Our Favorite Record Stores

Artists' Picks, Part 2

by Arnold Pan

18 April 2012


Screaming Females and more...

Midnight Magic

Tiffany’s record store picks
Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd. (Hollywood, CA): The end all, be all for everything from $1 vinyl to DVDs! A danger zone if you’re on a budget!

Aron’s Records on Highland Ave (Hollywood, CA): Was one of my favorites! R.I.P. I grew up going to this record store. Their $1 vinyl bin was amazing, and I was able to special order cassettes from them—oh how I miss them!

Academy on N. 6th (Brooklyn, NY): One of my all time favorites always and forever!

Morgan’s record store picks
Big B’s in Las Vegas was amazing! Too bad it closed a couple years ago.

I like Tropicalia in Furs in the East Village of NYC. They have a great selection of Brazilian music.

W. Andrew’s record store picks
Kim’s Mediapolis, specifically the one that used to exist on 113th Street and Broadway, NYC, was the first record store I fell in love with (like, I would actively miss it when we were apart). The clerks always played amazing music and one of them did me the kind favor of introducing me to Wire’s Pink Flag. I would like to go back in time and hug that person.

Co-op 87, on Guernsey in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, just opened last year and is amazing. It’s quiet, cozy, and excellently curated, and always has something I’m looking for or something I should’ve known about sooner. Big up to Matt Thornley for hipping me to that place.

The old HMV on 86th Street and Broadway in NYC. I used to cut first period in high school on Tuesdays to pick up new releases. The day the Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions came out, they gave me a free subway token with my purchase to get to school. And their return-for-store-credit policy extended to any CD purchased anywhere! I remember the one cool guy who worked there giving me a hard time for returning the first Elastica album—sorry, dude, I needed a replacement copy of Tori Amos’ Boys for Pele.

Honorable mention to Other Music on West 4th in NYC for being the first place I encountered record store clerk snobbery—I did finally stump you dudes with Sabres of Paradise!

Midnight Magic’s new EP What the Eyes Can’t See (Midnight Sounds) was released in early April.


When I was ten, my dad started taking me on his weekly record store trip to Mod Lang. At the time it was in Berkeley, at the top of University Ave., but now it’s in El Cerrito because the rent’s cheaper, I guess. My dad would buy me one CD every week, but I made him bend the rule when Daft Punk’s Discovery came out on the same day as the first Gorillaz album. It was the first place I came across imports and limited release shit.

MUMBLS recently released the mixtape Hella Novellas and is the opening act on Andre Nikatina’s current tour.

Andre Nickatina

This is a remember situation. I remember when it was cool 4 an independent artist 2 go 2 the mom & pop record stores and get paid 4 your cd C.O.D…Even the independent chain stores like Rasputin’s would C.O.D. your CDs if they thought it would sell. You could walk away with 5,000 CDs sold in a day and everyday back then.

Andre Nickatina is on tour in support of his new mixtape Where’s My Money.

NO’s Sean Stentz

It seems like new record stores are popping up every couple of months out here in L.A…. but obviously one is nearest and dearest to my heart: Origami Vinyl (the store Stentz manages). That’s where I’ll be able to snag myself the special Light in the Attic release, the Lee Hazlewood compilation, The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71). There are plenty of rad limited releases slated for 2012… but that’s the only one I’ll need to have a happy Record Store Day. Can’t wait.

NO’s EP Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever is also available on vinyl for purchase at Origami Vinyl or online at here.

Elias Bender Rønnenfelt of Iceage and Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome

Our record store: Posh Isolation.

Their joint project WAR will be recording a full-length for Sacred Bones for 2013.

Mitch Ryder

I don’t know what a Record Store Day is. I do know that for the first year and a half that I was collecting records, I had stolen them. Kind of like old school Napster.

Mitch Ryder released The Promise (Michigan Broadcast Company), his first album in 30 years, this February, along with his memoir, Devils and Blue Dresses: My Wild Ride as a Rock and Roll Legend (Cool Titles).

Screaming Females’ Jarrett Dougherty

My favorite current record store is Steady Sounds in Richmond, VA. Our good friend Marty Violence owns and operates the store. Marty has played in Young Pioneers, Bratmobile, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The store is one of the cleanest and most pleasant record stores I’ve ever been in. Marty does an amazing job of stocking great records across a variety of genres. The punk and funk/R&B/soul sections are particularly amazing. Also, he let Screaming Females play the store on our recent record store tour and I think it was the most fun I had on the tour.

Screaming Females just released their fifth album Ugly (Don Giovanni) earlier this month.

Martin Sexton

Favorite record store: Sound Garden (Syracuse, NY)

Back in the hometown, I have fond memories of perusing the aisles flipping through the old LPs, and scoring an import of Let It Be on white vinyl.

Martin Sexton released his latest EP Fall Like Rain (Kitchen Table) earlier in 2012.


The Dead Kenny Gs

Skerik of the Dead Kenny Gs and Bandelabra

I grew up in Seattle. In junior high and high school, there was really only one place to get cheap used records (pre-CD, pre-Internet, vinyl/cassette only) and that was Cellophane Square in the University District! For $2-$5, you could buy a record, and we were always broke, so it was the only way. We went there whenever we could, whenever we could borrow a car. My friend’s older brother had saved up money and bought huge Speakerlab speakers, a huge amp, and would play music for us that we had never heard before. Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, etc. Most of these records were bought at Cellophane Square or one of the other record stores on University Avenue.

When I started touring, we would always look for the local record store, it was always a blast checking each new place out. When I was touring with Peter Buck in Tuatara, he would love to go to local record stores, buy stuff, and ship it home. I thought that was awesome. But now everything’s different, still trying to adjust. I love bringing 200 GB of music with me on the road (in a device that’s the size of a cell phone) and I also love listening to the vinyl I bought at Cellophane Square when I’m at home, on my Marantz 2275 receiver with a Technics R&B turntable. My current favorite stores are Easy Street and Wall of Sound. Maybe some kid in high school will buy the new Dead Kenny Gs record on vinyl this summer, and continue the ritual.

Skerik’s latest project, Bandalabra, recently released its debut Live at the Royal Room. He also plays saxophone in the Dead Kenny Gs, who have a limited edition 12-inch EP, Gorelick, due May 8.


My list for best record stores (only VINYL) in Stockholm:
Rainbow Music
Bengans (Drottninggatan)
Pet Sounds

Soso’s debut album That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up in China is slated for release on May 1.

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