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Noteworthy Photography

  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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August 03, 2011


Fat Al

Wow. My second job ever was at that Disc-O-Mat (you may recall the other location in Grand Central). I think I was 14 at the time, so that would make it '83. I worked there at least until '86. Lots of memories, including taping up the huge glass windows on the second floor when Hurricane Gloria was rolling in (as I recall, it ended up being sunny all day). That is where I witnessed the advent of CDs, and spent hours on end explaining to Japanese tourists why you couldn't get the Beatles on CD at any price.

I still have hundreds of records from those years, and I loved the cast off comp tickets from the record companies that nobody else wanted. I swear to got I went to see Otis Day & The Knights at the Ritz, just because I could (Nils Lofgren during the 'Flip' tour also leaps to mind. I never got the good tickets, and had to spend my not so hard earned minimum wage for the Fishbone and Toasters tickets I really wanted.

(I also for a time "managed" the videotape section. You wouldn't believe the number of Jane Fonda videos a place could sell. Luckily we also carried Caligula.)

Man, thanks for the memory.



James Taylor

Although I wasn't living in New York in 1980, I do own a used copy of Elvis Costello's "Get Happy!!" that still has a Disc-O-Mat receipt tucked inside the shrink-wrapped sleeve. It was purchased for $4.99 (plus tax) on March 5th of that year at Disc-O-Mat at 581 Fifth Avenue (between 47th and 48th Streets). Do you know if this was another outpost of the same store, or did it move?

GG Allin

Dan Weeks' blogs are dead.

Alex in NYC

I know. It's a tremendous bummer.


Worked at the one in Riveredge, NJ, the flagship store that was actually shapped like a record for 2 years in the 80's. Still friends with several of my former co-workers and we still get together every once in a while for mini reunions. Those were the days

John Edwards

Worked at home store for 15yrs. 'JACKIE Edwards.

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