Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Best Record Stores Open Today

Last Updated Jan. 18, 2018

On the hunt for a great record store to visit on your next trip?  Here's a list of articles, updated regularly, that will help, informing of the best independent record stores open today.  Happy digging.  Hopefully, they're playing something you like and better still, don't know.  Or ask the store clerk - some of my best records were bought on the recommendation of a guy running a record store.  And don't forget - maybe I've been there, and put a post up on it.

While you're perusing the list perhaps a little music?  Can think of only one worthy selection - I've Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash



From LaWeekly, an August 26, 2016 article titled The 20 Best Record Stores In Los Angeles And Beyond.

From the Blog LAWeekly, a Dec. 16, 2013 article titled 10 Best Record Stores in LA  .  And a companion piece, featuring photos of the stores by Kelsee Becker.

While in California, here's another list from Live 105 -  Best Vinyl Shops in San Francisco , published Jan. 22, 2014.

Here are five separate lists of the best record stores in NYC (including Brooklyn and Manhattan)

From NYC Go/ Jonathan Zeller/ April 10, 2013 - Vinyl Sale NYC Music Stores

From Grandlife Hotel's / Anthony Pappalardo - published May 16, 2013 -  NYC's Best Record Stores: Our Top 5 Picks

and from Time Out New York  /  Jan. 23, 2013 -  Best Record Stores in NYC

From NYC Guide, a Jan. 15, 2014 post Five Best (Remaining) Record Stores In NYC

From Thrillist here's an Oct. 2016 article  Best (Remaining) Record Stores In New York City by Dan Reilly.

The Gothamist ran this April 2016 piece titled The 15 Best Record Stores In NYC.  Careful, two - Other Music and Rebel Rebel have since closed.

As (most) of New York City's record stores have moved to Brooklyn, if you want to go, check out Vinyl Lives: A Guide To All 27 Of Brooklyn's Record Stores published on the web site Brokelyn.com in October 2017.

Here's a list of where to go hunting for records on Long Island published in Newsday's Explore Long Island on January 22, 2014 - Independent Record Stores.

Here are some articles about best of record stores throughout the US

From Daily Candy/ April 18, 2013  Coast to Coast: Indie Record Stores  features 27 stores from coast to coast.

Rolling Stone published this list of Best Record Stores in the USA featuring 31 record stores throughout the country.  A list that leads with Ameboa can't be all bad.

From Pitchfork an August 20, 2012 article titled Record Party: Our Favorite Shops .  19 shops (mostly) throughout the US.  Call first, as the article is a little dated and you know what can happen to an indie record store, even a favorite.

Another best of the country list, this time from USA Today published on July 22, 2016 Vinyl Lives! 10 Great Record Stores for a Musical Treasure Hunt.

Here's Thrillist's take in February 2015 of the 21 Best Record Shops In America.

Hi Consumption offered this list in October 2016 Pick n' Pull: 18 Best Record Stores In America.

From Whoo New (Discover the Best of Northeast Wisconsin), is a July 30, 2013 post from Gracie Savides, Five Rockin' Independent Record Stores in Northeast Wisconsin .

From the Minneapolis City Blog, a March 12, 2013 post from Erik Thompson of the Top 10 Best Places To Buy Vinyl In The Twin Cities (Minnesota for those of you who are geographically challenged).

From Jack McCormick, Nov. 8, 2013, for the Loyola Phoenix, Exploring Chicago's Record Stores

Here's a more recent article on Chicago's best record stores that appeared in Time Out Chicago on September 28, 2017 titled The 12 Best Record Stores In Chicago

From Hear Nebraska.org, results of a readers poll published on Sept. 25, 2013 of the Best Record Stores In Nebraska Top Five

Going to Arizona?  The Phoenix New Times Blogs gives you this April 18, 2014 article from Glenn Burn Silver titled 10 Best Record Stores in Metro Phoenix

And here's a more recent article 10 Best Record Stores In Metro Phoenx that appeared in the Phoenix New Times in January 2017.

Perhaps Miami, Fla?  The Miami New Times Blogs published an article by Crossfade on April 14, 2014 titled Miami's Five Best Record Stores

Here's an October 2017 article from the Miami New Times South Floridas Six Best Record Stores.

From Whats Next for Pittsburgh, here is Digging for Wax: the Next Guide to Independent Pittsburgh Record Stores published April 14, 2015.

An article in NJ.com by Bobby Olivier published April 17, 2015 titled 17 Enduring NJ Vinyl Shops Ready For Record Store Day gives you, surprise, a list of record stores to visit in Garden State.

