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1. Som Records

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162 reviews
Som Records
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 1843 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-328-3345

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Aaron Phillips: Sweet basement record shop with a good selection of jazz, blues and various rock albums. Some cool obscure finds in there, but a good amount of recognizable stuff too. Has a good old school charm to it.

Brandon williams: Came in here today, and decided to share my thoughts.. First off the guy behind did not say a single word the entire time we were in the shop. Not a hello or greeting or anything. I guess he didn’t really want business that bad if he couldn’t even say hello. Second, the record selection is disorganized and hard to find anything besides new releases. Third, they are a bit on the pricier side.. not too overpriced, but still overpriced. So yeah, definitely not the best record store like people in previous reviews have stated.

Indio Prather: Great record selection, helpful staff. I would love more signage outside. It is easy to walk right past it if you're not vigilant and looking for the address.

Ameen Karim: A wonderful used record store! Definitely a heavy focus on more instrumental, jazz, blues, and the like. Plenty of interesting finds in the world section and new releases as well. The guy at the counter was awesome and fun to talk to, was helpful and nice. Only problem was that the records were overpriced for the quality of the used records (VG to VG+), definitely should be more fairly priced

Marc Neilson: Delightful little shop with some excellent browsing racks. Found some great soundtracks and noticed tons of cool old and brand new stuff.

Sonia Cumber: Owner Neal is the best! Very experienced in vintage artist and albums!

Dave Hoenack: This is a wonderful record store! Absolutely a must-visit for record collectors when they're in DC!!!

Mark Manthy: Proprietor really knew his stuff. There’s a turntable with headphones right there so you can listen to whatever you want before you buy it. Walked out with a few very hard to find older Go Go records. He said he can’t keep them on the shelves so I was lucky. Great place. Can spend hours in there if you’re not careful.

Graeme King: Great local record shop. Helpful staff and a good selection of new and used vinyl.

Clara Hadley: Great selection of records!! The dude who worked there was super helpful as well! :)

2. Joint Custody

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144 reviews
Joint Custody
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 1530 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-643-8614

Guy: Record store


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Allison Giddens: Very cool record shop - fantastic selection in rock and metal. Super nice guy (owner?) at the front counter. Totally recommend checking out if you are in the area or visiting.

Stefane Sheryniele: Amazing record shop. Really cozy basement vibe with cool art. They have a great variety of records. I found a few I was looking for, for a long time. The guy at the register was also really nice. I recommend this place.

jamari jay: great place! owners/people who work there are very friendly and are more than happy to let you look around and browse. they have a HUGE selection of vinyl that spans the wall from the front of the store all the way to the back jam-packed full of records. any genre you are possibly thinking about can be found here. they also have a pretty sexy selection of boomboxes and turntables for sale as well which i would highly recommend checking out. opposite of the record wall is an assortment of pretty lit 1980's and early 1990's clothing which i will def. have to come back and check out. overall, really good! prices are a little high, but worth it!

Josh Davis: This is one of the best record shops in DC. The staff have excellent taste in music, and last time I visited I found several records I'd been hunting for unsuccessfully for years.

Natasha Shokouhi: This is a nice little record shop. Staff is welcoming and friendly. Prices on used vinyl are pretty reasonable, new vinyl varied. Some were a tad outrageous. They do have some great used finds, definitely some hard to find pieces here. A great shop in the city. I'd definitely come back.

Alex Escamilla: My good friend John Puerto Vinyl, recommended me this store. This place has a unique way of treating their customers, prices are always right, and every single vinyl is always in almost perfect conditions, my new favorite record store. I would give an extra star because it’s the only store that I’ve been that has a bathroom, this makes the visit more comfortable if you’re in the needs of using it.

Olga Lucía: Variety of gentes and formats, raw, and good guys in front of. You can listen what you're buying.

Brian Shin: Verbatim dialogue of the Direct Messages on a popular messaging program between JointCustodyDC and I: Me: DM-ing you as per your request regarding the white and black Oakland Raiders hat. Is it a fitted? Size? Price? JointCustodyDC: It's a snapback if you picking up in store $175 Me: $175?! Snapback?! Good lawd yall done lost yo mind Lol JointCustodyDC: Or you have no actual idea of what it is worth. Just because you can't afford it doesn't mean anyone has lost their mind. Why don't you get back to taking photos of cars you can't afford either I shopped here on numerous occasions, but will never give them another dime. I was clearly saying that they "lost yo mind" in a joking manner.. but they decided to reply with that condescending tone after obviously sifting through my public instagram page, which has photos of several different Mercedes-Benz's which were uploaded as a collection of personal reviews of the different loaner cars that I've gotten over the course of the past few years of owning my own Mercedes-Benz. I'm guessing thats where they got the idea to say "Why don't you get back to taking photos of cars you can't afford either". I am stating just the facts and my opinion of the facts at hand. But in any scenario, I don't think that is a very professional way to reply to any inquiry, regardless of whether or not I could afford it. I felt very humiliated and regret spending any money here. I usually never go out of my way to post any negative press unless I think they really deserve it. I have been blocked on all forms of social media as a result of sharing the screenshots of our conversation.

Akindele Campbell: Best record shop in the area. Great Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-hop, Reggae and African Selections. Discount section has so many gems. Overall great place for music lovers old and young, looking to build their collection

matthew mckenna: They have a great selection of constantly rotating used records, in all genres. They really exceed in hip hop, metal, punk/hardcore. I always find at least 10 things to buy.

