I have always been a huge music & movies fanatic and I was a Tower Records customer, I own about 1800 CD's, about 250 LD, 300 DVD's, 50 HD DVD's, 30 LP's, 2 MD's, & 5 Blue Ray Disc's. so you kind of get the picture of how much money I have spend over the years on media, not to mention equipment, Im on the A&V Business and that's my hobie as well, in 1999 a co worker mentioned "Amoeba" and told me I should buy from them, I where? she said AMOEBA! You haven't heard about Amoeba? she was like, wow! Don't you know Amoeba is the best store in town? she wrotte the Adress on a piece of paper and gave it to me, before I left she said... But what ever you do, don't bring with you what ever money you are not willing to spend....& she was absolutely right about everything, Amoeba is by far the best and now the only decent store standing still of it's kind, I love the selection and the fact that they carry absolutly all kinds of media, collectables, limited edition stuff and more. The only thing that I don't like is their horrible return policy, so make sure that if you buy something you gonna keep it, Also they need a more friendly staff, is hard to find help, is a lot easier to find securitys than associates wiling to help. I still give them 4 stars & reconice them as the best in "Selection" yet I hope they work on their customer service.
A few times a month I get the urge to browse the bins over at Rockaway Records, and I almost always leave with two or three treasures at a great price. The place is well-organized, has a nice parking lot, and is not an overwhelming behemoth like Amoeba.( Sorry, I do NOT want to park in some underground catacombs to shop for music!) If you love finding those "hard to find" cds, here's where they often are. If you are into vintage soul music, as I am, the place is fabulous. I recently walked out the door with two cds I thought I'd never find plus James Horner's soundtrack to Avatar for next to nothing.That's called a groovy Saturday! You can also find tons of rock and pop classics at really low prices. And classical music as well! ( I had little knowledge of classical music until about ten years ago, but found great collections of the masters in this very shop at good prices and now I know my Bach from Beethoven, my Schubert from sherbet!) C'mon people: if we lose all our record stores (and bookstores) it's gonna be a lot duller city. Let's support 'em and hope that Rockaway doesn't lose their groove. Buying from the amazon jungle does not match the sheer joy of finding music you never thought you'd find again in your life. It's like hitting the jackpot in Vegas if you're a music lover like me. Long live RR!!
Holy moly, batman. This place is really big! I have been used to Virgin Records, Tower, and little mom & pop stores like Aaron's....so I always ran into that oh-so-familiar quote "Oh, I am sorry, we do not carry that title" by their customer service reps. But here, if it is not here, it doesn't exist! I am a big fan of underground hiphop and this place far exceeds my expectations. They have a huge selection of both used and new selections of hard to find underground hiphop. From MF DOOM to Jedi Mind Tricks to Necro. They have it. Not to mention, a huge selection of vinyl. As far as other music, there are rows and rows and rows of music. The Jazz room alone is larger than most music stores ! And their house music/techno vinyl selection is also pretty big. Wish i could tell you abuot each type of music but I only collect hiphop. But I am sure they have what you are looking for. And their dvd/vhs selection is great! You simply can't go wrong with place. I strongly suggest you park across the street and getting your parking ticket validated when you are done shopping. Last but not least, the personnel are very helpful and knowledgable. The hiphop staff really know their stuff.