Aside from selling goods, record stores have turned into a place dedicated to preserving, rediscovering, and curating solid-state music in a way that is defiant to current trends of consumption. Not merely a holdover from a bygone era, the record shop is a place dedicated to the particular corners of a community. Music is discussed, traded, and argued over. Neil Young and The Young Adults find themselves glanced at in the same finger-flip through the racks. Maybe they both end up bought, maybe they get passed over, but that moment is what a record shop is all about. It’s not a place to get some preconceived item, it’s a place to find the unexpected. It delivers a desire for music not typed into Google, but rather physically stumbled upon and scratched out of vinyl, or rolled through a near-endless coil of tape.
Providence is home to a healthy host of earnest and vibrant record shops. Each with its own vibe, philosophy, content, and album playing in the store. Over the next few months, we will be checking in with local and regional record store scene and see what makes them the kind of thing that just sticks around. Hopefully, we will find that spot you were always looking for. Let’s start with A for Armageddon Shop and talk to owners Chris Andries and Ben Barnett.
What genres of music would you find in your shop?
We certainly try to cater to fans of just about all genres. We carry a wide variety of Rock, Blues/Jazz, Funk/Soul, Punk, Metal, and Indie on record, CD, and cassette. And we always try to keep a variety of more niche genres like local artists, noise, and world music.
Mon-Sat 12-8pm; Sun 12-6pm