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The Seven Best Record Stores to Visit in New Orleans

A COLLECTOR’S GUIDE TO THE SEVEN ESSENTIAL RECORD AND VINYL SHOPS IN NEW ORLEANS

In New Orleans, music is more than curated noise. It’s a ritual that local listeners and artists participate in religiously. The city’s bustling live music scene, local talent, and independent record shops prove music’s enduring reign. There’s nothing like crate digging for limited edition gems and rare pressings in the birthplace of jazz. A trip to a vinyl shop will provide travelers with a tangible collection of New Orleans’s most beloved pastimes.

NOLA Mix Records

What began as an epicenter for music production classes for youth became one of New Orleans’ most popular record stores. NOLA Mix Records opened its doors as a store in 2015 and continues to offer classes today. In-store events like album release celebrations, artist signings, and listening parties grace the event calendar monthly.

Vinyl buffs will find new and used LPs in every genre. The Lower Garden District spot also sells DJ gear, production equipment, and miscellaneous merchandise like tote bags and tees. Before leaving the shop, buyers can test their selections in one of the listening stations.

Euclid Records

Among the colorful streets of the Bywater lives the most diverse vinyl collection in New Orleans. In 1982, music fanatics opened Euclid Records with the drive to support the local music scene. The shop’s offerings go above and beyond most, with an eclectic collection of new and used vinyl, CDs, and cassette tapes. Visitors will find live music, meet-n-greets, and release parties on any given day.

Peaches Records

Peaches Records in New Orleans’ Garden District has become a hub for everyone interested in vinyl. The owners take pride in locating every record their customers request, no matter how niche. Peaches Records has been family-owned and operated since 1975 through numerous relocations and hurricanes. The expansive space primarily hosts vinyl records but also offers quirky gifts and music-related merchandise.

Louisiana Music Factory

On Frenchmen Street, visitors can get the full New Orleans music experience seven days a week. Live music flows from the jazz bars, restaurants, and the pinnacle of local vinyl, Louisiana Music Factory. The shop has been selling vinyl and hosting local artists on its stage since 1992.

Louisiana Music Factory is esteemed for its limited edition pressings, high-quality new and used offerings, and reasonable prices. Shoppers will find modern jazz, blues, soul, and rock coexisting among local greats like Irma Thomas, Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, and the Meters.

Domino Sound Record Shack

Step out of comfort zones and into Domino Sound Record Shack in the historic Treme neighborhood. The quaint record shop has the largest reggae selection in the South, and the staff is eager to show it off. Alongside the niche offerings, shoppers can find punk, garage rock, funk, jazz, and blues albums.

The Mushroom

Vinyl collectors will enjoy scavenging through the organized chaos at the Mushroom in Uptown. Tulane students opened the shop as a bookstore in 1969. It quickly became a local haven for vinyl records. The shop’s incense aroma and funky graffiti draw in customers just as diverse as the music selection.

Shoppers must dig to find the rare pressings and limited-edition vintage records. Beyond the crates lives an impressive array of horror and science fiction DVDs. Posters, tees, and various collectibles scatter the store for an added element of interest.

Sisters in Christ Records

Sisters in Christ Records isn’t for the faint of heart. The niche vinyl and cassette collection features obscure artists and genres, usually in the punk rock and alternative realms. It is unlikely shoppers will find Record Store Day releases or pop stars at Sisters in Christ Records. The store is also well-known for its books, zines, and comics.

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