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 Dying Scene Album Review: Forever Unclean – “Best”

Let’s give some love to the Danish punk scene. For years, the scene has become more and more noticeable and we have a lot of bands to thank for that. In September ‘19, when I was going through an insomnia-filled three days, I decided to go on a deep dive and that’s when I discovered […]

Let’s give some love to the Danish punk scene. For years, the scene has become more and more noticeable and we have a lot of bands to thank for that. In September ‘19, when I was going through an insomnia-filled three days, I decided to go on a deep dive and that’s when I discovered this band, and that might have been the second best thing to happen to me in that year. But let’s get on with this review. Back in January of 2022, a Danish skate-indie-punk trio called Forever Unclean released their first full-length LP via Nasty Cut Records (EU), Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK), and Hidden Home Records (US), consisting of 11 tracks. If you’re already familiar with Forever Unclean, they are pretty known for their short and one-worded title tracks, which we were introduced to on their EP’s Float, Woof, and Shreds. And that, much to my joy, is still the case with Best.

With Best, I took a different approach than starting from the top with “Dream.” When I first heard the record I decided to put it on “Shuffle” like some daredevil. The first song I heard, was “Kold” sung in the band’s native language Danish, and it became a favorite from the first guitar riff before the vocals come in. While it could fool one and sound uplifting and energetic, the lyrics do put another spin on the song. “Jeg er ligeglad nu”, translated to English “I don’t care right now”.  I’ll admit, speaking Danish myself, I do think it’s nice to see the band dabble in Danish, knowing that it might only be appreciated by their Danish fans. But they took a chance and it definitely paid off.

Next up is Mandy, a cute love note to someone special. “I really need a break from reality with you, with you”, this song is unbelievably catchy from the first verse, and then picks up its pace around the 30-second mark, once again showing off how the three-piece work so well together, from the supporting vocals laying a good background to Lasse’s raw, impressive vocals. This could become a fan favorite in no time. I’ll even go as far as saying, this song should be pushed a lot more; send it to someone you love next Valentine’s Day or Anniversary.

“Smile” is the penultimate song on Best, and opens with Leo’s carefree and rapid drumming. I find this song might be where he shines through, yet the way Lasse and Troels complement the drumming, with their talents on the guitar and bass, gives me at best, ‘90s grunge vibes towards the end, probably why it deserves a mention. While I love punk, getting that hint of grunge from anyone has me hooked when I pick it up.

While I could give a track-by-track review of the record, I believe you need to check it out yourself and not get too influenced by a review. I’ll say this: the record packs punch after punch and you’ll only be glad you heard it. Even from listening to their previous material for three years, it’s very clear how these guys have grown into the band and with each other, the raw emotions transferred in the lyrics, while the instruments play some more uplifting music go with them. Throughout the record, you will are met with short songs, but they pack a lot and there’s no dropping the ball on this record. The trio does know how to properly mash genres, borrowing from the early ‘90s rock, and fast-paced pop-punk, and showing how not all indie music has to be quiet and can take a punch to it. The emotional display that we are met with on the album really benefits the band lyrical-wise, as a few bands before them haven’t been shy of showing a different emotional range on their records. Forever Unclean does it differently, with shorter and more packed songs with lyrics that make you reflect since I could ask them if they were doing a lot of self-reflecting while writing.

From the first listening, I knew this record was going to be on my top ten AoTY List, and I’m glad to say it still is even with all the releases that came this year.

If you want to catch them, they are supporting ALLDEEPENDS and Sewer Cats on selected dates, starting already Friday, November 18th in Copenhagen!

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DS Band Spotlight: Celebration Summer

HOOOOOO-LEEEEE SHIIIIIIIIIIT! I’m not sure we’ve been this excited about a Band Spotlight since featuring NYC punks Proper! DC punks, Celebration Summer have only been around since 2019 but you wouldn’t know it by hearing them. They sound like grizzled veterans with expertly constructed music laid behind raw vocals which bellow out relatable and very […]

HOOOOOO-LEEEEE SHIIIIIIIIIIT! I’m not sure we’ve been this excited about a Band Spotlight since featuring NYC punks Proper! DC punks, Celebration Summer have only been around since 2019 but you wouldn’t know it by hearing them. They sound like grizzled veterans with expertly constructed music laid behind raw vocals which bellow out relatable and very well written lyrics. Add to that extremely catchy riffs and choruses and these guys make the perfect counter to anyone who says there’s no “good” punk rock these days.

