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  Squidco FAQ & Philosophy

Squidco is an online mail-order shop located in Wilmington, North Carolina. We also have a physical store front in Downtown Wilmington. Our goal is to sell excellent music at reasonable prices while providing the kind of service we ourselves would expect from any company we do business with: superlative. Our belief is that reasonable prices lead to experimentation, and that's important with the extremely diverse musical landscape that we currently enjoy. Ultimately we're in this for the music, our real bottom line, and we hope that the music we sell is as interesting and excellent to you as it is to us!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of music do you sell?

Squidco sells music from independent artists primarily in the fields of:
  • Improvisation: Jazz, Downtown NY, Musique Actuelle, European Free Jazz, lowercase, Onkyo, &c

  • Unusual Rock: Avant-Rock, Rock in Opposition, Chamber Rock, Progressive, Experimental, &c

  • Electro-acoustic: Organized Sound, Musique Concréte, Industrial/Noise, Plunderphonics

  • Avant-Garde: Compositional Musics, Minimalism, Historic Recordings

  • Books, Magazines, DVDs, CD Storage, World Music, &c. &c.

Our catalog is based on items that we feel strongly about, that we would recommend to you, or that have merit in some way that makes them of interest to collectors of unusual and experimental musics. We follow artists who follow their own muse and use their incredible talents to express it. We are, above all, collectors ourselves, and the music we list is the music that enlightens us.

Do you actually stock what you list?

Items sold at Squidco are not listed until we have physical stock to fulfill orders, with the exception of items marked as pre-order items. All items display their stock level, which is generally updated every day after we complete the mail-order process.

What is your privacy policy?

Squidco respects your privacy. Squidco does not share or sell your personal information with any other businesses or individuals. Squidco uses a 128-bit secured SSL shopping cart to protect your credit card and personal information. No personal information will ever be shared, sold or used except at your consent for transacting business with Squidco. We do not want to inundate our customers, or risk the loss of their privacy or personal information. Squidco has an opt-in mailing list which we send out approximately every 2-3 weeks, and occassionally for special events, sales, or for customers interested in specific labels or artists. You may opt-out of our email list by writing to

Why Squidco?

"Because a squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous. Got me?"

Squidco is owned and operated by Phil Zampino, a long-time collector and music enthusiast. Squidco is always open to suggestions on how we can serve you better. If you have comments, ideas, or requests for artists or labels that we might carry please don't hesitate to email us, all comments go directly to Phil.