3. Byrdland Records

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63 reviews
Byrdland Records
Prices
4.9
Product Quality
4.7
Services
4.1
Customer service
4.8
Product Variety
4.9

Address: 1264 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-481-0424

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Saminda Wijegunawardena: Really solid store. Diverse collection of vinyl for such a small joint. Most records are new but they have a few stacks of used. Pricey but good cuts. I picked up an Al Green record, a classic Prince record, and a Thelonious Monk live limited edition for a total of about $80. Friendly staff, not snobby.

Josef Hartzel: Good selection and well organized. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful (even gave me some free promo stickers) about the business and their ordering processes. The coolest part is they actually keep a stock of the albums from bands that play at their location up the street (SongByrd) so if you catch a show but can't get an album then you can always get one later! 10/10 will always pop in if in the area.

Marie Chase: Felt completely unwelcomed from the moment I walked in. Not a single greeting or acknowledgement from employees. I over heard a woman saying she was an owner and they just stared at me while they conversed about how “dangerous” Mexico is. One of the employees then followed me around without saying anything as if I was going to steal. I ended up leaving without purchasing anything because I didn’t want to support such terrible customer service and while their selection is mid most of their vinyl are over priced and hard to shuffle through. Find another record shop, this is not it.
Response: I am sorry that you felt that way. To clarify and give some context I was talking to two regulars who work in humanitarian aid at the boards for people who are stuck waiting for entry, also I apologize if I did not see you come in. I also, was the only one working at the store, whoever you thought was an employee following you would have to have been another customer who was shopping. I never want a customer to feel unwelcome and I hope you can give us another chance.

Corey Graham: Very cool joint with a massive new vinyl selection. Smaller but diverse used section. Loved it.

Kyle del Villar: An all around incredible record store that features new and old vinyl that can appease anyones taste. They also have a nice selection of record players and audio equipment to help people get set up or upgrade their current sound systems. This place is a must stop for music lovers.

Nikki S: I completely agree with one of the comments lower down that employees come off as pretentious and unhelpful. We were there earlier and tried to be polite and careful when looking through albums. We were going to buy a couple of vinyls but ended up leaving empty handed because the guy behind the counter was not very nice and seemed like people in the store were a nuisance more than anything. He was on his phone and I understand that sometimes you don’t want to be bothered, but seriously? At one point, the guy there actually ignored my friend. Good selection of vinyls and nice music, but no need for such negativity. The employees should drop the arrogance and maybe more people will want to buy.

Lee Davis: Always a great experience to dig through the deep selection of superb vinyl. The staff is super knowledgeable, and so positive when helping and answering questions. They have new music, some surprising finds, and then some "diamond-in-the-rough" used vinyl to get lost in, and eventually end up spending your paycheck, with a smile though! We brought home a nice haul, but I always leave things behind that I still want. No worries, we'll be back to get them!

Josh Davis: This is a very neat record shop in a unique location. It's the best spot in DC that I've found so far for new releases. Will be returning!

RedRudaProductions: Great! Lots to choose from and they can order stuff for you. Good amount of classics on sale or on discount. They carry speakers, record players, and more. First time, I got there about 20 minutes before they open and a staff member open the door for me, he took time from eating his lunch to help me with questions. Really nice place!

Cody Cox: A very nice record store. They have a pretty solid selection of newer and unique records (while their used selection was more limited). Their space is very fun and they have a lot of offerings beyond the standard store (equipment and events). The only major drawback I thought was in the pricing department. From what I could tell average record was around $30.

4. Smash Records

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137 reviews
Smash Records
Prices
4.9
Product Quality
4.7
Services
4.1
Customer service
4.3
Product Variety
4.2

Address: 2314 18th St NW 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-387-6274

Guy: Record store


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POPTOGRAPHIX: A great record store if you like punk. Kind of small but lots of cool stuff at a pretty reasonable price. Overall nice record store.

Adrijana Parsell: Cool place! Any 80s or 90s rock fan would love this place, I found the picture mocking a shoplifter and no posers sign hilarious, but might not be for everyone. Pretty decent collection of vinyl, clothes, magazines and more

Allison Giddens: Cool record shop. Found a couple of fun things in the used "new arrivals."

Tim Horton: Even though I'm not into punk, it's still my favorite local record joint. They often have great used rock and indie vinyls for reasonable prices.

Ethan Vose: Great place to find punk and metal records. Probably the only place I've found that has hard to find records in that genre.

Caroline Thomas: Makes me happy to know theres still a genuine punk shop around in the area. Not many gems like this spot around anymore. I realize this is primarily a record shop but I wish they would expand their clothing section a little more with more variety. I still appreciated their selection though. Overall you will definitely want to pop in if you're of the punk/alternative scene. You'll enjoy it.

Sex Pistoleros: Absolutely one of the best record stores for punk. Up there with Rushmor Records.

Jessica Ordóñez: Walked in here earlier today looking to browse their vinyl selection. As I’m walking in, the guy at the front (red hair, white) asks me to leave my bag at the front, in an empty cardboard box. I agreed to do this, since I’m all for supporting small neighborhood stores, but as soon as I turn around I realize I’m the only one who has been asked to check their bag, and the other ~4 (white) customers are walking around with shoulder bags (like mine) and backpacks. I confronted the guy at the front about this and he literally just shrugged his shoulders and brushed off the situation. As a woman of color, I recommend you take your money to a different, better record store, instead of this bigoted establishment with “bag policies” that depend on the color of your skin.

