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The 10 Best Record Stores in L.A.

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Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

click to enlarge Gimme Gimme Records - LEONARD DRORIAN
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L.A's fertile vinyl scene provides the ideal terrain to start an archaeological dig for records. With a resurgence in turntable culture leading to a proliferation of record stores around town, especially on the east side, locals now have even more excuses to drop a needle on an LP.

Residents of most cities spend their time lamenting their lack of record stores, but here there's enough to make you dizzy. Which is why, after visiting the most talked about spots in town and thoroughly examining their collections, we've put together a list of the 10 best record stores in L.A.

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  • Mono Records
10. Mono Records - Echo Park

The punk rock clerks at Mono usually like to chew the fat with customers about their scavenged collection of used LPs and 45s, which, when we were there, included a rare Runaways Live in Japan LP, the original Blade Runner soundtrack, and a personal favorite, Give 'Em Enough Rope, the second studio album by the Clash. No matter when you go, you'll definitely encounter some great finds. 1805 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park | 323-928-2475

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9. Rockaway Records - Silver Lake

They've been trading vinyl since 1979 and, even better, Rockaway Records is one of the few record stores in town with an actual parking lot and bathroom! Its shelves, meanwhile, are loaded with rare pop culture collectibles, including an autographed Monkees record, a gaudy Jefferson Starship jacket, and an endless amount of Beatles memorabilia. They also boast one of the largest and most impressive collection of rare Beatles vinyl in town. 2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake | 323-664-3232

See also: L.A. Record Store Culture: Collecting That Comes Full Circle (PHOTOS)

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