12 Vinyl Shops to Flip Through on Record Store Day

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Record Store Day happens twice this year, with a special Black Friday edition that’s sure to put some warmth on rotation. Read on for Los Angeles’s very best vinyl shops, where you can dig for audio gems both rare and familiar to your heart’s content.

Record Surplus
Come here to build the breadth of your collection; it has the stock to get you started with all of the “play it again” albums from favorites over the past century. This Santa Monica buy-sell-trade staple has been open since 1985 and regularly hosts live in-store concerts. 12436 Santa Monica Boulevard

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The Record Parlour
Known for its quarterly record liquidation sales, audiophiles flock here to instantly build their collections by choosing 100 free records with just a $20 purchase. On any other given day, swipe through its curated, deep collection of rock, soul, and funk. Plus, the upstairs is filled with a visual audio timeline of sorts, with restored vintage gear (jukeboxes, turntables, receivers, and even pinball machines) for sale. 6408 Selma Avenue

Really dig into the local music scene at this Pasadena record shop, stocked with the local bands of today and yesterday. This cozy space includes rock hits, but it shines in the continually maintained, well-rounded selection of old-skool hip hop, funk, and soul. 2636 East Colorado Avenue

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Rockaway Records
Open since 1979, Rockaway still sells LPs, but today its CD collection outweighs records. The true gem is scoring a bucket-list rarity or browsing the coveted, high-end, superspecial vinyl releases and collectibleslike the $17K Beatles 1963 LP cover signed by all four band members. 2395 Glendale Boulevard

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Freakbeat Records
Vinyl is lined floor to ceiling at this genre-packed record store, and the listening stations are interspersed to expand musical tastes during impromptu browsing sessions. Or plan ahead and peruse Freakbeat’s vast collection online before coming in. 13616 Ventura Boulevard

Headline Records
Good vibes radiate at this too-cool-for-Melrose record store. It specializes in punk vinylincluding garage, glam rock, and death metal—but also stocks a solid selection of merchandise (pins, apparel, patches, decals, etc.) so that you can properly represent the big-name bands as well as your favorite underground rockers. 7706 Melrose Avenue

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Gimme Gimme Records
This is an aesthetically pleasing, clean, and well-organized record store located on a popular strip of Figueroa. A smallish space with a friendly staff, it has the type of interesting collection of newcomers and classics where you almost always strike gold, even without expecting it. 5810 North Figueroa Street

Salt Box Records
Owned by a central figure in L.A.’s modern funk scene, it’s no surprise that this tiny Chinatown record store is a funk-centric wax hub, carrying hard-to-find funk, soul, and boogie LPs. Salt Box regularly hosts in-store Box Sessionsa lineup of DJs spinning their favorite records, with a guest vendor offering vinyl rarities. 928 Mei Ling Way

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Going Underground Records
New to the L.A. record scene, Going Underground already has ample stock in its wide selection of genres, including metal, jazz, indie, classical, dance, and punk rock. Like all good record stores, it carries used records, but this spot also has a fairly large organized section of shiny new records just waiting to touch a needle. 4355 Melrose Avenue

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Amoeba Music
The Hollywood location of indie record store Amoeba Music has become a Los Angeles landmark in its own right. The massive space sells new and used music on CD, tape, and vinyl, from the very obscure to the hits, but it doesn’t stop at just tunes—Amoeba offers a formidable supply of movies, video games, merch, and collector’s items to satisfy any breed of media nut. It also holds in-store concerts with musicians both small and big, which often requires the purchase of that artist’s new album to gain entry. 6400 Sunset Boulevard

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Jacknife Records & Tapes
Every neighborhood should have a local record shop like Jacknife Records & Tapes: friendly, nerdy, laid-back, well stocked, and happy to serve a diverse neighborhood clientele, from high school girls dipping their toe into vinyl to hardcore DJs and scruffy collector geeks. Check out the $5 bin. 3149 Glendale Boulevard

Permanent Records
A pair of small, all-killer-no-filler shops in Highland and Echo Park, owned by friendly rock-and-rollers from Chicago. Consistently solid selections of punk, post-punk, psych, funk, rock, hip hop, and more. It’s a record store by music fans for music fans. 5116 York Boulevard