Patronize an Independent Music Store on Record Store Day 4/16/2016

418457105412When we moved into a new home six months ago, we banished the television to the basement and made the turntable the center of the living room. And you know what? I’ve listened to more music than I have in years. I’ve been listening to old vinyl and buying new records. Last week, I picked up the vinyl copy of Dap-Dippin’ with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, which I’ve had on CD for years. However, it was on sale at the merch table during the Sharon Jones concert at Savannah Music Festival so I bought a copy and jumped in line with fans to have it autographed. When I got it home and dropped the needle on the record, it was nothing short of magical. In the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to Alabama Shakes’ Sound and Color, Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Freakwater’s Scheherazade, Kurt Vile’s b’lieve i’m goin down and Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. I paid for every single one of them and didn’t download or stream a darn thing. And I swear, my soul is happier for it.

Saturday, April 16, is Record Store Day. Whatever you have planned for the day, squeeze in some time for a trip to an independently-owned record store, browse to your heart’s desire and take home some new music. You’ll be so glad you did. Here’s just a few indie record stores across Georgia:

ATHENS

Low Yo Yo Stuff Records
261 N Washington St.
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 207-7014
Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Low Yo Yo Stuff Records buys and sells vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, tapes, books, posters and anything related to music. Where else could you browse through a section of categories including “Percussion,” “Political,” Polka” and “Psychological?”

Secret Sounds Athens
297 1/2 E Broad St.
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 206-0766
Secret Sounds Athens, located below Jittery Joe’s, is managed by a team with 40 years of mail order experience in all things recorded music.

Wuxtry Records
197 E. Clayton St.
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 369-9428
In 2016, Wuxtry Records, a downtown Athens institution, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Included in Rolling Stone’s list of Best Record Stores in the USA in 2010, Wuxtry’s also claims Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Danger Mouse among its former clerks. The Athens branch opened in 1976, with an Atlanta-area branch opening in 1978.

ATLANTA

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Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta GA 30307
Tucked in Atlanta’s Little 5 Points retail district and neighborhood, Criminal Records carries a large and diverse selection of vinyl, compact discs, DVDs and Blu Rays, comic books, magazines, toys and lots of other groovy items. Criminal often hosts album release events and owner Eric Levin helped found the Record Store Day promotion and remains one of its biggest promoters and supporters.

Wax ‘N’ Facts
432 Moreland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-2275
Since 1976, when Danny Beard and Henry DeMille pooled $700 to open Wax’ N’ Facts in the heart of Atlanta’s Little 5 Points, the store has become a repository of used records with the latest imported and domestic releases. They sell LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters & record care products.

Beatlab
464 Moreland Ave. NE – Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-9060
Beatlab, Atlanta’s premier DJ and producer lifestyle boutique, is a one-stop shop for professionals and casual listeners. The store, located in Atlanta’s Little 5 Points neighborhood, carries a well-curated selection of vinyl, turntables, mixing hardware and accessories and more.

Fantasyland Records
360 Pharr Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-3193
Fantasyland carries a massive selection of over 50,000 titles including classic rock, indie/alternative, pop, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, country, lounge, vocalist …and “strange & bizarre”! The store carries new releases (most on 180-gram vinyl), used albums, 12-inch records, collectible 45’s, music DVDs, posters, stickers and rock and roll memorabilia. Over its 40-year history, Fantasyland’s customers have included Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson and Peter Buck, so you never know who might be standing next to you scouring records.

Moods Music
1131 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 653-0724
Specializing in neo-soul, acid jazz, house, Afro-Cuban, dance, rare grooves and imports, Moods Music is one of the four record stores in Atlanta’s Little 5 Points district. The “Moods Music Zone” draws shoppers in with incense, art and super-welcoming owner Darryl Harris.

Al Bum’s Record Shoppe
4606 Main St.
Acworth, GA 30101
(678) 447-8519
Al Bum’s Record Shoppe specializes in classic vinyl records, concert DVD’s, stereo equipment, guitars and more. Opened in 2008 by a Licensed Master Plumber and record collector who decided to pursue a dream he’d had since he was 12 years old.

