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The supremely knowledgeable clerks at Vacation Vinyl know the local indie rock and metal scene better than almost anyone else in town. Owner Mark has carefully avoided hiring the snooty "too cool for school" types, settling for employees who are both local tastemakers and savvy enough to book some impressive in-store gigs.
The spacious spot is stacked with stuff like the new Vatican Shadow LP and exclusive hardcore punk releases from Revelation Records. They also have a record supply section, filled with plastic sleeves and crates for all your vinyl maintenance needs. In short, Vacation caters to record collectors who love the musical discovery experience just as much as the final result. 3815 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park | 323-666-2111
1. Atomic Records - Burbank
Burbank staple Atomic Records is loaded with a carefully curated collection of rare and collectible vinyl that come at a fair price. One of the only record stores with a squared-off section for 45s and singles, Atomic is where you go to find that Bowie or Public Image Ltd. single you've always been looking for. It's also the best place in the city to track down jazz and soul compilations from legends like Johnnie Taylor, James Brown, and other early Stax artists. 3812 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505 | 818-848-7090
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