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.
My favorite and go to record store in L.A. I recently got back into collecting and after reading the book The Record Store Book I started checking out some of the stores highlighted that I hadn't visited in the past. I've visited about 28-30 of the stores in that book and now I have narrowed by shopping to a 4-5 stores. Mono Records has some of the best prices in town. On one trip I purchased Blue Cheer for $10 bucks and stopped by Rockaway minutes and the record in the same condition for $30. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (UK Pressing) for $35- twice as much online. The stock is always changing. You might visit and not find anything you're looking for, but make sure to come back and I'm sure you'll find that record you wanted at a much better price than the other record stores from Highland Park to Hollywood. I'm only shopping at these stores now: - Mono Records - Record Jungle - Gimme Gimme Records - Atomic Records And on occasion if I'm in the area I shop at Soundsations.
This is a mini-city ... just stand outside on the sidewalk before it opens and you'll see an amazing number of employees arriving at this sprawling store in the heart of Hollywood. But I warn you: This place is addictive! I may go planning to spend 30 minutes there and end up spending 2 hours! And it's the home of SO many hard to find treasures. And there's a wonderful mixture of the old and the (unopened) new in both music and video. I had lost a treasured 2-CD set, and it was going to cost me nearly $30 (plus shipping) to RE-buy it on Amazon. But I found it at Amoeba for $9.99. And the staff is always ready to help. Obviously I love this place ... and I have NO connection to it beyond being a very satisfied customer. [Note to yellowpages.com: I originally wrote this for Amoeba Music in Hollywood but it appeared on Amoeba in Santa Monica]
Well stocked and edited. Jackknife is a wonderful new addition to the hip and vibrant Atwater Village community. It's located right next to the bookstore Alias East in the busy part of the Gleandale Blvd. strip near Grain and Viet. First impression of the store is that it's all about the vinyl, mostly vintage; well laid out and not cramped. A further glance revealed a wide variety of music with an excellent selection of rock/pop, punk/new-wave, jazz and small, but excellent selections of reggae/ska, country, and film scores. The owner is very knowledgeable across the entire music spectrum and I learned a lot in the short minutes I spent there. Prices are fair. I'll be back!
For all the deals you're not getting at Amoeba, give Rockaway a shot. One of the last standing after Amoeba slaughtered every good record store in the greater Los Angeles area. Rockaway have a good selection of new and used and bargain price for the most part. Be sure to glance around the walls as there is often a treasure to be found hanging around. The glass cases toward the back offer rare and promotional items. The owners are obviously big Beatles and Beach Boy fans, so if you're into that kind of thing this could be your place. Become a member for discounts and even bigger discounts at their regular fire sales.
Finally sold off my entire 80's Madonna/British pop record collection and I thought the pricing I received was pretty fair. They make the process of selling very easy and the staff was friendly and helpful. Afterwards I spent significant time in the DVD section and found a lot of great old movies and TV collections. I've spent hours in the CD collection in the past and they have many hard-to-find releases.
I went there looking for some strings for my guitar and was amazed at how big the store was. They have everything, guitars, basses, keyboards, accordions, trumpets, violins, and that was just the first floor. They have a second floor that is dedicated just to pro audio and drums. Great store I highly recommend it!!
I read about this record store in a book about Los Angeles area record stores and thought I'd check them out. What a great selection of both new and used vinyl records. They had so many great albums to choice from I had a hard time narrowing my selection to my budget. Their prices are also very reasonable.