We guess we’re not the only one’s who have noticed their talent, because their debut full length album Patience In Presence is being released via the illustrious A-F Records here in the US and by Shield Recordings abroad. and will be available on September 23rd (pre order here). Great minds think alike! When we asked Lead vocalist/guitarist Nate Falger about the newest single/title track “Patience in Presence” he said: “It provides a glimpse of how I deal with anxiety. The lyrics are a reminder to myself to be present in every moment despite the daily, overwhelming weight I feel on myself.”

If you dig music videos, they’ve also released three of them for tracks off of the upcoming eleven track LP: “Fraud“, “Disconnected” and the aforementioned title track “Patience in Presence“. Give ’em a watch!

*Featured Image by Alec Berry (@roxplosion)

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DS Exclusive: Full Compilation Premiere – “A Future Of Bad Men – A Melvins Tribute”

We get to do some pretty cool exclusive things here at Dying Scene, and this certainly ranks among the pretty coolest! Portland, Oregon-based Black Donut Records is putting out a compilation this coming Friday (October 7th). It’s called A Future of Bad Men: A Melvins Tribute and it is, you guessed it, a tribute to […]

We get to do some pretty cool exclusive things here at Dying Scene, and this certainly ranks among the pretty coolest!

Portland, Oregon-based Black Donut Records is putting out a compilation this coming Friday (October 7th). It’s called A Future of Bad Men: A Melvins Tribute and it is, you guessed it, a tribute to everyone’s favorite sludge pioneers The Melvins! The compilation features contributions from a bunch of the bands that Black Donut founder Morey Straus has stumbled upon online in recent years, including Grizzlor, Night Goat, Bovine Nightmares and more.

A Future of Bad Men is available for pre-order digitally and on vinyl here – luckily for you, we’re streaming the whole shebang below! Check it out!

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DS Exclusive: New Junk City unveil “Sold In Bunches” from upcoming album, “Beg A Promise”

Happy Tuesday, comrades! Dying Scene is super excited to bring you the premiere of yet another killer new track. It’s called “Sold In Bunches,” and it’s the latest single from the upcoming New Junk City album Beg A Promise. Here’s what Atlanta’s finest had to say about the track: “Sold in Bunches” is actually a […]

Happy Tuesday, comrades!

Dying Scene is super excited to bring you the premiere of yet another killer new track. It’s called “Sold In Bunches,” and it’s the latest single from the upcoming New Junk City album Beg A Promise. Here’s what Atlanta’s finest had to say about the track:

“Sold in Bunches” is actually a reworking of a song from a solo record of mine. We wanted one more song for the record, and were kind of tapped for ideas, when Dakota brought up the possibility of reworking this one. I thought it was a terrible idea, but as usual, he proved me wrong, and it might be my favorite song on the record. I love the horns and strings in the arrangement. They really lift the song and bring a triumphant and cathartic close to the record.

Beg A Promise is due out October 21st on A-F Records. You still have time to pre-order the digital version right here and the vinyl version right here. And If we’re being honest, you really should pre-order it; it’s one of my favorite records of the year and it’s not even out yet!!

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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (Bouncing Souls, Useless ID, Giant Eagles & more)

Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. There was a lot of cool shit […]

Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we’ve probably got it. There was a lot of cool shit announced this week and this is one of the biggest Record Radars yet! So kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

Let’s start with that new Bouncing Souls record, shall we? New Jersey’s favorite sons rolled out the red carpet for their new album Ten Stories High, releasing two killer singles and a gargantuan number of colored vinyl variants. Just look at all those fuckin’ things! Some of these sold out already; this page links to all the places you can get each variant.

I’ve been very vocal about my love of Dutch pop-punk band Giant Eagles 🦅. Their first two records are some of the best pop-punk albums of the last 10~ years as far as I’m concerned. Both of these LPs have been out of print for a hot second, but they’ve just been repressed! Get Giant Egos on red vinyl here and Second Landing on clear colored wax here. If you’re in Europe, Shield Recordings has you covered.

