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 Independent Record Stores Open Today

Best Independent Record Stores Open Today

Given the resurgence in vinyl, I thought it would be useful to collect links to articles informing of the best independent record stores open today.  Happy hunting.  Hopefully, they're playing something  you like and better still, don't know.


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 four 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

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.

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

From Hear Nabraska.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

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

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.

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

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