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December 2019

Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Washington D.C. Presents Erykah Badu ‘Mama’s Gun’

For our January 2020 session we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Erykah Badu classic “Mama’s Gun”! While Baduizm turned her into a household name, Mama’s Gun cemented her status as the new face of R&B. After taking several years off to raise her first child, Badu returned to the studio to record her second album, much of which was inspired by love and her relationship with her then partner, Andre Benjamin. Leaning into a more organic sound with less-elusive lyrics, Badu opted to speak to the state of black womanhood and the world around her.

For those expecting another downtempo collection of sultry meditations, the live-band funk opener, ‘Penitentiary Philosophy’, puts that notion to rest. While Mama’s Gun is stylistically ambitious, the sound is also comforting and familiar.

Join us January 26th to experience this album like never before!

Washington D.C.

Time and Date: Sunday January 26th 2020 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Songbyrd, 2477 18th st NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States


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Freya Parr Free Download: Musorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain

'Trpčeski makes it a most magical tone painting'

This week’s free download is Musorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain, performed by pianist Simon Trpčeski. It appears on Trpčeski’s latest album, Tales from Russia, recorded on Onyx, which received five stars for both performance and recording in the January 2020 issue of BBC Music Magazine, and was our instrumental choice.


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Dane Goulet Toronto Record Store Guide

Some cities are easier to dig for records than others, and with over 50 vinyl centric shops in the GTA, Toronto can seem pretty daunting to visitors. Some of the best stores are in remote corners of the city (and are definitely worth a visit if you have time), but fortunately, there are quite a few worthwhile establishments downtown.

Cosmos on Queen and Cosmos West

Cosmos on Queen and Cosmos West Record Store in Toronto

607A Queen Street West & 652 Queen Street West


No visit to Toronto is complete without some time spent at Cosmos on Queen and Cosmos West. The two locations are a couple blocks apart from each other, and can make a handy start or end point for your vinyl excursion. Cosmos West consistently has the most awe inspiring wall display in Canada, and specializes in Jazz, Brazilian and Latin with some interesting Rock and Disco bins too. Cosmos on Queen leans towards Soul/Funk, Hip Hop, 12” singles and Classic Rock. There’s a lot at both locations to get excited about, and Aki, Hisa and Yohei are deeply knowledgeable and immersed in music.

Kop’s on Queen

Kop's Record Store on Queen in Toronto

229 Queen St W

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Heading East, a trip to Kop’s on Queen is essential, especially for 45 enthusiasts. The selections of 7” singles upstairs are seemingly endless, and it would take days to go through the entire stock. There’s plenty of recent arrival action in the LP bins downstairs as well, and it’s always worth a look through the dollar crates outside too. They have another location on The Danforth, one in Oshawa and are opening a Hamilton location if you find yourself with more time.

Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom Record Store in Toronto

215 Spadina Ave


Backtracking to Spadina, Sonic Boom has a new arrivals section for every day of the week. One of the largest shops in the city, there’s a ton of potential to turn up an overlooked gem in the rows of records downstairs. They have a massive selection of new vinyl, and sell all sorts of other items (from books to t shirts to DVDs) as well.

Invisible City

Invisible City Record Store in Toronto

222 Spadina Ave

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Invisible City has a well curated selection of unusual dance floor friendly treasure, from Soca Disco to Nigerian Boogie to more ambient leaning offerings. There’s usually something special there, and it’s a place with a clear vision.

Play De Record

Play De Record Record Store in Toronto

411 Spadina Ave

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Play De Record, just up the street, is a Toronto institution. Proprietor Eugene’s original store on Yonge held the imagination of House, Hip Hop and Dancehall fans throughout the country with regular appearances on Much Music (Canada’s MTV) as THE source for limited run 12” singles and 45s. These days Play De has a lot of everything. A flip through the International section is highly recommended for the veteran seeker.