In our last Record Radar of 2022, we brought you the news that hardcore legends 7Seconds were reissuing their 1985 LP Walk Together, Rock Together. Trust Records has now officially announced the reissue as well as some more color variants. Get it on yellow w/ black splatter colored vinyl here. Or, if you’re not a variant nerd like me, just buy the LP from Amazon and save a few bucks. Can’t be free Prime shipping, baby! All hail Bezos.

Here’s another one from Trust Records. I came across this while looking at the new 7Seconds reissue on their website… not 100% sure if it’s new, but I couldn’t find anything about a pink/white pressing of the Circle JerksGroup Sex on Discogs or anywhere else. So I’m gonna assume this is a new variant of the 40th Anniversary reissue Trust did a few years ago. Grab a copy here.

The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause announced a new solo record earlier this week. It’s called Drive It Like It’s Stolen; check out the first single below. There are two color variants: the pretty one in the picture is limited to 500 copies, the other one is on plain jane blue wax (not sure how many of those are being pressed). Pre-order here.

Two new releases from Rad Girlfriend Records: First up is a brand new self-titled LP from Wrong Life! If you were a fan of frontman Fraser’s old band The Murderburgers, you will like this band (I know I do 🙂). Check out the first single “Internal Bleeding” below and pre-order the record here (US) or here (UK).

Rad Girlfriend’s other new release comes from Chicago’s Airstream Futures. Their new album Armer L’Harmonie is due out February 10th. Check out the first single “Bury Mary” below and pre-order the LP here.

Our friends at People of Punk Rock Records are always churning out killer reissues. Sometimes they put out shit from bands I haven’t even heard of! Quebec skate punks Xlarge are one of those bands, but I’m listening to these guys for the first time right now and they kick fuckin’ ass! If you like 90’s skate punk, I highly recommend checking out Xlarge. POPR is releasing the band’s two records on vinyl for the very first time, and you can get them here.

Here’s something that was literally announced as I was writing the Record Radar: It’s a brand new live record from Useless ID! The 28-song album titled Live In Tel Aviv was recorded at The Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel on August 20th, 2019. There are three variants of this Double LP, limited to 100 copies each. Pre-order here.

Last but not least (somebody’s always gotta be last, right?) is a brand new release from our friends at Punk Rock Radar! They’ve teamed up with Cat’s Claw and White Russian Records to co-release Dutch skate punk band Toska Fall‘s new record A Little Advice on red colored vinyl. Listen to a few tracks below and pre-order the LP here.

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, leave us a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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DS Record Radar: This Week in Punk Vinyl (NOFX, Bad Religion & More)

Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we got it. So kick off your shoes, pull up a […]

Greetings, fellow degenerates! Welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar. If it’s your first time here, thank you for joining us! This is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl; new releases, reissues… you name it, we got it. So kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, crack open a cold one, and break out those wallets, because it’s go time. Let’s get into it!

NOFX makes yet another appearance on the Record Radar, this week with two releases! Up first is their upcoming record Double Album, which is now available to pre-order on colored vinyl. Fat Wreck has the LP (along with a shitload of bundles) available on their webstore. Europeans can grab it here, and our Australian friends can buy it here. Check out the album’s latest single “Punk Rock Cliché” below.

The other NOFX record making an appearance in this week’s column is a brand new EU-exclusive color variant (see the picture) of the almighty Punk in Drublic. Go here to get your hands on this one.

Next up is Bad Religion with a new pressing of 2004’s The Empire Strikes First. This red and black marbled LP is a Newbury Comics exclusive, limited to 600 copies. Grab it here.

Also from Newbury Comics: a new pressing of Flogging Molly‘s Drunken Lullabies, limited to 500 copies on “clear with yellow and purple splatter” colored vinyl. Get your copy here.

In addition to recording a new album, Frenzal Rhomb recently announced 2003’s Sans Souci would be released on wax for the first time. If the “Russel Crowe Shit Brown” colored vinyl didn’t do it for you, they’ve revealed additional variant! The LP is available to pre-order on “Ballchef Blood Red” colored vinyl here.

