Monday, October 15, 2018
Record Store Visit: Creme Tangerine - Costa Mesa, CA - 09/26/18
I had to go out to Costa Mesa, CA for work a couple weeks ago (it's looking like I'll be out there again soon as well). Though I was only there for a couple of days, I had to hit a record store while I was there. After all it's a city I've never been to before, so I always try to get to at least one record store when I am in a new town. At the recommendation of my friend Casey and with the help of my other friend Chris, I managed to get out to Creme Tangerine.
This record store is located in an "anti-mall" called The Lab. I guess the gimmick is that it's supposed to be a bunch of cool stores that you won't find in a traditional mall. While I did think it was a pretty neat place overall and had several interesting looking stores, the presence of an Urban Outfitters in it kind of kills the gimmick a little bit. Despite that, Creme Tangerine still ranks as one of the wackiest record stores I have every been to.
The whole store is an old trailer. Gutted out, filled with records and parked next to Urban Outfitters. I will give them points for originality, that's for sure. Selection-wise it was a decent store. It seemed to be all used records with a definitely lean towards older 60s and 70s albums. Not that there wasn't some newer stuff, there was but your more likely to find a Rascals record here than a newer indie rock band.
I didn't end up getting anything while I was there, but Chris picked up a Turtles LP. If I was local it's definitely the sort of place I could see myself popping into every so often to see if anything interesting came in, but it's not the sort of place I could see being able to consistently supply you with the latest goods.