While the corpses of corporate music retail chains litter strip malls where outlets like Tower Records and Blockbuster Music once stood, Amoeba Music is an independent juggernaut with three California-based stores the size of supermarkets. They've been a destinations for music aficionados for more t ... More >>
[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Saturday KCRW broadcast.]
Still in Australia, get used to it! I will be here for quite a while. Things are going very we ... More >>
See also: Record Store Day 2012: Our Comprehensive Guide to Steals and Deals, Free Grub and Live Performances
Listen, we're sure you're a crate-digging ninja and your vinyl collection is a wonder to behold. And we're sure you've been talking everyone's ear off all week about how you're gonna clean ... More >>
Record Store Day is this Saturday. Because there are almost as many record stores in L.A. as there are donut shops, we compiled a handy guide to help you get your hot little hands on as much vinyl as possible.
We called every record store in a 40-mile radius and made a list of all the day's deals ... More >>
You all know Amoeba Music--that towering Mecca of music on Sunset Blvd filled with rows of vinyl, precious vinyl. We love Amoeba so much we stay the f*ck away from it, lest it drain our wallets and impoverish us because we can't help but want every last record in the place. They were sat do ... More >>
You have seen the storefront of Origami Vinyl if you have ever gone to the Echo or had a slice of pizza at Two Boots. The store is packed with an impressive mix of local (and not-so-local) releases in a variety of genres, and host some amazing all-ages in-stores on a pretty regular basis. T ... More >>
Diamond Bodine-FischerJasmin St. Claire at The Rainbow RoomYesterday we found out where crossover porn queen/indie musician Shash Grey goes to get her vinyl (read "Countdown to Records Store Day: We Found Sasha Grey's Favorite Record Store!")
Today we were lucky enough to corner one of West ... More >>
Wombleton Records sells an amazing collection of rare- and not-so-rare imports--though its stated mission is to further cultural exchange between Los Angeles and Glasgow, it does all that and more carrying everything from Suzy Quattro and Zounds LP's to original pressings of Dutch freakbeat ... More >>
We've been looking forward to Record Store Day (or RSD) for awhile now. For one, it provides a welcome diversion for those of us not going to Coachella. Also, we are looking forward to all of the limited-edition vinyl releases, in-stores, and sales that come along with RSD.
We keep hearing a ... More >>
This would have made people run to Tower Records circa 1993 (we miss Tower Records...), but thanks to the Internet (because we live in the future) you can stream the brand-new R.E.M.-Eddie Vedder collaboration right in the comfort of your own gadget. Listen:
It was confirmed today that underground Japanese beatmaker Jun "Nujabes" Seba died last February 26 after a car accident. His family buried him privately and the anouncement of his death did not make the news until today.
Nujabes was known for delicate, often mournful beats that were respect ... More >>
If you were planning on picking up that boxed set of unrecorded Hank Williams songs at Amoeba Music tonight, or chowing down on BoHo's happy hour pizzas, you might want to consider taking the Red Line subway. From 5-7 p.m. the red carpet treatment preceding the world premiere for the Adam Sandler-Se ... More >>
Patrick O'DellFatbeats' DJ Rhettmatic
Celebrating record stores as part of the second annual National Record Store Day, which is tomorrow, should be a no-brainer for Southern Californians. After all, the region is the undisputed center of the vinyl industry, with RTI, Rainbo and Erika all pressing ... More >>
It's hard to even write this: Toronto-based Death Row Records announced today that the company will be issuing a sampler in conjunction with National Record Store Day, which takes place around the country on April 18. The label, founded in LA by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, released some of the most i ... More >>
The Wrap is reporting that beleaguered music retailer Virgin Megastores will close their remaining locations, including the Hollywood & Highland shop, this summer. The West Hollywood location closed last year. Apparently Pussycat Doll in-stores weren't the solution to the death of music retail.
Go out and visit your local independent record store today, if there is still one within 100 miles or so.
You know your business model is in trouble when you get a "day" devoted to it. Why, I remember celebrating "Floppy Disc Day" and "Blacksmith Appreciation Day" as if they were yesterday.
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