Another recently-announced reissue to get a new color variant is Less Than Jake’s ever-divisive In With the Out Crowd. In addition to the purple LP limited to 1,000 copies, LTJ now has a blue variant on their webstore. It’s limited to 500 copies and they want… $40 for it.

Revelation Records has an exclusive color variant of the upcoming LP from Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. This pressing of Five Great Egrets on yellow vinyl is limited to 100 copies. Check out the first single “Heart of Stone” below, and grab the record here.

The Dickies have announced a new 7″ with some old-ass (previously unreleased) songs. “Blink 183” was supposedly recorded for a Fat Wreck Chords compilation but didn’t make the cut, and “Clean Money” is a b-side from their 2001 album All This And Puppet Stew. These are good songs (listen below for yourself), but $16 for a two-track 7″ is insane. If you can stomach the asking price, feel free to buy it here.

The 1991 debut album from French melodic punk veterans Burning Heads is getting a 30th Anniversary reissue on Radiation Records. If you’re a fan of that fast, melodic 90’s Epifat sound, I highly recommend checking these guys out (they were briefly on Epitaph btw). Check out my favorite track below, and go here to get a copy of this great record.

Spanish Love Songs‘ 2018 LP Schmaltz is back in print on a few new color variants, limited to 250 copies each. Grab your copy here. A few colors have already sold out, so you’ll want to act fast.

Citizen‘s Youth has been reissued on “highlighter yellow” colored vinyl. Head over to their Bandcamp page to grab this one.

Today’s the day! Now available to order (and shipping immediately) are three brand new reissues from MxPx. After being out of print since the turn of the century, Life in GeneralSlowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, and The Ever Passing Moment are back on wax. Head over to the band’s webstore to get a piece of the action.

RECORD OF THE WEEK!

We here at Dying Scene are all about trying new things, so this week I’m challenging you, loyal reader, to listen to something new! This week’s Record of the Week comes from a band featured on our recent “Ten Underrated Punk Bands That Should Be On Your Radar” column. If you like blazing fast skate punk in the vein of Belvedere and Mute, you’ll wanna check out Quebec City’s Fullcount and their 2018 LP Part of the Game. Give it a listen below, and grab that beautiful colored wax here.

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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Dying Scene Record Radar: New punk vinyl releases & reissues (Against Me!, Frenzal Rhomb, NOFX & more)

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar! If it’s your first time joining us, this is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl. So kick off your shoes, grab a few beers, and break out those wallets, because it’s time to run through this week’s […]

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of the Dying Scene Record Radar! If it’s your first time joining us, this is a weekly column where we cover all things punk rock vinyl. So kick off your shoes, grab a few beers, and break out those wallets, because it’s time to run through this week’s new releases and reissues. Let’s get into it!

Swedish punk veterans Millencolin have announced a new LP compiling their first two demo tapes from 1993. Due out in early September, Goofy & Melack will be limited to 500 copies on black vinyl, and 240 copies on red vinyl. Preorder through their webstore starts Thursday, August 4th at 10am Eastern.

Anti-Flag just announced their 13th full-length album Lies They Tell Our Children. It’s due out on January 6th, 2023, and you can pre-order it now here. The record will feature guest appearances from members of Rise Against, Bad Religion, and a bunch of other bands. The cover art’s some avant garde bullshit, which is cool if you’re into that kinda thing. Check out the music video for the first single below.

Asbestos Records has repressed the venerable Against Me!‘s 2007 New Wave LP for the first time in six years. This one’s limited to 1,000 copies on split black/yellow vinyl. Head to the label’s webstore to get yours.

Avail frontman Tim Barry has announced a new solo album titled Spring Hill. This is due out on August 12th, and it sounds like the LP will be available to order the on same day. The “red cloud” variant pictured will only be available at a show he’s playing in Richmond, VA on Friday, August 5th (more details on that here).

Fat Wreck Chords has repressed Frenzal Rhomb‘s incredible Smoko at the Pet Food Factory. Fat doesn’t reveal their colored variants usually, but my super official sources tell me this is what this pressing looks like. Grab your copy here.

