were fantastic deals priced to move.

Google Review of Revolver Records in Gastonia NC

Back around the counter you’ll find other media along with jazz and blues vinyl. And make sure to look up as the walls are loaded with hot picks as well with new/sealed vinyl lining the area around and behind the counter area.

Pricing seemed to be very good overall. Everything was priced taking into account condition and pressing and there were plenty of great deals to be had. The new vinyl was mostly at or a little below expected retail price. While talking to Ron Davis about the store, he mentioned that with new vinyl, they limit it mostly to more in-demand titles as well as a focus on jazz and blues reissues since the prices for first pressings of those are really skyrocketing.

A few months back, Revolver began using an ultrasonic cleaning system for some of their inventory and they have started offering that cleaning as a service for those whose records need this extremely thorough cleaning method that can make a world of difference!

Bottom Line: If you’re in the area or passing through, be sure to stop in. Thousands of records in the bins with plenty of deals and a great selection with friendly/knowledgeable staff on hand makes this one another winner in the Charlotte metro region.

They are located in East Gastonia, NC on Hwy 74, just off I-85 (Exit 22).

And Here’s What We Picked Up…

When we stopped in it was Jan. 8th, which is Elvis Presley’s birth date. Just so happens they had just gotten in an entire collection of old Elvis records and we still needed a few to complete ours, so this one leans a little heavy on the King.

  • Peter Gabriel “III” – Sealed ($20)
  • “Monsters” – one of the Warner Bros. “Loss Leader” series. 2LP – VG+/VG ($6)
  • “After Hours” K-Tel (You HAVE to <3 K-Tel!) – VG/VG – ($2)
  • The Tubes “The Tubes” – 1975 Canada release – VG+/VG+ ($5)

For the Elvis…they made us a great deal! “Elvis is Back!” is a first pressing in VG+ shape. “Back In Memphis” was a sealed “Tan label” repress from 1976, and “Speedway” was a sealed 1977 repress.

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Inventory
New Vinyl, Used Vinyl, New CDs, Used CDs, New Audio Equipment, Used Audio Equipment, Memorabilia
4039 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056
4039 East Franklin Boulevard Gastonia North Carolina 28056 US
980-522-4079980-522-4079

“Revolver Records is the only full service record store servicing the Gastonia, Cramerton, Lowell, Belmont area. We buy and sell new and used records, CDs, turntables, stereo equipment….”

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Hours of Operation:
Monday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Vinyl Deals Galore Intersect at the Sleepy Poet in Gastonia https://vinylcarolina.com/vinyl-deals-galore-intersect-at-the-sleepy-poet-in-gastonia/ Tue, 31 Dec 2019 02:41:26 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1282 A current joke going around a lot of cities in the Southeast is that every street intersection has 2 dollar stores, 1 mattress store and a church. Well, at the main floor intersection of the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in downtown Gastonia, NC, you’ll find … Continue reading

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A current joke going around a lot of cities in the Southeast is that every street intersection has 2 dollar stores, 1 mattress store and a church. Well, at the main floor intersection of the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in downtown Gastonia, NC, you’ll find tons of vinyl, tons of vinyl, tons of vinyl, and …. wait for it… tons more vinyl!

Sleepy Poet opened about 3 years ago and is located in the Historic S.H. Kress Five & Dime store in Downtown Gastonia’s Art & Antique District. They now have all 3 levels filled with over 80 dealers, including 4 main vendors selling vinyl, other media, memorabilia, audio equipment and other related merchandise. They have had vinyl records from at least one main vendor since the day they first opened the doors and they continue to increase the amount of inventory overall constantly.

On our visit, we found that each had fresh arrivals and had restocked quickly after the Christmas rush. At Digging Thru The Crates you’ll find a full row of vinyl on both sides at the end of the main aisle, very-well organized into genres and with dividers for all the major artists. You’ll also find a significant area of “Budget vinyl” at $5 and Under as well as many crates starting at a dollar and sometimes even less! be sure to always check the “Latest Arrivals” and the wall shelves for other recent additions and goodies.

