I went out to Seattle this weekend for the Seattle Pop Punk Festival. A gathering of some fantastic bands and people in Seattle. I had the most amazing time seeing some of my very favorite bands and hanging out with some great people. So before I say anything about my record store visit, let me just say thanks to Ean, Denny & Josh from Sicko - Kevin, Rob, Andrew & Graham from Bum - Jonas for the place to crash - Alan for taking the clock back twenty years - and all of the cool people we met and chatted with during the weekend. It was one for the ages.
We only ended up being able to get out to one record store while in Seattle. I had every intention of hitting up more, but once we got there it just wasn't realistic. Between the limited time and the flat out old man exhaustion from the travel and walking, it wasn't meant to be. We hit up the one place that was recommended above the others; Singles Going Steady.
Singles Going Steady was one of the sponsors for the Seattle Pop Punk Festival, so the recommendation to go there certainly carried some weight. It was a good sized store with a solid mix of stock. They mostly carry vinyl, but there was a corner of CDs towards the back of the store. A good amount of new stuff, but also a lot of used, particularly when it came to 7"s. The selection definitely skews punk rock, though there was plenty of indie rock and a smattering of complete randomness in the used bins.
I enjoyed digging through the 7"s, where there were all sorts of weird things hanging out. Lots of 90's stock and obscure gems. It's not every day you run across used Boris The Sprinkler 7"s in 2018, but you will at Singles Going Steady. I didn't actually pick up anything while we were there, but part of that was due to jet lag/airplane exhaustion and a real lack of focus on the task at hand. If I were to go back well rested with more time to kill, I'm pretty sure I would have unearthed something. If I was local, it's definitely the sort of store I could see myself hanging around in.