Boston Magazine published this helpful April 15, 2015 article Vinyl Sightings: Boston's Top Record Stores to help your record collecting while in Boston.

Portland is loaded with record stores.  They're everywhere.  A Guide To Portland's Record Stores appeared in Willamette Week.  Initially published in 2015, this guide was updated in January 2017.  There are sooooo many record stores in Portland that they publish a guide - Portland Guide To Independent Record Stores - with locations and a handy map so you can find them yourself.  Here's the 2012 guide.

Portland Guide To Independent Record Stores - 2012

Cleveland?  Akron?  Ohio?  From Cleveland.com (think they know Cleveland?) comes 17 Great Independent Record Stores In Cleveland, Akron and Beyond published in December 2015.

CBS.com published their own list in April 2015 of the  Best Record Stores In Cleveland.

10 Amazing Philly Record Stores To Shop This Weekend from Philadelphia Magazine in April 2016 gives you the best record stores Philadelphia has to offer.

Time Out San Francisco in August 2016 gave us The Best Record Stores In The Bay Area covering both San Francisco and Oakland.

While the Bold Italic in August 2016 stuck strictly to San Francisco in Mining For Gold The Best Record Stores In San Francisco.

You would expect Austin Texas, the great music town it is, to have any number of great record stores.  Here's a list of 12 of the city's finest from the Austin Chronicle Guide To Austin Record Stores published in August 2017.

Houston's Ten Best Record Stores published in the Houston Press in August 2016 features - you guessed it - the 10 best record stores in Houston.

From Offline Raleigh comes Vinyl Lovers: The Best Record Shops In The Triangle which gives you the best stores in Raleigh and Durham North Carolina.

New Orleans must have great record stores, given all the music going on there.  Here is the Vinyl Factory's Definitive Guide To New Orleans Best Record Shops from October 2016.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitutional (AJC.com) comes  8 Atlanta Record Stores For The True Vinyl Lover published in June 2016.

Four Snapshots Of Spokane's Booming Record Store Economy from the Stranger in April 2017 shows you where to dig if you're off to Spokane Washington.

Best Record Stores -  Global

Buzz Feed/ August 16, 2013/ Maria Sherman gives you a list of Best Record Stores Around The World .  Featuring 27 different stores throughout the world.

Flavorwire give us this Jan. 28, 2013 article by Tom Hawking The Most Beautiful Record Stores In The World featuring 10 record stores throughout the world.

The Guardian provides a list of the 10 Best Record Stores in Britain courtesey of their readers, dated Mar. 29, 2013.

Vinyl Factory gives us 50 of the World's Best Record Shops.  I'm never going to get to many of these places myself, so I guess I'll just have to take their word for it.

Maybe you're off to Canada?

This list Best Record Shops In Toronto was published on theculturetrip.com in Oct. 2016 by Alix Hall.

Where To Buy Vinyl Record Stores In Vancouver British Columbia (Canada)
    Couldn't find the date on this article so call first.

Here's Indie Guide's June 2017 article titled Best Record Stores In Montreal featuring 6 of Montreal's finest.  Maybe you can find a copy of the Ugly Ducklings' Nothing. 

Needle Groove offerrs Montreal Record Stores A Crate Digger's Guide which features the best and the rest of what Montreal has to offer.  Published in January 2017.

And you can't forget Vancouver.  A Guide To Hunting Vinyl In Vancouver lets you know where to shop when you're in Vancouver - from the Ubyssey in March 2017.

Here's a list of the best record stores in Barcelona Spain.  The Eleven best Record Shops in Barcelona published in Foresquare.  I used this during my tour of record stores in Barcelona and so can recommend it.

Hunting in Lisbon Portugal?  Here's the Vinyl Factory's 2014 list The Vinyl Factory Goes Record Shopping In Lisbon which feature 4 stores.

Bimm Cities published this list in December 2017 of Hamburg's Top Five Record Stores with links to each of the store's websites.

The Culture Trip covers Paris with The Ten Best Record Stores In Paris updated in February 2017.

From Wales Online comes the 9 Best Independent Record Shops In Wales published in February 2015.

In April 2017 iNews the Essential Daily Briefing gave us The Best Record Shops In Edinburgh - No Matter What Your Taste .

Tokyo's 11 Best Record Stores as recommended by Compathy magazine in May 2017.

Been to any of these stores?  Know the author?  Give a shout out and help your fellow collectors (unlike Johnny Cash, I've not been everywhere man).

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