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October 4, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Playing a vinyl album is a tangible, interactive experience — one that some music lovers prefer over listening to MP3s and CDs. Whether you’re looking for a record that just dropped or a tried-and-true classic that’s out of stock everywhere else, you’ve got options to explore in Columbia. There are a handful of stores with vinyl stocked shelves, and every shop offers records from different eras and genres, which makes it easy to find what you’ve been looking for without straying far from home.
Where: 2540 Broadway Bluffs Dr., Suite 105
When: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. noon to 6 p.m.
CD Tradepost offers the smallest selection of the bunch, but it’s worth a shot if you’re a classic rock fan. The store’s LPs are all used, even if some are still in the original packaging. The store has some quality “Best Of” albums from the likes of Eric Clapton, Elton John and The Who. Rock fans will rejoice at the quality and the prices of some old favorites.
Where: 10 Hitt St.
When: Sat. through Mon., noon to 8 p.m.
Nestled in the attic above 9th St. Video, Hitt Records is the latest addition to Columbia’s vinyl scene. The shop opened Sept. 15, and inside is a stash of a few thousand groovy LPs ranging from Lionel Richie to Strawberry Alarm Clock. Some records even have Post-it note reviews on the covers written by the owners themselves. Prices start at $1 for bargain records, but most are around the $5-15 range.
Where: 9 N. Ninth St. (above Dryer’s Shoes, next to Coffee Zone between Broadway and Walnut, follow the yellow stairs)
When: Mon. through Sat., noon to 6 p.m.
Glittering yellow steps lead to Leo’s Old Clothes, a hidden shop full of records; however, time and patience is required to find the albums. Customers will literally have to dig, as the only organization is a few scattered piles and a towering bookshelf sorted alphabetically. Most records start at $5 but can go higher or lower depending on condition.
Where: 1010 E. Broadway
When: Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Music lovers will enjoy sifting through vintage and new records at this downtown shop. The reasonably priced record selection features a bin of bargain records for $1 each. Slackers also has about 1,000 others, including new records, reissues such as Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and lightly played LPs. If you don’t get distracted by the store’s other merchandise (comics, action figures, posters and more), you can find a special record to take home.
Where: 401 S. Providence
When: Mon. through Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Streetside Records might not have the largest selection of classics, but it has a ton of recently released records from many different genres. The inventory is organized neatly in two rows, and most options are new releases, such as Lady Gaga and Dave Matthews Band, still in the shrink wrap. Box sets are expensive (more than $100) but perfect for the serious collector. If that’s too pricey, the shop also features used records and reissued LPs for as little as a few bucks. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the store will order it for you.