42 Record Stores

Record stores may be a dying breed but they aren’t dead, or anywhere close. And unlike most industries these days the record store is a business that isn’t dominated by big corporations and chain stores. They are all unique, inside and out, and have their own personality. Looking for a memorable trip? Get in your car, pack a bag, and visit them all. We could easily do multiple volumes of this one, (and maybe we will) but here are 42 record stores to get you started.

[learn_more caption=”Store Directory”] Row 1: Aquarius Records 1055 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Amoeba Music. 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Hymies Vintage Records. 3820 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 Waterloo Records. 600A N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 Row 2: The Thing. 1001 Manhattan Ave, Brookyln, NY 11222 Electric Fetus. 2000 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Dusty Groove. 1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Jive Time Records. 3506 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 Row 3: Academy Records. 12 W 18th St, New York, NY Jerry’s Records. 2136 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Boo Boo Records. 978 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 The True Vine. 3544 Hickory Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211 Row 4: Encore Records. 417 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Mississippi Records. 5202 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217 Goner Records. 2152 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 Sound Garden. 1616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231 Row 5: Jackpot Records. 203 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 Daves Records. 2604 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 Wuxtry Records. 2096 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033 Good Records. 1808 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 Row 6: Grimey’s New and Preloved Music. 1604 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN Princeton Record Exchange. 20 S Tulane St, Princeton, NJ 08542 Shake It Records. 4156 Hamilton Ave #1, Cincinnati, OH 45223 Other Music. 15 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003 Row 7: Reckless Records. 1532 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Bananas Music. 2887 22nd Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33713 Sweat Music. 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137 Beverly Records. 11612 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 Row 8: Easy Street Records. 4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 Newbury Comics. 332 Newbury St, Boston, MA Sonic Boom Records. 2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 Wombleton Records. 5123 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 Row 9: Bop Street Records. 2220 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 Repo Records. 538 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Som Records. 1843 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Turntable Lab. 120 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009. Row 10: Peoples Records. 4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 Criminal Records. 1154 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Rebel Rebel. 319 Bleecker St, Manhattan, NY 10014 Shangri La Records. 1916 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 Row 11: Vintage Vinyl Record. 51 Lafayette Rd, Fords, NJ 08863 Treehouse Records. 2557 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 [/learn_more]



  1. LowKeyMike

    November 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Pepper is going to try to act hip like he loves record stores, even though he just downloads everything from a torrent site…..

  2. AudibleBehind

    November 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Um, what’s the point of this list if there’s no information on the places, why they’re special… or where to find them? Some aren’t even named.

  3. MikeMIke

    November 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    AudibleBehind There’s a box under the pictures with at least names and addresses, but nothing on why they’re special.

  4. DelCoTrash

    November 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

    funkomart 11th st phila

  5. Vickroy

    November 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Gotta put up for my boy Kyle Siegrist’s place in Columbus, OH:

  6. Bob08857

    November 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

  7. GaMarsh

    November 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Looney Tunes in West Babylon,NY

  8. Roefmli

    November 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Looney Tunes, West Babylon NY since 1971

  9. kevgret

    November 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    South Jersey has a nice local CD/vinyl store called “Tunes”  $1 Vinyl and $1 used CD’s… 

  10. Roefmli

    November 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I just posted the same thing!

  11. turd burd

    November 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    there was this chick who worked at a used record store that her fiance Tommy owned, but then this dude Bill and some assassins showed up and killed everyone at the wedding rehearsal except the bride. I think in the end she ended up killing all of the assassins and Bill in what the movie advertisements referred to as a roaring rampage of revenge.

  12. GreenLightning

    November 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    oh good, Vintage Vinyl is on the list

  13. Dear Fuckles

    November 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    lou’s records, a staple of the san diego scene, please drive like Jehu.

  14. Narc Zito

    November 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    How am I going to sit down and focus on music when I have nine hours a day of talk radio?

  15. Creepy_Craig

    November 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    End of an Ear, Austin, TX. Better consistency and quality of used records than even the mighty Waterloo Records. And the name is a Robert Wyatt/ Soft Machine reference WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT????

  16. clove in charlotte

    November 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Lunchbox Records, Central Ave. Charlotte, NC

  17. Creepy_Craig

    November 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Also, I’ve been to 23 of the stores listed.

  18. CURTIS307

    November 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    They’ve got an app for that

  19. tfor3

    November 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Repo Records on South Street in Philly is still good.

  20. Narc Zito

    November 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I’m not even joking when I say tube amps sound great.  Bring them back.

  21. DonnieIris

    November 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Good to see Jerry’s on the list.  Good look.

  22. Bob08857

    November 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Vinyl is STILL better then either CD or Download, but you have to spend $1000s to get there!  CD is cleaner, but Vinyl has more extention and warmth ot the sound.