Nivek Witt: staff locks door and had to wait for them to unlock it. as soon as they let customers in they relock the door and make you leave your bags in a musty cardboard box. staff was very rude and followed me around my entire visit watching me. the selection is also poorly organized and quite petite.

Bladimir Bonilla: Awesome place. Love the environment, great selections of Punk, Heavy Metal and local artists. The staff members are really nice and helpful, also vintage band patches and records, reasonable prices and I highly recommend this place if you want to find some retro Punk and Heavy Metal records and you will also discover unfamiliar bands I guarantee you'll love. Keep up the good work. (Y)

5. HR Records

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48 reviews
HR Records
Prices
5
Product Quality
4.7
Services
4.9
Customer service
4.9
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 702 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-469-9868

Guy: Record store


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Chantaya King: My kind of record store! HR records is amazing! The staff is welcoming and answered any questions my friend and I had about records! I love digging with jazz playing in the background! The shop is well organized and they have plenty of records to dig in! HR is now one of my favorite D.C shops!
Response: Thank you so much! Can't wait to have you back soon.

Julius Sheppard: Great shop. Knowledgeable staff. The recommendations are on point. Bought and sold some records and got good prices on both.
Response: Thank you so much Julius! Can't wait to have you back soon.

Doug Hoepker: Stopped in on a recent trip to DC and so glad I went a bit out of my way to find this charming store. Fantastic selection of soul, r&b, funk, jazz -- and very well priced. Not an overwhelming amount of records (a positive thing for me!), but more than enough to keep you busy for an hour. I crossed several things off my want list. But the best part of the experience was eavesdropping on the conversation the owner was having with a few customers about music history. Remember when a record store actually felt like a community and the relationship between customer and clerk was more than just transactional? HR Records proves that vibe still exists. Show this shop some love -- it's a gem!
Response: You're the gem, Doug!

YanoNick: The staff is super cool and informed. I like the music playing. Affordable prices and wide selection of music for a novice like myself. They also do live shows and interviews.
Response: Thank you very much for the kind review.

Isaac Sawin: Best store around if you are looking for soul and funk records.

Ian Lever: We were enjoying our ice cream next to the store and the owner invited us in. He told us about an upcoming event at the store. Although we didn't get any records, you could just tell the owner was super friendly, awesome, and welcoming.

Morgan Lupton: Fantastic shop with an incredible selection. Really good mix of full lengths and singles from a wide variety of genres. One of my preferred spots for picking up Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Disco 12s.
Response: Thank you so much!

Way hu: Walking into this record store is like bringing a retro McDonald's with the Nintendo 64 inside the playroom to 2022... iykyk... Da Ha Da Ha

Clifford Robert Booker Jr.: HR Records can still fill the empty spots in my Musical library !
Response: Can't wait to have you back!

Noel Johnson III: Awesome shop! Lots of good jazz, soul, and funk here. Saw lots of gospel and reggae 45s too. Will be returning!
Response: Can't wait to have you back!

6. Spin Time Records

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19 reviews
Spin Time Records
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #15123, Washington, DC 20003, United States

Telephone: +1 202-527-2212

Guy: Record store


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Matthew Hatfield: Awesome selection of DC music, and most importantly, WELL PACKAGED for shipping, which is very reasonably priced and quickly sent out. I highly recommend this shop, and found a great deal on a hard-to-find DC artist's vinyl pressing. I will certainly be shopping here again!

Jason Shaffer: While searching for a Fugazi LP that is currently out of print, I stumbled on this great online shop that specializes in DC artists. Now I've been inspired by browsing their inventory to explore more local music that I've previously overlooked. The record I ordered was hand delivered the same day and I'm thrilled with it! I'm looking forward to doing business with Spin Time Records again soon!

max wilker: Spin Time focuses on the rich musical heritage of DC (from soul and funk to go-go and punk), but also offers much more. They have a well curated selection of outstanding and interesting albums spanning genres. I'm in NYC and I found them online while trying to track down a hard-to-get reggae LP I couldn't find locally. Spin Time had what I was after, and shipped it to me within days. A great record shop, great service. I'll keep checking their site.
Response: Thank you! A brick-and-mortar shop is still a ways in the future but we'll let everyone know when that happens.

STEVEN WEBB: After a long time searching for a beloved album, and seeing too many listings of it for outrageous prices, I came across Spin Time. Got the LP for a very good price, and despite it being used, the copy I received was in fantastic condition. Sleeve was in mint condition, LP not a scratch or pop. And had it in a week. Would definitely order from them again.

Kelly Williams: Easy website to use. Order status communication. Fast shipping with tracking info. Safely packaged for delivery. Item arrived in perfect condition and in time for Christmas. Make Spin Time Records your online shopping destination for vinyl! You won't be disappointed.

G B: Great online shop for reggae vinyl. Every order I've made was packaged extremely well, and shipped super fast. They even threw in free items a few times! My main go-to spot for reggae vinyl! Give them a shot. Hopefully one day I can visit the physical store.

Geof Carter: What a fantastic, growing collection of DC music in many genres! I've already placed two orders, both of which were shipped quickly and safely. It's a pleasure to support a record store that is also a community service. Check it out!

Pablo Molinero: Great selection of DC's best music records. Jon was very communicative and helpful. Looking forward to visit the physical store when it opens in the future

jgs137: Highly recommend doing business with these guys! I have been supporting local record shops around the country since the beginning of the pandemic and these guys were beyond helpful. I had an issue with my mailing address on my first order and they responded and resolved it in less than 30 minutes. Incredible selection and very fast shipping.

