Saturday, June 22, 2013


Some of the FANTASTIC vintage items on our shelves.
Variety of vintage jewelry we offer in our case. Includes cuff links and lighters for the fellas. Lots of fun necklaces, pins, bracelets and compacts for the ladies! Looking for a unique pin, necklace or bracelet? Rings and Earrings too? We've got a nice selection here! Mostly 1940s - 1970s.

 We've got lots of fun and colorful options to aid in your beverage service for all of your summer cocktail parties, picnics and BBQs!

If you're looking for some new decor, we've got that too!

We've also got a lovely selection of glasswares/vases, pottery and books!

And, finally, we can't forget the little KIDDO'S!


Stop by the shop to take a look at all of these goodies and more! We are always adding new items to our shelves. As things move on to new homes, new things come out of hiding! VAMP loves our records, but we also love the "vintage life"! We pride ourselves in finding unique and fun items to offer to our shoppers and do our best to always keep our prices competitive and affordable! We look forward to your next visit and we hope you will keep our vintage section in mind for your next gift-giving need!

-Tracy & Fernando

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Fernando is holding it down today at the BEAT SWAP! I was there this morning and it was buzzing! Lots of great vendors and 1000's of fantastic records priced from 50cents on up! If you're looking for 45s, check out our friend, Timothy Tucker from OUTSIDE THE BOX RECORDS...he's got 1000s of 45s all priced at 50cents each! Plus another room full of 45s vendors, too! It's crazy! Mean while, I'm holding down the fort over here at VAMP! If you are one of the lucky ones holding a 10% off coupon, don't be shy to make your way over here and check out what else we've got! Shop will be open til about 5pm today. Working on the never-ending piles of NEW ARRIVALS! Come check it out! -T

Thursday, June 13, 2013


VAMP is happy to again be participating in the BAY AREA Beat Swap Meet! This goes down this Saturday at the La Pena Cultural Center on Shattuck. Fernando will be holding down the table over there and Tracy will be keeping the shop open. We'll have plenty of goodies in both places and hope that you will come down to check out what we've got! Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you Saturday!

The return of the long awaited, Beat Swap Meet. It's not your regular record swap meet. 

Saturday June 15th 2013

Join us for an afternoon of diggin in the crates & listening to quality grooves, all with a beer in hand. 

Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over California, Buy Sell & Trade Blues, Boogie, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul, and World 12's & 45's on VINYL.

B E A T - S W A P - M E E T
B A Y - A R E A (#3)

DJ's spin rare selections from their record collections:
Antriks, Crimson, Cutfresh, Danny Holloway, Delrockz, Dirty Soap, E Da Boss, Flow, Max Kane, Mr E, Platurn, Smokestack, Sweater Funk DJ's, and many more TBA

Open Cut Session - Hosted by DJ Jawa
Brought to you by Battle Ave & Q-bert Skratch University

Producer Invite - All Hardware, No Laptop's, No CD's


(Fire House Sound Labs, Los Angeles)

(Live at the Dojo, Sacramento)

(Vinyl Villains)

(Student Showcase /

Most Updated Event Info:

Entrance $5 w/ Canned Good
All Ages | Casual Drinking for the 21+
Vendor Questions?

Strongly Supported by

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley CA 94705


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


In the shop now!

*Edmundo Ros    Latin Love-In
*The Soulful Strings    Another Exposure
*The Dells    Freedom Means…
*Fontella Bass    Free
*Ruth Brown    Gospel Time (Sealed 1989 Reissue)
*The Three O'Clock    Baroque Hoedown (Sealed)
*Bibi La Crème    Des Bons Rythmes De Danse Des Melodies Choisies Vous Sont Offerts Par… Vol 1
*Taj Mahal    Music Fuh Ya'
*Betty Wright    Travelin' In The Circle (Sealed)
*Eddie Kendricks    He's A Friend
*The Facts of Life    A Matter of Fact
*Rulli Rendo Orquesta Y Coros    El Toque Criollo
*The Supremes    New Ways But Love Stays

Monday, June 10, 2013



Darren Johnston - trumpet
Michael Coleman - keyboards/rhodes
Sam Ospovat - drums
Jordan Glenn - drums

Learn more about Darren Johnston here

Doors open at 7pm - Show starts at 8pm (three 45min sets)

NO COVER CHARGE + Drink Specials (Happy Hour Deals All Night plus $5 Manhattan)

OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY is a weekly Jazz series every Monday from 8pm-11pm at The Layover in Oakland

In addition to live music we offer a Jazz PopUp Record Shop and music share by VAMP - Vintage Music & Art.

