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Park Ave CDs gets some love in Pitchfork

April 22, 2013

Record Store Day (April 20) came and went with its own mania in Orlando, particularly at Park Ave CDs, where I heard reports from some about waiting for more than four hours to get inside and claim one of many exclusive record releases including Sub Pop 1000 (which we reviewed, here). PACDs, ever-ambitious in its events, hosted a party to make the wait worthwhile, with giveaways, food trucks and live performances by Matt Pond and the Attack. I made it over around noon, when the shelves had already been raided by the early birds, who stacked their prize vinyl as high as their arms could carry, shuffling to the register where longtime PACDs faces like Shellie and Tom rang them up one by one at the store’s single register. That was Saturday. Today, Shellie and PACDs owner Sandy Bitman have found themselves featured on Pitchfork for their efforts by musician and producer Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) in a feature called “Record Stories,” where artists reflected on their favorite record stores. Here’s what Kozelek had to say, short but sweet:

“I also like Park Avenue CDs in Orlando. It’s the coolest record store in Florida. It’s run by a great guy named Sandy, and a cool girl named Shelly. I’ve known both of them since the mid-90s.”

Record Store Day is a great time to celebrate local record shops, but we’re pretty lucky to have these folks around year-round. If you were out at PACDs, here are more photos to see if we caught one of you there. If you missed out Saturday, I’m fairly certain they’re right back it today, plus PACDs has a bunch of new collections for you to peruse, including a revised Florida music section and a new used 7″ section I plan to run my sticky fingers over soon.

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