Since I just did a big vinyl buying trip to these two states I'll leave some reviews. I really didn't look at CDs so don't use my comments as a guide for how good their CD stock is, those digital things have zero value to me now: Tucson Toxic Ranch - good if you want new copies of punk stuff, used vinyl selection was limited. bought nothing. Bookman's - really a bookstore, most of the records are things that shouldn't even be in stores as no one wants them on vinyl anymore i.e. Streisand, Boston, J Geils, Pablo Cruise, etc bought the following: http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Margouleff-And-Malcolm-Cecil-Tontos-Expanding-Head-Band/release/212965 http://www.discogs.com/Various-Electronic-Music-IV/release/121426 Twist and Shout - tons of Blue Note reissues...that's about the only nice thing I can say about this store. I did find one semi-rare psyche record and I passed on an 80s German press of Ziggy Stardust that looked really clean which I probably should have bought. Again, it was mainly a bunch of titles that just don't sell on vinyl anymore. Here is what I got: http://collectorsfrenzy.com/Details.aspx?id=370241857047 Zias on Speedway - the best store so far, had a decent used selection but they were all under the bin and hard to flip through. I bought this: http://www.discogs.com/Franz-Ferdinand-Take-Me-Out/release/296294 Zias on Oracle - a few gems like an original french pressing of Primus Sailing the Seas of Cheese but it was VG- so I passed. PDQ Records - looked awesome but for some weird reason was closed, phone disconnected and all. Summary: avoid Tucson if you are a serious vinyl collector. Tempe Eastside - was supposedly the best, but now closed. The owner is going to open up a shop in L.A. in the future. Zia's - about as good as the Zia's in Tucson, found this: http://www.discogs.com/JJ-Fad-Supersonic/release/230203 Hoodlums - probably the best shop in Tempe, a surprising amount of jazz (used and new) and a decent selection of alternative/punk with not a lot of the crap 70's and 80's rock/pop that seems to permeate stores now. I got these: http://www.discogs.com/George-Russell-Sextet-At-The-Beethoven-Hall/release/1903577 http://www.discogs.com/Thurston-Moore-Psychic-Hearts/release/1190945 Rockzone - lots of 70s and 80s rock...which I'm not that into. A few punk titles and a bunch of jazz that no one wants. I got: http://www.discogs.com/Depeche-Mode-Violator/release/46905 Phoenix Stinkweeds - name sounds like a head shop but it was a tiny store full of lots of new indie/alternative/punk vinyl. It was hard to differentiate the used from new because the used were in loose shrink so I couldn't check conditions or get pressing info unless the jacket was obvious. I don't know why stores do this. I bought nothing. Tracks in Wax - this was probably the best store in Phoenix years ago but sadly the owner is now very sick and as the good stuff sells it's not being replenished. After much digging I found a few minty Cure 45s UK Fiction label press as well as a really clean first press of Neil Young On the Beach. After asking if there was any better stuff, she told us that the owner has the prime stuff at home (he had sold $600 of it the week before at a local record show) but she was willing to bring a few crates up the next day (they were closed) for us to go through. Well, she did and it was the absolute prime stuff we were looking for. Lots of local and regional punk and indie stuff but the downside was most of it was higher than the highest ebay auctions. I was a little bummed but found a few bargains (btw these were all NM, unplayed vinyl and mostly VG+ jackets) including: http://www.discogs.com/Birthday-Party-Prayers-On-Fire/release/2462415 http://www.discogs.com/Cure-The-Head-On-The-Door/release/1740049 http://www.discogs.com/Cramps-Gravest-Hits/release/2135873 http://www.discogs.com/Butthole-Surfers-Psychic-Powerless-Another-Mans-Sac/release/368996 Revolver - I walked in and they were playing some wild free jazz...that was the high point. This store too seemed to suffer the afflication of having a large quantity of crap pop/rock that will never sell on vinyl especially for the $3-8 they were asking. They did have lots of interesting new vinyl including a metal and noise section. My best finds here were from their room of oddball pressings where I found a bunch of medical instruction, science, regilious sermon, a record about primate sex, and the gem of them all, a record about homosexuality. I collect these oddball things and it was nice to see them for $3 or less. Albuquerque Apparently most stores are closed Mon and Tues and even the ones that aren't are only open from 11-6. We arrived Mon night at 6 so we only hit a couple stores. Charleys - again more crap rock/pop with a smattering of good stuff thrown in. My main complaint about this store was all the used records were sealed tight in shrinkwrap...WTF is wrong with people? Is this preventing theft or further damage? They had gradings on all but most were VG which I won't even consider unless it's something truly rare. Besides, how do I know their grading is similar to mine? I bought nothing. Nob Hill - they were closed but one of the employees agreed to open up and let us shop (on his day off...he's a keeper). It had some decent stuff but it was all priced accordingly...no steals to be found. He says they get in a lot of weird electronic and free jazz but it's apparently hit pretty hard too when new stuff goes out (who knew there were record fiends in Albuquerque?). Anyway, props to him for opening up but it sounds like a lot of the stores in Austin where you just have to be there at the right time. I still managed to get yet another clean copy of On The Beach first press this one has a better jacket that the one I got in Phoenix. I also picked up some weirdo record by Jeff Greinke which I will check out later. Lubbock Hit the new arrivals, my friend found some decent stuff like Ramones and a few Texas artists. I found zero. The new arrivals were the only thing organized, the rest of the store had records stack on builtin shelves (I can't look at records that way) that went from floor to ceiling (they had a ladder) and the jazz section was shoved under the CD bins and I had no desire to even look. That concludes my big trip. The best quote from my friend was "if you took all the best records in phoenix, you'd still have the worst store in Austin" that may be a stretch as we do have a couple of really bad record stores here but it's not far from the truth. Either the stores get hit hard or there just isn't much interest. We did have a lot of fun driving through some of the prettiest scenery (I'm a geologist so I love AZ and NM for that) and we managed to eat at some great restaurants and drink some good local brews.