Best Place to Buy CDs

Mod Lang Records

Rarely will you find a record shop curated with such impeccable taste. Heck, even the used bin’s got a more discriminating selection than the collection of recent arrivals in most stores. But one caveat: This is a specialty shop, so you definitely won’t find everything for everybody. Mod Lang’s stocking policy takes a tri-pronged approach — they’ve got an indie section with a heavy emphasis on the European imports, an electronica section that makes frequent incursions into hip-hop, and a gigantic rock selection that’s got a whole section set aside for folk, psych, and prog rock. It’s great for collectors and completists hunting for rarities and reissues, and don’t let the title of this category fool you, Mod Lang’s got vinyl aplenty, too. Discerning record shops are known for being clubby, but Mod Lang has a friendly vibe and some truly nice communitarian touches: They book fantastic (and free) in-store performances and are also very generous about handing out posters and promotional freebies that accompany new releases.

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