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|Phoenix is flush with record stores. Here are 10 you should know.|
There is no shortage of vinyl -- and places to get it -- in The Valley of the Sun. Jazz, blues, rock, psych, soul, oldies, Latin, children's, soundtracks, surf, drag, indie, metal, punk ... it's all here somewhere. The key is finding who has what you want. More often than not, each record store has at least a little of everything. Yet, not all record stores are created equal. Some focus on vinyl and only vinyl, and most stock some CDs (they're not dead yet), while others are more "full-service," offering everything music-related under the sun from DVDS to movies to t-shirts to instruments.
On a recent sunny Wednesday, I sped about the Valley to see which music outlets offered up the best vinyl. I also was interested to discover which stores offered a comfortable shopping experience, with reasonable prices and knowledgeable employees. Of course, every record shop has its own vibe and atmosphere -- that's what makes each so fun to explore -- and there are plenty of variables. Therefore, as a former record store owner, someone who has been involved in record collecting since age 10, and has been in more record shops across the globe than I care to remember, I know something about what makes a good record store. More »