As music nerds argue about compression rates, many audiophiles are standing firmly in the same place they’ve been for a generation: beside their record players. Learn what they know by visiting these record shops, the top six in town.
With a well-curated selection and a stage for in-store performances, Sloth is the go-to for all things indie. Staff is knowledgeable, not pretentious, and they’ll happily special order out-of-stock items. 1508 4th St. SW, 403-265-6585.
A family business for 25-plus years, this huge, immaculate warehouse is distinguished by its meticulously organized selection of records – both classic and hard-to-find. 1208 9th Ave. SE, 403-262-3839.
Named Calgary’s Best Record Store by Avenue, the newly renovated Megatunes compensates for its modest vinyl collection with a superb selection of local releases. 932 17th Ave. SW, 403-229-3022.
Kensington’s only record store looks small, but it’s actually home to a massive selection of vinyl, including a trove of gems in their basement vault. 114 10th St. NW, 403-283-0055?.
Tucked away behind Phoenix Comics is Melodiya, packed with punk, rock and jazz records from across the world. The shop doubles as a label for such local acts as Knucklehead, Jigsaw and the Primrods. 2523A 17th Ave. SW, 403-246-8916.?
The folks at the Inner Sleeve, in Marda Loop, offer a condensed selection of the essentials from past to present, classic rock to avant garde, hip-hop to breaks. This one-stop shop also specializes in audio equipment. 117, 3411 20th St. SW, 403-242-9899.?
Image courtesy of Sara in Montreal.