Your three favorite record stores

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by tvstrategies, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Crossroads is a collective of something like 15 different sellers all in the same place, many sellers specializing in certain genres. Between all the vendors there is pretty much no artist or genre you won't be able to find in my experience. Lots of fair pricing too.
     
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  2. Drew769

    Drew769 Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ
    Princeton Record Exchange -Princeton, NJ
    Aux 33 Tours - Montreal, Canada
    Bananas - Tampa, FL

    Old Favorites:
    Underground Records - Martha's Vineyard, MA
    Pellet Records - Morristown, NJ
    Curmudgeon Records - Somerville, NJ
     
  3. jmpatrick

    jmpatrick Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    Amoeba - San Francisco
    Grimey's - Nashville
    Dearborn Music - Dearborn
     
  4. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit Mi USA
    I can only speak of the past. Two of the three have been out of business for 20 plus years and the last is nothing like it was.:sigh:
    1. Dearborn Music (The only survivor)
    2. Desirable Discs(Dearborn/Garden City)I miss my friend Jeff
    3. Peaches- Dearborn(HUGE)
     
  5. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Spinnakers is indeed a great store, easily the best on the cape.

    Local:
    In Your Ear, Allston
    Newbury Comics, Norwood
    Deep Thoughts, JP

    Other:
    Electric Fetus, Minneapolis
    Captured Tracks, Brooklyn
    Princeton Record Exchange

    Much missed:
    Sam the Record Man, Yonge Street, Toronto
    Ralph's Records, Lubbock
    Weirdo Records, Cambridge
    Rocky Mountain Records, Pearl Street, Boulder
     
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  6. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    1.mads records-ardmore PA long gone-i basically grew up there.got so many great records there in the 70's still have loads of them.used to go crazy when they those pink stickered promo copies for i think $1.99
    2.canso's record-philadelphia PA also long gone.bought my first 45 ever there.also once held a peelable VU banana album there and said i will get it next time........of course it was gone. :shake:
    3.3rd street jazz-philadelphia PA.again long gone-used to run down to basement where they kept all the punk records.fond memories of taking the EL downtown and walking down market street.if only i had an appreciation for jazz then i am sure they had amazing jazz records upstairs.
     
  7. mojomorrison

    mojomorrison Well-Known Member

    Zia is a dump. The worst record store in Phoenix. The worst record store I've been to in any state. Its run by kids who work there as a first job that know zero about records. Check out The 'In' Groove on 34th St And Thomas. The best record store in the state.
     
  8. Lord Hawthorne

    Lord Hawthorne Currently Untitled

    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    It's actually about 35 sellers with their own spaces, as well as a few consigners mixing their stock into the Crossroads-owned space. Used stereo gear, record supplies and concert posters, too.
     
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  9. Archtop

    Archtop Forum Resident

    Location:
    Greater Boston
    Here in the Boston area:
    1. Newbury Comics
    2. Stereo Jack's
    3. Cheapo Records
     
  10. Scroller

    Scroller Forum Resident

    Amoeba - Los Angeles
    Bagatelle - Long Beach
    Record Surplus - Los Angeles
     
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  11. Partyslammer

    Partyslammer Forum Resident

    Locally to me in SoCal:

    Amoeba Records - Hollywood
    Fingerprints - Long Beach
    Port Of Sound - Costa Mesa
     
  12. Alofter

    Alofter Nowhere Man

    Location:
    Marshall Michigan
    ....Have all closed :shrug:
     
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  13. Jerry's and Attic in Pittsburgh, and Assumption in Rivesville, WV. In that order.
     
