Every Day is Record Store Day in Los Angeles

Get your vinyl fix at these L.A. independent record stores
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Record Store Day 10th anniversary releases | Photo courtesy of The Record Parlour, Facebook

Los Angeles is the original home of the music industry, so it makes sense that the best vinyl can be found here. DJs, collectors, and nostalgic music fans rejoice! Check out some of L.A.'s best shops for rarities, special releases and even live performances and signings. Record Store Day here isn't limited to just once a year.

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1. Amoeba Music

Located at Sunset and Cahuenga, Amoeba Music is a mecca for music fans. The massive record store occupies an entire city block and is filled to the rafters with millions of new and used titles on CD, DVD and vinyl. Amoeba is also a critically acclaimed music venue, hosting a wide range of live bands, DJs, and record release parties. The free performances have included the Flaming Lips, Elvis Costello, Black Flag, Los Lobos, Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, The Roots, Terence Blanchard, John Cale, P.J. Harvey, The Melvins, Paul Westerberg, Lucinda Williams, Poncho Sanchez, Ben Harper, Belle & Sebastian, Queens of the Stone Age, DJ Dangermouse and Solomon Burke. In June 2007, Sir Paul McCartney performed a legendary 20-song set for 700 lucky fans, some all the way from Japan. A four-track EP of the set, "Amoeba's Secret" was released on limited edition vinyl and CD.

6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90028

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2. The Record Parlour

Amoeba may be the big draw for music shoppers in Hollywood, but if you're in the neighborhood, don't miss out on The Record Parlour. The two stores are walking distance from each other, so hit up both on the same trip. At The Record Parlour, used music is mixed with refurbished vintage gear. The vinyl collection is immense - it's so big that they are known for their blowout sales. This store is a must-follow on social media if you want to keep up on when they get a really good collection in the shop, or are selling thousands of records for $1 a piece.

6408 Selma Ave., Los Angeles 90028

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3. Permanent Records

L.A. by way of Chicago, Permanent Records opened their Highland Park location in June 2011. Since then, Permanent has expanded to a second store in HP and a third location in Echo Park (in the former Origami Vinyl space). The original Permanent store on York isn't massive but the inventory (mainly rock) is definitely interesting. Permanent is always on the hunt for record collections large or small, and they will even travel to you. All in-stock new vinyl is featured in their online store - they will ship worldwide. 

5116 York Blvd., Los Angeles 90042, 323.739.6141

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Salt Box Records in Chinatown | Instagram by @saltboxrecords

4. Salt Box Records

Opened in July 2017, Salt Box Records can be a bit tricky to find. Look for it in Chinatown's Central Plaza, across from New Dragon Seafood Restaurant. The store, which specializes in modern funk releases and vintage vinyl, hosts the monthly Salt Box Sessions, featuring guest DJs and underground labels.

928 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles 90012

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5. Cosmic Vinyl

Cosmic Vinyl was opened by cousins Oren Pius and Eitan Kalma in May 2016 after nearly a decade of collecting inventory and selling at flea markets and swap meets around Southern California. Located on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, Cosmic Vinyl buys, sells, and trades records, tapes, hi-fi gear, clothing, and accessories. With inventory ranging from the dollar record bins to the rare and valuable record wall, there's something for every budget. Whether you're looking to purchase your first hi-fi setup, or looking to upgrade to an audiophile system, the hi-fi wall is stocked with vintage turntables, receivers, and other hi-fi components. Cosmic Vinyl supports the local music scene by regularly hosting live music featuring local artists.

2149 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

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6. Jacknife Records & Tapes

You don't have to own a turntable to find the music you want at Jacknife Records in Atwater Village. While this Glendale Boulevard shop is certainly stocked with records, it doesn't forgo other formats in favor of vinyl. Jacknife has walls loaded with cassettes and even sells organizers to store the tapes as you would have in the '80s. The used CD selection here is also ample. Additionally, Jacknife sells vintage listening gear. It's not just about the old school here - the shop also sells music from contemporary labels and has its own affiliated label.

3149 Glendale Blvd. Atwater Village

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7. Freakbeat Records

Music “freaks” and casual fans alike appreciate the extensive collection of new and used vinyl from a wide range of genres at Freakbeat Records in Sherman Oaks. No record player? No problem. Freakbeat also has a huge CD collection with musical genres ranging from country to classical. There are DVDs, books, magazine, and various vintage posters waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking to score gems on a budget, tuck into their 99-cent room for thousands of LPs and CDs priced so low, you’ll want to dance.

13616 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91423

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8. CD Trader

CD Trader began as a hole-in-the-wall independent music and video store in Thousand Oaks in 1995. Now located in Tarzana, the store has expanded several times over the years. CD Trader touts the widest and best selection of music and movies in the Valley. They specialize in new and used vinyl, used CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays. CD Trader also carries new releases in all formats. Best of all, CD Trader promises, "If we don't have it we can order it."

18926 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana 91356

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9. Record Surplus

Founded in 1985, Record Surplus is one of the largest sellers of used vinyl records and CDs on the West Coast. Loyal customers keep coming back not just for the extensive selection of music and collectible records offered at fair prices, but for the laid back vibe, friendly staff, and the sense of community created in this unique establishment. Merchandise is restocked daily, so part of the Record Surplus experience is the thrill of finding a special music gem.

12436 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90025

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10. Rockaway Records

Rare Beatles vinyl is Rockaway Records' claim to fame, as is their wide collection of memorabilia and of course, new and rare used records. In business since 1979 but in their present Silver Lake location on Glendale Boulevard since 1992, Rockaway is owned by brothers Wayne and Gary Johnson, who aggressively pursue entire record collections and concert collectibles to stock their store with an impressive inventory.

2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles 90039

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11. Gimme Gimme Records

After 18 years in its original location in the East Village, Gimme Gimme Records moved to York Boulevard in Highland Park. Two years later, Gimme Gimme moved into its third and largest location on the neighboring street of North Figueroa. Owner Dan Cook stocks 15,000-20,000 LPs and 12" singles covering a wide variety of genres, including rock, folk, soul, hip-hop, punk, psych, country, jazz, blues, disco, latin and more.

5810 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042

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12. Soundsations

Long standing Westchester record shop Soundsations is an ideal stop for music nerds heading in and out of LAX (it's less than a mile from the airport), so make sure you have room in your baggage for some records. Large selection of new/used vinyl, CDs and DVDs with a friendly, knowledgeable staff.

8701 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles 90045