WAX TRAX RECORDS
Wax Trax Records is, quite simply, my favorite record store. Period. Not only does it have an excellent selection of fairly priced audio recordings, but it’s also fiercely independent. When I was younger, friends and I would plan days around a trip to Wax Trax. Later on, I lived around the corner and would browse and socialize fairly often. I still make a point to cruise over to Wax Trax pretty often. Wax Trax has been through some changes over the years (storefronts, staff, ups, downs) but through it all it has remained a great record store. Its current incarnation features the Wax Trax I storefront and Wax Trax Vinyl storefront. The WTI spot features CD’s, DVD’s and shirts. There is also a cool little stage/venue area where bands perform during special in-stores and weekend matinees. Wax Trax Vinyl has loads of new and used LP's and 7"s, plus a few tapes. Being a vinyl nut, this is the place I frequent most. Although they carry many genres in both new and used conditions, their stock of new rock ‘n’ roll vinyl records (punk, garage, indie, etc.) is a definite highlight. The other highlight is that Wax Trax is easily the most local band/label friendly store in Denver. They are always willing to help promote a local band's release, whether popular or smaller profile. In the age of digital music and downloads, it thrills me to no end that Wax Trax is still thriving. Be sure to stop by when visiting Denver. If you live in the Denver Metro area and Wax Trax isn’t a frequent stop, get with it! Now, let’s check out what my pal and Wax Trax employee Dave Boyo has to say:
Three Random Queries For Dave Boyo Of Wax Trax
1. What’s the funniest thing you ever told a customer?
“There was a dude who would wear a gas mask/air filter type mask while shopping. He came up to the counter to ask a question. He asks the question while wearing the mask and sounded like an airplane pilot on a radio. So I asked him ‘aren’t you supposed to say ‘roger that’ when I gave you your answer to your question?’ The other dudes I was working with totally cracked up. Dude never came back.”
2. What is the most requested used record?
“That’s a tough one. There seems to be a ‘most requested’ LP for each genre. The Beatles ‘White Album’ is the most requested overall.”
3. 45rpm or 33 1/3rpm?
“I prefer 45’s lately. It’s always rad to discover a killer b-side track on an old 45.”
Many thanks to both Dave Boyo and Wax Trax!
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