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Our Guide to NOLA's Best Record Shops

With so much emphasis on live music in New Orleans, it can be easy to forget about all the great places in town where you can buy physical music (vinyl, CDs, cassettes). Purchasing music you can hold in your hand remains an essential way to support the musical community, and though shopping online might be convenient for some, there’s a magic to perusing the aisles of an independent record store, finding that gem of an album you can spin again and again in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a quick take on the local spots worth checking out.

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Skully’z Recordz

907 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Domino Sound Record Shack

2557 Bayou Road
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Louisiana Music Factory

421 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Jim Russell Rare Records

1837 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Captain’s Vinyl

637 S Pierce St
New Orleans, LA 70119

Euclid Records

3301 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Mushroom

1037 Broadway Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

NOLA Mix Records

1522 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Peaches Records

4318 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Sisters In Christ

5306 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

Captain’s Vinyl

637 S Pierce St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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Take it from us . . .

Domino Sound Record Shack (2557 Bayou Rd.)
Surprisingly dense and varied for how small it is, Domino gets my vote as the most unique record shack in the city. Located in Mid-City, the building is easy to miss, but once inside you find yourself digging for hours through tons of LPs, particularly soul, reggae, afro-beat, and other international records. But really, almost every genre is represented in some form or another. Cash only (which might be a blessing in disguise with how much dough you could drop in one trip here).

Euclid Records (3301 Chartres St.)
This place has a perfect mix of old, recent, used and new LPs, and it’s also more spread out so you’re not bumping elbows with the person next to you all the time. A great selection of oldies and New Orleans music, but where Euclid really shines is with new vinyl. A plethora of indie bands from all over the country are represented here, and if they don’t have it, they’ll special order it for you fairly quickly. Great, well-organized layout and super helpful staff.

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