Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Party this Saturday!!

Come show off your sweet costume and dance your butt off...

New Records and Bin!

I totally loaded up on a bunch of new records at the Night Owl on Saturday. I got a bunch of super fun $3 and under records plus Justin got a bunch of super great funk & soul. We're seeing two types of people coming in to buy records - those that collect the uuber rare funk & soul and those that love a great deal on a variety of different genres. I tried to load up at the record show to satisfy the latter.

Dameian's been hard at work building a third record bin for the store. We're making our record area larger to make it easier to flip through the records. We also created a large lounge area with the couch and benches in the front window to accommodate the fact that people love to dance at our store!! One of these days, I swear, the dust will settle!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

3 Nights of Night Owl Goodness!

The Night Owl Record Show is this Saturday in Portland! Twice a year, all the best record dealers and collectors in the NW gather to buy, sell and trade their most prized possessions. It's a great time with a pleathora of vinyl, food and drink from 5PM - 9PM at the Eagles Aerie at SE 49th & Hawthorne. Night Owl Resident DJs, Three the Hard Way, spin funk and soul at every show.

Tonight at the Hall, we have one of Three the Hard Way's DJs, Universal DJ Sect, spinning at 8PM. Then on Friday, we're having a Night Before the Night Owl Party - with $2 PBRs and $3 Natian Honey Red Drafts from 8PM to Late. 1/2 Price Sandwiches for all Night Owl Vendors.

Then on Saturday, we'll be selling at the show! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fearless Brewing Cream Ale

Two summers ago, I discovered Fearless Brewing's Cream Ale at the Oregon Brewer's Festival. It was soooo delicious, I couldn't get enough!

Now we have it on tap at the Hall and I couldn't be happier! We also have Oakshire's Espresso Stout back on tap because everyone loved it so much!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We have a website!!

Woo Hoo!! We are finally ready to launch our website. We had been tweaking things so much that I wanted to wait until the dust settled before publishing the website. But now it's ready!

The website includes our menus and our events calendar. We'll probably be adding more pictures soon. Huge thanks to our friend Heather from Mile 73 for hooking us up with the website.

This weeks events include:

Monday - 1/2 Price Sandwich Night w/ DJ Eggbert spinning Upbeat Electronica

Tuesday - Pint Nite! w/ Tah Rei (Tah Rei is AMAZING. He spins a lot of World music while also playing the saxaphone and flute - people LOVE him)

Wednesday - Ohmega Watts In-Store DJ Performance 4PM - 7PM and then DJ AM Gold spinning Honkey Tonk, Western Swing and Jazz

Thursday - Moloko Plus' own Universal DJ Sect spinning Soul & Funk

Friday - Open Tables Night! and a pre-party for the Night Owl Record Show

Saturday - A Toast to the Boogie - with Mr. Jeah

Sunday - Hip Hop, Soul, Folk & World Music with the Seamstress of Sound - Happy Hour All Day & Night!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ohmega Watts - Special Set at the Hall

Next Wednesday, October 20th, Ohmega Watts will be at Hall of Records doing a special Happy Hour set from 4PM - 7PM. Come check him out if you can!!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Every night before we go to bed, Justin and I each say five things that we're grateful for. Justin is amazing because no matter what, he always remembers to do it. Me, not so much, but that's why we make such a great team. I wanted to share some of those things from last night.

I am so grateful for all the people that come into our store and tell us how much they love it.

I am so grateful for all of the DJs that do such a great job and all of their friends that come support them. You are amazing.

I am so grateful for Justin's mom, Tracey, who has played a huge part in the success of our life.

I am so grateful for the people that have made us part of their regular routine. I love seeing your faces when you come through the door.

I am so grateful for the lady last night that got Justin and I dancing and also took this picture:

All of you made our night and our year.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

KMHD Jazz at the Hall

Our good friend, Derek, is the newest edition to KMHD 89.1 Jazz Radio! His show, Mornings on Macadam, airs Thursdays from 6AM - 10AM. He also has a bi-weekly at the Hall on Thursday nights. Come check him out tonight @ 8PM!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Hour 2.0

I can't believe how much tweaking and changes need to be made on a new business! I feel like every day I'm running to Kinko's or to Office Depot to get more paper to print new menus to accommodate the changes.

One update is that we now have SOUP! Aunt Bettie made some amazing homemade butternut squash soup for us! We sold our first batch last night and got two big thumbs up!

We've also updated our Happy Hour offerings to include FOOD! And we've extended the hours from 4PM - 7PM Monday through Friday. Here's our new Happy Hour Menu:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday - Open Tables!

Every Friday we do open turntables where people can sign up for a 30 minute slot to DJ and play their own records. It's super fun and we get to hear a plethora of different musical tastes.

Now me, Katie, being the bartender part of the Hall of Records records & bar equation, never really owned many records beyond Abbey Road. But today I bought my first record from the store with the intention of building a 30 minute set to play at Open Tables night! And the first of that collection is:

Mr. Big Stuff!

Who do you think you are?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wax Poetics

We are now selling Wax Poetics Magazine in the store! It's a must have for an audiophile interested in the history of soul, funk, hip hop, reggae and basically all music in general.

Here's a great video about the magazine for some background: Neighborhood Beat: DUMBO & Wax Poetics Magazine

Sunday, October 3, 2010

On Tap

Currently on tap we have:

Terminal Gravity IPA
Hopworks Organic Lager
Natian Honey Red
Oakshire Espresso Stout - Soon to be Laurelwood Treehugger Porter
Klamath Basin 8 Second Ale

I think we're going to get something from Upright Brewing sometime soon, too!

We also serve Courier Coffee.

For Dr. Will :)
I'll try to update as we change things up!! Thanks for the comment.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Neighbors Opening

Last night, Justin and I sat at the newly opened Circa 33 and marveled at how it and our own business came to be. The reality is if we hadn't had met Carl, the owner of It's a Beautiful Pizza, and started throwing parties there, where we sold records, then neither Circa 33 nor what we know as Hall of Records would even exist.

I was scrolling down our blog and took special note of a picture of Justin DJing one of our "Wax Broker Riot" parties. The DJ table set up in the picture is exactly where we sat last night for dinner at Circa 33.

My what a difference some determination makes.

PS. I am super bummed the picture is coming out so small. My computer crashed a few months ago and I lost all the originals. Boo.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Neighborhood Wine!

We just started carrying wine made right in the neighborhood! Ryan from Enso Winery had emailed us months ago to congratulate us on opening and told us about his winery. At the time, the wines weren't ready for tasting but we're all about building relationships with neighbors so we kept in touch.

About two weeks ago Ryan and his partner launched their Resonate Wine Line and had a big party to celebrate. It turned out to be the same night as our Grand Opening and he sent a bunch of his fellow celebrants over to the Hall with samples. Not only is it good wine, but they're really good people! That goes a long way in our book.

So now we have Enso Resonate White on our menu! It's a dry Riesling and it's mighty tasty!