Last week Boston.com shared The ultimate guide to independent record stores in greater Boston, including many of my favorites:
- The Record Exchange, Salem MA (#9)
- Residency Records, Salem MA (#6)
- Deep Thoughts JP (#1) (just don’t try to go before noon or even right at noon – but fantastic discount bins)
Ones they missed, from my POV:
- Beverly Coin, Jewelry, Records & Estate Appraisals
- Ok, technically not just a record shop but has a significant and well curated vinyl collection
- There’s a ton of cool stuff here – especially new wave/80s alternative, punk, and classic 50s-70s Jazz
- Mystery Train Records, Gloucester
- Long standing north shore gem
- Soundtracks, Beverly
- Owned/operated by DJ 7L (part of Czarface)
- Smaller collection, carefully curated – but I’ve found lots of good finds here
- Joe’s Albums, Worcester
- Not to restart a debate about whether Worcester is part of greater Boston, but lots of good finds here – try to stop in whenever I’m west of 495
Mystery Train is always grooving here on Cape. Ann
I miss living upstairs from http://www.nuggetsrecords.com/
I’ll have to get to Nuggets at some point – TBH I thought they’d closed with all the construction in Kenmore
A few other north of Boston options:
Dyno Records in Newburyport – great selection of both new vinyl and vintage.
Vinyl Destination in Lowell, MA – also part of Mill No. 5 which has semi-annual record fairs with multiple vendors. I’ve picked up lots of great records every time I’ve made the trip.
AnnTiques Antiques in Ipswich. Again, not a full on record store but with a separate record room with lots of gems. You have to be a bit more cautious on condition but the pricing reflects that.