Posted by lemonjelly on:
A month or two ago a new record shop quietly opened around the corner of Santa Barbara St. and de la Guerra St. Where the old Frameworks used to be.
It was started by a Portland couple who built the shelves and display cases themselves. Within the shop is a cornucopia of vinyl for all musical tastes. Best of all, these records are priced very very well. Most are in the $10 range. Rarities and collectibles are fairly priced, as well. I said fairly. They know what's good.
I poked my head in a while back, just to look around, and I walked out with a five record set of new 10" Lemon Jelly singles priced under $30. And I don't even *own* a turntable.
An acquaintence from Los Angeles came in for a browse and dropped a fat wodge of cash on a stack of records. Los Angeles! Where Amoeba is! Why? Because the prices were so darn good and he found things he wanted. Lots of things. That's so cool! Our little Santa Barbara.
Warbler finally had its grand opening party on 13 November and it was packed to the gills. I'm not sure I'd seen so many SB hipsters in one place, it was like all the contents of a thrift store clothing section had shifted en masse to Warbler. It was on this night that I also found another vinyl gem that's close to my heart, Florence Foster Jenkins.
If any of you saw Ensemble Theatre's production of Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, which played from 4 Feb - 28 Feb earlier this year, you were treated to the true story of Ms. Jenkins: the matronly socialite turned opera singer who sold out Carnegie Hall, despite being (or because she was) completely tone deaf. I've owned the cd for years, and here it was in vinyl at Warbler, both as the full album and several singles of her, er, greatest hits. Priced to sell, I might add. Like I said, Warbler knows what's good. Ahem.
Warbler Records and Goods
131 E. De La Guerra St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101