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June 14, 2010

Celebrated Summer Records moves into Atomic Pop

celebrated summer!Celebrated Summer Records, known for its vinyl selection of punk, hardcore and indie rock, is moving from its Towson digs to the back room in Atomic Books (3620 Falls Road).

For the past few years, Celebrated Summer has been in Legends Comics.

Now that Legends is moving, Celebrated Summer is headed for Hampden, according to Atomic Books co-owner Benn Ray ...

Atomic Books has carried a small selection of local records, and the back room has been largely idle, Ray said.

"It makes a lot of sense," Ray said. "I think it's an excellent marriage."

Ray spoke with the owners of Hampden's other vinyl shop, True Vine, who said they welcome Celebrated Summer into the fold. True Vine carries "a very different sort of music," Ray said.

Celebrated Summer's first day of operations in the new space is July 2. For more info, the number is 443-866-9988.

(Flier courtesy of Atomic Books)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:10 PM | | Comments (10)


I'd go to Atomic Books a lot more if they weren't so sanctimonious. They've been pleasant enough to me, but on two occasions I saw the owner (at least, she identified herself as the owner) be downright dismissive to two customers for, what seemed to me to be no reason other than a hipper-than-thou attitude. I could have misread the situation, but it soured me enough to stop going, even though I love their selection.

An excellent combination if you ask me! This will put four vinyl retailers within the same area (Celebrated Summer, Normals, True Vine, JoJo South) of Hampden/Charles Village. The oly negative to this concerns my wallet, but that's another story...

I would definitely NOT describe the owner as sanctimonious. Reserved, perhaps. But then I've been there on a number of occasions. If you've ever worked retail I'd ask you to put yourself in the shoes of a person who sells books in this age and think about some of the people that come into her store. I have seen some really awful behavior from customers and the owners have never been anything but nice.

I mean, who reads books anyways? Or newspapers, for that matter? Wait a minute ...

Dammit, Sam!!

Sweet. Anyone got a record player? Seriously, I don't know where to even get one any more...

Wait, Legends is moving? Don't bury the lede, Sam! That right there is real news.

GMan, they are very easy to find! Go to Sound Garden in Fells Point and pick one up!

Vinyl? Are we talking couches or siding?

Oh, by the way, Legends Comics is moving.

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