I was there when…

Welcome to all of our old friends! It’s Kimber, and I want your help building the history page on this here website. As some of you know, I am not the world’s best documentarian for all things cool. I wish I was because we had so many amazing shows and off-the-hook happenings that I am beginning to forget them all (it’s been 27 years after all).

Please help by posting a random old flier or memory of something that happened at the store. We did live shows from 1994 to 1999 when Modified Arts opened and we moved everything over there. Those 5 years were critical in the history of live music in Phoenix because no one else was booking those bands. We had Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Blonde Redhead, Lou Barlow, Helium, June of 44, Black Heart Procession, Pinback, Calexico, Magnetic Fields, Dub Narcotic, and tons more, just to name a few.

What else? Bring us your stories, your videos, your laughs. And you newer Stinkweeds fans- remember seeing the Format in the courtyard? Have a photo to post? Or how about the Dap-Kings spinning records in the sunshine? Bring it! Or maybe the day you were depressed and you stopped in and we sold you your favorite record of all time? This is the place to let us know! And I will be digging around and posting fun stuff too, so check back soon.

Submit your memory here!


When I was in junior high and high school I think I lived part-time in your store, pawing through the vinyl and buying everything Depeche Mode I could get my hands on that my little allowance would allow. My mom got used to my forays into the land of Alternative and Punk and whatever KQ was playing at the moment, and she knew where I liked to buy music. For Christmas one year she got me a CD called The Adventures of Aqua Kitty and Friends by Heavy Vegetable; I was stunned to learn that she had gone in to the store to get me a gift — just guessing what I might like — and I had nearly caught her when I rolled up in the parking lot unexpectedly. She had just finished buying the CD and booked it right before I walked in. I was delighted by her ninja music mission and still think of Stinkweeds with great fondness. My vinyl collection isn’t what it once was but I will always hang onto a few from this fantastic store. Thank you for so many years of expanding my mind . . .

-Aleta Dunbar

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