Around the corner from DTTC, you’ll find it’s impossible to miss the Chartreuse Vinyl booth! Highlighted by what we can only describe as neon lime green walls and dividers, you’ll find box after box of vinyl sorted by genre as well as stacks of cassettes, comic books, audio equipment, accessories, etc. Again be sure to hit the newest arrivals bin first and then carry on from there. Chartreuse is often a great booth to find an eclectic variety vs. the more straightforward classic rock fare, though they have a lot of it as well! Bonus: When you’re in Charlotte, they have a booth at the Sleepy Poet Mall there as well!

Across from there you’ll find the Hep Katz Antiques booth. This booth also seems to be constantly added to and is less organized which quite honestly makes it more fun sometimes to dig through! You’ll typically find a great selection of classic r&b, jazz and blues in addition to the typical genres. They have a crate just to showcase some more rare finds, as well as new arrivals and discounts. Note: they have at least 2 other locations in other spots in the region so catch up with them on Facebook to find out more about those.

Next door to Hep Katz you’ll find 1313 Vintage & Vinyl. This booth is the perfect cure for those couples where the guy is shopping for vinyl and the gal is looking for unique gifts, clothing, and memorabilia. Vinyl-wise, if you’re looking for heavy metal and similar genres, this is where you want to focus. On our visit we saw a ton including picture discs from metal heavyweights such as DIO, Iron Maiden and other records by a variety of classic metal, NWOBHM and hard rock acts. There was also a nice selection of grunge,other heavy rock acts, rap and current pop acts.

Beyond those main 4 vendors, you’ll find more on the lower level as well as the additional crate scattered in other vendor booths at any given time so be sure to peruse the entire area when possible.


A lot of times, vinyl enthusiasts will avoid shopping at Antique Stores/Malls because of the stereotypical idea that all you’ll find is a few Beatles’ albums that look like they were used as a chewtoy for a pit bull yet still have an $80 price tag on them. Luckily that’s definitely not the case at the Gastonia NC Sleepy Poet!

We found that all 4 main vendors seem to take a lot of pride in curating their inventory. Even when we found one that would be considered less than VG, it was marked as such as priced as such. Now, we didn’t check a lot of the dollar bin fare for condition, but we all know that it’s up to the digger to check those.

Overall, the pricing was very fair. There are some that seemed to jump out as being on the higher end, but they were matched by a bunch that we found that were great deals! It’s worth really browsing deep into the crates and seeing where the best deals are among them.

All 4 vendors are active on Social Media and seem very willing to hold items that they post about. Don’t forget you can always check with them about buying your collection or vinyl you’re ready to part with to make room for more!

Bottom Line: The Sleepy Poet in Gastonia has some real quality offerings when it comes to vinyl record selection, prices and condition! They have new competition with “Regular” record stores opening up in Gastonia and Cherryville recently, but they seem primed to maintain their place as a definite stop in when you’re hunting something new to spin! 

They are located in Downtown Gastonia, just off of Highway 321 and only a mile or so from I-85 Exit 17! 

And Here’s What We Picked Up…

  • Morrissey “Low In High School”
    2-LP de-luxe version – Sealed!
  • “Say Anything” Soundtrack (Promo) – VG+/VG+
  • Queen II (2008 Remaster) – NM/NM
  • Peter Gabriel – VG+/VG
  • Les Dudek “Ghost Town Parade” – VG+/VG+
  • Whodini “Escape” – VG/VG
  • Blue Angel – VG+/VG+ (EU)
  • Bon Jovi “Live In Cleveland 1984” – Radio Broadcast – VG+/VG+
  • Jethro Tull “Stand Up” – VG+/VG
  • Dare “Out Of The Silence” VG+/VG-
  • Van Morrison “Tupelo Honey” – VG-/VG-
  • Extreme (Cassette)

 

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111 West Main Avenue, Gastonia, North Carolina 28052
111 West Main Avenue Gastonia North Carolina 28052 US

“We are located in Historic Downtown Gastonia in the 1929 Kress 5-10-25 cent Department Store. We have three floors of shopping with over 120 booths and showcases. Stop by and check us out! You never know what you will find at the Sleepy Poet”

