Tom’s Music Trade
Tom’s Music Trade
57 North Main Street
Red Lion, Pennsylvania
submitted by: “wendyvee”
Tom’s Music Trade in Red Lion, Pennsylvania has been on my “to-do” list for a long time. I decided to make it my first stop on Record Store Day 2012.
A major cigar and handcrafted furniture manufacturing hub during its heyday, Red Lion still has one thing that many small towns no longer possess … a record store … and a very cool one it is!
Hello, Mr. Zappa.
I’m only at the front door and I’m already in love.
It’s a tight squeeze in here. You’ll start off by saying “excuse me” a dozen times until you get to know your fellow shoppers a little bit better. By the end of your visit, you’ll be used to doe-si-doe-ing around one another so often that excusing yourself will be rendered moot.
Mr. Zappa. We meet again.
I have to admit that I’m a Frank Zappa fan more in theory than in practice. I love the “idea” of him … I even own some of his music; but I never roll out of bed in the morning thinking that I really need to hear some Mothers of Invention right this minute. Sadly, I knew who Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa were before I knew who their father was.
I dig the record boxes below. I never had one as a kid. I had a really ugly avacado green round plastic thing for 45s (handed-down by my older sister), probably a half dozen or more cassette tape briefcases, and a bunch of plastic milk crates for albums. Sadly, I’ve lost them all over the years due to parental cullings and two floods. I miss them.
I purchased a few records and a cassette while I was there but I regret not buying this. I might have to go back and correct my mistake … Amy’s music just begs to be heard on a record player. Yes, I could buy it online but that’s not nearly as much fun.
> visit “House of Oldies” in Greenwich Village on Tripping With Marty
Red Lion is home to Halestorm! Lzzy Hale is one of my favorite female rockers.
11 thoughts on “Tom’s Music Trade”
OH how very cool! And what a perfect day to go there!
I had about 8 stores mapped-out for the day; but the weather didn’t cooperate with me. I’m going to do my own “Record Store Day” in the next few weeks so that I can snag them all 🙂
Great post and photos! I love record stores and this looks like a great one. You should get that Amy Winehouse record on your next trip to a record store, it’s really good. And thanks for the linkage!
Yep, I’m definitely going to pick that album up … she deserves the crackle that only a record can provide 🙂
For the record, I’d say that’s a groovy place. Great post!
… and Gunnar arrives from Beyond the Pun-derDome.
Wendyvee, good article. I travel all of Eastern PA and Tom’s is always one of my stops. I am a Vinyl collector, so I only go where the vinyl is. Tom’s is one of 14 record shops I hit on a consistent basis. Good call. You have to check out the 13 other ones.
I have a little record shop roadtrip planned in the near future.
Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg, Allentown, Kutztown, Lancaster, Reading, and Ephrata … Am I hitting any of your favs?
Yeah, let us know too! Retro Roadhusband and I totally love record shopping – every day of the year 🙂
I’m lucky to live less than a block from Tom’s store. It is the brightest jem in our nice lil town.
You’re very lucky, indeed 🙂