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Wild Mutation Records Set to Open in Fishtown March 19

March 14, 2016

Philadelphia, PA: Wild Mutation Records, a new record store at 2223 Frankford Ave in Fishtown with an emphasis on the punk scene – and owned and operated by Bill Chamberlain, a significant figure in that scene — , will be opening its doors Saturday, March 19 at noon.

The store specializes in new and used vinyl, with thousands of records in stock, but will also carry CDs, cassettes, t-shirts, books and music memorabilia. Wild Mutation Records carries a huge selection of classic rock, pop and soul LPs and 45s along with metal, country, garage, hip hop, jazz, folk, blues, reggae, and much more.

However, the centerpiece of the store is its huge collection of rare punk and hardcore records. The store’s original stock is built on Chamberlain’s vast personal record collection, acquired over decades of record hunting, going to punk shows, and playing guitar in cult favorites like The Pist, Caustic Christ, and Behind Enemy Lines.

“I wanted to start the best record store I’ve ever been in as far as punk and hardcore goes, and I think I’ve succeeded in that while also offering a wide range of genres,” said Mr. Chamberlain. “I held on to my favorites, but I got rid of any doubles and usually kept reissues and put originals in the store. When we opened in Massachusetts I was honestly worried about maintaining that level of quality stock, but people kept bringing in great records to sell and trade and the store is even better than it was when we started.”

Mr. Chamberlain grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, and has played in bands since high school, touring the country and the world and releasing his own records. After moving to Pittsburgh and then back to New England, where they opened the first incarnation of Wild Mutation Records in Northampton MA in 2014, he and his wife Rachel have settled in Philadelphia. “We wanted to live in a city again and Philadelphia just made sense,” Chamberlain said. “It’s a great city and we have a lot of friends here.”

The store opens on March 19 and will be open 7 days a week from 12 noon to 8pm.



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