Dave Gasbarro: Great experience! Jon took the time to answer all of my pre-sale questions concerning packing and shipping. My initial order ending up totaling nine albums which were packed beautifully and all arrived in perfect condition. I have placed several orders since and have been completely satisfied each time. Highly recommended!

7. Uncle Tony's Donut Shoppe

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16 reviews
Uncle Tony's Donut Shoppe
Prices
4.3
Product Quality
4.6
Services
4.4
Customer service
4.9
Product Variety
4.3

Address: 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW Suite A, Washington, DC 20037, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-670-1002

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J. Rustles: Tried to visit one time at the posted hours (not right at open) but the shop was closed unfortunately. No sign, no information as to when they would be open. I went a second time and luckily they were open. It’s a super cozy shop in a sound-isolating glass cube so you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a hotel lobby/cafe, and they were playing some great sounding records (no surprise there) through the store’s hifi. The vinyl selection was a mix of new and used LPs and 7”s and most of the used stuff looked to be in really nice condition, though I don’t think I saw a single LP priced under $20. The selection was also pretty small - about ten bins - but felt highly curated. They had some high quality turntables and other audio equipment for sale behind the counter too. I would go again if I wanted to buy a nice gift for someone but I’m not sure I would come back to search for anything for my own collection due to the high prices. Edit: To the owner, thank you for the reply. I understand the limitations of the space and not wanting to make it feel too crowded, however I didn’t see any of those $5-$20 bins you mention despite going through every bin during my visit. I’ll ask when I come back. I still feel the shop prices were abnormally high (especially when compared to other used record stores in the DC area) and that can unfortunately create a high barrier for entry into vinyl. I personally think vinyl should be accessible for everyone and I’ve been to dozens of great record stores in recent years that excel in doing so. One other thing - I didn’t notice any signage for the shop within the hotel lobby or on the street. Is there any? The shop isn’t visible when entering through the hotel entrance, only the cafe entrance, so I would suggest putting up some signs inside and maybe a sandwich board outside. Just my honest thoughts.
Response: Hi J. Thanks for stopping by! Super sorry that we weren't there the first time you arrived, we might have been dropping records at the post office but we should have left a sign and we apologize for the inconvenience. We have a very small store (around 300 sq ft) as you mentioned so we don't have a ton of space, but we do have a few boxes of records ranging from $5 - $20 feel free to ask us next time and we'll point you to them. Thanks for checking us out. Appreciate the review.

Kevin Wright: Lovely small and compact store. Records can be pricy but are fair. This place is the epitome of quality over quantity. Hip addition to a hotel lobby.

Matt's Garage & Misc. DIY: The record shop is inside the “Yours Truly DC” hotel lobby. Cool shop with lots of Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz

Rishi Kumar: Great little shop with a nice selection of funk, soul, pop, and rock records (all vinyl), both used and new. All the records looked to be in great condition. I picked up a great Herbie Hancock record, and I plan on spending a lot more money here.
Response: Thank you so much, Rishi! Enjoy the Herbie hope to see you again soon!

Caleb Trantham: This place is dangerous! Having a record shop with a wide selection of my favorite genres of music (hip-hop, funk, and jazz) make my wallet cry out for mercy (me) whenever I'm in the neighborhood. Love the shop, keep doing what you do!
Response: Love the word play with mercy me here, clever! Thanks so much for the kind words. It means a lot!

beaux shwa: visiting from the west coast and it was worth a stop for sure. could've spent double what i did. got a couple things i hadn't seen before at previous stores

Jay Herrera: Great customer service , and nice selection of old and used vinyl. Highly recommend !

Ronojoy Sen: Great selection and a cool location.
Response: Awesome, glad you came thru. Thanks for the flick! See you next time, peace!

Ben Foulkes: Great shop with a great selection. Definitely has become my go-to record store in DC.

Dave Hoenack: A great record store!

8. Fields Music Shop

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1 reviews
Fields Music Shop
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 3112 Q St SE, Washington, DC 20020, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: +1 240-289-6619

Guy: Music store


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9. Joe's Record Paradise

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179 reviews
Joe's Record Paradise
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
5
Services
4
Customer service
4.6
Product Variety
4.1

Address: 8700 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Fri

Telephone: +1 301-585-3269

Guy: Record store


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Anita Timrots: I want to give a shout out to the integrity of this business. I sold a very large collection of music and accepted the offer made to me, that felt very fair. A few weeks later the owner contacted me, because after a closer evaluation of the collection , he felt he had undervalued it and offered to send me a check to cover the difference. I was shocked. He could have easily said nothing to me and have considered himself incredibly lucky. But he took the high road and kept his promise. Such honesty was amazing. A good guy. I would for sure do business with them again.
Response: Thank you. We try to do right.

Karen Lopez: Oh man, Joe’s is the best. The staff is always friendly and mellow. I could spend hours in here. Although I miss the old location, I’ve grown quite fond of this new one already!

Allen Robertson: Fantastic used vinyl selection. Found some uncommon records, so really nice. Does not offer new or re-releases though from what I saw. Really big store, will definitely come back.

Matt Franklin: Polite and helpful staff. If you're looking for CDs, overall great selection. If you're looking for records, it really depends which genres you're looking for. Awesome record selection for jazz, classic rock and international music. As for punk, metal, and indie, not so much. I really do appreciate that this store focuses on music rather than used media. You can get used DVDs, video games, books, etc here, but the selection is minimal. The store primarily focuses on music and that's a true record store.

