Eastside Records Returns to Tempe...Again

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If you were saddened by the closure of the original Eastside Records in Tempe two years ago -- as well as the shuttering of its pop-up reincarnation earlier this year -- dry those tears, grab some extra cash, and get ready for a vinyl spending spree.

The venerated record emporium is returning to Tempe this weekend as owner Michael Pawlicki will reopen Eastside tonight at its latest home close to Arizona State University. And this time it appears as though he'll be hanging around for a bit longer this time.

See also: Legendary Eastside Records Is Closing Its Doors See also: Eastside Records Pops Up in Tempe, But Don't Expect It To Last See also: The Ghost of Eastside Records in Tempe to Close Its Doors on May 19

The 50-year-old vinyl freak, who's been collecting records for more than three decades, has set up a new pop-up version of the store -- which will be known simply as Eastside Records -- near the intersection of Seventh Street and Forrest Avenue, just north of popular hamburger joint The ChuckBox.

When we last spoke to Pawlicki in May, he was about to close the Ghost of Eastside Records, a temporary pop-up/reboot of the original Eastside -- which itself shut its doors in December 2010.

After running the Tempe pop-up for less than six months, he had designs on packing up his expansive collection of used, obscure, and rate records and moving the enterprise to somewhere in the L.A. area. (Pawlicki is infamous outspoken in his hatred of Arizona's stifling summer heat and has repeatedly voiced his desire to move to another city.)

According to Eastside employee Anna Nasty, that search for a suitable location in Southern California didn't pan out. But it proved to be a fruitful endeavor nonetheless.

"We were spending the summer trying to look for a place in L.A. and we were building up a lot of good stuff to bring to whatever new city we were going to land in," Nasty says. "And since we're not going to that new city, all of that stuff is in the new store."

Nasty says that Pawlicki has a nine-month lease for Eastside's new home, which occupies the former location of popular geek haven Pop Culture Paradise. Whether or not the store will stick around past the end of his lease this time remains to be seen.

Regardless, employees have been busy prepping the store for this weekend, Nasty adds, that will include a grand reopening tonight from 5:15 until 9 p.m., as well as a live show and party featuring performances by local band Chandalis, as well as DJ sessions by Nasty and Glo, on Saturday.

The store's credit card machine won't be operating until Tuesday, however.

"People should bring cash with them this weekend," Nasty says. "We have so much good stuff all through."

And if Pawlicki and company doesn't have the kind of platters that you're looking for, there's another recently opened East Valley option for satiating your wax fix. Last month, used vinyl store The Record Room opened near Scottsdale and Indian School roads in Old Town and offers everything from Japanese imports and old school funk and soul LPs to platters from such throwback hitmakers like the Dave Clark Five and a wealth of punk seven-inchers.

Hope y'all got paid today.

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