Sad news in the record Collecting department of San Francisco, Streetlight Records on 24th Street in Noe Valley have announced they will be closing on January 31st of next year. When I first moved to SF, both Streetlight Records and Aquarius Records ( Back when "Aquarius records" actually HAD "records") were located on 24th and both were necessary stops on the way to the old Clipper Street MRR house. While the days of $3 copies of "hardcore ljubljana", $4 Black Flag "nervous breakdown" original press, and other insane finds I've found there over the years are largely over worldwide, it still was a great stop on the record haunt route of San Francisco and they always consistently bought and carried Prank and other DIY Releases. They'll keep their San Jose, Santa Cruz and Market locations ( the Market street location once had the (deserved) reputation of a Punk Rock goldmine for the odd offhand releases that would dropped by older people in the Castro,now with a reduced emphasis on vinyl... I think I've had one punk score there this decade!) So in the next three months, stop in on Streetlight, check out their diverse selection of DIY releases and sometimes interesting oddball used finds and Maybe pick up that Harry Connick CD or whatever your Mom wants for X-mas there as opposed to Online !!!!
P.S. Late Condolescences to Open Mind Music who's market Street Location closed earlier this month. Two record stores, one month!! Sad times for the vinyl fiend!