Has at least 4 vinyl vendors, including Chartreuse Vinyl, Diggin’ Thru The Crates, 1313 Vintage & Vinyl, and Hep Katz


Hours of Operation:
Monday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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A fresh trip on Tony Harnell’s “Mercury Train” https://vinylcarolina.com/a-fresh-trip-on-tony-harnells-mercury-train/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:16:22 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1265 In mid-October 2019, Tony Harnell, known to most as the former frontman for Norwegian band TNT, announced on social media that one of his most unique albums was about to see a first-time release on vinyl. “Round Trip” was initially released in 2010 on cd … Continue reading

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In mid-October 2019, Tony Harnell, known to most as the former frontman for Norwegian band TNT, announced on social media that one of his most unique albums was about to see a first-time release on vinyl. “Round Trip” was initially released in 2010 on cd by Frontiers Records in Italy and the announcement of a vinyl release sent me off immediately to hit the “Pre-Order” button to make sure one of the 500 limited release copies would land in my post office box soon after the November 29th release date.

“Round Trip” is credited to Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train. It serves as the 2nd of 3 “must-have” more acoustic-driven albums; preceded by “Morning Wood” in 1994 along with the Wildflowers (feat. Bumblefoot) release in 2013.

When the album was initially released on cd in 2010, it was met with glowing reviews and with good reason! Bringing in a set of New York City musicians who weren’t part of the “Hard rock/metal” scene and allowing them to be part of the re-imagining of the classic TNT and Westworld tracks was an ingenious move.

“In terms of creativity you have to applaud Mr Harnell as he manages to gather together a group of talented musicians and actually create something new…”MyGlobalMind.com

The album is a near-perfect showcase for Harnell’s vocal abilities; especially in the nuance and touch he gives in this stripped-down environment. You get the same levels of emotion, power and edge in the vocals without falling into the traps this style can easily place other lead vocalists in when attempting an “Unplugged” version of their catalog.

“These new renditions are fantastic, bringing even the most dated of his material into the 21st century as if it were written yesterday. His riveting vocals and the brilliantly produced instrumentation are icing on the cake.”RockandRollReport.com

Tracklist
  • A1 – Somebody Told You (from TNT “Firefly” 1996)
  • A2 – Intuition (from TNT “Intuition” 1989)
  • A3 – Month Of Sundays (from TNT “Firefly” 1996)
  • A4 – Lonely Nights (from TNT “My Religion” 2004)
  • A5 – Shame (from Westworld “Westworld” 1998)
    Backing Vocals [Special Guest] – Sandi Saraya
  • A6 – Northern Lights (from TNT “Tell No Tales” 1987)
  • A7 – Down To The River To Pray (Traditional)

  • B1 – Satellite (from TNT “Taste” EP 2003)
  • B2 – 10K Lovers (from TNT “Tell No Tales” 1987)
  • B3 – Uninvited (from Westworld “Skin” 2000)
    Written-By – Alanis Morissette
  • B4 – Ready To Fly (from TNT “All The Way To The Sun” 2005)
  • B5 – When I’m Away (from TNT “My Religion” 2004)
  • B6 – Song For Dianne (from TNT “My Religion” 2004)
  • B7 – Anywhere But Here (written by Brandon Wilde and Tony Harnell)
 

In comparing the original cd version to the new vinyl release, it is very well mixed and mastered by Bruno Ravel. The tracks really do breathe easily in this format and any work needed to compress the material to allow all 14 tracks to be on a 1-LP set was handled masterfully as I couldn’t detect anywhere where the vinyl versions suffered.

This is one of those albums where on each listen, you’re going to hear something new in the mix that’s going to make you smile. Really speaks to the musicianship as well as the vocalists involved. Be it the surprising flow of “10k Lovers” the almost haunting version of the Alanis Morissette classic “Uninvited” or the intensity found in “Northern Lights”, almost every track is just there waiting to jump off the wax and grab onto you for a couple minutes.