British melodic punks Darko just announced a new EP titled Sparkle. It’s due out on October 21st, and you can preorder it here. The first single “Cruel to Be” is really good; check out the music video below!

Zia Records has a new exclusive variant of NOFX‘s Punk in Drublic, limited to to 500 copies on “Transparent Beer With Red Splatter” colored vinyl. Get it here.

New band alert! Bracket‘s Angelo Celli has a new project called Guilty Party and their debut 7″ Imposter Syndrome is coming out next month. Check out “Circling the Truth” below, and go here to get your preorder in. If you like Bracket, you will like this.

The Homeless Gospel Choir‘s 2020 album This Land Is Your Landfill just got repressed. There are two new variants, each limited to 250 copies. Go here to grab this one.

Rude Records is having a summer sale! Records, shirts, and more from bands like Less Than Jake, Guttermouth, and a bunch of others are discounted up to 25%. Head over to their webstore to check it out.

Now that all the cool stuff has been covered, here’s what I’ve been listening to… Saving money by not buying every new release has given me a chance to dig out some stuff I haven’t played in a while. First up this week was Much The Same‘s Quitters Never Win, a very underrated skate punk record that turns 20 years old next year. MxPx‘s The Ever Passing Moment from last year’s box set got some playing time, too. I also revisited one of my favorite Murderburgers records The 12 Habits of Highly Defective People, and Civil War Rust‘s fantastic debut LP The Fun & The Lonely.

That’s all, folks! Thanks as always for tuning in to the Dying Scene Record Radar. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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Dying Scene Record Radar: New punk vinyl releases & reissues (Less Than Jake, The Manges, No Fun At All & more)

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! If you missed me, sorry – things have been a bit crazy lately, between Dying Scene undergoing continued renovations, and my miserable job pulling me away from my extracurricular efforts. But I’m back again, with a bunch of new colorful plastic discs you may […]

Hello friends, and welcome back to the Dying Scene Record Radar! If you missed me, sorry – things have been a bit crazy lately, between Dying Scene undergoing continued renovations, and my miserable job pulling me away from my extracurricular efforts. But I’m back again, with a bunch of new colorful plastic discs you may be interested in purchasing with the money your miserable job has deposited into your bank account! Let’s get into it.

First up is something I’m very excited for: Less Than Jake‘s In With The Out Crowd is finally getting reissued! This has been out of print since 2006, and prior to this there were only 1,000 copies in existence. It’s available on purple vinyl here, and I’m certain other variants will be popping up elsewhere very soon. Is this my favorite LTJ record? No. Is it the flaming pile of dogshit people make it out to be? Absolutely not! This is a solid album with some of the band’s more introspective lyricism.

Also from Less Than Jake: a new Deluxe Edition of their latest album Silver Linings. This reissue features two brand new tracks, and four acoustic versions of existing songs. It’s a 2xLP on beautiful colored vinyl, with a screen print of the cover art on Side D. Pre-order yours here.

Italian pop-punk veterans The Manges have a new record coming soon. It’s called Book of Hate for Good People, and you can listen to a few of the singles below. The record is available on blue vinyl here, and yellow vinyl here.

Skate punk fans, listen up! No Fun At All‘s new album Seventh Wave will be available to pre-order Friday, September 17th from SBÄM and DustyWax Records. There are a ton of variants – the white with black splatter will be exclusive to DustyWax, and limited to 200 copies.

Mustard Plug’s iconic 1997 album Evildoers Beware is getting the 25th Anniversary treatment. Hopeless Records has the yellow w/ red splatter LP pictured to the left (or above if you’re on mobile) on their webstore. The band has a silver variant on their own store. Grab an essential piece of third wave ska!

Speaking of third wave ska… Asian Man Records is repressing a bunch of MU330 records! This is the first time these have been in print for a while. Head over to their webstore to get your hands on these.

As always, our Canadian friends at Thousand Islands Records have some awesome stuff on the way! First up, they will be releasing California melodic punk band Sic Waiting‘s comeback album A Good Hill To Die On this fall. Check out the first single “Uncommon Veins” below, and pre-order the record here.

