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Turn the tables: Event proves there's life after downloads for ...

There are 9 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 17, 2010, titled Turn the tables: Event proves there's life after downloads for .... In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Most people think the record store is a thing of the past. Many of them are. But today's third annual Record Store Day is a national reminder that record stores, music stores or whatever you want to call them are, to quote the old man in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," not dead yet.

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33 one third RPM

El Paso, TX

#1 Apr 17, 2010
Call me a dino, middle ager, ruco, relic...whatever, 47 yrs. young and all well lived. I can certainly claim that all of us in that range had it best, much much better than today's youth..... in many aspects.
One of them being the exposure to vinyl itself (and the truly talented musicians that recorded their material on it).

As a teen in the 70's, one of my favorite places to hang out in EP was at Budget Tapes and Records, a little corner shop on Mesa where the laid back ambiance, a lingering scent of incense and overall cool setting provided bins full of records and stacks of tapes, an educational reference in rock music.
If you asked, they would play a couple of tracks from an LP record for you or you could always count on the good taste in music of the knowledable guy behind the counter, playing the latest releases and best selections.
You could also buy concert tickets there, no TicketBastard fees and was the place to find flyers and announcements of the bands coming to town.
All in all, it was a listener/consumer experience that will never be matched, not to be compared to the cold and bland service provided by music retail stores today.

Right next door was 'The Wee Tam', the friendly neighborhood head shop, a state of mind convenience store where a few necessary items could be picked up as well, including the best stocked underground comic book rack, among them "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers".

Try to find all I've described at Wal-Mart. Good luck.
El Paso

Sacramento, CA

#2 Apr 17, 2010
CD's bought at stores last longer and have better quality then down loading. Down loading songs sound like music playing behind a building.
dj for life

United States

#3 Apr 17, 2010
Real djs spin vinyl.
Club Dedo

Irving, TX

#4 Apr 17, 2010
We're in the old Wee Tam space.
I bought alot of my music at Budget as a kid.
Thanks for those memories.

Hey dj for life you left out one part.

Real (talented) djs spin vinyl.
Vincent

United States

#5 Apr 17, 2010
Rock on ALL THAT MUSIC. Loove your store.
Jennifer

El Paso, TX

#6 Apr 18, 2010
Club Dedo wrote:
We're in the old Wee Tam space.
I bought alot of my music at Budget as a kid.
Thanks for those memories.
Hey dj for life you left out one part.
Real (talented) djs spin vinyl.
DJ's spin vinyl records...and it's not a "Talent". There's no talent involved in playing music other people make, a 5 year old could do it.
MallieSchmallie

El Paso, TX

#7 May 17, 2011
I can't believe I googled and FOUND Wee Tam. I'm also a 'child of the 70's' and have the BEST memories of that time in my life. I remember 'ditching' school, hitchhiking downtown, and hanging out all day long at places like Wee Tam and Bogart's. We were 'guinea pigs' for sure, but the only fear of drugs back then was paraquat poisoning and maybe jimson weed....even though we tried it. Good times!!!
El Paso Steve

Taylor, TX

#9 Aug 18, 2014
Couldn't agree more. I too remember the budget tapes & records along with the Wee Tam next door. Yes, it was great to purchase records and tickets minus the mindless way it is done today. And of course, there was also the People's Emporium..........
33 one third RPM wrote:
Call me a dino, middle ager, ruco, relic...whatever, 47 yrs. young and all well lived. I can certainly claim that all of us in that range had it best, much much better than today's youth..... in many aspects.
One of them being the exposure to vinyl itself (and the truly talented musicians that recorded their material on it).
As a teen in the 70's, one of my favorite places to hang out in EP was at Budget Tapes and Records, a little corner shop on Mesa where the laid back ambiance, a lingering scent of incense and overall cool setting provided bins full of records and stacks of tapes, an educational reference in rock music.
If you asked, they would play a couple of tracks from an LP record for you or you could always count on the good taste in music of the knowledable guy behind the counter, playing the latest releases and best selections.
You could also buy concert tickets there, no TicketBastard fees and was the place to find flyers and announcements of the bands coming to town.
All in all, it was a listener/consumer experience that will never be matched, not to be compared to the cold and bland service provided by music retail stores today.
Right next door was 'The Wee Tam', the friendly neighborhood head shop, a state of mind convenience store where a few necessary items could be picked up as well, including the best stocked underground comic book rack, among them "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers".
Try to find all I've described at Wal-Mart. Good luck.
Bad butt Johnny

El Paso, TX

#10 Aug 18, 2014
El Paso Steve wrote:
Couldn't agree more. I too remember the budget tapes & records along with the Wee Tam next door. Yes, it was great to purchase records and tickets minus the mindless way it is done today. And of course, there was also the People's Emporium..........
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I like the old time places where you could peruse stacks of records surrounded by beautiful women. A simple pick up line about angel trumpets and devil trombones worked quite nicely.

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