Danielle Bourn: Awesome place! Tonnes of selection at a reasonable price. Lots of cool international records!

Karen Waters: If you are looking for vinyl this place is awesome. There is a huge selection of albums and it is fairly well organized. There are also some other items like CDs and I believe I saw some books there. You could literally spend hours browsing through the selections. The one drawback I would say is because most of the items are old, the store also has that old musty smell to it, so if you are allergic to dust and sensitive to odors you might want to keep that in mind. Great place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon. The staff is not overly chatty or very friendly. They didn't say anything to us when we came in and just kind of hung back and let us browse. The four stars is for a lack of inviting atmosphere.

dew1234 w: Excellent record store with huge selection. Prices are very reasonable. People are friendly. Gotta go to the basement of office building to get to it which is a bit weird but when you're inside it's awesome. Condition of vinyl is consistently good. I always find a few things each visit. Street parking is normally available.

James Luce: Friendly place. Good selection.

Ron Robins: This is a wonderland for vinyl lovers but they also have CDs DVDs etc. Well worth a visit

Sean-Tony Tescadero: The magic of Joe's is simple: Even if they don't have what you're looking for, there's ALWAYS something magical to find in there. If you're a music lover then this basement haven is a definitely a must go on a random Sunday morning or "sick day" Spend an hour just thumbing through the thousands of records, CDs, DVDs & VHS movies; I promise you there will be at least five selections that tickle your fancy. Prices are super decent, and despite their massive inventory, things are super easy to find. There's a listening station too so you can try before you buy!

10. Blue Groove Soundz

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33 reviews
Blue Groove Soundz
Prices
4.7
Product Quality
4
Services
4.8
Customer service
4.7
Product Variety
4.1

Address: 5852 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205, United States

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: +1 703-270-9075

Guy: Record store


Review: "A treasurers trove of vinyl."

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Eric Larson: Gary is an awesome store owner who gets to know his customers. This personal connection is something you rarely see in other stores. It's also cool that the store is in a nice area with parking in adjacent neighborhoods. Always a fun visit.

Lucian Reed: I would love to give the store a review... But this is the second time I've been there when they're supposed to be open and they were not. Looks like reading the other reviews this is not uncommon. Today I went at about 12:30 and there was a sign on the door that said they be open at 2. I went a couple miles down the road to CD Cellar and ended up buying 22 records... So. Update.. I've come here two other times and they are still never open when they're supposed to be according to their posted hours. Not really sure if this place is real or not?

Jeffrey Fartz: Giving a record store or any small business one star isn't easy, but it's the truth here. Sketchy hours of operation, so-so selection and outrageous prices are enough to pass on this place!

Robert Simmons: Not sure what the deal is with this place. Tried to visit 2 hours before their posted closing time and an employee was locking up. He told me they were "more of a pop up shop" and to come back the next day during a 3 hour window, also not matching their posted hours. It's not hard to update your website or google page. They must do so well that they just don't care.

Gregory Frandano: In my opinion the best record store in the DC/Northern Virginia area. Great selection, knowledgeable staff and best trade-in value around. An awesome hole in the wall, basement like collector's paradise. More than just records...too dope and hip for it's own good. Love it!

Drew Prescott: Meh, less than friendly staff, decent selection but WAY overpriced. All the Dischord stuff that has the price clearly marked on it is marked way up (teen idols 7" is $8.99?). So that's kind of a barometer of their pricing scheme. For my money I'd rather hangout at C.D. Cellar and actually chat with a friendly clerk who knows their stuff, but not in a condescending way. I don't mean to harp on it but the last time I was in there dude behind the counter grunted at me and didn't look up from his book. Really put me in a buying mood.

Dee L.: Gary has everything you're looking for, and his team is one-of-a-kind. Full inventory, great pricing, active eBay site, chill vibe. Definitely the best record shop in the DC area. Support small business!

L Corrado: The place is hardly ever open even though it’s during the posted business hours. The least they could do is update their store voicemail message to reflect actual business hours. The prices of records, regardless of used or new, are way over priced. I’d recommend you go anywhere but here (cd cellar, record tape exchange, joint custody, soms).

Todd Stranko: Ordered album online from this shop on Discogs. Was a problem with zip code that was my fault and offered to repay for shipping. Was told reshipping out and now NO COMMUNICATION AT ALL. I realized it's probably because of a flood from finding them on here. Things happen and I feel bad they are dealing with this but if my record was damaged or destroyed then refund my money. Now I had to run a dispute through paypal for a refund as I already paid for it and still no communication with them and trying to get away with my money I guess.....

Foo Fun: If this was the only record store in town, I would order everything from Amazon. Thank goodness places like CD Cellar exist, so I can support something local. Everything at Blue Groove is over priced. But let me tell you about my experience there for Record Store Day 2013. I have hit a different store as my first choice each year, usually getting there fairly early, 7am-ish. I went in the day before with a friend, and we asked what he expected to get in. I was looking for a certain release, asked if he thought he'd have any, he said, "Yeah, but I only got one and I'm keeping it for myself." Strike one. However, he did say he had ordered a lot of what we were looking for, so we still went there first. Got to BGS early the next day, waited in the cold. They opened over an hour late, which already put my schedule off for trying to get to other stores before not to late. By the time we were let in, it was a disorganized mess. Staff let everyone flood in (it's tiny), and sat behind the shelves and called out titles, and passed them out to whoever. Strike Two. He did get a lot of stock, and I was able to get 3-4 things I wanted, as did my buddy. I looked down at one of the LPs, expecting $20-25. Nope. $45. I looked at my other items. All marked ridiculously high. I asked my friend if his were also over-priced. Yes, everything, at least by double. As we were at the front of the line, we managed to have everything we wanted in hand - but at those prices, we just walked to the front counter, put them on the counter, and walked out. Strike Three. Through the course of the day, we were able to find everything again by visiting the other stores around Arlington and in DC - and at standard prices. I would never go to BGS again, if it was the last local shop on earth. No ethics, no customer service, and stupid high prices. Don't even bother with this place, they don't deserve your money. Take your business to somewhere like CD Cellar, where they're knowledgeable, nice to talk to, and totally reasonable with prices.

