There's something about listening to your favorite tracks on vinyl that feels wonderfully nostalgic. And today, the soothing sounds of the phonograph are more popular than ever.
Whole Foods just began selling vinyl records. And this Record Truck is wheeling and dealing them. Classic bands are re-releasing albums on vinyl, while newer ones are relying on them as a portion of record sales.
At KPCC Thursday, we'll be hosting a free event that explores some of the greatest vinyl album covers. But in the meantime, we've compiled the best places to find 33s, 45s, and 78s in your hood:
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6400 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
(Photo: tiddlywinker/ Flickr )
This two-story shop is an L.A.-staple. Find new releases and epic gems from just about any genre of music as you peruse the countless rows of records.
1816 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in the heart of Echo Park, this shop's friendly staff and organized interior make for an especially enjoyable experience. Browse its newly launched online store here. Check out its blog for a list of in-store shows.
3815 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
1489 E Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(Photo: Courtesy of Record Outlet)
A Ventura County treasure, this little record store houses an impressive collection of cheap finds — mostly used but there's a small variety of new releases, too.
8701 La Tijera Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
(Photo: Vinyl Garage)
645 S State College Blvd. Unit A Fullerton, CA 92831
Quite possibly Orange County's best record shop, stop here for both old and new. It's hosting a back-to-school sale through September 7; view the selection online here.
Expect much more than just books; this DTLA store now trades tons of vinyl records and has amassed quite the collection. See its Facebook page for new merchandise and to hear about great sales like: four LPs for .99 cents!
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Map created in collaboration with KCRW.
Where's your favorite place to shop for vinyl? Let us know in the comments. And don't forget to RSVP to our free event!