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Here are 10 real record stores in the Milwaukee area
Here are 10 true record stores in the Milwaukee area for National Record Store Day
It’s National Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd. And we all know how awesome record stores are. The bad news is, they’re not as plentiful as they once were; we miss places like Radio Doctors, 1812 Overture, Mainstream…. even places like Musicland back when malls had record stores. But the GOOD news is that vinyl has been making a HUGE comeback – and record store are doing the same! You have some really great choices now when searching for vinyl and other physical music media in and around Milwaukee, and here are a bunch of choices from Racine to Thiensville, and from the East Side to points out in Watertown and Lake Geneva.
Rush-Mor Ltd. Music & Video, Milwaukee
2635 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee, 53207
(414) 481-6040, Website, Facebook page
One of two great record stores within two blocks of each other on KK in Bay View, Rush-Mor offers both new & used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, and more. The music genres focus around modern and hard rock, punk, hardcore, progressive rock, Eurorock, rockabilly, and heavy metal. Might be an ABBA album loose somewhere in here, but probably no Lawrence Welk. Not that you’re looking for one. But if you’re seeking imports, they have a pretty good selection. They will special order for you. They’re open Tuesday-Sunday Noon-6pm, closed Mondays.
Acme Records & Music Emporeum
2341 S. Kinnickinnick Avenue, Milwaukee 53207
(414) 882-9797, Website, Facebook page
Here’s the second (not necessarily in ranking, but in order in this article) of two great record shops within two blocks of each other on KK in Bay View, this one is just south of Lincoln. Acme opened in 2012, although the ownership has been buying and selling vinyl since the 1990s. They have quite a selection and donate generous portions of sales and profits back to community groups. They’re open from noon to 7pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 1pm-7pm on Thursdays, and noon – 5pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Lilliput Records, Brady & Farwell, Milwaukee
1669 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, 53202
(414) 271-8590, Website, Facebook page
Lilliput is one of those records shops that emerged after the passing of Mr. G of The Exclusive Company in 2022, leading to those stores closing. Two employees from its time as Exclusive, Tanner Musgrove and Brian Kirk, ended up buying the shop (after first securing the massive inventory) and keeping it a record store. Located right where Brady and Farwell meet, Lilliput offers a huge variety of new and used records and CDs; they stay on top of new releases, too. Lilliput also offers stereo equipment and accessories. They’re open 10am-7pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. They have plenty going to National Record Store Day!
1627 E. Irving Place, Milwaukee, 53202
(414) 223-3177, Facebook page
Bullseye offers new and used records and CDs as well as equipment, we found a sweet picture of some old school speakers on their Facebook page. They’re just a little north of Lilliput off Farwell & Prospect at Irving on the East Side and they promise a great variety and high quality on their used offerings. They’re closed Mondays, otherwise hours are 11am-6pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-7pm Friday & Saturday, and 11am-3pm on Sunday.
5026 S. 74th Street, Greenfield, 53220
(414) 281-6644, Website, Facebook page
Another former Exclusive Company location, Volta Records launched during July 4th weekend of 2022 when employees bought out the store and went out on their own. Located just north of Southridge in Greenfield, Volta offers a wide selection of artists and genres in their vinyl, new and preowned movies, plus music-related merchandise like t-shirts, patches, and stickers along with a healthy array of vinyl accessories. Hours are 10am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday.
Stardust Records & Collectibles
106 S. Main Street, Thiensville 53092
(262) 242-7600, Website, Facebook page
Looking for a good record shop in Ozaukee County? Thiensville is your stop, right along Main Street across from the cheel restaurant that they’re rebuilding. Stardust is really retro, with an emphasis on 50s, 60s, and 70s music but offering vinyl across everything from rock to psychedelic to jazz to Soul/R&B and Northern Soul. They have an impressive collection of 45s and their picture sleeves. They have limited hours; you gotta catch ’em on Friday from Noon to 7pm or Saturday 11am – 5pm. Or, you can call and place orders at (262) 242-7600.
