Maintaining a complete discography is a great way to honor your favorite band, just as maintaining a life-size sculpture made out of meatballs is a great way to honor Emeril Lagasse. Accentuate your fandom with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of used CDs and DVDs at Record Archive.
The voluminous stockade of used CDs and DVDs at Record Archive has been keeping music hobbyists and fanatics in tune with their favorite artists for 35 years. CDs ($5/disc) and DVDs ($5/disc; box sets priced as marked) spanning multiple decades pack the audio emporium's aluminum racks, just like the sardines that infamously packed Yanni’s keyboard at the Acropolis in 1995. CDs are priced by the disc, so multiple-disc albums such as Pink Floyd's The Wall or Will Smith's Big Willie Style 2 would be priced according to the number of discs in each set. Although the collection is quite expansive, helpful music masters will special order any titles that aren’t in stock.
Housed in a pale yellow façade adorned with a giant vinylized Pac-Man, the musical mecca’s interior looks more like a rock 'n' roll warehouse than a record shop. Though not included in today’s Groupon, patrons can peruse wall upon wall of used vinyl albums priced at $3 each, four for $10, or ten for $20. Record Archive also entertains fans with cool in-store events, usually in the form of record signings, performances by local musicians, and laser light shows for cats.
After passing through double doors located at the bottom quarter of a massive storefront record, patrons emerge into Record Archive's quirky shop whose red and yellow walls disappear behind shelves of used CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and cassettes. A 35-year veteran of the Rochester music scene, the shop judiciously buys and sells tunes and movies in most formats. In the shade of bikes dangling decoratively from the ceiling, clients can special order hard-to-find works to complete collections or destroy the traces of their brief solo jazz career. Despite the music specialty advertised by the store’s name and its eclectic calendar of in-house performances, Record Archive also takes a stance against mass-production with caches of vintage clothing, unique furniture, quirky toys, and incense.