December 3, 2018

Sound Exchange (Tampa, FL)

Cruised down to Tampa for an overnight trip to surprise my folks for their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Friday. Woke up on Saturday with some time to kill before dropping off the rental and hopping on my flight back to NY, so I looked up record stores in the area and came across Sound Exchange just a few miles away.

Having already dug deep into my pockets for the overnight visit, and giving myself a reasonable mental budget to spend when walking in to see an expansive selection of music formats and goods, I eventually came upon a nicely categorized, and neatly organized, vinyl selection tucked nicely in the right-hand corner of the building. Always seeking to find the Metal and/or Hardcore section(s) first, I have to say, I was a bit shocked to find that—in Tampa, the Fatherland of Death Metal—there wasn't much of a designated Metal section... and nothing at all designated for Punk/Hardcore. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my behalf, but I was hoping to be floored with a substantially stocked Metal section.

After spending around 45 minutes thumbing through the various vinyl sections alphabetically, I was excited to come across and pull out the following records all totaling up within the comfortable little budget I set for myself.

The Wretched Ones - Hey Old Man
THE WRETCHED ONES - Hey Old Man 7" (Pogostick Records)
Being a familiar band name I've seen for years, from New Jersey, and only a couple bucks I grabbed it. The Punk/Oi thing has never really been much of an interest but this was actually a decent enough listen. Glad to have picked it up.

No Future? - ...You Decide!
NO FUTURE? - ...You Decide! 7" (One Way Records)
Another blind purchase but grabbed it, again, based on it being New Jersey origin. Very early-90's Hardcore and of it's time, aka "awkward". Has a New Jersey Hardcore feel riding somewhere between Turning Point at times and even comes with an Underdog-style Reggae break. Recorded and mixed by Don Fury.

MDC - Smoke Signals
MDC - Smoke Signals 12" (Beer City Records)
I always thought my gateway record into MDC was "This Blood's For You", but after spinning this for the first time in what seems like forever, I was quickly reminded of what were some of my favorite introductory MDC songs. Side A is pretty much flawless with 'Missile Destroyed Civilization' on Side B being an all-time favorite MDC song. Love the white vinyl, design, and layout. Super stoked to have grabbed this.

Kraut - An Adjustment To Society
KRAUT - An Adjustment To Society 12" (Cabbage Records)
Having never owned a vinyl copy of this, as soon as I saw it and for the price it was marked at, it was mine. Original pressing with original shrinkwrap in excellent condition. This come-up alone was worth the entire visit.

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality [Winchester Press] 12" (Warner Bros. Records)
Never seen this version with the lyrics printed on the back cover, so had to grab it thinking it would be an alternate duplicate copy of my favorite Sabbath record. Got home, spun it, went to put it away and realized I somehow didn't even own a copy of this record yet. Nice surprise and a cool version to finally add to the collection.

OLD SKULL - Get Outta School
OLD SKULL - Get Outta School 12" (Restless Records)
If you were around when Old Skull came out and saw this for $1.99, your ass would be buying it too. I remember it being pretty unlistenable then, so when I barely got through the first half of the first song, I'm glad I didn't pay much more than what I did for it. Still love what they stood for and that they were the first recognized pre-teen Punk band, from the middle of America.

SLAMMIN' WATUSIS - Kings Of Noise 12" (Epic)
One of those band names and albums that looked incredibly familiar, but could not (and still can't) figure out where I know or heard of them from. Pretty catchy Punk-derivative Rock N' Roll featuring Mark Durante who went on to work heavily with Revolting Cocks and KMFDM.

Super friendly customer service that continued with a great conversation at checkout made for a memorable and impressionable first-time visit. Looking forward to checking out the second location in Pinellas, and stopping in at this location again, on my next Tampa visit.

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