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Surviving Record Stores Around LA

July 11, 2012 9:00 AM

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(credit: Amoeba)

(credit: Amoeba)

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“Mommy, what’s a record?”

At one point in my life vinyl was the only way to listen to music (ok fine, there were 8-track tapes too but most of us are trying to forget about those entirely). Then cassettes took over and ruled the world for a long time. Slowly cd’s and mp3’s inched their way in and began to dominate the music industry. But call it nostalgia or call it a search for purity, vinyl is back – with a vengeance. It is not only oldies and classic hits that you will find at today’s record store, you will also be introduced to new indie bands and some amazing art work as decorative vinyl is also making a resurgence.

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Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400

Probably the most famous record store in the Los Angeles area. Amoeba has been selling (and trading) vinyl since 2001 in their biggest store of the 3 (the other two are located in San Francisco and Berkley). They deal in new and used vinyls of all sizes, 33’s, 45’s and even 78’s! If you are not averse to waiting in lines you can usually find a live performance by artists of many different genres. My son has seen Paul McCartney perform there as well as Indie bands that may never be seen again.

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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Rockaway Records

2395 Glendale Bvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90039

We came upon this store completely by accident, driving from one place to another my son yelled STOP! Of course I didn’t stop, but I did slow down and turn around and go back. Then I spent an hour sitting in my car reading my book while he and his friend browsed the entire store and came out with “treasures” and enormous smiles on their faces.

Daily: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Vacation Vinyl

3815 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

One of the newer record stores on the scene. They are vinyl-centric and focus mostly on Indie and first run new vinyl as opposed to the used classical vinyl of most record stores, although they do buy, sell and trade new and used vinyl. You can often find many in-store events from signings to performances.

Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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1816 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-3030

As one of the newer kids on the block, Origami is not only a vinyl shop but an independent label. You will find old, new and obscure alike in this store. In-store performances almost every evening.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thurdsay: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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805 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Canterbury has hundreds of thousands of titles on hand, including many rarely cataloged big band, vocal, show, jazz & classical titles. Other extensive sections including blues, theatre organ, country, folk, and world music and virtually anything else that you can think of.

Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday – 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Adrienne Van Houten is a Glendale area blogger. She can be found blogging at Adrienne’s House hanging out, come on over and put your feet up.
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