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Cactus Music and One Howdy Hot Chicken Sandwich

Cactus Music and Howdy Hot Chicken are about a block apart. We found the records we wanted and don’t need to eat again. Ever.

Cactus Music Store Houston, Texas

Our second day in Houston started off on the right foot with a visit to Cactus Music which is an older record store located in the Montrose section of the city. The neighborhood is under rather serious construction so don’t drive here expecting to find a parking spot. Uber worked perfectly fine. Minus being left in the middle of a parking lot next to 2 bulldozers and a police car.

Cactus Music Items for Sale

Cactus Music is the type of record store where you can spend hours. Jazz and blues fans should definitely look elsewhere. Rock, heavy metal, pop, classical, country, hip hop, folk, and some excellent international music are certainly plentiful.

I didn’t expect to find a stack of Israeli pop and folk records from the 1960s and 1970s but I bought 5 of them and they will get plenty of playing time in my collection.

Israeli Records Purchased

The prices at Cactus Music were also more reasonable than the other record stores that we visited and I’m still deeply puzzled by the $200 and $900 records that we saw at Sig’s Lagoon.

It’s a bad sign when greed is driving prices to those levels and I can’t imagine anyone paying $900 for a Stooges or Little Richard record that are not really that rare.

Record Store Day 2021 is in one week and the staff were busy unpacking boxes of releases that will be on sale on June 12. I was unsuccessful in my attempt to bribe an employee for the chance to get 3 on my list a week early. I don’t roll on Shabbos folks. Shomer Shabbos.

After dropping $120, I walked outside into the sweltering heat and humidity and decided to do the most logical thing.

Find the hottest chicken sandwich in Houston that I could find.

Fortunately, Howdy Hot Chicken is located around the corner from Cactus Music and they did not disappoint. I have a very high tolerance for spices and intense heat in my food but the “Howlin” chicken sandwich proved nearly lethal.

Howdy Hot Chicken Sandwich Shop

Having grown up in a food family that owned a restaurant chain, I spent 5 consecutive summers working in the kitchen as a chef and I’ve seen customers request some odd additions to their meal. I’ve eaten spicy foods that could strip the automotive paint finish off a pair of Wilson Audio loudspeakers.

After drinking 4 Mountain Dews, my vision began to return and my heart rate settled back to a normal level.

One Howdy Hot Chicken Sandwich

The sandwich; minus the extreme heat, was cooked to perfection and I loved the homemade slaw and pickles on the fresh brioche bun.

The Uber trip back into midtown so I could dump my vinyl stash and pay a visit over to Rice University where my nephew is an engineering student was uneventful; minus the flash flooding from intense thunderstorms. Houston has some really unpredictable weather.

The real purpose of our trip to Houston this week was to spend some time with our friends from Focal and Naim.

Focal powered by Naim Houston Front Door Entrance

There are a new chain of boutique and “shop-in-shop” Focal Powered by Naim stores coming to America in 2021 and 2022 and we were invited down to Houston to spend some time at the new Focal Powered by Naim Houston location and learn more about their long-term strategy for strengthening the brand and attracting new blood into high-end audio.

Our coverage begins on June 9th when we’ve been giving permission to share all that we saw and heard.

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