Comeback Vinyl
520 South Main St., Suite A
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(678) 580-0583
Comeback Vinyl, a mother-and-son-owned store, stocks a diverse selection of new and used vinyl records, t-shirts, books, DVDs, turntables, tapestries and posters. Their selection includes rock, jazz, blues, country, soundtracks, R&B, soul, funk, disco, surf, punk, rap, reggae, comedy, and more with new inventory added frequently.

Sunbrimmer Records
4 N. Clarendon
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
(404) 343-3892
The boutique-sized Sunbrimmer Records, located directly across the street from Palookaville Fine Foods, buys and sells used vinyl records. Opened in 2014, Sunbrimmer is less cluttered than most record stores because owner Mike Tyson, who once clerked at Wuxtry Records, carefully curates the selection, and enjoys talking with customers about music.

Ella Guru Record Shop
2747 Lavista Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 883-2413
“Ella Guru” is the name of a 1969 song by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band and it’s also the name of a tiny record store that’s been around Atlanta since the late 90s, moved a couple of times and moved to its Decatur location in 2012. Owner Don Radcliffe searches high and low to keep Ella Guru stocked with classic, collectible and interesting used albums and 45s.

Wuxtry Records
2096 North Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 329-0020
Lifetime record collector Mark Methke, who co-founded the original Wuxtry Records in Athens with partner Dan Wall in 1976, branched out to Decatur in 1978 with another location. Today, Methke can be found working inside Wuxtry almost any time the are doors open, ready to help shoppers as they browse through the huge selection of new, used and rare records.

Decatur CD & Vinyl
356 West Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-9090
Located within easy walking distance of Decatur’s famed square, Decatur CD & Vinyl sells new and used music. Though the cozy shop space is packed with shelves of albums and CDs, owner Warren Hudson finds the space to host a variety of in-store performances.

Rock Shop Music and Comics
3333 Buford Dr. Ste 2047B
Buford, GA 30519
(678) 482-0091
Located inside the Mall of Georgia since 2010, Rock Shop Music and Comics specializes in new and used vinyl, rock, punk and metal band T-shirts, movie and TV t-shirts and merchandise, comic books and games.

Records Galore
4148 East Ponce De Leon
Clarkston, GA 30021
(404) 294-5271
Records Galore is a 30-year old used record store specializing in vintage, hard-to-find and popular vinyl LPs and 45s in all genres. They also carry used CDs, baseball and other sports cards and vintage toys.

Sweet Melissa Records
146 S Park Square NE
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 429-0434
Sweet Melissa Records is an independent record store located at historic Marietta Square just 20 minutes North of Atlanta. All records are rated on a 1-10 scale and the store boasts an impressive “Bargain Bin”.

DBS Sounds
6610 Hwy 85
Riverdale, GA 30274
(770) 997-5776
Founded in 1994, this Atlanta-area record store offers a large inventory of hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul, reggae/dance hall, gospel/spiritual, Top 40/pop and more. New releases are featured and lots of Atlanta artists are championed.

Mojo Vinyl Records
26 Webb St. #2
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 534-5042
Three years after opening in 2011, Mojo Vinyl Records owner Rand Cabus moved just down the street from his original location, tripling his floor space and quadrupling his inventory in response to the growing interest in vinyl. In addition to vinyl, Mojo also carries turntables, art and “various cool stuff.”

Four Seasons Music Store
937 N Hairston Rd. Suite 1
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(404) 423-3688
Four Seasons in Stone Mountain features a large selection of dancehall, reggae, Soca and Caribbean music. A busy outlet for concert tickets, Four Seasons also carries Ludo boards, dominos, t-shirts from the Caribbean, clothing by CY, Riddim and Zion Roots.

AUGUSTA

Pyramid Music
822 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30907
(706) 724-1508
From James Brown to Jessye Norman, Augusta has a rich music heritage and for 30 years, Pyramid Music has been a key segment of that history. The walls are covered with vintage posters and photographs for shoppers to enjoy while browsing through soul, r&b, and funk classics albums, print music, videos and more.

