Here's some good news for independent records to counterbalance the tragic news of the PIAS warehouse fire in London...

Please welcome Beacon Sound to Northeast Portland. The brand-new record shop opened its doors this past weekend in what might be the most musician-friendly mini-mall in Portland, sandwiched between Revival Drum Shop and Tiga (the watering hole where Portland musicians spin their records and hang their weird art whenever they're not touring).

Beacon Sound is brought to you by Andrew Neerman (of the Intima) and Josh "Sugarbear" Tuntland, and Neerman tells us:

We're going to carry both new and used vinyl; the new stuff will be a well-curated selection of indie rock, electronica, and hip-hop. Used will be much more eclectic, but with the same focus. We intend to carry and promote some labels that you rarely see around town, like Modern Love and Ghost Box (we're going to be Ghost Box's exclusive "stockists" in PDX). My friend Clayton Pledger is also going to be selling his handmade guitars out of the shop, as well as taking repair jobs ( We hope to make it a social hub, more than just a "retail experience", and also be open late on the weekends.
The space is incredibly attractive inside (pics on their Facebook page), with plenty of vinyl and acoustic guitars adorning the walls. In addition to records and guitars, Beacon Sound also sells books, publications, and vintage postcards.

Beacon Sound, 1465-D NE Prescott, Mon-Thurs noon-9 pm, Fri-Sat noon-late, Sunday noon-6 pm