Whether you’re a veteran vinyl collector or a casual listener, the record store is a gathering place for all music lovers. Record signings, in-store shows, music from local bands – it’s pretty much like Empire Records in real life. In this era of digital downloads, there’s something nostalgic about asking an old-fashioned record store owner for recommendations, coming out for record releases and scouring the “pre-owned” bin hoping to strike gold.
Guestroom is known for its well-organized, extensive stock that’s kept in great condition. This store focuses on vinyls, so if you’re in the market for some, Guestroom is the first place to stop. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and you can often catch them at Seidenfaden’s spinning new releases.
Guestroom has all of the nostalgic charm of a record store of the ’90s with a modern mindset. Check in often for record signings and other in-store events.
Matt Anthony’s is known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff, well-organized selection and well-curated “pre-loved” vinyl bins. The selection of records is eclectic and extensive. and has an impressive selection of local music. The staff is happy to order hard-to-find new releases for you.
The store stays open later for the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hops!
Astro Black Records is self-described as “an independently owned and operated purveyor of counter cultural ephemera and generally transgressive media since 2012, specilaizing in avant-everything, small press, DIY, cassettes, etc.” The selection is highly curated with local bands being well-represented.
Everything is in excellent condition. This is the place to go to find the rare and unusual.
In addition to having an extensive vinyl and CD selection, Underground Sounds peddles posters, t-shirts, other music-related oddities. Expect to find local music in the bins and on the racks in addition to their vast collection.of other genres. This spot is particularly renowned for its jazz selection.
Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations!
Greenhaus is a unique, nearly indescribable experience. It’s kind of a gift shop, kind of a vintage furniture store, kind of a liquor store and kind of an art gallery. You can stop in for some Cellardoor Chocolates, pick up a mix-and-match six pack of hard-to-find craft beer, some bread from Blue Dog Bakery, or even some fresh-cut flowers.
But, most importantly, it sells records. The selection of vinyl here is highly curated and unique.
Better Days is a spot in the Highlands with an impressive selection of new and previously owned vinyls and CDs. This place has been supplying Louisville with vinyls for over 30 years and has withstood the test of time for a reason. The staff is knowledgeable about what they do.
Better Days is known for its extensive selection and unique stock heavy on obscurities like hip hop vinyls.
Highland Records is the best place to find vintage vinyls. If you’re a fan of classic rock and R&B, this is the go-to spot. Most of the records are from the ’60s and ’70s, so you’re unlikely to find many new releases, but you’re may just find some vintage gold.
Highland Records is cash only.
Modern Cult is a celebration of the nostalgia of record stores being the a hub of counterculture. Come by for live performances, to buy tickets and to check out clothing by local artists and bands. And of course, there are vinyls and cassettes. Lots of them. And books, record players and record player accessories.
Come in to check out the diverse selection, chat with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, enjoy a show, and go home with some sweet new vinyl.
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Book & Music Exchange has been a staple of Bardstown Road for many years. You just may discover something wonderful in the .99 cent pre-owned vinyl bin. Cassettes and CDs are for sale as well, you may just score a Michael Jackson cassette. While you’re there, you may also indulge your nostalgia and buy some Nintendo 64 or Sega games.
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