Psychotronic Augusta
859 1/2 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 550-5774
Located in downtown Augusta near the James Brown statute, Psychotronic Augusta features vinyl, CDs, music posters, books, comics, movie collectibles and much more. Owner Michael J. Weldon has an interesting story as a movie reviewer, author, collector and music fan who has attended hundreds of concerts over the decades.

BLUE RIDGE

Big Frog Music Company
577 E. Main St.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(706) 632-9291
A mom-and-pop shop in the mountains of North Georgia, Big Frog specializes in flashbacks from the 70s including rock, blues, bluegrass and classic country on vinyl and CD. Find rock t-shirts, incense and everything you need for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

DUBLIN

Jeff’s Musicology
1503 Rice Ave.
Dublin, GA 31021
(478) 272-1567
Jeff’s Musicology, located in the community of Dublin, carries new and used vinyl, tie-dyed and concert t-shirts, posters and music-themed memorabilia. Jeff Cremer, a former sandwich shop owner, followed his passion and opened the shop in 2010.

MACON

Fresh Produce Records in downtown Macon (Photo by Nathan "Bob" Jones)

Fresh Produce Records in downtown Macon (Photo by Nathan “Bob” Jones)

Fresh Produce Records

451 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 718-9707
Fresh Produce carries new and used vinyl, collectible concert merchandise, vintage products, and well…fresh produce! Among the music titles, shoppers are drawn to the rotating selection of fruit, vegetables and more from regional farms. Since 2013, owner William Dantzler has cultivated a community gathering spot hosting bands and intimate performances.

Habersham Records, and Tape Shop
1375 Pio Nono Ave.
Macon, GA 31204
(478) 743-2587
As Macon’s oldest record store, Habersham’s, one of the only female owned-and-operated record stores in Georgia, has specialized in r&b, blues, funk, soul, hip-hop, and rap since 1945. Phyllis Habersham bought the store from her brother Alex more than 25 years and artists including James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Babyface has browsed the racks over the years.

Old School Music Headquarters
522 2nd St.
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 746-7112
Old School Music Headquarters takes shoppers and listeners back with classic hip-hop, r&b, soul and gospel in formats including vinyl, CD, cassette and even 8-track. Other specialties include boom boxes, body oil, jewelry, incense and more.

NEWNAN

Vinylyte Records
48 Spring St.
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 282-0237
Located in the hometown of Alan Jackson, Vinylyte Records offers new and used vinyl in a boutique atmosphere. The store carries turntables and vinyl accessories, cleans customers’ personal vinyl records for them and recently started a record club.

SAVANNAH

Graveface Records & Curiosities
5 W 40th St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 335-8018
The creative personality of busy musician and record label owner Ryan Graveface is reflected in his Graveface Records and Curiosities shop in Savannah, which stocks new and used vinyl, hand-made and hand-assembled items as well as “bitters, toys, games, taxidermy and more.”

Rody’s Records
311 Mall Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31406
(912) 354-5398
Located inside Savannah’s Oglethorpe Mall, Rody’s Records carries the Low Country’s largest selection of new and used vinyl. The inventory includes rock, metal, jazz, funk, soul, soundtracks and DJ singles as well as turntables and vinyl accessories, musical instruments and more.

THOMASVILLE

Apollo Records in the USA
129 East Jackson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 305-4518
Owner Robert Kelly started his first Apollo Records in the UK, but five years ago opened Apollo Records in the USA in charming Thomasville. He stocks the shop with hard-to-find rarities, collectibles, sought-after UK presses, limited runs, picture discs, promos, demos and a wide variety of genres from “prog to punk, rock to jazz, country to new wave” and more.

VALDOSTA

Red Door Records and Cinema
121 North Patterson
Valdosta GA 31601
Jessica Ganas opened Red Door Records in Valdosta in 2010 to carry new and used vinyl, vintage clothing and vintage bicycles, but also to connect people in her community to music. In 2015, she moved the location to accommodate the addition of her newest business, Red Door Cinema, next door. The single screen theatre seats 40 and shows a mix of cult, independent and current releases and advance tickets can be purchased by day at the record store.

 

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