September 16, 2010
The Best Record Stores in the USA
The Best Record Stores in the USA: The top 25 spots for unique vinyl and CDs, from San Francisco to Boston
San Francisco, Hollywood, Berkeley
Even in the days when record-store chains ruled the music world, nothing compared to Amoeba. It was, and is, simply the most thorough and welcoming place a record lover could hope to shop. Each of its three stores features more than 100,000 items — much of it surprisingly high-grade, and with loads of surprises and rarities around seemingly every corner. Which, as anyone who's been to any of them can tell you, is a lot of corners.