10 Best Record Stores In The USA

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  1. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I’ve been to two of them, and they’re pretty good! But I thought that Bananas Records in St. Pete’s, Florida was pretty darn good vinyl warehouse when I was there this summer.
  3. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    I'm visiting NYC and Washington DC in March 2019. Love to hear about some more contenders in those locations...?
  4. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

    Seattle Area
    They posted a picture of the Queen Anne Easy Street, which closed years ago.
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  5. ndoheny

    ndoheny Forum Resident

    Sacramento, Ca
    DC - Red Onion and Crooked Beat in Adams Morgan and CD Cellar in Falls Church
  6. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I know the common thing is to point out the flaws in these lists, but Jackpot Records isn't even the best record store in its own zip code. In fact, it might be the worst.
  7. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

    New York
    I’m more than surprised that Good Records - NYC made the list.
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  8. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    Millennium is the place in Portland.

    Good Records doesn't rate for me, and I've been there. In that region of the country, Princeton Record Exchange would have been a better selection.

    Newbury no longer rates as being very good, but Bull Moose in Portland, ME would have been a good sub.

    Euclid Records in New Orleans should have made the list.

    Grimey's was a good choice although I wish it were organized better.
  9. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Was it good? Must have gottern better. I was there 20 years ago and was appalled at the lack of quality anything there.
  10. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    The Electric Fetus is a great store. The St. Cloud location closed a few years ago but I used to go there all the time when I lived St. Cloud. I had many friends/acquaintances who worked at the St. Cloud location. I've never been to the Duluth store though.

    Cheapos is great as well with 3 locations in the Twin Cities. The St. Paul store is the only one of the three that I have not been to.
  11. rcrawley

    rcrawley Gotta keep on movin and groovin...

    Hah! Totally. And what a great location it was, especially for in-stores, before a big bank kicked them out. Very glad they made the list none the less. I disagree that Sonic or Everyday could have easily replaced EZ in this list. EZ is different, it's part of the West Seattle community. You never feel like you're in a touristy destination record store like you do with Amoeba or Grimey's; you always feel like you're in your local neighborhood store with friends. It's truly one of the best record stores in the world for me...I've been to five on this list and was a long time EZ neighbor, so maybe I'm biased, but if you're ever in Seattle jump on the C from downtown, head to EZ, wait in line for the cafe for an hour, and enjoy yourself.

    And if you find yourself in Seattle on Record Store Day, show up at 4:00 AM and wait for the free bacon. Thanks, Matt, for everything, and congrats on the recognition... :)
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  12. Jackpot is ok but they seem to sell bootleg copies of studio albums, usually on coloured vinyl. I don't like that.

    Just a theory on my part, don't sue me.
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  13. wes4usc

    wes4usc Forum Resident

    That picture of Amoeba Records is about 1/6 to 1/8 of the entire store. When it is busy, they might have about 15-20 registers going at once. It IS the Mecca for record/CD buying. They have big sections for blow-out sale CDs that sell for $1.99 or $2.99 and are buy 3, get 4th free. I can usually find good selections in that section. I go there about once every 1-2 months and the hours just fly by when you are in there browsing. Even at that you can only cover a fraction of the inventory.

    I love Amoeba.
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  14. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

  15. Myke Reid

    Myke Reid Forum Resident

    Crooked Beat is now in Alexandria, VA at 802 North Fairfax St. Crooked Beat Records
  16. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 1

    Dutch mountains
    And with the Good Records photo they decided to include all of the Shutterstock database keywords in the captions :unhunh: #sloppyjournalism
  17. Cronverc

    Cronverc Forum Resident

    IMO these ratings make no sense because everything constantly changing. Also what is interesting and desirable to one person could be absolutely uninteresting to someone else.
    Example: "Academy" in NYC on E18 st. It was great with used vinyl for several past years, but for last 5-6 months I can hardly find anything worth buying there. Just lots of jazz and "run of the mill" US rock pressings which I don't care for. Prices went up too. How do you like 1980s Beatles reissue for $30 or US King Crimson LP for $35?
  18. CaseyJames

    CaseyJames Relaxed Fit Jeans Vibe

    I feel like these are primarily iconic stores but not necessarily the best. Take Amoeba; cool history and huge but I've had way more luck at places like The Glass House, Gimme Gimme, Freakbeat, and even Permanent in the LA area.
  19. Combination

    Combination Forum Resident

    New Orleans
    I struck out so badly at the Los Angeles Amoeba that I thought little invisible gremlins were taking everything away! Probably the biggest record shopping disappointment I've ever had.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018
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  20. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Jackpot is NOT the best in Portland. :shake:
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  21. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    Why doesn't Rolling Stone expand the number on the list and make it a Special Edition® on the topic?
  22. ndoheny

    ndoheny Forum Resident

    Sacramento, Ca
    No kidding? Used to be the store down the street from my apartment. Got some good gems there. Not one of my absolute favorites but great for newer stuff. Heading back to DC on Tuesday for the holidays. Gonna have to skip that one.
  23. Summerisle

    Summerisle Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA, USA
    Of course they would! This is the Information Age .
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  24. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Might as well take some time and give shout outs to:

    Angry Mom Records - basement of Autumn Leaves, Ithaca, NY
    Last Vestige - Albany, NY
    Princeton Record Exchange - Princeton, NJ

    as well as my locals, Embassy Vinyl and Gallery of Sound.

    I've also found things at 2nd and Charles (Whitehall, PA and Harrisburg, PA) and Wonder Book (Frederick, MD).
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  25. lambfan68

    lambfan68 Forum Resident

    The St. Paul store is now the smallest of the three. At one time it was the largest but it burnt down some years ago and they relocated to their old space across the street. It is still a good sized store, just not the largest of tbe three.
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