Also from Thousand Islands, a brand new record from German skate punks Straightline. The whole album is available to stream right now (check it out below, it’s fucking killer), and the LPs should start shipping this winter. Head over to their store to get your pre-orders in.

SideOneDummy is reissuing the Swingin’ Utters compilation album More Scared: The House of Faith Years in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Pre-order yours here.

Fat Wreck‘s 25th Anniversary reissue train rolls on, with the latest installment being Me First and the Gimme GimmesHave a Ball. One of the finest punk cover albums of all time, if I do say so myself. You can get it here (US), here (EU), and here (AUS). Yeah!

I am a steadfast supporter of underrated 90’s pop-punk bands, and Cletus is one of those bands. Hey Pizza! Records is releasing their 1999 album Horseplay Leads to Tragedy on vinyl for the first time. The record has been remastered by Mass Giorgini, and it’s available on three color variants. Grab it here.

And last but certainly not least, we have Dan Vapid and the Cheats announcing their fifth studio album Welcome to Dystopia. The official release is months away, but Eccentric Pop Records has announced a special “test pressing edition”, limited to 100 hand numbered copies on black wax. This will be available on their webstore Friday, September 16th at Noon Eastern.

And that’s all, folks! Another Record Radar in the books. As always, thank you for tuning in. If there’s anything we missed (highly likely), or if you want to let everyone know about a new/upcoming vinyl release you’re excited about, send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, and we’ll look into it. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t blow too much money on spinny discs. See ya next week!

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Dying Scene Record Store Spotlight: Clearwater Record Shop (Tampa Bay, FL)

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store! Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown […]

Hello, and welcome to Record Store Spotlight; a new column here on Dying Scene dedicated to an institution almost as American as apple pie and unfettered capitalism – the record store!

Today, I’ll be putting the spotlight on one of my favorite local stores, the Clearwater Record Shop. Nestled in the middle of my hometown (a city most well known for being home to the Church of Scientology’s headquarters), the Clearwater Record Shop sets itself apart from other record stores with its heavy focus on used music. Rather than relying on distributors to supply new releases, owner Casey Brown has spent years building his inventory one record collection acquisition at a time. The store which spans two interconnected warehouse spaces boasts one of the most expansive selections of used CDs I’ve ever seen. Every time I visit, I leave with a stack of jewel cases a few feet high. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re met with hundreds of bins overflowing with discs, the majority of which are just $3.75 each (or six for $20!).

Sure, it’s hard to beat the ease and convenience of shopping online. But the Clearwater Record Shop goes toe to toe with Discogs prices, and I find that most of the time, they come out ahead. Also, I’ve yet to find a more enjoyable way to kill a few hours on my day off than thumbing through thousands of records and CDs, searching for worthy additions to my collection. It’s a visceral experience that can’t be matched by browsing an online marketplace. Finding a record like The Clash’s Combat Rock for $15, and not having to wait an eternity for USPS to deliver it is icing on the cake. My only complaint about this store is that the selection is literally overwhelming. If you’re on a budget, you might have to get a little picky as your stack grows taller.

In the cooler months (yes, we sometimes have those here in Florida), the Clearwater Record Shop acts as a host to monthly swap meets. Local record collectors and vendors are invited to set up tables in the parking lot to sell their wares. These events serve as a great meeting place for the community, and are a highlight of winter and spring for me. The first time we attended, I grabbed a few LPs, including the BuzzcocksA Different Kind of Tension ($10) and Billy Joel’s Songs in the Attic ($5), along with a bunch of dollar bin CDs by the likes of the Ramones, Ozzy, and Megadeth.

It’s always a fun time shopping at this store. Casey is very personable and has created something really special here. The store has a unique, inviting old school atmosphere. The selection is great, and the prices are fair. Your dollar goes a lot further here than it does at most record stores.

If you ever find yourself in the Tampa Bay area, I highly recommend stopping by the Clearwater Record Shop. With two air conditioned warehouses packed to the rafters with nothing but music, music, and even more music, you’re bound to stumble upon something that suits your fancy. Or, if you lack self control like me, you’ll probably leave with a mountain of stuff that suits your fancy.

For more info, check out the store’s website, and follow them on Instagram.

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