This week we give you Steady Sounds (Richmond, VA)–our Record Store of the Week! Steady Sounds may be the new kids on the block (though they don’t sell NKOTB!), but they have a damn fine store with lots of cool used LPs and tons of new must-haves. So, if you live in Virginia, drive on down and say “Hi!”. Tell ‘em LITA sent ya!
Tell us some stuff about Steady Sounds.
We’re an independent (I guess they all are these days) all vinyl record store in the heart of Richmond Va, we carry new and used records of all styles and genres. It was started by Myself (Marty) and my friend Drew back in September of this year.
What kinds of folks frequent your store, and what sort of records do they typically buy?
We get all types. College students, locals young and old. We are selling lots of new records at the moment, mostly indie titles but we occasionally get the hardcore psych, jazz and soul collectors in looking for goodies.
What record do you always find yourself listening to in the store?
We have a stack of “go to” records that we put on when we can’t find anything else to play or it’s busy. Mine is the Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family reissue on Daptone. As far as I can tell no one hates Afro Beat so it’s a good neutral record to put on. I’ve been digging the Syl Johnson reissue on Numero and the Naughtiloids 45 on Norton.
What is your favorite Light in the Attic release and why?
I’m glad that the Rodriguez records were reissued, I love those records and they sound incredible. Plus the guy deserved a second chance.
Do you do instore performances? If so, who is your favorite band/artist that has played in your store?
Being that we are so new we haven’t had many instores. We had Jeff The Brotherhood and they were incredible as always. We’re having Fabulous Diamonds and Pigeons soon and some other down the road. We’ve also had a few art and photography openings in the store as well.
What’s the funniest/weirdest/strangest encounter you’ve had with a customer in the store?
All record stores have their fare share, but being new we haven’t built up to that level yet. We do have a local guy that comes in the store and we give him dollar records for free. The next day he usually tries to sell them back to us forgetting that we gave them to him.
What is the coolest/most prized record that has come into your store that you never thought you’d ever see?
I actually have’t found that “Holy Grail” yet at this store but we’ve gotten some interesting things in. I did find a minty copy of Milton Wright “Friends & Buddies” on the street a year ago on the way to see a movie with my wife. Talk about random.
What do you love most about working at a cool independent record shop?
I love the community aspect of it. It’s a great feeling when you can hook someone up with a recording they’ve always wanted, and that you can have a venue for local artists to sell their releases. It’s really cool that the record store has gone back to the Mom & Pop, a place where people can meet others and listen to some new music that they may have never been exposed to even in the age of the internet.
And lastly, how’s the scene out in Richmond? Do you carry any local artists?
The scene is pretty strong right now…there’s some cool labels and bands in RVA. I’ve been digging The Diamond Center lately. We’re also lucky to have some other great shops in the area, like Deep Groove and Vinyl Conflict. We all try our best to support the local scene and carry local vinyl.
322 W Broad St
Mon – Sat 11AM – 5PM, Sunday 12PM – 5PM (Winter hours)