7 great vinyl record shops in SoCal (Map)

Vinyl Records store, Gastown.
Vinyl Records store, Gastown.
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Vinyl Records store, Gastown.
Joey Ramone’s personal record collection, consisting of 97 records in their original album sleeves. Some artists include Led Zeppelin, the Who, T. Rex, Cream, Bob Dylan, The Human League, Iggy Pop, the Doors, the Temptations, and the Ventures. In overall very good to fine condition, with various scattered creases and small tears to sleeves, affixed prices tags and labels, and marks to vinyl. Provenance: Joey Ramone Estate. Accompanied by a letter signed by Joey’s brother Mickey attesting to the collection’s authenticity.
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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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1. Amoeba 

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. 

2. Origami Vinyl 

1816 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

(Photo: jasonEscapist/Flickr)

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. 

3. Vacation 

3815 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Dazzling design and smartly curated: Visit this store for anything from Bruce Springsteen to Beach House. Buy online here. 

4. Record Outlet

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. 

RELATED: It's Vinyl Record Day. Do you remember your first album? 

5. Soundsations 

8701 La Tijera Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045

(Photo: Vinyl Garage)

Rare records at reasonable prices. Be sure to check out the rock section, which is highly praised on Yelp. Read more here

6. Burger Records 

645 S State College Blvd. Unit A Fullerton, CA 92831

(Photo: calamity_hane/Flickr)

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

7. The Last Bookstore

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