Now that Tower is out of business and iTunes is putting the squeeze on even Wal-Mart, it’s survival of the fittest for indie record stores.
Fortunately, there are still some incredible record stores standing.
The ones that JUST WON’T DIE.
The ones that Wal-Mart couldn’t kill.
The ones that iTunes hasn’t killed.
Paste magazine has done a rundown of its take on the coolest record stores in America:
- Amoeba Records, Los Angeles, CA
- Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA
- Other Music, New York City
- Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS
- Waterloo Records, Austin, TX
- Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA
- Dusty Groove America, Chicago, IL
- Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville, TN
- Shangri-La Records, Memphis, TN
- Music Millennium, Portland, OR
- Ear X-Tacy, Louisville, KY
- Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, LA
- Newbury Comics, Boston, MA
- Grimey’s New + Pre-Loved Music, Nashville, TN
- Turntable Lab, New York City
- The Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN
- Jerry’s Records, Pittsburgh, PA
I’ll vouch for Amoeba, Waterloo Records, Music Millenium & The Electric Fetus. And I’ll lament the passing of KC’s Music Exchange. And I’ve got a few places to visit on my next trip.
Let me know if you think they missed a great record store in your area!