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June 25, 2008

SCORE! Dodd's Record Shop (6/24/08)

I like to shop at Dodd's Record Shop here in Grand Rapids, but it can definitely be overwhelming. The stacks and bins and shelves are packed so tight that without some serious time to devote you are best off sticking to the new arrivals. Which is what I do most of the time.

I always go for the 12" bin and the 50 cent records first, and then browse the loosest of piles scattered toward the back. With luck, other customers have stirred things up a bit and there may be a gem or two floating around. Sometimes I come up with some great stuff (2 Shuggie Otis records for 50 cents each a few years ago). Yesterday a found a few gems, a Michigan rap record, a comp of South African Soul, a classic experimental synth-pop LP and some funky odds and ends.

By-the-way, if you are looking for any late 70's to mid 80's Iggy Pop (which I personally feel is boring as all get out), Dodd's has it right now.

The Score!

V/A- Soweto Never Sleeps: Classic Female Zulu Jive (1986 Shanachie)
Sparks- Sparks in Outer Space
Laurie Anderson- O Superman EP (1981 Warner Brothers)
Connoisseurs of Groove- Reap and Destroy (1987 Flint Fresh City Partners)

50 Cent Records:
Milky Way- Chocolate Milk (1979 RCA)
Idris Muhammad- Boogie to the Top (1978 Kudu)
Slave- The Concept (1978 Cotillion)
Slave- Show Time (1981 Cotillion)
Johnny Guitar Watson- A Real Mother For Ya (1977 This Record Co)
Tower of Power- Back On The Streets (1979 Columbia)
Yellow Magic Orchestra- S/T Yellow Vinyl!!! (1979 A&M)
Prince- 1999 (1982 Warner Brothers)

Posted by matt at June 25, 2008 8:50 PM


That is hilarious! When you had a record sale a year or two ago, I bought a copy of O Superman from you.

That Idris Muhammad album isn't bad.

Posted by: Anthony at June 26, 2008 7:06 AM

dodds smells like cat pee pee

Posted by: emma at June 26, 2008 4:42 PM

Reap and destroy rules, Deaf Words is the jam

Posted by: outobol at June 26, 2008 8:35 PM

Dodd's does have a peculiar smell. A bit of cat pee, a bit of mold. My fingertips are always REALLY dirty after digging there.

Posted by: matt at June 26, 2008 10:38 PM

Gerry's made a serious effort to keep the place clean lately. It smells better than it used to. A few Saturday mornings ago, I saw him kick out a smelly old bum named John who walked in with a drooping paper plate loaded with hotcakes because he was drizzling maple syrup all over the floor. I've scored many great 50-cent LPs there: NRBQ with Carl Perkins LP 1st pressing, Jimmy Reed LP on Veejay, etc. Twice I scored big stacks of blues and gospel 78's at a rate of 50 cents a record. The first time was on National Record Store Day. Of course Gerry didn't even know it was National Record Store Day. He told me he raised his family (himself, his wife, and 4 kids) running his record store. He's got to be 80 now. Long live Gerry!

Posted by: tom shannon at June 28, 2008 2:43 PM

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