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Mole’s was my college record store back in the day outside the University of Cincinnati in Clifton, just about two blocks away from my cockroach-infested apartment. Life Pro Tip: if you’re a college student at UC stay away from Unique Campus Rentals for the love of God.

I actually did an interview on the owner for one of my college journalism papers but that article is lost to history…back up your hard drives folks. Suffice it to say that the article covered mostly what you’re about to see here in the following pictures: lots of old school charm.

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Last time I was here the back was filled with complete junk. Just lots of stuff that wasn’t worth a quarter apiece. That has completely changed. The stacks have been completely reorganized with newer choice selections. Most of it wasn’t what I’m looking for but it was good stuff all the same. Here’s a shot of the jazz section.

Loving the Calhoun St. sign and the Captain Beefheart poster chillin’ next to the Beastie Boys. It takes all types.

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Another shot of the back room. I wonder how much colored vinyl this place has lining the walls. And I wonder how much they’d want to each of them. That pink one is looking especially creamy.

Also, jealous of that Bowie poster.

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I’ve always been a big fan of this Maxell poster but up until now I didn’t notice that they speaker on there is a vintage JBL L100, which you can tell from the square notch speaker foam. I also didn’t realize that this was created in 1979, thought this was an 80s piece.

Check it out in video form:

 

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The front of the store’s full of more records and a sprinkling of CDs. There used to be a bin on the end of the racks here where I used to find all sorts of cool stuff. That bin is where Japanese electronic music entered my life. I don’t know where I’d be without Yellow Magic Orchestra.

 

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Another shot of the front. That System of a Down sign in the upper right corner really bums me out, man.

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Good shot of the featured records rack. Should have taken a better look at this lineup.

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Is that Ringo’s head up there in the center? What a creep.

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Your friendly neighborhood record peddler.

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The first pickup from Mole’s. If you haven’t seen this movie you need to get on it. Just be prepared to feel really uncomfortable. It’s a beautifully constructed piece, but sometimes beauty can give you the heeby jeebies too.

 

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This video is all you need to know about Krush Groove.

 

Here’s the overall rating for Mole’s Record Exchange

Customer Service: 7/10

Selection: 5/10

Overall Score: 6/10

Check out Moles Record Exchange Here

111 Calhoun St

Cincinnati, OH 45219

(513) 861-6291

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My first memory of Everybody’s Records was going there with my dad when I was a kid so he could sell off all of our vinyl. I’m not sure how many he had in his collection, but I remember there being boxes. The plural of box. So it was a few, which we probably traded for a James Taylor CD box set or something. What a sad day.

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The front of the store is dominated by CDs and band tees. I’m not really sure who buys either of these things anymore but someone does because Everybody’s keeps a good amount on steady supply and they’ve been open continuously since 1978 so they must know something I don’t.

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And here’s the back where they keep the glorious vinyl. They also sell stickers back here, which I forgot to get a good picture of. Stickers fall into the same category of CDs and band tees. I bet that guy in the Batman shirts buys lots of stickers. And I’m sure they look great on his Aerostar.

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I like this little corner back here. I’ve never found anything I want to buy back there but I like it anyway. It’s cozy…if I were to break into Everybody’s after a terribly whiskey bender this is where I would curl up and sleep/vomit.

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Ahh, the showcase wall. Lots of good stuff here, mostly a selection of cool classic rock this time around. I was tempted by a Bob Dylan box set up there but, you know, I don’t really listen to Bob Dylan all that much…I just want to pretend I do. That Pat Benatar picture disc is also pretty tempting for when the internet goes down.  Meeeyowwww.

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Another shot of the vinyl room. The stand to the right of the CDs holds most of the newer indie stuff. To the right of that is Jazz and Hip Hop. Rock lines the outside walls of the room. I couldn’t find the soundtrack section that I used to browse.

You’ll see on the floor the crates of 99 cent records. I was really lazy today and didn’t look through all of them. Well, I didn’t really need to because I found one stack that had a lot of good, cheap stuff that you’ll see below.

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Not really sure why I took a picture of this little collection. I guess it just looks classy, or basically if I was to wake up one day and have magically acquired a sense of class this is the type of class I’d like to evoke. Nice 60s suit class, there’s nothing like it.

 

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I bought this one solely for the cover. This is something I try to avoid because space is extremely precious in my SF apartment but there’s something very kinetic and powerful about this one…it’s definitely going on my wall. And I like trucks, they’re so big.

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Really excited to play this one. I’m staying with my parents while I visit Cincinnati and they don’t have a record player (I know, bummer, right?). But it has several mixes of “Bad” and I can’t wait to play this on the new Rebuilt Tranny’s Record Exchange show on Mutiny Radio.

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Again, super pumped about this one. At the time I was really debating the purchase. Looking back, I don’t even know who it was at that shop today. Pretty sure there are several Corbins. A total no brainer, daytime Corbin.

