Saturday, June 29, 2013

Record Store Day 2013 - Los Angeles

Rockaway Records - RSD 2013. This year I happened to be home so I went to Rockaway Records in Los Angeles. They had a 20% off everything (except RDS product) sale. They opened at 10am, got there about 8:30 and was about 12th in line. Not bad. The line really started growing after that. It went around the corner and down the street.

So the doors open at 10 and EVERYBODY crowds in and I mean EVERYBODY, they did not regulate the flow of people at the front door as far as I could tell, it was nearly impossible to move in this place. I could not even get down an isle most of the time. I was WAY too close to people I had no interest in being close to, some of these people should brush their teeth and put on deodorant before they leave the house on RSD. Jesus. And Rockaway ought to let in an amount of people that is comfortable and safe, not more, they had a serious capacity issue happening. Not fun and dangerous if you think about it.

Rockaway had all of the RSD vinyl co mingled with all of their new and used LP's with special RSD bin cards.

Always friendly helpful service here. Picked up a few nice LP's then I went down the street to Mono. Rockaway Records 2395 Glendale Blvd. Highly Recommended, but on RSD be prepared to shop for records with lots of smelly nerds crawling up your ass.

The Rockaway RSD zoo

Mono Records - My first time here and I was not disappointed. Not much left in the way of RSD product, but who cares? I didn't want any anyway. They did have a bunch of pretty nice used $1 LP's for sale. The prices on everything else was really good and a pretty killer selection as well. Lots of Jazz, Rock, Metal, Punk, etc. Small shop but they have good used records. Right down the street from Rockaway, parking is a bit of a hassle. For RSD they had a 10% off sale happening. Cool. This place rules.1805 Glendale Blvd. Highly Recommended.


Also see my previous posts for Record Store Day here:

RSD 2012 - San Diego

RSD 2011 - Tampa, FL

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix has many really good record shops all in pretty close proximity to each other. It would take about 2 days to hit them all. Also see my other PHX posts here:


Record Room - I have been to Phoenix too many times to count how did I miss this one? What a great find in Scottsdale. Trendy part of town. Small shop, good prices, great stock, they gave me a 10% discount without asking because I purchased quite a few LP's. All genres. Friendly staff. Great shop. I will be back. 4211 N. Scottsdale Rd. Highly Recommended.

Revolver Records - I have been to the 2nd street downtown location many times which is always good. I find out now that they have another location in Tempe. Smaller than the other store but new and clean with pretty decent stock as well. I found some bargains here. 3306 S. Mclintock Dr. Highly Recommended.

Eastside Records - This was a cool shop. The owner is a nice guy but he does talk A LOT. The place was a bit of a mess. I recently received an email from him saying they were closing down for the summer and looking for a new location. He had good stock and decent prices. Recommended.

October 2013 UPDATE: Estside Records have moved into the Double Nickles Collective. I have not been there but it sounds like a cool idea, much like Portland, OR has with Crossroads Music.

The Double Nickles Collective is a collective of local businesses under one roof, including records, books, vintage clothing and audio equipment. 45 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ
Vendors include:

Stinkweeds Records
Eastside Records 
Meat Market Vintage Clothing
Redfield Records
Stereophonic High Fidelity
Ash Ave Comics & Books 
Strange Pursuit
Record High
King of the Monsters Records

Tracks in Wax Records - I have never walked out of here empty handed. They never disappoint. Highly Recommended. 4741 N. Central.

Stinkweeds - This place has a pretty good selection of used vinyl, however they are all shrink wrapped so be sure to check condition at the front counter. Walking distance from Tracks in Wax. Recommended.  12 W. Camelback Road.

Taiwanese pirate pressings

Doors boot

Sparks UK pressing

Other PHX shops

Zia (4 locations)
Record High
Half Price Books
Thrifty Joe's