Mount Analog isn't just the best record store in Los Angeles — it's the only one of its kind. The Highland Park shop caters to those who delight in cassette-only noise label samplers, for instance, or double-LP collections of Persian psychedelia, records that are otherwise available only via underground distributors and specialist online shops. It also acts as a hub for L.A.'s underground-music community — a home base for heads to meet and pick over healthy collections of techno, Krautrock and industrial. In its few short years of existence, Mount Analog has defied the popular logic about record stores and their unsustainable niche customer base by doubling down on curation, taking the vinyl-shop ideals of discovery and surprise into adventurous new territory.
Mount Analog; Credit: Amanda Lopez