Hard core Hank is back in the Bop Shop line

Hard core Hank is back in the Bop Shop line
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Doug whose nickname is Hard Core Hank. 4/21/18

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Very first in line. 4/21/18

By chance today, I came across a couple dozen people lined up outside the Bop Shop on Monroe Avenue. I’d forgotten it was National Record Store Day. The occasion is an occasion to revisit our story from two years ago: In line and inside the Bop Shop for National Record Store Day. (BELOW)

One face in line was familiar. It was Doug who two years ago was nicknamed Hard Core Hank for his dedication to waiting in line.  As for the lame question as to what brings him back, I got an appropriate answer: “Records.”

As usual, WAYO was there, today manned by Mary Therese Friel and her husband Kent.  Later, I learned Mary is a former Miss USA.  She is now the first Miss USA to appear in the magazine!


Kent and Mary Therese Friel being photographed by Dan, Bop Shop employee.

Later on Monroe Avenue, you could spot record dayers clutching their hard won booty.  These guys said it was a total madhouse inside the store when the doors opened.  But with the limited edition records they scored, the mayhem was work it.

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With their limited edition records from National Record Day.

In line and inside the Bop Shop for National Record Store Day

April 16, 2018

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With three Wayouters (L-R) Chris Young, Paul Gabbey (father of UR baseball player, Owen), David Kramer (me) and Amy Gdala [Photo: a fan] 4/16/16

poster in windowLast November, in Forget Eastplace and Marketview, we enjoyed a Black Vinyl Friday party thrown by Bop Shop Records owners Tom Kohn and Jann Nyffeler.


Jann Nyffeler, co-owner of Bop Shop Records feeding the record hungry masses. 4/16/16

That day, at about 8:45 a.m., a group of seven red eyed shoppers was huddled outside the store on 1460 Monroe Avenue in Brighton. Today, National Record Store Day, the rush for the latest releases was now a line — about 25 BopShoppers.

And the occasion meant another bash thrown by Tom and Jann.

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(center) me. I said I would remember the other line vinyl junkies’ names. But didn’t. [Photo: Sideways Jukebox] 4/16/16

When I arrived at about 8:45 a.m., Jann was already outside feeding the tired throng coffee and doughnuts. I joined a merry band of early risers, who, including myself, looked liked we had finished our shift as extras in a suspect lineup.

One comrade — nicknamed “Sideways Jukebox” by the others — took the photograph. The queued art critics closely explicated JBox’s work for its compositional use of space and expressivity. Although JBox had said he only wanted to take the picture so as not be in it, Sideways’ creation drew rave reviews.

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Hank, not really hard core at all

I asked one of the usual National Record Store Day suspects if he made an annual habit of lining up near dawn. To which he replied, that’s like asking someone going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show whether they are Rocky virgins. Apparently, he had not read how I had lost my innocence, rockily, at the RHPS.

Further and closer up in line was Hank. Actually, Bop Shop Records was Hank the hard core’s second stop of the morning. Lakeshore Records opens at 8 a.m. on National Record Day, and when Hank arrived at 6:30, he was only 5th in line. One couple — real hard cores — had camped out since midnight. Perhaps the couple was in a state of being less than conducive to understanding how clocks work.

Not that kind of guy, Hank also twice asked if the photo was for a porn website. Read about my deflowering at the Cinema Theatre and judge for yourself whether our magazine is any way prurient.


(L-R) Mitch and Chris of Fuego Coffee Roasters

Inside, first stop was complimentary caffeine at the Fuego Coffee Roasters with baristas Mitch and Chris. Next to Abilene’s in the St Paul Quarter, the café is a popular spot for local musicians like themselves. And Mitch and Chris explained how Fuego is working on a cooperative coffee project with growers in Guatemala, which is cool.

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Wayo Stuff

As in November, WAYO, 104-3 F.M. — a growing and alternative cardsstation emphasizing creative freedom and diversity — had a table. A fan (a Wayouter) took the featured picture.

I also met Amy Gdala who co-hosts Yentas Shmentas!, an advice program with what seems to be a jewish mother twist. Amy invited me to be a guest on the program in which she and listeners solve my romantic woes, commercial free as the solving will take a lot of air time.packed early new

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The Fox Sisters

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Rochester’s newest woman of mystery and Sara Yakymovitch of Orange Blossom

From opening, the aisles were packed at Bop Shop Records people enjoyed the music of three bands, including the Fox Sisters.

On my way out, I was treated to some delicious cakes and stuffed veggie things at the Orange Blossom table. One camera shy young woman preferred to conceal her identity, rumored to actually work for the Owl House and not Orange Blossom.

In the parking lot, Lustre Kings Liam Hogg and Michael “Chops” LaConte were preparing for the release of their new LP, “Go Green.” Why the title? Apparently, the Lustre Kings have been green since green just meant grass.

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In the Bop Shop parking lot preparing for their gig, Lustre Kings (back) Michael “Chops” LaConte and Liam Hogg

Next year, I’ll be first in line at daybreak. Unless that hard core couple gets there first.








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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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