For more info and the invite, follow this link:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sneak Peek at Friday's Show ~ VAMP!

Please join us Friday night at VAMP! Details here:


Soul Singing Legend Mr. Freddie Hughes performs at VAMP this Friday!!!!!! If you love Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke, then you have got to come on down!!! His group will be performing at 8pm. VAMP will be raffling off two of Freddies 45s including his hit "Send My Baby Back" for details -

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS for June 4th

Stop by the shop for a chance to pick up one of these goodies! Plus, always lots of great selections and new arrivals going out on the floor daily!

*vintage art & music for the people*

Monday, June 3, 2013


VAMP is closed today, but will be open again Tuesday at noon! This week, we are looking to clear out some bin space in our SOUL & JAZZ sections. Come by to check out our SOUL & JAZZ GIVE-AWAY! Yes, you heard us right! Pull out any VAMP record (look for VAMP or FC on the price tag) that is $5 or less and grab a 2nd record that is priced at $1-$3 for FREE! You will be charged the greater price of the 2. The less expensive record will be on the house. Thank you!


**Also, if you are one of the lucky folks in possession of a discount coupon, we ask that you use those only on full price items. Thank you and we look forward to offering up some deals this week! See ya Tuesday!

Many of the records seen here and in my previous post "MissT's Top 10" will be included in this sale!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Records are my life...

As I spend most of my waking hours running a record shop, DJing or going out to hear friends DJ, I can't help but to draw similarities between records and life. Life is a rhythm and goes in cycles and as far as I am concerned, music is the rhythm of life, personified.

Some records I love and will be with me for the long haul, while others I like for a certain period of my life and over time, as my tastes change, I am no longer interested in them. Some contain songs that have special meaning to a particular part of my life and will always transport me back to that experience. Some records I admire the covers, but don't care for the music on the wax. Some have unassuming covers and contain amazing tunes. Some records I will revisit every so often and will always sound as fresh as the first time I heard them.

All of the traits I've listed above can easily be translated into interpersonal relationships and life in general. Friends come and go, some stay with me for the long haul, while others come into my life during certain eras and through various experiences. Some people grow on me through time, while others start off strong and end up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Some folks come off with a smooth cover only to end up being disappointing and those who might have been the most unsuspecting of friends, wind up being the best of friends. 

Records go round and round, sounding out the rhythms, cycling with life and the beat of the world. I am thankful for all of the great people who have come through my life and look forward to continuing to enjoy their company and the entertainment of the many records in my life and for those that will be coming into my life as the rhythms roll on!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

MissT's Top 10 (+2) for 5/30/2013

MissT pulls 10 records from VAMP's bins to share with our online friends and followers. We are striving to offer an audio and visual share of records that we have available in the shop for sale. We plan to make this a regular thing and hope you will appreciate the selections! 

Please click here to connect to the YouTube playlist:

Here is a visual of the albums she has selected tunes from.

Here is the playlist, with Artist, Album Name & Song Name (as well as record sale price):
1. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - "Sunshower" ($4)
2. The O'Jays - Ship Ahoy - "For The Love Of Money" ($6)
3. New Birth - The Best Of - a.) "Honeybee" & b.) "Got To Get A Knutt" ($5)
4. Norman Connors - You Are My Starship - "The Creator Has a Master Plan" ($5)
5. Cameo - Cardiac Arrest - "Post Mortem" ($3)
6. Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson - Midnight Band: THe First Minute of a New Day - "Winter In America" ($7)
7. MFSB: Love Is the Message - "Cheaper To Keep Her" ($5)
8. The Blackbyrds - Action - "Supernatural Feeling" ($3)
9. Vaughan Mason and Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll LP - "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" ($13)
10. The Spinners - Superstar Series - "I'll Always Love You" & "Message From A Blackman" ($8)

A Virtual Visit to VAMP!

Hello Friends, Family and Followers of VAMP! Thought I'd offer a little virtual tour of what we've got going on in our shop! We are always putting new digs out (on a daily basis), so there will constantly be new things to look through upon every visit! We thank all of the folks who have been by the shop to say hi and we extend a warm welcome to everyone else who has yet to make it through!

