Gentlemen (& Gentlewomen), Let The Bitching Begin : Paste’s 17 Best Record Stores In America

With a flair for the aribtrary not seen since Ronald Thomas Clonte’s ‘Rock, Rot And Rule’ hit the bookstores, Paste‘s attempts to rank the nation’s top 17 record shoppes is bound to generate some cheap traffic to this blog and at least a half dozen comments between now and 5pm.

  • 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

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I am personally saddened that my own favorite neighborhood dealer-of-things-at-high-volume failed to make the cut.   But enough about Empire Records, End Of An Ear oughta be pissed off, too.

9 thoughts on “Gentlemen (& Gentlewomen), Let The Bitching Begin : Paste’s 17 Best Record Stores In America”

  1. For serious, enough about Waterloo — End of an Ear totally blows them out of the water.

    And I’m not just saying that because I was recently featured in one of their ads! (;

  2. HA HA HA. Criminal Records is on the list while Wax N’ Facts isn’t. That’s an indication of the whole philosophy of Paste magazine.

  3. I can’t speak for a lot of those but I will say the best record store in Chicago is listed.

  4. I guess 17 = barely legal? Of age? Equals eight? You can’t argue with a sick mind, Dave.

    The Love Garden in Lawrence, KS received the entirety of my stimulus check, sans the six dollars I spent on a used copy of “Makin’ Lunch!: the Collected Egg Salad Recipes of William S. Burroughs” at Half Price Books. If I find another copy, I’ll send it to Patrick ASAPCP.

    I like Waterloo & all, but it’s the HEB of Austin record stores. Really.

  5. My vote goes to Jack\\\’s Rhythms in New Paltz, NY. I don\\\’t know how I\\\’d spend my Saturdays without it. I have to go pick up my special order for \\

  6. Amen on Love Garden.

    Double amen on End of An Ear, as well. Visiting both upon my first trip to Austin this past March made me very happy we hit EOAE first. I was afraid of spending too much money there, but I should have spent more. Waterloo’s not that great… and there’s no Polvo’s down the street.

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