Lost! Big Al Farleigh

Big Al webI wondered what would happen to Big Al’s Record Barn. Al’s has been ‘closing’ for well over a year and it looked like it was going to keep on chuggin’ along. But with the death of owner Al Farleigh on April 30, 2014 due to complications from tonsil cancer, the future of the store is a bit murkier. Al’s son, Will, is hoping for a buyer to come along and take over the inventory. Continue reading

Visited! Record Row in San Jose, CA

Record Row1One of the coolest things about living near San Jose, CA., is what I call Record Row, a string of four record stores mostly centered around Bascom Avenue, which also runs through the city of Campbell. But if you count The Thrift Box, a thrift store in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, it’s five. Unlike most thrift stores, it gets regularly restocked every few weeks by Bud Nemier, who sometimes sells LPs at local flea markets. Continue reading