  14. GV1967

    GV1967 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Northeastern US
    It's Only Rock 'n' Roll / Revolver Records / Revolution Records (NYC) (Defunct)
    Greenville Music (Jersey City, NJ) (Defunct and an amazing shop filled with untouched vintage pressings)
    Vintage Vinyl (Fords, NJ)


    Honorable mentions:


    Moose Trax (Port Jervis, NY) (Defunct)
    Record Baron (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Strider Records (NYC) (I believe now mail order but may still be in the Village)
    Venus Records (NYC) (Defunct and the shop I held the GREEN cover pressing of "Old Wave" by Ringo Starr)
    Downstairs Records (NYC) (Defunct)
    Monte's Music Warehouse (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    E.J. Korvettes (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Music Factory (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    J&R Music World (NYC) (Defunct?)
    Bondi's Music Store (NYC) (Defunct)
    Record Explosion (NYC) (Defunct)
    Our Music (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Musicland (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Bleeker Bob's (NYC) (Defunct)
    Tower Records (NYC) (Defunct)
    Laserland (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Second Coming Records (NYC) (Defunct)
    Record Runner (NYC) (perhaps still in business)
    Majors Records (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
    Out Of Print (Staten Island, NY) (Defunct)
     
  15. Ruscl

    Ruscl Member

    Location:
    Portland
    My local Portland shops:

    1) Music Millenium
    2) 2nd Avenue
    3) Everyday Music - on NW Burnside
     
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  16. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York city
    So many places gone in NYC- a real shame
     
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  17. LeeVing

    LeeVing Senior Member

    Location:
    Salem, Oregon
    1. Crossroads Music - Portland, OR
    2. Waiting Room/North Street - Normal, IL ---- 2 stores that are 2-3 stores apart.
    3. Euclid Records - St Louis, MO

    Honorable Mentions.

    Ranch Records - Salem, OR - pretty good for a local store
    Reverberation Vinyl - Bloomington, IL
     
  18. kevimetal

    kevimetal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Exeter, UK
    I think everyone mentioned the obvious best stores- Amoeba SF/LA, Princeton, Rasputin, Sister Ray London, etc and I can't disagree. So I'm adding three that I dearly loved that are long gone:

    1. Main Street Records, Northampton Mass - the first great store I used to go, we'd drive 45 minutes to get there.
    2. Record Breaker, Manchester CT - just an all around great shop. Killer import section to spark my 16 year old imagination back in the day.
    3. Mod Lang, Berkeley CA - not sure when this one closed although it looks like they trade online. Their buyer or owner used to have similar tastes to mine so I'd always find things I wanted.
     
  19. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    Bull Moose locations in Scarborough ME and Portsmouth NH
    Newbury Comics Norwood MA
     
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  20. showtaper

    showtaper Forum Resident

    You've got to change that Tuesday Weld avatar. I scroll down to one of your posts and
    suddenly can't hear a thing that you're saying.......:nyah:
     
  21. kevimetal

    kevimetal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Exeter, UK
    Is the Scarborough location that much better than the Portland one? I used live in Maine and still go back for a visit every summer so asking if you think it's worth a trip to the Scarborough shop- never been to that one, don't think it was open when I lived there 10 years ago. Thanks.
     
  22. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I'm a big fan of these stores. Along with some others mentioned these are tried and true, long-standing record stores run by old school dudes who sold vinyl during it's worst and best years. I used to score some great deals at Bagatelle in particular.
     
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  23. tvstrategies

    tvstrategies Isn't music grand? Thread Starter

    Location:
    98051 WA USA
    Hah - do you own Zia Records? :hide:
     
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  24. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Even better!
     
  25. tvstrategies

    tvstrategies Isn't music grand? Thread Starter

    Location:
    98051 WA USA
    I forgot about Everyday Music (across from Elliott Bay?) yes, great store. I completed my Weather Report collection there a few wks ago, four albums, $20, in good condition! All the Silver Platters are pretty good, 1st ave is my fave because it's across from Westland Distillery and next to Ghostfish Brewing (although Ghostfish's beers are kinda meh -gluten free?!).

    Tiger Mt? We lived in Mirrormont for 13 yrs before moving down here. You commute to the watershed from Lynnwood?! Many questions...)
     

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