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One simply cannot have enough Daft Punk. Especially old school hard house Daft Punk. Check out this one.

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This one is kind of an album art grab, but I also peeped it before purchase. It’s great.

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Really excited about grabbing this one. XTC is great, you should listen to more XTC. This is why:

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I wish I had as much swag as The Cramps.

Here’s the overall rating for Everybody’s Records

Customer Service: 7/10

Selection: 6/10

Overall Score: 7/10

 

Check them out at www.everybodysrecords.com

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Yes folks, the rumors are true. Rebuilt Tranny is back with a new live show on www.mutinyradio.org!

Broadcasting live out of San Francisco, Rebuilt Tranny’s Record Exchange plays the mix of weird and wild vinyl you’ve come to love.

Tune in every Tuesday from 8 to 10 PT for the live broadcast or visit this page and www.mutinyradio.org for downloadable vinyl podcasts.

Check out the first installment of Rebuilt Tranny’s Record Exchange show now! The first half is a tribute to the San Francisco’s amazing Noise Pop Festival, featuring artists from this year’s lineup. The second is an incredible vinyl bounty from the Treasure Island Flea Market, one of the best vinyl spots I’ve ever encountered.

So, welcome back everyone. I’m glad you’re here and I’m excited to share some new music and old favorites with you.

-Corbin

http://podcasts.pcrcollective.org/RebuildTranny/RebuiltTranny-20130216.mp3

You all know Mr. Mckenzie’s flower power anthem “San Francisco, ” which was written by the infamous John Phillips of the Mama & the Papas.
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But did you know that, according to the LA Times, he co-wrote the Beach Boys’ breezy island track “Kokomo”?

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And did you know that he probably wasn’t the father of the Olson Twins?

You learn something new every day. Thanks for the jams, Mr. McKenzie.

Howdy Folks, it’s been a while. I’ve been away looking for the perfect P-Mount turntable cartridge…something that still eludes me.

If you haven’t noticed, the file storage account associated with this page has been locked. Since I don’t own the rights to any of the albums presented on this site, and therefore don’t have a case for having the account unlocked, the music you previously loved discovering is most likely forever lost to time. Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

So, the sharing was fun while it was lasted. Rebuilt Tranny was able to share the strange, beautiful, smooth, sad, weird, groovin’, happy, environmental, tragic and cheesy sides of music with an audience that otherwise would have been deaf to such gems. Check out a taste of the past here.

Now, I’m not going to just say adiós and thanks for all the good times. I’m a firm believer that the saying “all good things must come to an end” is complete bullshit. Things from here on out might not be the same, but we’re still going to have a good time…whether the man likes it or not. Here’s what I’m thinking.

The name of this website is “Rebuilt Tranny’s Rat Rod Record Exchange.” Until now this has been a one way exchange of information. What I propose is an actual record exchange between myself and the internet audience. This will happen in two parts.

FIRST!  I’d like to share records with people all over the world . I would love to send you a record and receive one in return. You can request a record that was on Rebuilt Tranny’s Rat Rod Record Exchange before The Great Crash of 2012 or you can receive a random album. We can either share rips of records or actual records.

If I receive an actual record I’ll do a write-up similar to what was on here in the past. However, there won’t be a full album download available…but there will be examples of the album available on either videos or a direct player. I’ve been entertaining the idea of doing Rebuilt Tranny podcasts but it’s just the matter of how much free time I can scrounge up.

I’m going to start this exchange by sending The Death Wish II Soundtrack, Dr. Demento’s Greatest Novelty Tracks of the 60′s and Slim Whitman’s Very Best to long-time reader Mr. James Mustey in Southeastern Australia. It may take time to receive my copy of the Deepthroat Soundtrack and other tasty morsels in San Francisco so in the meantime the rest of you can request records and I’ll send them out ASAP.

I’d like to stress that there’s no money involved in this. It’s just a free honor system international record exchange. It’s meant to be fun! I have a bunch of Rebuilt Tranny banner bumper stickers so I’ll send one of those as a special treat, as well as a lewd message that’s tailored specifically for your body type.

SECOND!  I’d like to start a local record exchange and listening club in San Francisco. You can check out the specifics at MeetUp for the Rebuilt Tranny’s Rat Rod Record Exchange & Listening Club.

My hope is that this can start as a monthly or weekly get together for music lovers in the Bay Area that will one day turn into something bigger at a local venue or something of the like. That, of course, is far in the future.

For now it will probably be a handful of people first meeting on neutral ground, like the wonderfully dank atmosphere of Encore Karaoke Bar. After we weed out the serial rapists and wet napkins we’ll meet at each other’s places to show off our monster stereos on a somewhat regular schedule. It is at this time we’ll also swap records with multiple partners.

So there you have it folks. I’m hoping this little experiment is a success. I’d love to share some records and meet some new people who love little black groovy discs as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading. I hope to hear from you soon.