Last friday we got out of work early. So, a few coworkers and I walked around the city visiting a couple of my favorite record stores. I have a nice little “walking tour” that allows me to hit three of the better shops in Washington DC. I usually take my out of town guests to these spots if they want to go record shopping.
The first stop was Som Records, a very cool store located at the corner of 14th and T. Owned and operated by Neal for the better part of 5 years now and it’s definitely worth a stop if you’re in the city. He has a great selection of used hip hop and contemporary releases. I found an Ariel Pink “Haunted Graffitti” record I wanted to add to my collection and the ever so classic “Nickel Bags” by Diggable Planets. There’s a nice selection of rock, rarities and 7-inches too!
The next stop on the circuit was Red Onion, a cool little store tucked away in the basement level of an apartment building just below 18th and Florida avenue. I was able to get my my Dischord collection started here. However, wanting to support each store a bit on my journey it was time to move on.
The Thrid stop was Crooked Beat. The owner of this store was very helpful. Located in the hear of Adams Morgan the selection reflected the spirit of the neighborhood. There is a very large and vast selection of rock, hardcore, and “new releases, HARD TO FIND New and Used Vinyl Records of INDEPENDENT LABEL MUSIC & OBSCURE MAJOR LABEL RELEASES EXISTING OUTSIDE THE RADAR OF THE MAINSTREAM.” I was able to extend my Dischord collection a bit further here.
All in all, it was a good day. How can you beat getting out of work early and waling around your home town digging for records?