Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a big vinyl junkie. Most girls spend their money on shoes or bags, I am not one of those girls, I can drop an insane amount of money on vinyl so as soon as my friend Jessica told Teri and I about Rock n Roll Heaven, I was immediately sold.
Teri and I were in Orlando, Florida for, of course, an Arctic Monkeys gig and since our flights didn’t leave until the following day we decided what do three music fanatics and vinyl junkies do to keep themselves entertained? Why go vinyl shopping of course.
Jessica told us about two particular shops in Orlando that she knew we would just love so after lunch at Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwhicheria we went to our first vinyl destination, which was called Rock & Roll Heaven.
As soon as I heard the name I was immediately drawn to it and naturally, of course, we decided to go.
We immediately starting scoping out the place to see what we could get our hands on and as soon as I saw the punk, Brit pop, new vinyl, and indie section we definitely starting doing some major damage. As soon as we got
to Rock n Roll Heaven I had a good feeling about it. The outside caught my attention right away, a poster of the Sex Pistols told me I was exactly where I needed to be.
The inside was perfect, rock n roll memorabilia surrounded the many walls of this amazing store. It wasn’t overwhelming at all, instead it was more like YES, HEAVEN IS INDEED REAL.
The next hour was a bit of a haze. I found so much vinyl that was missing from my collection, which is the best. The thrill of vinyl shopping besides the vinyl, is definitely the thrill of a good find.
I tend to be a bit of a vinyl pusher, if I know you’re looking for a certain vinyl I will let you know when I come across it and convince you to buy it. No shame in my game. Vinyl is just better [to me].
I walked away with quite a few gems…
- Oasis: Don’t Believe the Truth and Dig Out Your Soul
- Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks
- Frank Turner: England Keep My Bones
- The Silver Beatles: The Complete Silver Beatles
- The Velvet Underground: Live at Max’s Kansas City
- Lou Reed: All Tomorrow’s Dance Parties
- A postcard with the Jam on it [a gift for Teri]
Some might think that spending $180.88 is crazy and excessive but I don’t. I was very happy, especially finding Oasis. I’ve yet to find any here in the sates, so of course I was buying it.
Our next stop [you didn’t think we’d go to just one record shop did ya?] was Park Avenue Cd’s. I didn’t know what to expect from this one other than it carried a lot more new vinyl from current and newer artists.
Again, stepping into a record shop is heaven. No exceptions. I am like a kid in a candy store, I get excited when I see certain things and am giddy like a child, I cannot help it.
I started my search at the A’s and worked my way through the alphabet. After finding vinyl that I knew Teri’s was looking for [and convincing her to get, again, I am like a vinyl pusher] she was definitely getting me back finding vinyl for me that I was looking for. I love our friendship.
After finding our vinyl, we searched through the rest of the store which also included cd’s, books, and other amazing things.
They also have this really cool special, it’s a mystery bag of either cd’s or vinyl. The price varies on the size of the mystery bag. I was tempted to get one for myself but I was already on limited space with all the other vinyl I got. I wasn’t sure how it all fit in my suitcase… Playing tetris as a kid definitely helped.
Vinyl I bought at Park Ave Cd’s…
- Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not & Humbug
- Julian Casablancas: Phrazes for the Young
- The Strokes: Is This It
- The Libertines: Up the Bracket
- The Orwells: Other Voices EP
- Lou Reed: Transformer
- Drowners: Drowners
More money dropped on vinyl and our friend Jessica said, “Man, you guys went HAM in those record store. Respect“. Yeah, we definitely don’t mess around when it comes to shopping for vinyl.