Eric Howarth, co-owner of Vinyl Junkies Record Shack, has been a well-known figure in the San Diego music scene for years. The founder of M-Theory Records in Mission Hills (and, formerly, South Park) and the operator of Hi Speed Soul Records (which released vinyl by Nada Surf, Swervedriver, Three Mile Pilot and others), Howarth now spends his time running the Vinyl Junkies Pop-Up at the Casbah and, of course, his "shack" of the same name in South Park. During the coronavirus crisis, the shop (located at 2235 Fern St.) the shop is functioning as a mail-order business only. They "can ship requests or make recommendations in different genres," Howarth told us on Tuesday. Just message them on their Facebook or Instagram, or shoot them an email at email@example.com.
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Episode 5 Show Notes:
- While the March 21 Vinyl Junkies Pop-Up was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, here's some good news — the next one is already scheduled for July 18 at the Casbah! For more info, go here.
- As Howarth mentioned, his Hi Speed Soul Records label might've been too ahead of its time for its own good. Here's a list of records the label released, according to Discogs.
- If, like Howarth, you're a closet Third Eye Blind fan, read the SoundDiego interview with frontman Stephan Jenkins right here.
- Howarth talked about sneaking into the Mia Zapata Tribute/Fundraiser show at the Satyricon club in Portland, Oregon, on March 3, 1995, to catch Foo Fighters' first-ever show. Here's a fascinating read on the event and the band's show the following night in Seattle.
- Never heard "Marigold," the only Nirvana song sung by Dave Grohl? Here it is in all its B-side glory.
- Glass Spells are this episode's Spotlight artist of the week and if you enjoyed their song "Mirrors" (what the video here) that we featured, be sure to follow them on Facebook, listen to their music on Spotify or Bandcamp, and go see 'em live when life gets (somewhat) back to normal!
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