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Best Record Store for Actual Records Los Angeles 2011 

Atomic Records

Atomic Records specializes in two things that some people today may not be so familiar with: real jazz and actual records. By jazz, we do not mean Kenny G or Dave Koz, but authentic jazz going back through big band, bebop, acid, modern, swing and Dixieland. By actual records, we mean those big, round, black, shiny things with all the tiny little circular lines scratched in them, and not a CD or a bunch of MP3s. Atomic also maintains a solid selection of country along with a decent stock of rock and pop; there's a 45s bin, a tidy collection of DVDs and, of course, knowledgeable clerks. Records run from 50 cents to a few bucks to the hard-core rare collectibles at $30 or more. Refreshingly, in this electronic-gadget age, Atomic enjoys a passionate core of customers who freak out over finding an original Johnny Paycheck or a German-pressed Sun Ra. 3812 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 848-7090, atomicrecordsla.com.

—Adam Gropman

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