“A masterful and critically acclaimed acoustic retrospective of Tony Harnell`s prolific career. With new arrangements and a stellar production, these great songs sound fresh and vibrant with a new spark breathed into them by some of New York City`s finest musicians.”

If you’re looking to get one, at last check there were some still available from Cargo Records in the UK for £21.99 (about $29). Our copy arrived in just under 2 weeks and was packaged perfectly. The pressing is impressive, on white vinyl and includes a card stock quality inner sleeve with song lyrics and liner notes.

Now we just need to hope the other similar releases from Tony Harnell, as well as the entire TNT catalog among others, will eventually see a complete vinyl release! There are SO many gems out there with no vinyl version at all.

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Record Shows and Special Events Dec. 14th and 15th https://vinylcarolina.com/record-shows-and-special-events-dec-14th-and-15th/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:26:05 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1242 This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday December 14th and 15th offers the last chance this calendar year to hit the biggest record shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as a unique “Cover art” show and other events. The last set of Greg Neal record … Continue reading

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This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday December 14th and 15th offers the last chance this calendar year to hit the biggest record shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as a unique “Cover art” show and other events.

Music Collectors Shows in Charlotte and Raleigh

The last set of Greg Neal record shows hits Charlotte this coming Saturday the 14th, and the following day in Raleigh. Just in time to grab something special for yourself and all the vinyl fanatics on your shopping list:

More Coming up this Weekend!

In Wilson, NC you’ll want to check out the latest sidewalk sale from Groove Geek Records! Be ready to load up with some fantastic deals.

In Concord, NC, High Branch Brewing Co. joins a growing list of local spots hosting “Pop-up” style record shows, offering plenty from area vendors to satisfy your vinyl thirst while also providing plenty of local brews on tap to quench your actual thirst.

And in Charlotte Saturday night, don’t miss “Covers: A Celebration of the Album Cover” – an art show that’s right up our alley!

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Hardy Boys – A Near-Mint in Mint Hill, NC https://vinylcarolina.com/hardy-boys-a-near-mint-in-mint-hill-nc/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:38:49 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1206 We finally found ourselves headed East out of Charlotte recently and stopped in at Hardy Boys Records and Comics in Mint Hill, NC. The “Hardy” in the name is owner Dean, and the boys are…you guessed it: his boys! (Be sure to check out the viral … Continue reading

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We finally found ourselves headed East out of Charlotte recently and stopped in at Hardy Boys Records and Comics in Mint Hill, NC.

The “Hardy” in the name is owner Dean, and the boys are…you guessed it: his boys! (Be sure to check out the viral video they released last year set to ‘Sabotage’ by the Beastie Boys).

The shop is a “Booth store”, setup on the 2nd floor of the Homestyles Gallery & Specialty Shops in downtown. Similar to Crate Diggers in Hickory, Hardy Boys takes up what appears to be at least half of the upstairs area. In fact, while we were there Dean pointed out an area they are working on converting into a seating/listening area. We’re looking forward to seeing how that turns out!

Inventory-wise, they have really filled up the area. In addition to vinyl, you’ll find laserdiscs (lots!), comics, memorabilia, t-shirts as well as some cassettes and cds. There’s also a small amount of audio equipment.

 

As far as vinyl selection and pricing; being a booth store, they don’t seem to carry new releases, however when we were there they did have a good amount of new/sealed releases. We also found that those were quite a bit below standard retail prices! One example: we saw 2 sealed copies of the 2018 reissue of Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” that were priced at $16! It took a lot for us to not bring one of those home!

They have a strong selection of used vinyl, and we were surprised by the pricing overall. There are absolutely deals to be found here! Most that we saw were under $10 with many in the $5 dollar range as well as plenty of “dollar-bin” crates.

Organizationally…you’re going to want to be sure to check the corner areas off the main square as we found some gems in what seemed to be an “Overflow” area. The store overall could be better organized but it looks like this is more a matter of them growing so quickly vs. being haphazard in the layout. basically you’ll just want to take time to really browse when you visit. Some genres are well-sorted while others seem to be more mixed in.

