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We never forget Christmas here at the Thrift Store DJ headquarters. Well, sometimes we do, but not this year! This year we are unveiling the all new Thrift Store DJ Radio! Made of Space Age Polymers, this new radio replaces the old version and offers several cool features including a pop-up player that you can leave open while browsing around, shuffle play and best of all, you can listen on your phone.


The link is in the top navigation, but for those too lazy to move their mouse that high, here’s a direct link:



Hi Everybody. It’s been a while. Thank you for all the kind comments on past posts. The requests for new material are really what have motivated me to re-learn everything and put something new up on the site, which has been hanging around the Internet for over seven years now. So I present to you a real classic in the true Thrift Store DJ style…scratchy, forgotten music that sounds like it was recorded off AM radio in some distant border town. This one features Guadalajuara Boys and Bando Da Lua Boys in a “Batalla De Sonidos.” Here’s a video from Bando Da Lua:


So although the quality of the record is poor, the quality of the music is great. I present “Guadalajuara” as evidence: (28MB)

Side One:
El Cumganchero
El Caballo Y L Montura
Quizas Quizas Quizas
Tico Tico

Side Two:
Alo Alo
The Old Piano Roll Blues

Greetings all. I know it’s been a long time, so I thought I’d drop in and say that the site is not dead. I’ve still been scouring the bins and have some great finds to share. Late last year the site was hacked, which was the style at the time. I cleaned it up, but not good enough, and it was hacked again earlier this year. (These people are very serious about their sweepstakes and contests). Cleaned again and this time it looks the vermin might be finally eliminated. Hopefully have some albums up real soon.


David Carroll - Mexico

If you are anything at all like me, you consider the Marty Cooper Clan’s recording of “Walk, Don’t Run” to be one of modern mankind’s greatest achievements. If that’s the case, you should also enjoy David Carroll’s “Mexico and Eleven Other Great Hits.” Pitched on the back cover as a cash in on the Nashville Brass bandwagon (recorded in Nashville and “will mark your introduction to the new ‘sound’ craze currently sweeping the country”), this album is really much, much more than that. In these dozen short tracks, the varied arrangements feature electric and acoustic guitars, groovy background vocals, and even manage to throw in an occasional Hammond organ, as we swerve from Ventures style surf into Boots Randolph territory all under the guise of Latin standards like Tequila and Vaya Con Dios. Another wonderful rescue from the Goodwill outlet, purchased by the pound, but the vinyl’s in very good shape. Presented in glorious mono.

I challenge anyone to find a more swinging version of Perfidia:

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Side One:
La Golondrina
Vaya Con Dios
El Rancho Grande

Side Two:
Mexican Joe
Mexican Hat Twist

Vive La Difference

This cover makes me smile. I’m not sure whether it’s the sideways glances, casually strewn posters or lack of shoes, but it all adds up to a wonderful cheesy whole, which kind of strikes me in the same way as this cover. There is some great music inside as well. “Working with a guitar accompaniment Miss Meinert creates some sounds on these familiar melodies that spice them with an air of frivolity, sadness, deep romance and the pulse of life that course through the city as steadily as the Seine.”  Looks like this is a 1960 release.

Have a listen to April in Paris:

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Side One:
I Love Paris
La Vie en Rose
April in Paris
Under Paris Skies
The Poor People of Paris
Under the Bridges of Paris

Side Two:
The River Seine
Paris in the Spring
The Last Time I Saw Paris
C’est Si Bon
Autumn Leaves

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