Vinyl Bucket List by Bike

Vinyl Bucket List by Bike

Collection Essentials & Map of Local Record Stores

3 years ago when a modern house next door was set to be demolished, my husband and his two friends outfitted themselves with headlamps and brown liquor for an urban decay spelunk. Besides an adventure in a moldy house that was ripe for a horror movie scene, they came home with 8 mm film, mixing bowls and a mid-century record player. Since then, we've watched the film (demolished home's deceased architect & resident, William H. Galvin), used the bowls repeatedly and have slowly accumulated a modest record collection.

Music, like a bike, has been a source of freedom, refuge and inspiration from childhood to adulthood. Beatles were road trips, Madonna was empowerment, Janet was dance, Smashing Pumpkins opened up a whole new world of music, Moby was those awful early-20s, New Pornographers was falling in love with my husband again, Elliot Smith was reeling from a colicky baby and Lorde is mother-daughter bonding. Before our daughter was born, in lieu of traditional baby shower gifts, we asked friends to bring records that our daughter should grow up with.

I hope this post inspires you to shop a local record store this weekend and throughout the year, support the artists you love and maybe, just maybe grab some vinyl by bike...just make sure you have a protective place to put it for the ride home;) 

Shopping List

We asked our friends for 3 records that should be in every collection. Additionally, KEXP's (best radio station ever) top 90.3 lists for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 inspired a few choices.

Map

This list was curated based on what we knew, our friend's recommendations and "The Best Record Stores in the USA" photo essay by Rolling Stone.

Bikabouts featuring Record Shops

These self-guided tours were curated by locals and feature a local record shop. Note to any music lovers in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Montreal, New York, Portland and Seattle, we're in need of routes....become an ambassador.