11. Record Exchange Silver Spring

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Record Exchange Silver Spring
Prices
4.1
Product Quality
4.3
Services
4.4
Customer service
4.5
Product Variety
4.6

Address: 8642 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-495-0766

Guy: Record store


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Stirling: Sold a few music box sets and remastered/deluxe albums, wasn’t expecting to make a killing, just wanted a fair price and was offered just that.Good people, great selection of new/used music, nice little record shop!

Haleigh Rice: Wow! Today was my first time visiting and absolutely will not be my last. The staff here is so friendly and wonderful, The collection of vinyls they have are amazing, along with the prices (*Fleetwood Mac for $10, Elton John for $6?!*) Normally I visit a second hand bookstore/record store in Columbia and saw records at Record Exchange for way cheaper than I had found them at said second hand store, so I guess thats why I was so surprised at the decent prices at Record Exchange. Looking forward to my next visit!😊

Anthony Gianni: The best place to buy sell and trade records video games and more. If your in downtown silver spring you gotta make a stop here. Great selection, great people, just an amazing Record store to hang out and shop vynil. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Kevin Wright: Love the location and great selection of music in all physical formats. Let the cd revolution continue!

Carly Cottone: The Record Exchange in Silver Spring is the best! My partner and I go weekly to check out their latest in new and used vinyl - all for great prices and we come across some great pick ups. Selection is updated often and they will do special orders! We usually end up checking out and buying some DVDs, CDs, games, and other things (buttons, incense, posters) while we are there as well - prices and selection are too good to pass up. The owners and employees are absolutely the best in Silver Spring and make you feel right at home while there with no pressure. They’re doing a great job keeping things safe with capacity limits and other social distancing measures. I love the Record Exchange!

Cecily Music: This is a great little store. The staff was so helpful! They had a good selection of old & new stuff. Definitely check out the thrift section in the back. I got some great selections for only $2

Regina H: Great vintage albums! Good quality vinyls with no scratches. All albums come with sturdy plastic slips. The Record Exchange has a listening station to make sure none of your purchases are damaged. I've been to other stores where they will play an album for you, but that can take a lot of time for one customer. I really enjoyed listening to the huge pile of albums I had found in order to pick my top five. if I hadn't been traveling I probably would have bought more than 5. Most of the records were priced between $4-$8. Every time I travel I make sure to visit vintage record stores. The Record Exchange has got to be one of my top two favorite stops for finding great albums. The next time I'm back in DC I'm definitely going back for a second visit. I was able to find albums in this Record Store that I have not seen in any other record stores.

Daniel Sudoku: Great selection of all genres of records

Eric Mendelsohn: I love the prices and the variety. I end up buying teetering stacks of CDs and gambling on titles (50 cents!) that occasionally are real winners. The staff has always been friendly and helpful, opening glass cases, welcoming my dog to sit beside me, putting aside a few disks if I'll return to purchase within a day or two. I wish I stopped by more often -- who knows what I'm missing?

Faith Young: My boyfriend and I love going to this place! Nice place to buy and trade old games. They also have box sets of shows that might not be on streaming services for great prices. 10/10 recommend!
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12. Crooked Beat Records

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127 reviews
Crooked Beat Records
Prices
4.6
Product Quality
4.2
Services
4.3
Customer service
4.3
Product Variety
4.8

Address: 802 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: +1 703-244-5003

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Da Hun: Great record store. You can find all kinds of records, from the old time rock & roll to the new music. If you are in the area I definitely recommend stopping by.

Bryan Vorbach: Great little record shop. Constantly getting in new things and they also have a solid selection of used records and stuff from local bands.

frizz: A hidden gem off the corner of Madison Street. Cozy little shop, reminds me of what I wanted my bedroom to look like in middle school. A grand selection of new and used vinyl. Decent pricing. Staff is very informative. I didn’t buy anything here today but this will be the first place I visit when I wanna get my hands on some vinyl.

Kevin Wright: Super friendly owner and awesome legacy of selling music in the dc area. Nicely curated shop. Highly recommend.

AJB2226: This shop is fantastic. Reasonable prices, helpful and friendly staff, and a decent collection. Could use a bit more more metal and hip-hop, but the selections were extremely well organized and they kept track of all the stuff they had. I'm from out of town but if I am ever back I will surely return!
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Brandon Milton: We're from out of town and were happy to find Crooked Beat in Alexandria for Record Store Day 2021. The staff is nice and they have a good selection of new LPs and some used jazz and hip-hop. Most importantly, I was able to get the records I wanted for RSD.
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Harrison Keith: This is the best record store in the area, actually, in lots of areas. It's especially good if you want good DC rock and some unusual finds. The owner knows A TON about music and can point you in the right direction. I'm not sure I've ever been in there when I didn't buy whatever he was playing in the shop. A DC staple.

stefan Voogel: A great place to buy good quality vinyl records both new and second hand! Owner Bill always there to have a good chat with.Very relaxing environment to shop for special vinyl records or collections. And if you can not find what you want just let Bill know and he will do his best to order it for you.