Below, you will find the first half of our Rock section. 60s/70s - Rock, Psych, Garage, Surf, Hard Rock, etc.

This is the second half of our Rock section. Later 70s & 80s. Punk, New Wave, Rock, Garage, Surf, Rock-a-billy, Pop Rock, etc. The bottom half is the home to our Country and Folk sections.

VAMP is proud to have a pretty stellar selection of 60s/70s Gospel records. Thanks to Manzanita Sound for helping to beef up this section. We are also working on building up our Blues section. "Bacon Fat" just came in on consignment and it's a fantastic album, all around!

Some of our Soul/Disco/Funk selections. Can't go wrong with New Birth or the album that started off The Gap Band's musical anthology!
Our Latin & International section + compilations down there on the bottom right.

Below is a view of KOLEO's artwork on the walls, as well as our bins of records!

KOLEO is a local street artist who has graced our walls with his artworks during the month of May. The little stand below holds packs of his art on stickers. Super cool and only $10 bucks each! The dish below holds handmade buttons by El Ponk! El Ponk also made the votive candles. They have images of Cholas, 60s hairstyle models and other pop culture images. 

 This image shows more of what El Ponk! has to offer...including pinstriped shot glasses, Day of the Dead statues and a super cool painting on a slice of wood!

VAMP also has a nice selection of vintage jewelry from the 1940s - 1970s. This case includes some great enamel flower pins, a nice selection of silver metal necklaces and bracelets, a super cool and colorful Mod compact, a super rad lighter with a clock on it, black rhinestone studded white bracelets, amongst other great finds!

We like to make sure we have something for everyone, so here is our KIDS section! Includes a nice crate of records, playing cards, card game, stuffed animals (Owls are made by Tracy with vintage fabrics and each one is one of a kind!), etc. 

This is our kitchen/entertainment section. Some fantastic Better Homes and Gardens cook books, a lovely wood salad serving bowl with matching bowls and servers, a super cool Dansk cast iron candle holder, 2 pairs of metal (Made in Japan) candle holders, amongst other unique items and pottery pieces. 

And the grand finale...more serving items, glassware and planters! Yes, the lovely blonde with dangling pear earrings is indeed a is the cute little owl on the right! 

We at VAMP look forward to welcoming each and every one of you into our shop! Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page (, our Twitter ( and right here on our blog, for updates, event info, and activities we are participating in or support! VAMP is "vintage art & music for the people"! 

Cheers! Tracy & Fernando

Saturday, May 25, 2013

AFRO-CUBAN DAY at VAMP! Saturday 5/25...that's TODAY!

We invite you to join us at VAMP this evening for our first ever BBQuban from 5:30 until late.. Rumba starts around 7pm ish. We are thankful to have some amazing Afro-Cuban percussionists in our midst who love to play Rumba! We love to share musical experiences with our friends, family and fans and hope that you will join us tonight for this special event. 

To keep the party movin', we also have DJ Slim Jenkins dropping some latin breaks & shakes, as well as DJ T-Roy (all the way from L.A.) in da house!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS! We got some HEAT in NOW!

We are thankful to our consignment partners for continuing to bring us excellent records! This week, we were hit with 2 boxes from 2 of our consignment partners known for dropping some serious HEAT! 

The first is from Jason Zimmerman. Keep an eye out for "JZ" on the price tags:

