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Sounds Familiar, 7252 Parklane Road: 18 January 2009   6 comments

Posted at 1:30 am in closing

Honestly, what more can I say about Sounds Familiar? I've written about it here, here, and here: Nice Columbia based record store chain that had a good selection, and knowledgeable staff but fell victim to the Internet revolution as did most record store chains. This location, on Parklane near Columbia Mall, was the penultimate one to close, leaving the Rosewood store alone for the last month or so. Note to the almost antique "cassettes and records" slogan given on the sign. I wonder how many of either they sold in the last 10 years?

However little else I might have to say about the chain, I will say that today was a magnificent day for taking pictures, especially if you like clouds -- and I do!

UPDATE 24 April 2010 -- It's now, or will be soon, La Roca some sort of latin club:

UPDATE 6 June 2018 -- Well, I'm not sure that La Roca ever opened. At any rate, it is not there now, and the place is now Parklane Mini Mart:



UPDATE 7 July 2020 -- They've updated the color scheme:


Written by ted on April 7th, 2009

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6 Responses to 'Sounds Familiar, 7252 Parklane Road: 18 January 2009'

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  1. Thanks for the pictures, they bring back many good memories. The clothing store to the left and Andy's Deli, also. Walking to Magic Market for a soda. Times changed too quickly. I worked here for 6 years and had a lot of great times inside this store. I enjoyed all the customers and the employees. Good luck to everyone that worked for Sounds Familiar.


    15 Apr 09 at 12:10 am

  2. My friends and I landed front-row tickets to the Smashing Pumpkins' Scared and Profane tour at this location... the last time that I bought concert tickets in person, I believe. It paid off well, as I was one of the kids chosen out of the audience to have a meet and greet with Billy Corgan after the show.

    Thanks, Sounds Familiar!


    3 Jun 09 at 3:02 pm

  3. I worked there at that location for 13 years, hate to see it go but record labels trying to save their behinds & big box stores selling product cheap is what basically contributed to the reason why the owner had to close up his stores. We really serviced a big area of Columbia that needed a place to find not so popular & hard to find artists & groups. I miss a lot of the regular customers & even up till the last day we had new cumstomers (who lived only blocks away) discover us and was happy to find us but sad that they were too late. And yes we did sell vinyl & cassettes even in 2009


    23 Jul 10 at 4:28 am

  4. Joey, did you work at the Sounds Familiar in Bush River Mall and teach drums at Sims in Boardwalk Plaza? If so, I took lessons from you.


    23 Jul 10 at 8:52 am

  5. I used to go there all the time early 90's. Abe, Derrick, Fred, Van, and Eric (DJ Eclipse) all worked there at the time. They used to let me and my homeboys know when some celebs would come by - used to keep some low-key - and had great time with those folks.

    I was there the day MC Search discovered DJ Eclipse (DJ for Non-Phixion and host of They were in Search's van playing demo's. Also go invited to Search's party at a clubhouse near Lincolnshire.


    8 Feb 19 at 1:09 pm

  6. One of the guys that worked there turned me on to Appetite for Destruction in '87 before GnR hit the big time! Still one of my favorites. THANKS!!!!


    10 Dec 20 at 11:13 am

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