She Said Boom

She Said Boom Record Store in Toronto

393 Roncesvalles Avenue


A few blocks north we find She Said Boom, a book and vinyl shop with a distinct character. The Jazz section rarely disappoints, and it’s essential to flip through the new arrivals.

Neurotica Records

Neurotica Record Store in Toronto

567 College St


Just to the West, Neurotica Records holds a lot of mystery. There’s some really deep Canadian records in amongst the corners of the shop, and it can be a great source of Post Punk or Cosmische for the fortunate.

Shortstack Records

778 Dundas Street West

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Shortstack Records is a smaller store with a dense quality to quantity ratio. They regularly update their new arrivals bins. There’s often a rarer record at a super reasonable price on the wall.

Grasshopper Records

Grashopper Record Store in Toronto

1167 Dundas St W


Grasshopper Records has an unreal selection of international music scattered throughout the store, and there’s always a heavy Dub LP or sought after Japanese Import waiting to be noticed.

Rotate This!

Rotate This Record Store in Toronto

186 Ossington Ave


Just around the corner on Ossington, Rotate This! has a little bit of everything at a variety of price points. It’s always a good idea to look through the records on the floor, look carefully at the wall items and check out the discount bins. If you’re looking for 45s, there’s an easy to flip through selection on hand, and some unexpected bargains have been known to surface here.


Antikka Record Store in Toronto

960 Queen St W


Antikka is a great place to grab a coffee, and they have a reasonable selection of new and used vinyl as well. Sometimes they have special events, and they always have great music on the sound system.

Pandemonium Books And Discs

Pandemonium Books And Discs Record Store in Toronto

2920 Dundas St W


Situated in The Junction, Pandemonium Books And Discs has some wildly deep vinyl bins, the rows brimming with possibility. Be sure to investigate the records on the floor too, as there are boxes of Library, Bollywood, Canadian Jazz and even a crate of Blue Note.

BMV Books

BMV Books Record Store in Toronto

471 Bloor Street West


The Bloor Street location of BMV Books in The Annex has a sizable vinyl selection located in their basement. They often get a variety of international sounds and obscure canadian titles. They’re open later than most stores in the GTA.

Henry’s Records

130 Shorting Rd, Scarborough, ON


If you find yourself with enough time, Henry’s Records in Scarborough is well worth the trek. Having been in the record business for decades, Henry has encyclopedic knowledge and the selection to match. The 45 shelves are laden with both staples and the unexpected, and it’s smart to leave yourself some quality time to search through the rows of records here.

PVC Records

PVC Record Store in Toronto

649 Fourth Line, Oakville, Ontario


Oakville’s PVC Records is a bit of a drive from Downtown, but they have a high turnover and really good prices. Although they support a loyal customer base, being a little out of the way means you might have a bit better luck finding a sought after record than you would in the city.

Toronto has many more stores, and this guide isn’t close to comprehensive. There are also plenty of thrifts, fleas, junk shops, corner stores, and private dealers throughout the GTA that can be worth investigating, so the dig is never really done here.

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Alex Ross Abrahamsen, Czernowin, Neuwirth

Queens of the Night. The New Yorker, Jan. 6, 2020.

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Join us for champagne wishes and mirror ball dreams as we bid another iconic decade adieu this New…

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FabulousFlipSides Fabulous Flip Sides – RCA – 70th Anniversary of the 45

We look back on the 70th anniversary of the 45, introduced by RCA, the Radio Corporation of America, in 1949, with RCA flip sides from the next four consecutive decades by Elvis Presley, The Guess Who, Nilsson, and The Judds. …

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Dave Thompson The Best of 2019 – New Releases, Archives, Box Sets, Various Artists, Books, Record Store Day

And so that was Christmas, another year done… and if you’re looking back wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s a little more than 70 reasons why 2019 really wasn’t the wasteland that history may remember it as. NEW …

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‪Ring in 2020 at The Roxy Hotel in NYC with me! Featuring a live performance from former New York…

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‪Ring in 2020 at The Roxy Hotel in NYC with me! Featuring a live performance from former New York…

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