Joey Troche: If you're into records this is an amazing store. Lots of new vinyl, some used. I dig the curated section up front of local-to-DC music, including punk from the 80s and 90s. Worth a visit even if you just want to remember what it's like to shop for music in person from an independently owned store.

Jay Vallario: Super helpful. Have me great advice about turntables, irrespective of whether I was buying anything. Just low key, honest, knowledgeable people.
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13. Red Onion Records

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Red Onion Records
Prices
4.4
Product Quality
4.9
Services
4.3
Customer service
4.9
Product Variety
4.7

Address: 4208 Gallatin St, Hyattsville, MD 20781, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-780-7735

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Aidan Gardner: Very good selection, however, not too much metal/hard rock. Still great people there and a great series of jazz and hip hop

Daniel Tana: Really great shop. I grew up in Hyattsville and I wish we had anything this cool here when I was younger and had more disposable income. Even still, better relate than never! Very cool and helpful staff, and a huge inventory of records (and books, and CDs, and some cassettes) with a great selection of new releases and classic used stuff, and lots of bargains. They also buy records so if you have an old collection to unload, give them a call (so I can end up buying your old records). Lastly, they seem to get new stuff in all the time, which is great. I’ve started trying to go at least once a week to see what’s new and always seem to find something cool.

James Bradford: Sadly in 2018 storefront sales of things like records are dying, and as a result places like this have way overpriced items. A Tori Amos 12" single that caught my eye was priced at $14, whereas it's available online for $1.99 plus $3 shipping. If this place was at all interesting or unique, or if the staff (the one woman present during my visit at least) didn't seem so unwelcoming and disinterested, it might make the difference.
Response: Ouch! Sorry you had such a negative experience at the shop. We try our best to price things fairly based on condition and supply & demand, but sometimes we make mistakes! Do you remember which Tori Amos 12" caught your eye? We like to think we are pretty interesting and unique, but we're sorry you didn't feel that way too. And I will certainly talk to everybody about the importance of being welcoming and interested in all of our customers! Hope you can give us another shot someday.

Connor Smith: Friendly staff and *tremendous* varied blues selection. And I’m not sure what that other reviewer was talking about; these are some of the very best prices in the DMV.

Jamie McGonnigal: My favorite record shop. Really excellent selection and service. I've found some pretty rare and hard to find recordings and I'm just so happy to have this store just a few blocks from my house.

Tiffany Sorenson: I am now 'record store people.'I didn't think I would be, but I'm absolutely addicted to this place now. Josh and his shop are such a gift. Thanks High Fidelity for making me ironically discover this Absolute gem of an independently owned shop.

A M: Great selection. Excellent staff. Good prices. Red Onion is the kind of record store I love. There's a good mix of well-organized stuff and bins full of mysteries to flick through. I never leave without at least one surprise purchase.

Evan Stephens: Very solid record store in the district. Selection of new vinyl and new arrivals are strongest. Surprisingly thin selection of classical pop and rock, but they also have a nice listening station and a shelf of oddities like books cassettes and other. Very friendly staff. Absolutely worth the trip

Jack Jensen: Really really fantastic. Good spread of rare gems and solid crowd-pleasers. Mostly rock music but with a good selection of soul as well. New stock rotates regularly and stays high-quality. I go every week and almost always find something to get. The staff is friendly and informative, the shelves are well-organized, the prices aren't awful, it's basically everything you'd want in a neighborhood record shop. Can't recommend it higher.

Davy Sundquist: Incredible selection of alt-rock and emo albums. Grabbed a nice Speedy Ortiz record today, and will be coming back soon. Clerk helped me find a place to get my record player repaired, too!

14. Memory Lane CD's & Records

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86 reviews
Memory Lane CD's & Records
Prices
4.6
Product Quality
4.4
Services
4
Customer service
4.7
Product Variety
4.1

Address: 2809 Walters Ln, Forestville, MD 20747, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-568-5032

Guy: Music store


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Paris Gonzalez: My wife and I went on an impromptu date, and it was the most wonderful experience ever. I have never been inside an actual record store. I was so overwhelmed with the many selections of music and artist I have never heard of. Michael Earle was so personal and very knowledgeable about music. He asked me what type of music do I like and I said “Neo Soul”. He took me to a wide selection of Neo Soul and I didn’t know where to start. So he told me to start from the bottom. I became so damn excited like a little kid in the candy store. Michael gave me a awesome experience in Memory Lane CD’s and Records, Inc. I just want to say thank you to my beautiful wife and the store owner, Michael Earle for this wonderful experience.

D Love: It's an OK record shop...as long as you know you're not getting a fair deal. I can say with confidence, if you sell your records or CDs to this place, you will always, ALWAYS come out with the short stick. ALWAYS check Ebay or Discogs before going here...if you don't want to be taken advantage of.

Angel Stringer: After almost a year of them searching these guys found the record my husband got for me for Christmas! When they say they will look until they find, they mean it! Now I have a timeless peace of art that I will treasure forever. Thanks for holding out for us 😊

C P: It's exactly what I wanted it to be...It's not kid friendly (bummer, but understandable). The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and the selection is second to none. This is a nostalgic haven for music and culture and it must be supported and preserved.

