There’s something irresistibly romantic about listening to vinyl. The vintage format transports you back to the age of analogue and transforms music from background ambience to the headlining act. In the era of playlists and shuffles, it invites you to appreciate albums in the way artists envisioned—in their entirety, as a holistic artwork bound by a curated theme, style, and narrative.
When you purchase a second (or third or fourth)-hand record, you forge a unique connection with those who had the pleasure of playing it before you, imprinting your own story onto it. From the moment you lift the dust cover, lay your record on the platter, and (very carefully) lower the needle, the art of playing vinyl attracts your full attention, making each track all the more meaningful.
The nostalgic return of vinyl continues to win the hearts and eardrums of old souls and audiophiles all over the world. Thankfully, record stores have become much more abundant as a result. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to buy records in the metro, so you can dig for the newest addition to your collection or seduce others to pick up the hobby.
1. Acetate Music
Part record store and part music education, Acetate Music offers the best titles across different genres from around the world. While they’ve got you covered for classic and mainstream albums like Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, Acetate Music is rich with lesser-known but incredible titles from talented artists that are sure to leave you in awe.
Our Pick: Tako Tsubo by L’Imperatrice, a French disco album “dubbed retrofuturism for the ages” that proves music is the true lingua franca.