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The 10 Best Record Stores in L.A.

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click to enlarge Origami Vinyl - LEONARD DRORIAN
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4. Origami Vinyl - Echo Park

Initially a locals-only joint, Origami these days has a growing online shop and plenty of in-store concerts, making it perhaps the most talked about record store in L.A. But even if their $5 bin should really be a $1 bin, Origami is still the best record store for local releases and exclusives. 1816 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park | 213-413-3030

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3. Amoeba Music - Hollywood

A utopia for collectors of DVDs, vinyl, and CDs, Amoeba Music is L.A.'s most loaded record store. In terms of new releases and reissues, they are untouchable; stacks of records arrive every single day from vendors and traders around the country. Unfortunately, the dollar section and "newly priced" records are usually just an odd mixture of bland Linda Ronstadt records, cheesy disco and scratched Elton John duds. And there's a mountain of records to dig through, you may have to wrestle an aggressive tourist now and then. Still: Go! 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood | 323-245-6400

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