I've noticed in my recent searches to once again have an extensive collection in this genre that it's quite hard to find local shops that have anything remarkable. Aside from the obvious Ebay, have you had any luck finding such music in a local setting? Have you ever had luck finding something exceptional in a a less than exceptional CD shop?
Just today I struck gold and found a copy of Rozz Williams' The Whorses Mouth at a little hole in the wall store.
Amazingly a legit copy for $3.99 clearly marked that way by someone unaware of the cost to get it online. Sadly, aside from that I found nothing but a few Siouxsie & The Banshees albums. Which lead me here to see if this is a similar problem for others. I can understand the lack of market, but even in massive stores you'd think they would have more to offer.
Anyone in the LA area however should check out Amoeba Records. So far it's the only consistant place I've been able to find more interesting picks.
i have a pretty nice goth vinyl collection, about 10 cure albums, 5 by the banshees, a couple SoM recirds, only theatre of pain, in the flat field, some nick cave, jesus and mary chain, echo and bunnymen type shit.
cds blow dick. i burn cds, buy vinyl, download mp3.
Anything rare or of real interest, I've purchased online. I've only ever seen a few goth bands' albums in shops anyhow.
Obviously, mp3s are convenient and serve a purpose but I don't find any value or appeal whatsoever in a collection mp3s so I must have the album in physical format. I've been able to find a number of rare releases on eBay and such that I didn't think I would have been able to ever obtain.
I live in Portland, and make most of my purchases from Everyday Music, Corrosion Records, or 2nd Avenue Records. There are plenty of new/used CD stores here so the chance of finding something is fairly high.
When it comes to Rhino, if you check it out, keep in mind the big 80's goth bands are usually filed under the rock section, not the goth section.
As for Socal there's a few more stores.
Poobah's in Pasadena carries a lot of indie albums, and they usually get in some goth gems every now and again.
Vinyl Fetish used to only cater to goth and industrial.. great selection. But that was back when they were on Melrose, they moved a few years back.. think they're off of Cahuenga in LA now. But I can't say for sure if they still cater to goth and industrial like they used to.
Kaos Records in Glendora doesn't cater to new goth at all, but they do carry a lot of Cure albums and tshirts, and the store really caters to the Smiths. Not that the Smiths is a goth band, but they are a goth friendly band.
And how could I forget..
Ipsofacto in Fullerton is run by a chick who was in a goth band called Stone588 back in the 90's. The store only caters to goth and industrial and they have a ton of shit.
Rancho Cucamonga has a really cool punk store that carries post punk albums every now and again, but I can't remember the name of the fucking store.
I tend to stick with the stores in the Valley since I'm not a big fan of the city.
I can't handle the traffic in LA anymore, even if I pop a xanax. Between the potholes in the roads, the traffic, the crime, and the cops always looking to give parking tickets or to tow cars in order to increase their revenue, I decied to just stick to the SGV. I'm a native California.. but I spent two years in Oregon and there are times when I really, really want to go back. Just can't afford to do so.. sniff.
As for imports, Rhino Records has decent imports of bands like the Banshees, The Cure, and other popular goth/alt rock bands. But when it comes to more obscure goth acts, they usually don't bother because well, newer goth acts just don't sell well. And judging by some of the new bands a few people plugged on that other thread on this forum, I can see why.
But if you can make it out to Fullerton, Ipso Facto may really impress you.
Sorry, it´s kinda hard to nuy original material in my country, coz its expensive. Besides that, i download from sites, a lot. I have a huge discography in general...you´ll find a lot of stuff in my PC, even rare tracks, bootlegs, ep´s, promo cd´s, etc. I´m not ashamed, have a lot of great music to enjoy, forever. :-)
Pittsburgh has absolutely no scene whatsoever (save DJ Phoenixxx), but for some reason we have loads and loads of used cd shops that cater only to the sub-culture. Also, Columbus, Oh also has some fun shops like used Kids records that only sell sub-culture music.
haha, so if you ever find yourself in pgh or cbus, you can walk out with some killer deals. My best mate just got a lovely poster of Siouxsie and Robert smith for $3 that I'm still jealous of.
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." -Poe
You used to find tons of Goth cassettes at the Goodwill, until they moved. But CDs or records not so much. But even if I still bought anything besides records, I wouldn't do cassettes. Annoying things.
I used to get some Goth CDs pretty cheap at Record and Tape Traders, but most the good stuff would be at the store in Towson. One of the employees (Shawn) would call Towson and have it sent over, but then he got transferred out there and the other employees said they weren't allowed to do that anymore. Even though if you called Towson, Shawn would send it. They closed the store here, but you could generally find things for $5 or less.
There was another store that had cheap Goth and old school EBM CDs, but they closed and now it's a video store and the only music CDs are pretty much Rap and Hip Hop.
Now I did just get both The Drowning Season albums a couple weeks ago when I went to see them at Orpheus. The vocalist gave them to me for trying to get you people into them when I first came here. I did buy one of their t-shirts with the intent of taking it, but the ghost stole it.