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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: April 18, 2017

A visit to six record stores in Portland

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

I have a lifelong addiction that I am happily powerless against and for which there is no shortage of supply – especially in downtown Portland. It’s records. Even if I don’t buy anything at my favorite stops, that musty smell is always heavenly. Like Ray Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams,” who reminisces about “the smell of the ballpark,” I love the smell of a record store.

Sometimes I make a beeline for certain sections, other times I carelessly peruse and see what I find. Thank you, Portland, for having so much vinyl all within walking distance of my desk. And although it was the rainiest day of the year when I chose to go out to six record stores, the experience was still fantastic.


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