  23. jim_rents

    November 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Record Archive Rochester NY is a staple in Western NY

  24. Bob08857

    November 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Could be talking about lossless files like .WAV or FLAC.  SO MUCH better then MP3s.


    November 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Best job I ever had was in college, I worked at Discount Records and Peaches Records in Little Rock AR! Owner was a stoner and the LP collection was second to none! His parties were the best ever!

  26. sidwasout

    November 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    WTF, no Plan 9? Richmond and Charlottesville. Bought a Leatherface album there years ago simply because it was playing, as I had never heard of them.

  27. Vickroy

    November 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Championship Records in Chicago will always make my top 5!

  28. Bob08857

    November 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I thought they were from London?

  29. turd burd

    November 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    the caller was a fool – Dilla was from Detroit not NYC..

    RIP to the greatest beatmaker ever!

  30. Vickroy

    November 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Haha! Im a slob who’s only seen the movie and not read the book.

  31. burgler

    November 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Centaur, where’s Jack’s Music Shoppe in Red Bank, NJ???

  32. DeathProof

    November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Anyone mention Generation Records in NYC?

  33. @Ezra_Desu

    November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Tower Records: I hated that place, as much as I loved them. Huge, with tons of variety but overpriced.

  34. turd burd

    November 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    DeathProof is Generation Records still there?  I used to pop in all the time back when I was in college and some NYHC legend was always just hanging around where you could just shoot the shit with them and have them sign a 7″ or something .. also they had tons and tons of bootlegs..  Kim’s Video was a great spot too!

  35. DeathProof

    November 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    turd burd DeathProof Yep was just there last week.

  36. turd burd

    November 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    DeathProof good to know — I should check it out again one of these days.  man the village used to be filled with tons of great record stores..

  37. DeathProof

    November 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    turd burd DeathProof You could spend the whole day just record shopping.

  38. turd burd

    November 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    DeathProof fuck yeah, you had Bleeker Bobs, Generation, Kim’s, a bunch more on St. Marks that I can’t even remember the name of .. even shit like the Moon Ska store had records.  good to know some are still standing

  39. Drinkthewater

    November 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I was there when Amoeba opened on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley in 1990. Between that store and Rasputins a block away, plus Cody’s and Shakespeare’s for books, Fat Slice pizza and Kims Super Burrito, Telegraph was the absolute best way to spend an afternoon young and stoned.

  40. DeathProof

    November 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    turd burd DeathProof Other Music is still around too.

  41. alannaerin

    November 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    the princeton record exchange is my local and my favorite record store! i am happy it made this list! it’s still open, so whenever local i stop by plus triumph brewery is nearby with great food and beer!

  42. stukingj

    November 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Loved that Pepper said he never shoplifted any records.  Isn’t he the king of pirating online content?

  43. Plastic Thoughts

    November 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Glad to see Wuxtry and Criminal records representing Atlanta although Wax’ N’ Fax and Satellite also helped me find my way musically as a kid.

  44. pokerface1947

    November 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Whenever I walk in here http://www.louisianamusicfactory.com/ I invariably buy whatever they’re playing in-store.

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  46. saltwaterDan

    November 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

    jim_rents dont forget about the House of Guitars.  they had soo much!

  47. Foggy_Otis

    November 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I used to like Revolver on 8th street

  48. MichaelOfHouseBolton

    November 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    In the deserts of Arizona Zia records has always served me well.

  49. djjd62

    November 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    my local record store is Dr. Disc (Windsor, Ontario), but one of my faces was Peter Dunn’s Vinyl Museum, huge selection of used records, spent many hours browsing
    one of the employees invented a system to remove scratches from records, he had a sign by the cash which read, “ask (employees name) about my scratch removal system” under the sign was another which read, “please do not ask (employees name) about his scratch removal system, The Management”

  50. ILoveAngelDust

    November 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    tfor3 I bought “Energy” by Operation Ivy there on a whim when I was 16 and it changed my life forever.

  51. loganfield

    November 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I was just at Banana’s last week…two stores…massive amount of vinyl..I wish they’d organize their 12″ warehouse…It’s fun to flip through, but not when you don’t have a lot of time.  You could stay in there all day…maybe 2.

  52. TheMeebs

    November 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    My favorite?  Championship Vinyl.  Ran by this guy named Rob in Chicago.  He has these two guys working there, only hired them for 3 days, but they just started showing up every day.

  53. TheMeebs

    November 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    MichaelOfHouseBolton Zia’s is pretty awesome, but mostly CDs and not so many records.  In Tucson there’s a place called PDQ on Grant west of Alvernon.  Good place for some vinyl.  Never really explored it too much.  And Bookman’s is always good for some used stuff.

  54. TheMeebs

    November 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Vickroy It’s ok, I’m the same way.