Vinyl Vault Records
275 W. Main Street, Waukesha 53186
(262) 765-1350, Website, Facebook page
Located in the heart of downtown Waukesha – “Guitartown,” if you will, Vinyl Vault opened in 2021. A music store called Soundwaves was in the same location from 1991 to 2008 and was owned by Dan Schneiderman, who along with his wife Michele, owns Vinyl Vault now. Remarkably, Michele’s father also owned a store in the same location in 1978 called “The King Of Rock.” Vinyl Vault got started with a wide variety of vinyl, CD’s, tapes, 8-Tracks and even reel to reel tapes. They buy, sell, and trade. Their hours are 11am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-4pm Sunday; closed Monday.
316 6th Street, Racine 53403
Longshot Vinyl is right along 6th Street in downtown Racine, offering a wide variety of used vinyl – some of which spins on turntables to which you have access. They also sell turntables if you need to stock up. One cool twist, their dividers between record sections are record-shaped instead of the straight-up flat dividers. With all the variety of used vinyl, it’s not much of a longshot you’ll find something you’re looking for. They’re open Thursday & Friday 2-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.
Black Circle Records
516 Broad Street, Lake Geneva 53147
(262) 812-4040, Facebook page
Black Circle is on the north edge of downtown Lake Geneva, and with all the visitors from the Chicago area and internationally, this cozy record shop often ends up with some unique titles in their used vinyl library. Black Circle is open 11am-5pm every day but Tuesday.
Paramount Record Shop
402 E Main Street, Watertown 53094
(608) 513-1158, Website, Facebook page
Paramount in Watertown is owned by Kenn Fox, who also owns Paramount Guitars and has collected, bought, sold, and traded records for over 45 years. Paramount’s used stock rotates quickly and they specialize in rare finds, audiophile import labels, and special limited edition pressings. Along with vinyl records they stock books, concert DVDs, and accessories. They’re right along the main drag in Watertown on Highway 19, maybe 40 minutes west of Milwaukee. Their hours are Noon-5pm Thursday and Friday, 11am-4pm on Saturday. Also available Monday-Wednesday by appointment.
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MixTape 2022 Tour: New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, En Vogue will jam Fiserv Forum Wednesday!
HOT102 welcomes The New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue as they bring The MixTape Tour to Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 15th!
Doors open at 6:30pm, the show starts at 7:30.
PRE-CONCERT PARTY at Wahlburgers Tuesday afternoon: Paul Wahlberg will be at the Wahlburgers location at 322 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward from 4-8 on Tuesday to help celebrate! There will be a best-dressed fan contest, ’90s-themed trivia with prizes, ’90s board games, and a concert ticket giveaway! More details here.
“We had a blast out on the first MixTape Tour in 2019 and can’t wait to take it to another level with our fans on the MixTape Tour 2022,” Donnie Wahlberg said. “Just like a mixtape, these shows are going to take audiences through all the emotions. To be able to have Salt-N-Pepa come back and now also have the iconic and legendary Rick Astley and En Vogue join the tour… we could not be more excited. Let’s GO!”
The MixTape Tour 2022 is already shaping up to be a can’t miss night out where fHOT102 | Free Internet Radio | TuneIns can hear chart-topping hits and legendary catalogues spanning generations all night long. It follows the colossal commercial and critical success of NKOTB’s 2019 tour by the same name – their biggest since reuniting in 2008 – which grossed $53.2 million, sold more than 650,000 tickets and pioneered a super-sized show each night with multiple acts (Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Naughty By Nature and Debbie Gibson) hitting the stage and reimagining what a special guest on a tour could look like.