And if you have some vinyl to trade/sell, be sure to let them know and bring it with you! Dean is there typically on Saturday mornings and you can always contact them via their social media accounts to see when specifically.

So, if you’re in the area or passing through, Hardy Boys is absolutely worth a stop! The combo of price and selection means you’re almost surely going to find at least a few to make it worth the trip.

And now…here’s what we picked up: 

  • “The Dirt Soundtrack”
    Sealed: $15
  • “Experience Hendrix”
    Sealed: $15
  • “Nirvana Unplugged In New York” (2013 Pallas Pressing)
    Sealed: $14
  • Thunder “Rip It Up”
    NM/NM: $8
  • UTFO “UTFO”
    VG+/VG+ $5
  • Stevie Wonder “Looking Back” (3LP Anthology set)
    VG+/G+ $6
  • Stevie Wonder “Characters”
    VG+/VG+ $5
  • Elvis Presley “He Touched Me”
    VG+/VG – $3

 

 

 

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Inventory
Used Vinyl, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, Used Audio Equipment, Memorabilia
5.00 (1 review)
11237 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill, North Carolina 28227
11237 Lawyers Road Mint Hill North Carolina 28227 US
704-839-6343704-839-6343

Located inside the Homestyles Gallery & Specialty Shops in Mint Hill, NC, Hardy Boys Records was birthed from a life-long passion for music. The business is family run by Dean and his two sons who are integral to the business operations. You can see their quirky advertising videos on their Instagram page.

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Hours of Operation:
Monday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

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Pi Records – Spinning the Black Circle in Cherryville, NC https://vinylcarolina.com/pi-records-spinning-the-black-circle-in-cherryville-nc/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:53:18 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1167 We’d been wanting to stop in and check out Pi Records for a month, ever since hearing about their opening in mid-October in downtown Cherryville, NC. It’s always fun to visit a brand new store, but this one is close enough to hit on a … Continue reading

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We’d been wanting to stop in and check out Pi Records for a month, ever since hearing about their opening in mid-October in downtown Cherryville, NC. It’s always fun to visit a brand new store, but this one is close enough to hit on a lunch break from us…which is both awesome and dangerous depending on the status of our bank account at any given point.

The 3 owners, Rick, Phil, and Brett met at Gaston College and decided to go into business together. The result is the location on Main St. in downtown, across from what used to be “The Great Outdoors” near the main intersection.

A lot of work went into the space to get it ready for opening, and the results are super. It’s not a large retail space, long with a single center merchandise set of shelves and an aisle on both sides.

The majority of the vinyl for sale are new/sealed, priced competitively. They are in the process of building up their inventory, especially with RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday coming up quickly.

The used selection is light, and they mentioned they are very actively looking to buy vinyl so if you’re looking to sell, take note.

We’ll definitely keep checking in as they increase the selection vinyl-wise. As of now my guesstimate would put them at under 500 albums in stock.

They also have a great selection of cds, 7″ vinyl, and limited selection of cassettes as well as portable turntables and other great gift ideas including lava lamps and music-related Funko Pops. 

You’ll also want to check out their t-shirts on display as well as large posters. Also, in the back area of the store they have setup a nice listening station/lounge area.

One of the best things about 2019 for us has been seeing many new store openings across North and South Carolina. Be sure to keep supporting these locally-owned, independent stores and if you’re in the Cherryville, NC area (in NW Gaston County, not far from i-85 or Hwy. 321) be sure to stop in and spend some $$$ at this one.

What did we buy?

There was about a dozen titles I really wanted, but I had to hold back cause our daughter is counting on a Nintendo Switch for Christmas and Daddy, er, Santa isn’t made of money. 😀

So, we got the new Lacuna Coil, a Public Enemy classic reissued in 2014, the “banned” cover Poison album from the late 80s. The Doors’ debut via Rhino reissue (Rhino has been doing a phenomenal job on rock reissues btw).

Also grabbed a used copy of The Kinks’ “Sleepwalker” album as an upgrade copy. Next I had to get a couple of Pop! figurines and she came away with a t-shirt.

