In Vinyl Lives we spotlight and profile record stores around the country who offer music lovers an experience that goes beyond an iTunes purchase or a Spotify playlist. Vinyl has found a new resurgence and the good folks behind independent record stores are on the front line, directly responsible for curating a unique collection of music. Here at Glide Magazine we feel that record stores are a valuable part of the community and to music as a whole, and are therefore worth celebrating.
In the second edition of Vinyl Lives we turn our focus to not one, but two record stores: Euclid Records in St. Louis, Missouri and its sister store (also called Euclid Records) in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to owner Joe Schwab, who founded Euclid in 1983, the store’s “humble beginnings began in a tiny 700 square foot space in the Central West End of St. Louis. After several expansions, the store is now 7,000 square feet of new and used vinyl and CDs as well as a mail order department that is renowned throughout the world for its excellent selection of jazz, rare rock, blues and folk vinyl.” That space translates to a store inventory of over 100,000 titles, all of which you can purchase online.
Five years ago Schwab opened a second Euclid Records in the 9th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Given that the NOLA store is 95% new and used vinyl, it has become so popular for vinyl collecting visitors and locals alike that just last year Schwab expanded to a two-story, 4,000 square foot building.
Euclid New Orleans
While nothing touches the experience of visiting a record store in the flesh, Euclid takes their store on the road with pop-up shops at notable music festivals like LouFest, Solid Sound and the Ponderosa Stomp. But if you are in St. Louis or New Orleans and get on down to Euclid Records you may just be lucky enough to catch an in-store performance from a renowned national or local act. In 2009 Euclid started an offshoot record label (also called Euclid) to record those in-store performances, pressing a limited number of 45’s and donating the proceeds to charity.
Here’s a look at what makes Euclid Records such a special destination for music lovers and a taste of what records are flying off the shelves these days…
Five things you might not know about Euclid Records:
Euclid Records Best Sellers for the first week of January:
1. Sleepy Kitty – Projection Room
2. Beck – Morning Phase
3. Arctic Monkeys – AM
4. Black Keys – Turn Blue
5. Jack White – Lazaretto
6. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
7. War On Drugs – Lost In the Dream
8. Spoon – They Want My Soul
9. Grouplove – Spreading Rumours
10. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Five surprising records we can’t keep in stock:
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers) and Rumors
Cher – Cher (Geffen)
ANYTHING by Hall and Oates!
Billy Joel – Greatest Hits
Euclid St. Louis
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