What comes around, goes around, thankfully in the case of records and Elmwood Avenue. The street was once the hotbed for vinyl, with New World Record and Home of the Hits. But over the years, music stores bit the dust, one by one, leaving Elmwood, and the city, with nary a record outlet to count on.
In a wonderful twist, over the last few years, vinyl has been making a big comeback in Buffalo, with shops on Grant Street, Hertel, East Ferry, and elsewhere. It’s refreshing, to say the least. But with all of the record shops opening, Elmwood was still left in the dust… until now.
Revolver Records has laid claim to the former Spoiled Rotten space – 831 Elmwood Avenue.
Store founder, Phil Machemer, started selling used vinyl back in 2012, when Scott O’Connor and I started The Peddler flea market at the corner of Elmwood and West Ferry. Phil’s stand was constantly loaded with music fans looking to score a great deal on albums from their favorite artists. Phil ended up saving enough money to open a brick and mortar location on Hertel, where he amassed over 20,000 records, both used and new. Now he’s ready to share those spoils with vinyl aficionados on Elmwood.
Phil shares, “I’m thrilled to be joining the business community of the Elmwood Village. Revolver Records is a community staple and we thrive in walkable communities like Hertel and Elmwood.”
Of the idea that records are out of date, Phil says, “There’s nothing like sitting down to experience an entire album on vinyl. If you haven’t tried it, come in! I’m sure I can convince you to love them the way I do.”
Phil plans on opening the new Elmwood location on November 1, 2018. This is welcome news for Elmwood, which has never been the same since the day that the music died.