Record stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut!!

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by panicproject, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. panicproject

    panicproject VinylVinylVinylVinyl Thread Starter

    Location:
    London
    Hi all,

    Am planning my next road trip in the USA for next year and as always I need to go armed with a list of the best record stores.
    I am looking for stores selling new and used rock and metal vinyl in:

    Maine,
    New Hampshire,
    Vermont,
    Massachusetts,
    Rhode Island,
    Connecticut.

    Hit me with your favourite stores!
     
  2. Harbins_Grave

    Harbins_Grave Untitled Original 11383

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    Massachusetts
  3. panicproject

    panicproject VinylVinylVinylVinyl Thread Starter

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    thanks man!!! added to the list.
     
  4. Jack

    Jack Forum Resident

    Location:
    Orange, MA
  5. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

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    CT
    CT
    Red Scroll Records- Wallingford
    Replay Records- Hamden
    Records The Good Kind- Vernon
    Music Outlet - Enfield
     
  6. BNell

    BNell Forum Resident

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    South Norwalk, CT
    Gerosa Records in Brookfield, CT
     
  7. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    Mass
    Newbury Comics is a regional chain but some branches are more music focused than others. Their flagship store on newbury street in Boston and a Norwood shop between Boston and Providence ar both worth your time.
     
  8. petercl

    petercl Forum Resident

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    Seekonk, MA, USA
    In Your Ear in Warren RI is loaded with great stuff right now.
    Round Again, Olympic, and Analogue Underground in Providence are also good.
     
  9. Daven23

    Daven23 Well-Known Member

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    Hyde Park NY USA
    Disc n Dat- Bethel CT
     
  10. panicproject

    panicproject VinylVinylVinylVinyl Thread Starter

    Location:
    London
    thanks everyone. I have a nice list now to get me started!
     
  11. Denon Destroyer

    Denon Destroyer Well-Known Member

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    Rhode Island
    Round Again is great in Providence, but locals often get the good stuff (as with anywhere).

    IYE in Warren does indeed have a surprisingly good selection atm (maybe because so many stores have gone out of business?)

    Integrity N Music outside of Hartford is still around, from what I hear. Been a while since I've been there, but it's legendary.

    Enterprise Records in Portland, not what it once was, but still pretty good.
     
  12. Barnabas Collins

    Barnabas Collins Forum Resident

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    NH
    Good to know the Boston stores are still worth checking out. Up here in NH, the Newbury Comics stores aren't really even music stores anymore. Most of them have drastically shrunk their CD section in favor of even more swag (posters, nick nacks, bumper stickers, etc) than they used to carry. Up here, Bull Moose Music is a far better option if you're looking for music-especially the Portsmouth location.
     
  13. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    Mass
    The two stores I mentioned have their share of that merchandise as well and reduced their CD and movie sections somewhat, but not to the extent of the others. Norwood is outstanding for vinyl in particular. I agree with you on the BM Portsmouth store, but that branch is small in comparison to their Scarborough or South Portland shops.
     
  14. spridle

    spridle Forum Resident

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    Cleveland
    Burlington VT has a couple nice stores. Burlington Records, Pure Pop and Speaking Volumes were all pretty cool when I was there. I bought records at every one of them. Really good breakfast at the Parkway Diner, too.
     
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  15. hobbes4444

    hobbes4444 Forum Resident

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    Massachusetts
    Newbury in Harvard Square is still a decent spot for eclectic fare on vinyl and cd. Norwood is great for vinyl, but sometimes the pricing is crazy for the quality. I've walked out with a mint Nimbus pressing for $70 and a NM S&G mono PSRT for $8, and then I've seen standard pressings of vintage "hip" titles that appeared to have been dragged over a bed of nails for $40. But for new vinyl, when they have a sale, it's always my first stop.

    In Your Ear on Comm Ave near the Paradise is always an interesting visit. Hit and miss, but the hits are usually great finds. The Harvard Square shop is almost as crazy wall to wall vinyl and some cds. Digging paradise. Managers and employees at each are pretty approachable in my experience.

    Nuggets in Kenmore was always a go-to when I lived in the City. Haven't been in many years tho. . .

    Cheapo and Stereo Jacks are also worth a visit, as they're not too far apart on Mass Ave in Cambridge, Central and Porter Squares respectively.

    Planet in Harvard Square irritates me because they sell cd-r copies of original boot CDs, and I've seen some local shows I recorded and shared for free online show up in their bins on cd-r. Grr. But they do manage to have some really good budget items. Found nice some nice vintage sealed titles for just a few bucks. Pricing on high demand stuff is pretty high though, i.e., expect three digit pricing for a UK London Calling or a green WB Paranoid. . .
     
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  16. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    Mass
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  17. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

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    CT
    I was actually impressed with Newbury Comic's used vinyl in Northampton, MA. The prices weren't terrible.
     
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  18. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

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    Boston
    Seconding Pure Pop in Burlington, which true to their Nick Lowe-inspired name has a fine line in 70s punk and New Wave.

    Armageddon is definitely your best bet for metal and hardcore, and they have a solid sideline in avant-garde, rock and indie as well. Also, I often find great jazz and r&b records in their deep discount bins, because if it's not in their wheelhouse, they really just want it out of the store.

    I don't think anyone has mentioned Olympic Records in Providence, which is particularly great for vintage 45s.

    I'm impressed by the fact that Nuggets is still a going concern, since I swear that they last received a new record in 1988.

    After years of stasis, Cheapo Records in Cambridge's Central Square has a new buyer and is refocusing into more of a new and used vinyl store.

    I also like Somerville Grooves in Union Square, and the late great Looney Tunes has been reborn in Allston.
     
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  19. Uri Cohen

    Uri Cohen Forum Resident

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    Jacksonville, FL
    When I was up in Maine for business, I enjoyed my time going into the Bull Moose in Old Port Portland. A must if you are into CDs. Prices are quiet fair. I didn't check the LPs.
     
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  20. hobbes4444

    hobbes4444 Forum Resident

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    Massachusetts
    Gonna have to make a stop at Looney Tunes one of these days. Thx for the heads-up Danby
     
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  21. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    Great info! My daughter will be an incoming freshman at UVM in the fall, so I will be going up there with some regularity.
    I was aware of Burlington Records (an excellent store), but not the other two. :pineapple:
     
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  22. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

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    Boston
    Quick bump to mention that the used new arrivals bin at Village Vinyl in Brookline had a giant load of vintage MFSL and a handful of Columbia quad releases today. 70s classic rock stuff.
     

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