Best Record Store

Amoeba Music

Ah, Amoeba. There is NO place like Amoeba, not even in New York … ahem. Simply put, virtually any medium for music and visuals — CD, DVD, records, cassettes — you’ll find it here. Any genre of music — Bakersfield honky-tonk, punk from Texas 1965 and Iceland 1982, baroque, hip-hop, bebop, remixes of remixes, old-school R&B, obscure imports — here. If you can’t find what you seek, ask anyone working there; unlike most record stores these days, the staff at Amoeba is savvy, friendly, and helpful, with none of the foot-thick attitude prevalent at most “hip” music emporiums or the cluelessness at chain stores. All this and occasional in-store performances too.

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