Record stores in San Diego

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by varyat, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. varyat

    varyat Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    wheaton,IL,USA
    Any good stores in San Diego? I am stuck with a late flight to Chicago tomorrow and could kill a few hours....
    Thanks in advance!
    ATB,
    Mark
     
  2. micksmuse

    micksmuse Forum Resident

    Location:
    san diego
    record city is on 6th, a block and a half south of university. 3757 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
    (619) 291-5313 vinyl & cd's. more vinyl than cd's.

    best bet if you only have a few hours.
    if you have a little remaining time there is m-theory on washington, fairly close by. just get directions from record city.

    there is lou's north of town but traffic can be a bear and they are fading anyway.

    have fun. sd stores are a shell of what they used to be and that was slim to begin with.
     
  3. varyat

    varyat Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    wheaton,IL,USA
    Thanks Micksmuse- Record City for sure.
     
  4. SpinningInfinity

    SpinningInfinity Forum Resident

    in Ocean Beach you might want to try Cow Records...it's about 15 minutes from the airport in a cab..

    Greg is the owner...nice guy...lots of variety at his store...some new, bins, etc.

    record city I believe is quite a bit bigger though...I met the owner picking up my receiver at a local vintage audio repair store...cool guy and seemed like he had a HUGE stock/
     
  5. WalterDigsTunes

    WalterDigsTunes Forum Resident

    Go trawl around Kobey's Swap Meet (in the Sports Arena parking lot) and see what kind of dollar discs you can dig out :p
     
  6. Kevin j

    Kevin j Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle Area
    I went to Lou's in 2001 and was blown away, so I was super excited to go there again earlier this year. Man, it ain't what it used to be.
     
  7. Bob J

    Bob J Forum Resident

    Sadly, Lou's has become a shadow of its former self. As is the story with so many brick & mortar places, I imagine that Lou's sales were greatly impacted by on-line sellers and they couldn't afford to keep stock levels as high as they used to. With one building for new items and one building for used stuff, I would spend hours there every time. I used to arrange my San Diego visits so that I could stop at Lou's either going down or coming home. My last few stops there have been pretty much not worth the effort.

    I did check out Record City during the holiday season last year and picked up a nice mix of things, both vinyl & CD.
     
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  8. e.s.

    e.s. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    In San Diego this weekend and getting ready to hit the shops.

    On my list:

    Record City
    M-Theory
    Cow Records
    FeeLit
    Folk Arts Rare Records

    Anyplace else popped up in the last couple years that's worth checking out?
     
  9. Bob J

    Bob J Forum Resident

    I've only been to Record City, which I like. Please post your results & opinions because I'm always ready to try places that are worth the time and effort when I'm down there. Thanks.
     
  10. Paul R

    Paul R Active Member

    Location:
    Escondido, Ca.
    Don't forget the venerable Gary's Record Paradise in Escondido. Although they've been struggling in recent years (along with everyone else) and have bounced around several different locations, they're still hanging in there.
    1525 S. Escondido Blvd
     
  11. e.s.

    e.s. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    May be a bit out or the war on this trip, but will see if I can make it. Thanks for the tip.
     
  12. Bob J

    Bob J Forum Resident

    Paul, do you know anything about Spin Records in Carlsbad? Yelp reviews have good & not as good comments so I haven't made the run to try it. I stopped into Lou's in Encinitas before Christmas and picked up a few things. Lou's is a shadow of its former self but at least it's still there.
     
  13. e.s.

    e.s. Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Record City and M-Theory both worth checking out. The others, not so much. Gary's Record Paradise was anything but. Stereo City has a nice vinyl room that favors newer audiophile releases from the like of Music Matters, Speakers Corner, and Analogue Productions.
     
  14. Bob J

    Bob J Forum Resident

    Thanks for the report. Hope you found some goodies.
     
  15. Paul R

    Paul R Active Member

    Location:
    Escondido, Ca.
    Honestly I've never been to Spin Records, but I should definitely check them out. I do hit Lou's every once in awhile, in fact I was there just last week, and I agree they're not quite what they used to be.
     
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