Phoenix area record stores?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by shark shaped fin, Nov 29, 2022.

  1. shark shaped fin

    shark shaped fin Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'll be going to Phoenix for several days around the holidays, and will be looking for some fairly priced and reliably well-stocked record stores to check out. I have other commitments, so I won't have a ton of time. But I'm hoping to dig around at two or three spots. Are there any consensus places I must visit? Coming from Los Angeles, where most spots are unfortunately overpriced these days.
     
  2. Deibu

    Deibu I Dream of Tangerines

    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    I highly recommend Zia Records, which has a few stores throughout the Phoenix area. They sell lots of other stuff but I go there mostly for music purchases.

    Regards,
    Dave
     
  3. MARTHY

    MARTHY Forum Resident

    The "In" Groove in Phoenix. Probably one of the largest stores in the country. The owner does an RSD release vid every year, and then live streams the entire RSD all day. Mike, the store owner, is the person who broke the digital aspect of MOFI releases. Check out the store on YouTube.
     
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  4. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Bookmans chain was once great before the masses got into vinyl.....still great to bring in CD/LP/Book trade to crush the 180G's down to cheap purchase. I fill the trunk to trade when I drop into Flagstaff/PHX/Mesa.
     
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  5. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    Are you looking for vinyl, CDs, or both?

    If CDs, I echo the Zia recommendation.

    They're also probably good for vinyl - they seem to have a lot - but since I'm CD-only, I can't comment beyond superficial observations.
     
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  6. shark shaped fin

    shark shaped fin Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Almost exclusively vinyl, but I'm always happy to find some good CDs. Zia sounds like a place to check out for sure.
     
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  7. riverrat

    riverrat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Oregon
    I used to check East Side Records any time I was in Tempe. Guy there introduced me to Fela Kuti, for which I am forever grateful. Last time I was there was probably around 1990.

    I just googled it and the current iteration seems to be called "Ghost of East Side Records".
    Who knows what the story is on the name change; maybe they can explain it to you..
     
  8. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Location:
    Santa Clara CA
  9. Daddy-O4

    Daddy-O4 Senior Member

    Location:
    United States
    Agree with the Bookman's, Zia's and In Groove recommendations. I would also add Stinkweeds and Tracks in Wax.

    If time is an issue, you can make a very efficient run out of Tracks in Wax, then Stinkweeds (only 0.2 mi from Tracks in Wax), then Zia's Camelback (1.5 mi from Stinkweeds).

    Hope this helps and happy hunting
     
  10. tjschrauf

    tjschrauf Active Member

    Location:
    Chandler, AZ USA
    High Records in Tempe near the airport. If you can't find what you're looking for on the shelf ask the clerk. They have boxes of recent purchases with hidden gems.
     
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  11. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    All vinyl or CD too?
     
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  12. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    Location:
    The ATX
    If you are into metal, you should definitely check out Asylum. Best selection of metal lps I’ve ever seen in one place (a little pricey, but in my experience you are unlikely to see most of these records anywhere else). They have other stuff too, pretty good sized shop. And the owner is a really interesting guy to chat with (former roadie to some pretty big name acts.)
     
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  13. tjschrauf

    tjschrauf Active Member

    Location:
    Chandler, AZ USA
    Vinyl only
     
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  14. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    Location:
    US
    Excellent.... The more places that sell it THE BETTER :)
     
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  15. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

    Location:
    Alexandria VA
    Thanks! Not sure I'll ever return to my former Phoenix-area stomping grounds, but good to know not to bother with that store since I'm a CD baby! :D
     
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