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Record stores in San Fran?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by Chester0711, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Chester0711

    Chester0711 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    If you were hitting San Francisco what record store would be a must visit? Looking at vinyl purchases mostly....
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  2. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
  3. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

    Winchester, UK
    Amoeba in Haight-Ashbury.

  4. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    I recall a similar thread from a few years back...
    But I’d shudder to think that some of the stores have closed since.
  5. glide

    glide Forum Resident

    NY, NY, USA
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  6. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Amoeba is a must, but seriously please drive right down the same street from Amoeba and on the left hand side you will find this place that I have been to many times and I have found a LOT of great vinyl (especially some great 45's) at ...


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  7. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

  8. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored



    And, if you have time, Amoeba
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  9. pdenny

    pdenny 20-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    Hawthorne CA
    Good advice, suggesting he go to the Haight store twice.
  10. RacerX

    RacerX Well-Known Member

    Groove Merchant.
  11. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    @Chester0711, if you are in the AMOEBA and ROOKY RICARDO'S area, you are also VERY close to doing a great little Rock n' Roll house sightseeing. The old houses that once belonged to the Jefferson Airplane, is just a few blocks from AMOEBA, while The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin's old haunts and houses are on the way up to ROOKY'S, plus don't forget the famous corner of Haight & Ashbury!

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    Grateful Dead House (San Francisco) - 2020 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

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  12. Chester0711

    Chester0711 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I should have called out that Amoeba was a given. Thank you anyways, it confirms it. Rooky’s looks cool too....
  13. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    I went there twice on my last visit. Picked up some new arrivals on my second trip that I didn’t see on my first trip. It’s worth it!
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  14. Muggles

    Muggles Forum Resident

    I’d be shattered if they shuttered.
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  15. rsulzinger

    rsulzinger Forum Resident

    California, USA
    Not in San Francisco, but close enough. It's a great store.

    Vinyl Solutions
    151 W 25th Ave
    San Mateo, CA 94403
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  16. frightwigwam

    frightwigwam Talented Amateur

    He could go visit the Berkeley store for good measure.
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  17. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

    California Day
    I've never been particularly impressed with Rooky's, but some people really like the place. My best friend told me that Rooky was seriously considering closing down, and my friend would know, as he knows Rooky pretty well.

    But Amoeba is KING -- if you don't go there, you haven't been to San Francisco for records.
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  18. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Daddyland, CA
    I walk or drive past the Tower on Bay and Columbus every day on my commute to work. It's now a Walgreens and the parking lot is an EV charging station, but some of the old wall murals are still there.

    Tower Records
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  19. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    A word of warning: do not refer to "The City" as San Fran or, worse, Frisco!
  20. adam_777

    adam_777 Forum Resident

    Duncan BC, Canada
    Whenever I'm in the Bay area I usually make my way out to Amoeba and Rasputin in Berkeley, they are right beside each other on Telegraph. While I'll admit my biggest hauls are always Amoeba in SF, I always do find a handful of gems at the other two that weren't in stock at the Haight Amoeba.
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  21. zakyfarms

    zakyfarms White cane lying in a gutter in the lane.

    San Francisco
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  22. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    On Market is Grooves similar too Groove Merchant and Rooky Ricardos. Jacks Record Cellar on Scott st is cool. Only open Saturday.

    Take Bart to Berkley and go near the campus and hit Aomeba and Rasputins. Worth the trip.

    I forgot Originals Hayes and Fillmore. Similar small lp shop like those above.

    Valencia st has a few hip type ones.

    But besides Aomeba and Rasputins the one not to miss at 30th and Mission is a great shop Good prices on new lps Thrillhouse Records.
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  23. gkella

    gkella Let there be songs to fill the air

    Toronto, Canada
    Amoeba.. I was in San Fran on a vacation for 10 days and must have visited Amoeba every day..
    You have to go there.
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  24. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    Washington State
    Grooveyard in Claremont near Berkeley
    Amoeba in Berkeley
    Red Devil Music in San Rafael
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  25. lv70smusic

    lv70smusic Senior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    Rooky's is on the same block as it used to be, but now it's across the street (same side as Amoeba). To be clear -- they aren't in the same neighborhood. They are about a mile and a half from each other.

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