For the Record
Listen up, vinyl junkies and old-school audiophiles: Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get at one of these vinyl retailers, from limited-edition pressings to rare and out-of-print LPs. On April 16, better known to turntable enthusiasts as Record Store Day, many participating stores serve as the site of new and/or limited vinyl releases, not to mention music-filled parties and events. Check out a few of our favorite places for purchasing vinyl and celebrating its humble holiday. With a bit of patience—and good luck—odds are you’ll find the perfect album(s) to add to your collection, even if you have to dig a little bit. But hey, isn’t that part of the fun?
Head just south of downtown Dallas and say hi to Bill, whose collection of mostly used records is barely alphabetized but one of DFW’s largest. New selections are minimal and often reflect Bill’s own musical tastes, but he’ll happily order any special requests and has an extensive eBay shop if you can’t find the elusive record you’re looking for.
DOC’S RECORDS & VINTAGE
A Fort Worth favorite, Doc’s Records is neatly organized and runs the gamut in genre. Find the classics as well as new vinyl releases, or visit its clearance outlet at the nearby Montgomery Street Antique Mall. With an impressive selection of new and used LPs, a range of local music events and a knowledgeable staff, this Dallas favorite is worth a trip whether you’re looking to browse or find something specific. Live music heads will relish in the size, selection and supplemental amenities Josey Records offers, from an art gallery and a DJ booth to listening stations and a stage with a fully loaded sound system. Look out for top-notch events during Record Store Day weekend. While its LP inventory is relatively small, size isn’t everything: OTR is also a full bar serving up a hefty live music calendar and craft beer on about two dozen taps. Grab a pint, en- joy the outdoor patio and browse the vinyl selection, which ranges from Kanye West to the Talking Heads. Find reasonably priced classics, retro furniture and funky finds at this eclectic vintage gem, located between Dallas and Fort Worth (about 15 minutes from DFW Airport).