Elise Colley, social media expert
working in music stores since 2016
First album: Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits purchased from Café Kerouac in Columbus, Ohio.
Favorite album from personal collection: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon because the story behind the album makes it just that much better.
In search of: Are you Satisfied? by Reignwolf, limited edition on yellow vinyl
Music bonded Elise’s family and kitchen dancing to Sympathy for the Devil is practically a family Christmas tradition. Her parents raised her to learn their music – classic rock – from a young age. Elise loves to support live music and festivals whenever she can because it’s the best medicine.
Elise loves working for Bart’s because she gets prize musical suggestions from co-workers and customers. When she’s not at Bart’s or a music festival, Elise studies Transpersonal Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy at Naropa University.
Jon Martinez, vinyl buyer
working in music stores since 1982
First album: Beatles, Let it Be purchased from the PX (army base store) at Ft. Hood, Texas for $2.75
Favorite album from personal collection: Velvet Underground with Nico, mono recording with unretouched back cover
In search of: Louvin Brothers, Satan is Real
Born in Texas, John became obsessed with vinyl at an early age. His favorite position as a youngster was resting his teeth on the family’s turntable console, listening to record after record until teeth grooves formed in the wood. He came to Boulder for college but learned more from the local record shops than classes, working at both Trade a Tape and Wax Trax.
Zei Mteirek, CD buyer
working in music stores since 2018
First album: The Germs (GI) purchased at Sig’s record shop in Houston
Favorite album from personal collection: Squirrel Nut Zippers Hot! Original pressing
In search of: The Radio by The Slackers, live radio covers
Zei was probably dancing in the womb. Her house was full of music: everything from the Arabic music of Haifa Wehbe, to classic rock of The Doors and Talking Heads. When she could buy her own music, Punk was her favorite. She started collecting CD’s and was curious about vinyl collecting but the nearest record stores were hours away in Dallas.
Now she is surrounded by vinyl every day. Zei loves working at Bart’s because she is surrounded by people who also love music. Everyday there are conversations that start from music. Zei is also proud mom to shop dog, Charles Bronson.
Will Paradise, owner/manager
working in music stores since 2015
First album: Jethro Tull Benefit for $2.77
Favorite album from personal collection: Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers.
In search of: Beck’s Sea Change on pink vinyl, mobile fidelity recording. Only one thousand made.
Will became obsessed with music and records at eight years of age. In his early years, he would hand write letters to request brochures on stereo equipment he could never afford. He got more mail than anyone in Buzzards Bay, MA, the mailman used to tell him. Then he sorted and categorized the brochures in a filing cabinet next to his albums. Will loves vinyl because it’s an experience: the ritual, the artwork, the smell, the sound of the stylus finding the groove. You are intimately involved with the music. Will has worked in the natural foods’ industry for 34 years, starting with stocking the bulk bins and ending as senior management for Whole Foods Market. He bought the shop in 2016 after Bart decided to move back to Maryland.
Patrick Selvage, vinyl buyer
In the record biz since 2000
First Album: David Bowie, Space Oddity for $8
Favorite album from personal collection: Glenn Branca, Lesson No. 1 – Signed from Branca’s personal collection
In search of: Jean-Claude Vannier – L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches
Patrick became interested in records when his aunt gave him her collection one year for a Christmas present. He has played in numerous bands and ran the independent label Sao Bento Music for six years. Patrick loves digging and has visited over 150 record stores throughout the world.
Sean Rourke:Assistant Manager
Dora Ryan: Clerk
Devin Collins: Clerk
Caitlin Welch: Clerk