NKOTB will hit the stage on the MixTape Tour 2022 to perform fan favorite #1 hits like “Hangin’ Tough,” “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” and “Step By Step” while tour mates Salt-N-Pepa (“Push It,” “Shoop,” “Whatta Man”), Rick Astley (“Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Together Forever”) and En Vogue (“Don’t Let Go [Love],” “Free Your Mind,” “Give It Up, Turn It Loose,” “Hold On”) keep the party going with music that catapulted them to stardom and solidified their places in music history.
In 2021, Salt-N-Pepa received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 2022 will kick up with Salt-N-Pepa dedicating their Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Over the past two years, Rick Astley has amassed two million YouTube followers with a series of covers from his studio and become a major force on TikTok with 1.7 million followers. “Never Gonna Give You Up” was recently featured on the critically acclaimed series Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ and its video has been viewed more than 1 billion times.
En Vogue celebrated the 30th anniversary of their first album Born To Sing on April 3, 2020, when it was reissued on Rhino Records, closed out the 2020 Billboard Music Awards with a performance of “Free Your Mind,” and launched their Funky Divas podcast. In March, they appeared with Salt-N-Pepa in Coming 2 America for a show-stopping performance of their hit song “Whatta Man” that was aptly titled “Whatta King” and was featured on the film’s soundtrack. In 2018, they released their album Electric Café, with a top 10 single (“Rocket”). Recent collaborations have included Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and Chance the Rapper.
HOT102 plays all these favorites and more, warm up for the show with your favorite old school jams by listening on TuneIn, Live365, and more! Or stream us right now here:
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We’re back online!
HOT102Radio.com salutes the original HOT102, which so many still remember and love. It was owned at the time by the great Willie Davis; his company, All-Pro Broadcasting, owned several stations around the country. The station began as “Love FM” in the late 1970s on WLUM-FM (the calls stand for We Love U Milwaukee) and it became both “the HOT FM” and then “HOT102” during the 1980s. By 1994, changes in the market and music forced a switch to alternative. FM102.1 continues as a good alternative station in town, but we always missed the “Total Jams” HOT102 played. So, we brought it back!
We’re not affiliated with the company that currently owns the old frequency, but several of us worked for All-Pro back in the day – that’s why you hear some of the original jingles and more. We’ll keep building upon it and tweaking, we welcome your feedback (and sponsors!)
Let’s watch how MTV started back in 1981
On August 1, 1981, MTV – then known as “Music Television” – kicked off its programming. It’s a far cry from what MTV turned into over the ensuring decades. Need proof? Here’s how it all began. Note the emphasis that everything was “in stereo”…:
Music videos on TV aren’t nearly as common now, and certainly not on MTV. Now, you see them on YouTube, Snapchat, and other outlets. As HOT102 fans, we kind of like how MTV, VH-1, BET, and others did it back in the day!
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Always fun to watch Bert & Ernie “Regulate”
Mount up. Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street” have this covered. Of course, you can hear “Regulate” on HOT102’s stream, along with more Total Jams. But enjoy this version, which may have never been in your head otherwise.
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VIDEO: 2 Live Crew on Phil Donahue?? Wow!
Yes, we’re going wayyyy back, but that’s what we do here. SO, If you remember talk show host Phil Donahue, you wouldn’t think he would have a group like 2 Live Crew on his show. But he did, back in 1990. You have got to see their performance of “The Funk Shop” (not the song’s original title) on the show – and how the audience responded!
Bit of culture shock? You betcha. This originally aired on The Phil Donahue Show in 1990 when a major topic was music and censorship. 2 Live Crew was certainly one group to push boundaries. Others were dealing with stickers on albums and singles with parental warnings about a song’s content – which usually led to bigger sales anyway. 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be certainly qualified for a sticker. As if you needed more proof, their follow-up album earned the title Banned In the U.S.A.
What? You want to see another song along with “The Funk Shop”? You got it! Luther Campbell, Brother Marquis, Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx, and some dancers also performed that wholesome ditty, “Face Down, Ass Up”:
We have some 2 Live Crew you can enjoy on HOT102, along with a bunch of your old school favorites. Check it out on TuneIn or click the player below to get the stream going!