Finished it out with a stack of stickers, and they have our daughter a couple David Bowie stickers before we left. (SJ is a huge Bowie fan, cause we’re raising her right!)

Store Details:
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Inventory
New Vinyl, Used Vinyl, New CDs, Used CDs, Cassettes, 8-Tracks, New Audio Equipment, Used Audio Equipment, Memorabilia
104 East Main Street, Cherryville, North Carolina 28021
104 East Main Street Cherryville North Carolina 28021 US

Newly-opened record store in Downtown Cherryville, NC.


Hours of Operation:
Monday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
SundayClosed

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Two Charlotte area stores featured on Spectrum News https://vinylcarolina.com/two-charlotte-area-stores-featured-on-spectrum-news/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 12:41:07 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1092 Courtney Davis at Spectrum News in Charlotte, NC recently featured the just opened Noble Records in Matthews, NC and Hardy Boys Records in Mint Hill, NC in a video segment focused on the resurgence of vinyl. The clip includes interviews with Dean Hardy and Dillon … Continue reading

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Courtney Davis at Spectrum News in Charlotte, NC recently featured the just opened Noble Records in Matthews, NC and Hardy Boys Records in Mint Hill, NC in a video segment focused on the resurgence of vinyl.

The clip includes interviews with Dean Hardy and Dillon Smith and does a great job of covering how much the format is trending upward, with sales set to surpass cds for the first time since the late 80s.

Enjoy the clip below and be sure to visit their pages here on the website (linked below the video) for more information!

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5.00 (1 review)
11237 Lawyers Road, Mint Hill, North Carolina 28227
704-839-6343704-839-6343

 

 

 

 

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Record Shows and Sales Oct. 12th-13th https://vinylcarolina.com/record-shows-and-sales-oct-12th-13th/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:44:07 +0000 https://vinylcarolina.com/?p=1063 This weekend sees the next round of record shows hitting Charlotte and Raleigh as well as the monthly sidewalk sale at Station Square Records in Rocky Mount, NC. It’s also time for the latest Upstate Record Swap in Greenville SC and the “Punk Rock Flea … Continue reading

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This weekend sees the next round of record shows hitting Charlotte and Raleigh as well as the monthly sidewalk sale at Station Square Records in Rocky Mount, NC. It’s also time for the latest Upstate Record Swap in Greenville SC and the “Punk Rock Flea Market”!
Saturday, October 12th

Charlotte NC, Charlotte Music Collectors Show

“The Charlotte Music Collectors Show at the Springhill Suites, 12325 Johnston Rd in Charlotte NC, from 10am-4pm, admission $2.00.
This unique event features music dealers from all over the South selling vinyl LPs, 45s, CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia, and more … It’s the biggest music store in the Carolinas – for one day only! There will be items at this show that are not available at area stores.”

Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale

“At Station Square Records in Rocky Mount, NC

“Get the best vinyl deal money can buy! We have HUNDREDS of records in boxes that need good homes.

It’s that time again! We will be pulling out a lot of gems that you may not see on a store shelf, but would be a great addition to your collection. These records are in great condition and the selection is perfect for a new collector who wants to try new music for cheap or for a seasoned collector who’s looking for something highly specific. Come dig with us!”

 

Upstate Record Swap

Buy, sell, and trade records, CDs, tapes, 8-tracks, comics, books
2nd Saturday of every month at Pharmacy Records in Greenville, SC.

Sunday, October 13th

Triangle Music Collectors Show

“Come shop at the biggest vinyl-CD store in the Carolinas! At the Hampton Inn, 3920 Arrow Dr. in Raleigh NC, from 10am-4pm, admission $2.00. This event features music dealers from all over the South selling vintage vinyl albums and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia, and more …”

Raleigh DIY Punk Rock Flea Market

We are gearing up for the next installment of the Raleigh DIY/Punk Rock Flea Market!

This time, we’re partnering with Hope Animal Rescue. HAR will be providing information about their foster program, and will even be bringing pups for you to give all the pets (and maybe even adopt!)”

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