Derek Bigesby Jr: Absolutely loved my experience there, made a large purchase as a result. I was able to find all the LP's I needed except one. I was told that the LP I'm looking for would be available in a week, after the snow let's up, I'll see if it's in.

Nettie P: This place is a hidden gem! This store has everything from hard to find CD's, vinyl records and even cassette tapes.These guys really know their music and can quickly find any genre of music that you're looking for. It's amazing at the collection of music this store has. Would highly recommend this store for all music lovers.

Erika Jones: Absolutely excellent customer service. It's a wonderful environment and I have a pleasant experience every time I go to the store. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for classic music on Vinyl, CDs. I find what I'm looking for and sometimes even a surprise or two. (Albums, CDs, DVDs everything.

LOVStudios: What a great record shop! I haven't been to one in so long and they made me feel right at home. From Marshall answering the phone with such an inviting tone, we decided it was worth the trip. And he and Michael make a great team. They really know their stuff and really seem to enjoy their work. I think I've found a new home, they have every genre, on cassette, CD, 45,33, and a listening station. They will even close the door and turn on the AC if you're too hot! And they have great tunes you can enjoy out front too. Even the baby next door likes to boogie to the beats. Great place, great vibe- keep it up guys!

XaQaRa EquinoX: Every genre of music you can think or, and some you didn't when know about. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Jeffrey Fartz: I checked out Memory Lane for the first time. Let me start off my review by saying I give 5 stars for the the customer service. Both guys who own the shop are extremely welcoming, helpful, courteous, and genuine. I gave 3 stars overall due to the inventory and content of the shop. It is generally organized well. The biggest issue I had was the bins being soooo overly crammed that in order to do any flipping you must remove a generous stack. Then, it's a challenge squeezing them back in. The biggest section of the shop appeared to be soul, r&b, and hip hop. I was very excited to thumb through that section only to come across numerous records with either jackets in poor condition, warped records, and overly priced 12" singles. It was waaaaay more quantity over quality. This shop is definitely a great spot for crate and box diggers to spend hours. I was there for over 2 hours and out my small pile I kept one. Mainly due to warped records with premium prices. I really hoped for more. I also was invited to scope out the back room for more collectible and rare vinyl. I did see several nice pieces, a bit of the hip hop I already have and I wasn't looking for much bop era jazz. I asked about where the punk/hardcore stash was, but couldn't find much of anything besides a Dead Kennedys LP. There's a rock section, but it's mostly run-of-the-mill stuff. The cassettes were very overpriced. I'm not really down with $8-$9 for tapes that should be somewhere in the $2-$5 range. Although small in actual size, Memory packs thousands and thousands of records. Mostly made up of used, it's worth a look if you have patience and time.

15. Best Records Entertainment

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Best Records Entertainment
Prices
4.8
Product Quality
4.5
Services
4.8
Customer service
4.4
Product Variety
4.6

Address: 1140 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Telephone: +1 202-560-7598

Guy: Recording studio


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Darrell Swinson: I've been playing drums and keyboards in church in Manassas, Virginia for eight years in my life. And actually I play my drums and keyboards in my house. One day I will come over for a visit for some time.

16. Sonidos Music & More

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23 reviews
Sonidos Music & More
Prices
5
Product Quality
5
Services
5
Customer service
5
Product Variety
5

Address: 11011-B, Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 1PM Thu

Telephone: +1 240-366-6886

Guy: Record store


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DJ Fleming: Great place. Wonderful experience and nice people small and cozy with so many amazing music options

Ronojoy Sen: Great selection and fair prices at this local shop.

Cahba Kingwood: Great selections, good prices and chill owner and staff.

Measu Bellay: Amazing record shop with the dopest staff! Must go to spot with an awesome collection
Response: Thanks so much for the high praise!!!

Brett Merchant: I just sold my classic rock record collection that was taking up space in my garage. The owner is very easy to work with and she gave me a great deal for my vintage vinyl! She even offered to help me sell my 30 year old direct drive turntable!!! I highly recommend this shop!!!!!

Leon Morimoto: Sonidos is an awesome shop! I haven't been there physically, Im from the SF Bay Area, but I had a positive experience shopping here via instagram. I am very happy with my cassette purchase and look forward to doing more business in the future!
Response: Thanks so much, Leon! I’m happy that you enjoyed your shopping experience with us. 😊

Michael Honch: Good selection of records, with some really interesting stuff! Prices are fair and the records are clean. Cool staff. Well worth making them part of your record shopping plans!
Response: Thank you for the nice words, Michael!!! Looking forward to your next visit!

Ed Joynes: Great selection. Friendly, knowledgeable owner. Well curated so you don't have to look thru junk to get to the good stuff. Only problem is keeping myself from taking home 20 albums every visit.

Rian Henry: Best record store in the area. Claudia has devoted so much effort into making this space feel like a second home. And you can feel that as soon as you enter Sonidos' doors. Amazing selection of LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes, VHS, and fun pop culture memorabilia. Amazing people. Please check this place out if you havent already!
Response: Thanks so much for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed your time in my shop; hope to have you back again soon. :-)

Kyle del Villar: An all around amazing store with a great selection of records that cover a wide variety of genres. I’ll definitely be heading back soon.
Response: Thanks for supporting th shop, Kyle! We’re so happy that you enjoyed your visit! 😊

17. Adelphi Records Inc

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1 reviews
Adelphi Records Inc
Prices
4.3
Product Quality
4.1
Services
4.7
Customer service
4.1
Product Variety
4.5

Address: Silver Spring, MD 20907, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: +1 301-434-6958

Guy: Music store


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