Skele-Tone Records – 50 N. Main St., Rochester New Hampshire 03867
I went hunting for the best record store in New Hampshire. The lists said Skele-Tone Records, and it did not disappoint. Run by a former CBGB employee – Todd Radict, pictured below – the store is large and well-stocked with used records of all genres. You can also buy used gear to play your purchases. But best of all was some of Todd’s personal collection lining the walls. A big fan of the Clash, one wall of the store displays many of their records. Also on display was an old Ramones T-Shirt for Rockaway Beach.
Todd is an old-school record store guy, who makes recommendations based on the genre of music you are shopping for. He’d cue them up and sell them to you if you liked.
He introduced me to a local Boston based power pop group – the Neighborhoods – who had a regional hit with Prettiest Girl in 1979.
Picked up quite a nice selection of records, including a live Radiohead concert from 2001. Recommended.
Skele-tone’s was voted one of the 50 best record stores in the US by Vinylmeplease.com, and one of the 7 best record stores in New Hampshire by Best Things New Hampshire.
Here’s an article that appeared in Fosters.com in October 2016 Rochester Record Store Embraces Sound Of Vinyl and another that appeared in Seacoastonline.com in February 2012 Skele-Tone brings old school record store back to Port City interviewing the store’s owners about Skele-tone’s store and history.
Here’s a You Tube video of the store, shot in March 2019.
And for fun, here’s a video of the Ramones performing Rockaway Beach at – where else – CBGBs in 1977.