Read Next:. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top vinyl hotspots in San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market to hear your tunes the old-fashioned way. Topping the list is Rooky Ricardo's Records.
Brothers Dominic and Matthew Siracusa, natives of the South Bay and owners of Originals Vinyl, have made quick strides and adjustments in their business model in its four short years in operation: from a record cleaning service in their kitchen in Pacifica to an incubator space in the Mission, and finally to its current home in Alamo Square; finding their true niche as a brick and mortar record shop that offers cutting-edge record cleaning services. Just one block up the hill from Originals Vinyl: tourists enjoy taking photos in Alamo Square in front of the row of Painted Ladies Victorian homes with downtown San Francisco in the background. That was my first exposure to hip hop, and what drew me to it the most was the live hip hop instrumentation.
Perhaps this is why we love our record stores. Records provide unequalled sound, a piece of art and a physical embodiment of the gift of, and expression that is, music. Here we highlight the best of the best stores, shops, nooks and crannies that provide a place where you can lose your sense of time and discover your next vinyl treasure.
Amoeba Music in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district claims to be the largest independent music store in the world. From the selection of cds, dvds, vinyl, t-shirts, posters and movie dvds it might just be so. There are even books in this former bowling alley! Nice atmosphere though the music played over the loud speaker is a bit loud.
Vinyl is back. Hell, even cassettes are cool again, so if you're looking to stock up on analog delights, we have the 9 best places to find them. Some of these stores are massive with extensive selections, while others are small and niche, but it's worth checking each out to enhance your music education and diversify your personal collection.
One of our favorite San Francisco record stores is Pyramid Records. Small, very friendly and highly curated, Pyramid is where we frequently discover new to us music and records. This year Pyramid has a selection of our products, alongside a mix of new and used records, tapes and books.
For many who grew up with the LP record, CDs and downloadable music are simply not the same thing. Nowadays, serious collectors scour antique shops, used book stores and specialty stores to get their vinyl fix. The Recordman boasts an inventory of over 1, pieces — LPs, 45s, 78s, album sleeves and books about records.
And yes, they have cassettes. On a Tuesday morning, in the middle of a quiet street in San Mateo dotted with nail salons and Asian restaurants, Vinyl Solution Records is buzzing. Twentysomething employees rack records, customers stream in and out picking through the rock and jazz sections and young and old tote in backpacks and armloads of records to sell.
I am really glad to have that perspective, cd. It's nice to have some color around that piece of the whole picture I went to all these record stores.
Great little shop. Well-labeled selection of many different genres that's just big enough to find some hidden gems but not so big as to overwhelm you with too many options. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff who happens to be the owner, at least when I was there who are willing to play you anything out of the bins you wanna hear. Nice little seating area as well to kick it and enjoy some music.