For many, it is about the hunt, and for others it’s more in the discovery of nostalgia when shopping for vinyl records. Perhaps it is a Baby Boomer thing, but today’s younger listeners are also finding value and pleasure in perfect sound and classic record jacket art. LA has a robust selection of music stores that sell old school vinyl records, along with other entertainment merchandise. These five record stores have been narrowed down as the best in Los Angeles.
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Widely known around the world, Amoeba Records is one of the best places to explore used records. In addition to vinyl records, the store also offers CDs, DVDs, as well as movie and music posters. Amoeba Records is definitely a source that fills the collector’s itch for great album artwork which one misses when they buy a song or two from iTunes or listen on Spotify. Shoppers won’t be disappointed when they see 10″s, 12″s, 45″s and LPs from over 25 musical and entertainment genres as Amoeba is one of the only record stores offering such a wide selection. Throughout the years, the store has gotten a lot of buzz when musical artists perform as well. Check Amoeba’s website for show listings.
12436 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
As a great stop for collectors, Record Surplus gives shoppers quite the selection. Located in Santa Monica, the store is well organized by genre and the used records are surprisingly in terrific condition. Record Surplus restocks LPs, 45″s as well as CDs on a daily basis and also provides in-store turntables and CD players to check out the music as you browse. In addition, the store also offers in-store performances by various artists. Make sure to check out the store’s website for their upcoming events.
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