The Idiot - Where Is The Logic?
Hank Crawford - After Hours
Odia Coates
Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson - Winter In America
Quincy Jones - You've Got It Bad
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
Bootsy - Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
Diplo - Blow Your Head
Marlena Shaw - Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?
Black Uhuru - The Dub Factor
Peter Tosh - Wanted
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Rahsaan Kirk - Blacknuss
Blackalicious - Nia
Anthony Braxton - The Complete Braxton 1971
Baden Powell - Tempo Feliz
Dennis Brown - Greatest Hits
Rockers - Soundtrack
Peter Tosh - Bush Doctor
Jon Hassell / Brian Eno - Fourth World Vol. 1 Possible Musics
The Patsy Cline Story
Brian Eno - Befor and after Science
Candi Staton - I'm Just A Prisoner
Grouper - Inca Ore
Jimmy McGriff - Groove Grease
Jack DeJohnette - Zebra
Harold Vick - Straight Up
Stevie Wonder - I was Made To Love Her
Freddie King - Getting Ready…
Kool and the Gang - Self Titled
Kenny Burrell - All Day Long
Da Storm - O.G.C. Original Gunn Clappaz
Brian Eno / David Byrne - My Life In The Bush of Ghosts
The History of The Neville Brothers - Treacherous 1955-1985
Lion Zion - Reggae In America
Kool and the Gang - Light of Worlds
The Curious Mystery - Rotting Slowly
African Head Charge - My Life In A Hole In The Ground
Adventures in the Mist - Bam Caruso Records
Max Romeo - Open the Iron Gate
Jim Price - Kids Nowadays Ain't Got No Shame
T-Bone Walker - Blues Companion
Yalla - Hitlist Egypt
The Carter Family - Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me
Rush - 2112
H.P. Lovecraft - At The Mountains of Madness
Pink and Brown - Death Drug Load Split
Uke of Phillips - Peppermint Birdhouse Tea Shanty Shack
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack
Patrice Rushen - Before The Dawn
Suicide - A Way of Life
Tom Waits - Franks Wild Years
Al Green - I'm Still In Love With You
Richard Groove Holmes - X-77 Recorded Live At The Lighthouse
Brigadier Jerry - Hail Him
David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name
The Rebel Kind - A Collection of Contemporary Garage and Psychedelic Bands
The Sweet Inspirations - Self Titled
Eddie Harris - Free Speech
Horace Silver - Silver N Voices
Howard Roberts Quartet - H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player / J.M. Is A Nut
Luis Bonfa's Brazilian Guitar
David Bartholomew - Jump Children
Sonny Terry / Brownie McGhee - Blues
McCoy Tyner - Enlightenment
Shirley Scott Trio - Great Scott!
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa

Next up, we've got the goods from Adam Dunbar (look for "AD" on the price tags), who is the man behind the wonderful Musica del Alma blog:

Here's a list of what Adam left for your digging pleasure!
Ronnie Foster - Cheshire Cat
Twilight - Electronic Friend/Boxer Maxi Single
Dave Pike - Jazz for the Jet Set
Ramsey Lewis Trio - Bossa Nova
The Hamilton Face Band
Vaughan Mason and Crew
Ballin'jack - Live and In Color
The Sylvers - Showcase
Coke Escovedo - Coke
Eddy Senay - Step by Step
Man's Theory - Just Before Dawn
The Gap Band - Magicians Holiday
Alvin Nesbitt - Always on My Mind
Port Authority - The Navy
Pamala Stanley - Coming Out of Hiding
Johnny Guitar Watson - I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger
Johnny Hammond - Storm Warning
Mary Lou Williams - From the Heart
King Errisson - L.A. Bound (Sealed)
Minnie Ripperton - Adventures in Paradise
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Product Placement
Faze-O - Breakin' the Funk
Visual - The Music Got Me 12" Single
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Babylon By Bus
The Blackbyrds - self titled
Lazarus - Self Titled
Allspice - Self Titled
Earl Van Dyke - The Earl of Funk
Rene' & Angela - Wall to Wall


VAMP is pleased to be partnering with Era Art Bar in Oakland for a new Happy Hour experience: "MY TOP TEN VINYL". The idea is to offer a place for record collectors and music fans to come together to share music, all played on vinyl! Era is kicking off this new series tonight! Please join us and bring a few records to share, trade or sell. We prefer that you have some sort of experience with using a sound system, but it is not necessary. We will have a sign up sheet for folks to take turns and I am happy to show you how to maneuver around the equipment if necessary. Hope to see you tonight! I'll be there right about 6:30!


Our little Art Gallery and Bar at 19 Grand Ave. (Next door to Farley's East Coffee Shop!)

Oakland, California, USA ·

Friday, May 10, 2013

VAMP and PATCHWORK SHOW - Modern Hadmade Festival! SUNDAY!!!

VAMP will be here Sunday playing tunes to keep you bouncing along while you shop! Everything we play will be for sale, so be sure to stop by our booth to browse our crates!
PATCHWORK indie art & craft festival showcases emerging local artists, crafters & designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops and indie music. Vendors feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more! Come on down and support local handmade goods. Patchwork is FREE to the public.
MAY 12TH * 11-5pm * Jack London Square * 98 Broadway