Backroom Records

During the summer, 4080 seems to be on a bit of a hiatus. We’re all over the place trying to get things done, and I’m spending some time in Montreal.

A friend of mine here got a flyer for the grand opening of a record store at some show, so we decided to go check it out. This wasn’t just one of those “come to my new store” type situations.  For those of you who know Montreal, you can laugh at the thought of walking all the way up St. Urbain, pretty much to that insane overpass.

We just kept walking guessing that we’d get to this place soon enough.  Backroom Records, it was called.  We finally get to the address and….it was a row of townhouses.  At first we were annoyed, but we realized that we may as well check around the back.  So, after trekking through this alley, we see some people hanging out on this rickety-looking deck up a fire escape.  Not exactly the first image that pops into mind when you think of a record store.  But what the hell, you’ve got to be prepared for adventure.

We walk up the escape, squeeze by some people and into a tiny room.  It took me a second to focus, but I started turning around and there were just crates everywhere!  It was clearly a mix of his collection and probably those of the others at the opening.  Immediately, we got to digging.  I found a ton of stuff for INCREDIBLE prices. I finally found a Nina Simone album I’d been looking for, I got Pink Floyd’s The Wall for $2, Johnny Cash live at Folsom Prison, Al Green, and tons more. All in good quality. I’m impressed, and I’m thinking of returning at least once. Maybe we have our first strategic partner.

The owner, a man named Warren Hill was way too friendly.  I can only imagine how easy it’d be to be a bit of a music snob (think High Fidelity) when you know as much as he does, but that was not the case at all.  He was eager to please, testing records for us and encouraging all the vinyl neophytes with some prime recommendations.
Go check it out. 5912 St. Urbain.

-A

[Edit/Update: I definitely returned many, many more times, and every time it kept getting better.  The prices are unreal, and I think you should check it out.  If you want an idea of some of their selection, subscribe to their mailing list: backroomrecords at hotmail.com]

324 Replies to “Backroom Records”

  1. Wonderful items from you, man. I’ve remember your stuff previous to
    and you are just too excellent. I really like what you have obtained here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way by which you are saying it.
    You make it entertaining and you still take care of
    to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a wonderful website.

    Check out my page – http://www.africatopforum.com/classifiedads/user/profile/130327

  2. I want to show my thanks to the writer for bailing me out of such
    a problem. Right after searching through the online world
    and seeing methods that were not pleasant, I was thinking my
    entire life was done. Being alive without the strategies
    to the issues you have fixed through your article content is a critical case, as well
    as the kind which could have adversely damaged my entire career if I hadn’t discovered your blog post.

    Your good capability and kindness in taking care of every aspect was very useful.

    I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not discovered
    such a thing like this. I can also at this moment relish my future.
    Thank you very much for the expert and sensible guide.
    I won’t think twice to refer the website to any individual who requires assistance on this situation.

    Also visit my homepage: http://blogs.netoo.com/cgi-bin/cache.cgi?rec_id=1523233606&label=&DM=17%20fv%202012&DS=32374&L=fr&CS=UTF-8&DU=http://volvic.s22.Xrea.com/cgi-bin/aska/aska.cgi/novel.html

  3. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with useful information to work on.
    You have done an impressive task and our entire neighborhood can be grateful to you.

    Also visit my page Ernestina

  4. Hi there superb blog! Does running a blog like this take
    a lot of work? I have absolutely no knowledge of coding but I
    was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.

    Anyways, if you have any ideas or techniques for
    new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I
    simply needed to ask. Thank you!

    Here is my site: http://www.interleads.net

  5. hello there and thank you for your information – I have
    certainly picked up something new from right here.
    I did however expertise a few technical points using this website, as I experienced to reload the website lots of times previous to I
    could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if
    your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading
    instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if ads
    and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my
    e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your respective
    fascinating content. Make sure you update this
    again very soon..

    Take a look at my web-site: 142.11.202.104

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *