Now Open: Record Revival's Newer, Bigger Midtown Location

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Record Revival manager Matt Martinez inside the store.
Casey recruited Martinez to do just that, opening Record Revival as a pop-up last November in Guitar Tree's back room. Martinez describes Casey's collection as being "very vast, genre-wise," which made it easy to base a record store around it.

"It has, really, a little bit of everything, and, in some cases, a lot of everything," Martinez says. "Everything from prog and psychedelic rock to common classic rock to jazz to Dixieland, movie soundtracks, comedy, world music, weird novelty records, old country, rockabilly, and blues. It's really staggering to see the range of this record collection."

After only a few weeks in business, the shop's vinyl haul started getting bigger.

"It started to grow with a lot of trades and buys. And, of course, I'm bringing in a lot of punk and hardcore stuff," Martinez says. "And it got to the point where it made sense to be a standalone record store instead."

Hence the reason Casey and Martinez's breaking off Record Revival from Guitar Tree into its own location and identity next door.

"Having a guitar store nearby makes this a very music-centric destination," Martinez says. "We're going to work hand-in-hand with the guys from Guitar Tree and maybe do some parking lot events and get some live music going in the future."

(In fact, the whole intersection of Osborn Road and Seventh Street has also become an enclave of cool businesses in adaptively re-used buildings like Record Revival and Guitar Tree -- which is located in a former residence -- such as neighboring eateries Taco Guild and Gadzooks.)

Martinez says other plans in the works for Record Revival include expanding into selling things like T-shirts, audio equipment, vinyl from local distributors like King of Monsters and Gilgongo, and maybe even some tapes.

"We're possibly open to cassettes it if it's a local artist or label," he says.

Meanwhile, he and other employees will be busy getting the new room ready and sorting through heretofore unexplored boxes of records from the store's collection.

"It's a fun process," he says. "Going through records, sorting records, seeing stuff that you didn't know existed. It's a flashback and a constant learning experience."

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