Saturday, June 11, 2011

ABC Discos

 ABC Discos is another impossible to find used record store located just two blocks from the Zocalo in the Centro Histórico.  They have a large selection of mostly common rock and pop from the 50s to the 80s, and smaller selections of jazz, international, and latin. The one thing this store seems to specialize in is old Mexican garage rock from bands like Los Teen Tops, Los Hooligans, Los Rockin' Devils, Los Crazy Boys, Los..., etc. You can find a lot of very cheap vinyl copies of records from these types of bands, mostly later reissues, but also some original presses. Most of these garage bands are just glorified cover bands, since very few of them wrote original music, but it is sometimes fun to hear how they translated into Spanish and covered hit songs of the 50s and 60s from the U.S. and the U.K.
 The other noteworthy thing about this shop is their selection of CD reissues of mostly old Orfeon material from groups like Semanforash, Javier Batiz, Toncho Pilatos, La fachada de piedra, Love Army, and other Mexican classic rock, psych, punk, jazz, and ska from the 60s to the early 80s. These cd reissues are not very easy to find, and this is the one place besides El Chopo where I know I can find these discs.  They also have a small selection of metal cds, and some music dvds.

ABC Discos is located at Venustiano Carranza 67, between the streets Isabel la Católica and 5 de febrero. The picture on your left is what you will see when you arrive at the address. To the left of the Nutrisa is the Comercial VC, one of those long corridors common in the Centro with a number of vendors lining either side. Just walk in and go all the way to the end of the corridor, and ABC Discos will be on your right side, Local 02. They are open Monday through Saturday 11:30am-7pm.

The closest metro stop is the Zocalo stop.

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