Wednesday, March 27, 2013

VAMP's own MissT spins Thursday at REGGAE GOT SOUL!

Super excited for tomorrow night's party ~ REGGAE GOT SOUL! Looking forward to welcoming back DJ Dukey ( aka Mark Gorney) to the turntables that he so graciously handed over to Sir Rudy Blackout (aka Nick Watts) and myself just about a year ago! I've got a few new gems in my box from recent digs and can't wait to share 'em! Looking forward to seeing everyone there! ~MissT
Here is the Facebook invite for anyone interested:
REGGAE GOT SOUL! happens every 4th Thursday at the Missouri Lounge in Berkeley. Come on down for drink specials, BBQ and pool...oh yeah...and maybe a little dancing to the fine tunes! Hope to see ya there!
2600 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 92702

Always free!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I'm getting my hands dirty today, digging back into the boxes of records we packed up from our weekend trip to L.A. Starting to get things priced and as I'm working along, thought I'd post a few of the unique items we brought home with us for the shop! 

First up, Jan Hammer's "The First Seven Days". This album is nothing but a synth lovers paradise! Keyboard extraordinaire, Hammer has finely crafted the tunes on this album using a piano, electric piano, Moog synth, Oberheim synth & digital sequencer, drums, percussion, Freeman strings synth & the Mellotron! He welcomes a couple of guest musicians to two of the songs on the album. The rest is performed all by him! This stuff is amazing and I can most definitely say that he is well worthy of more praise than being known as the guy who composed the Miami Vice theme song! Come check it out. We also have his 1976 album, "Oh, Yeah", which is more of these super amazing synth filled tunes!

This is the first tune on side 1:

Next, we've got Herman Choy-Lin's album "Aquarius" (Dub). This copy is a 2003 UK reissue of the original 1975 release. The original copies sell for lots of cashola and apparently the reissues are selling for decent prices too. Our copy is a strong VG to a low VG+...we've priced it to move! Plays well and a great opportunity to own these tunes at a great price!!!

Here's a tune from this album:

Monday, March 25, 2013


We have been hiding out in L.A. since Friday night. An adventure filled with family and of course RECORDS! Lucked out Saturday morning, as we were heading out to get coffee, to find a yard sale with nothing but records! Hooked up with the guy and spent the entire afternoon Sunday digging in his storage unit jam packed with records! 
And, as it so happens, my brother is a big collector, as well and he's sending us home with 2 boxes full of HEAT from his personal collection! See photos here! 

This is just a little peek into his music studio and record collection!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Respect your worn out needles!

Came across this amazing vintage ad...hope you enjoy it as much as we do!



Ton Trio II :

Aram Shelton, alto saxophone
Scott Brown, bass
Alex Vittum, drums

Check out:

Doors open at 6pm - Show starts at 7pm (Three 45min Sets)

NO COVER CHARGE + Drink Specials ($5 Manhattan's)

OAKLAND FREEDOM JAZZ SOCIETY is weekly Jazz series every Monday from 7pm-10pm 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.

New SOUL Arrivals, Out NOW!

Just got a nice stack of new budget soul into the shop! Priced to go! Come take a peek!

Monday, March 18, 2013

What's that you say? VINTAGE HiFi?!?!?!

Yes, we will be offering vintage HiFi whenever we happen to come across something fun and interesting! Just yesterday, we got in one of these cool little dandies!



NEW Vintage Items at the Shop!

We recently added a few new items to our VINTAGE section! 

 Some great vintage men's button down shirts! Princes range from $15-$22 for most of the short sleeve shirts.

 We also have an awesome collection of vintage books, many by Freud, Jung, Krishnamurti and other thought provoking writers. 

 And the pièce de résistance...this amazing retro nude art piece!

 This is an awesome Modern cedar chest made by LANE. The exterior is grey enamel paint with a black enamel base. The interior still has the warranty certificate attached! Fantastic condition and priced to move!

This is just a sampling of the fantastic vintage finds we currently have at the shop. You must come down to browse the selection! Great items, mostly smalls, that are perfect for a gift for yourself, a friend or a loved one! All at fantastic prices!

Hello & Welcome!

VAMP is Vintage Art & Music for the People! 

We are a new shop recently opened in Downtown Oakland. March 1st marked our opening day and we have been off to a great start! We are foremost a used record shop, offering 1000s of excellent titles at a variety of prices. We strive to offer something for everyone! We specialize in Jazz, Soul, Blues & Gospel. We also offer Soundtracks, Comedy, disco/soul & hip hop 12"s, Country & Folk, Classical, Hip Hop & a vast selection of 45rpm singles. We are working on building up our Latin (Mexico, Central & South America, Afro-Cuban, etc), Caribbean and African offerings and are proud to present our current collections. 

As our name reflects, we also offer a fantastic selection of vintage items, including house and bar wares, kids what-nots, clothing and accessories for guys and gals and unique framed album covers for use as home decor. Our selections are always changing so keep an eye out for what's new to come!

In addition to the records and vintage, we are proud to be partnering with our friend's gallery LeQuiVive, (located a short walk from our shop), to offer a new selection of fine art on our walls on a monthly basis. We are excited to see what the Spring and Summer has in store for us! We are proud to have had the opportunity to open shop with the Wanderlust series, by Melanie Mccallum, on our walls! Feel free to contact us for information or to purchase a piece for your own collection!
Melanie Mccallum's Wanderlust Series is up until March 31st

We are looking forward to establishing a happy home for VAMP in the South of Broadway/Lakeside district of Downtown Oakland! At just a half block from Snow Park and 2 blocks from Lake Merritt in one direction and 2 blocks to Broadway and the 19th Street BART Station, as well as 3 blocks from the fantastic FOX Theatre, in the other, we are proud to be a part of this blossoming neighborhood! We will be participating in the festivities every 1st Friday Art Walk, so keep an eye out on our events schedule! We are open every day of the week, with the exception of Monday. Our shop is owner operated and you can find Tracy there during the week days and Fernando will be joining her on the weekends. We are always happy to welcome you into our home away from home and look forward to your visit!
331 19th Street, between Harrison & Webster
Monday: Closed
Tue-Thur: 12-6pm
Fri: 12-7pm
Sat/Sun: 12-6pm

*You will often find us here later and we are always happy to stay open for you with a little notice. 
*VAMP buys-sells-trades - if you have something you think we might like for the shop, please let us know!

-Tracy & Fernando