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Any Los Angeles-based Record Collectors?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by StevenC, Jan 13, 2021 at 11:02 PM.

  1. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur. Thread Starter

    Hoping for a recommendation...

    I'll be in LA and I know you have to be careful out there right now but I mask up and I distance. I know Amoeba Hollywood is closed but I had this grand plan to escape the in-laws and go to Rockaway in Silver Lake. But, it too is closed.

    I'll be around the Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena area.

    What I'm hoping for is a place that sells nice condition used records.
    So, while Mono Records is cheap, they're not always in the best shape..

    I'm looking for a place where I may find a copy of original Cure record or Pixies record for $50 vs. a place where I'd find a tattered version of "Tango In the Night" for $9.00 if that makes sense? Hoping for somewhere I may find some great stuff vs. records for the sake of buying records...

    Any recommendations?

    THANKS!
     
  2. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    I believe Record Parlour down the street from Amoeba is open.
     
  3. DigMyGroove

    DigMyGroove Forum Resident

    Welcome to L.A.!! (soon).

    I highly recommend the following:

    Freakbeat Records in Sherman Oaks

    Atomic Records in Burbank

    CD Trader in Tarzana

    The Record Parlour in Hollywood

    Canterbury Records
    in Pasadena
    *This one's not on par with the others, but if you're there anyway it's worth checking out. The last time I stopped in I got a whole bunch of Record Store Day releases from the previous year that I had been looking for.

    I hope you have a fruitful trip, enjoy & BE SAFE!
     
  4. RTurner

    RTurner Senior Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    As MotorCityDave (RIP) used to say: STAY AWAY FROM MY STORES! :p
    Record Surplus - Santa Monica
    Soundsations - Near LAX
    As mentioned already:
    CD Trader - Tarzana
    Freakbeat - Sherman Oaks
    Record Parlour - Hollywood
     
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  5. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur. Thread Starter

    Thank you so far!

    Great lists for me to check out! Leaning toward Atomic and Record Parlour... just based on proximity
     
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  6. mikeyt

    mikeyt Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm not a fan of Record Parlour, the few times I've stopped by their prices were not in line with condition. And there's an old Fremer interview with the owners where someone actually made this comment, politely, and the owners replies were incredibly childish. Atomic in Burbank has long been regarded as one of the best in town and I've gotten a lot of my best stuff there. Rockaway Records is also in that neighborhood you're in and is another favorite. They typically have a lot of great Beatles pressings as well, if you were looking for any.
     
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  7. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur. Thread Starter

    thanks for the response. I love Rockaway but one of the reasons I’m asking for recommendations is that Rockaway is closed completely for COVID and won’t re-open until it’s safe again... I’ll try Atomic. Thank you. My fear is going somewhere and it’s largely new re-issues.. so Atomic sounds like a good choice that would have used and new... thanks again
     
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  8. Matt Starr

    Matt Starr Forum Troglodyte

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Unfortunately, Atomic is closed for the time being due to COVID:

    Atomic Records on Instagram: “We are still temporarily closed for in store shopping, but we are buying your stuff six days a week! #vinyl #burbank #jazz #records…”

    They are a great store indeed, sorry you'll miss out. However, Freakbeat in Sherman Oaks has always been great and they ARE still open.
     
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  9. mikeyt

    mikeyt Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you can make it over to Sherman Oaks to visit Freakbeat (my local neighborhood shop and fave spot overall), Mendocino Farms is a fantastic place to get lunch. I recommend the Peruvian steak sandwich or Avocado Quinoa salad (I like to add steak sometimes but it's great by itself).
     
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  10. Matt Starr

    Matt Starr Forum Troglodyte

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Freakbeat is my favorite too and Bob is the nicest record store owner I've ever met. I wonder if we've met over there but never knew who each other was, haha. Also +1 on Mendocino Farms!
     
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  11. mikeyt

    mikeyt Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Bob's the best. He once gave me one of their big sale discounts when I was shopping there the night before the sale started, after I told him I didn't want to wait b/c it'd likely be gone by the time I could pop in. It was only a few bucks, but I really appreciated it.
     
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  12. StevenC

    StevenC SUEDE > Both Oasis AND Blur. Thread Starter

    Looks like Freakbeat will be the place and I'll try your recommended sandwich!
     
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