Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014
Black Dog Records in Bellaire is your dad's type of record store. Not necessarily that your dad would shop there -- its wide variety of records could satisfy young and old -- but that it would be the type of shop that your dad would open up and run. Its selection of records is unmatched by any other record store. Need the Beatles' "White Album"? Black Dog has three of them. David Bowie's Aladdin Sane? Four. Even for the newer stuff you rarely see at record stores these days, it's stocked to the gills.
While the store, which is planning a 16th-anniversary blowout in the weeks to come, has only been in its Bellaire location for the better part of a year and a half, the charm of the old Shepherd location has remained. When you're greeted with a "Hello, how may I help you" as soon as you open the door followed by a big friendly hug from one of its two namesake dogs, there is not many places in Houston I'd rather spend my time picking.
4900 Bissonnet Ste. 102, Bellaire, 713-522-6001, blackdogrecordstx.com
6. SCREWED UP RECORDS & TAPES
As one online commenter stated, for Houston, there's NASA, the Astrodome, and Screwed Up Records & Tapes. Unfortunately the shuttle program has been scratched, the Dome is facing demolition, and the original Cullen Blvd. location of the "Screw Shop" has been closed for years. The good news is that DJ Screw's legacy continues to shine bright and bang slow over at the new Screwed Up Records in Hiram Clarke.
You can still find the close to 300 chapters of Screw's mixes for sale at the store, as well as lots of other merchandise honoring the H-Town legend. RIP DJ Screw.
3538 W. Fuqua, 713-434-2888, screweduprecords.com
5. SOUND EXCHANGE
If you're looking for anything experimental, local, weird or just obscure, Sound Exchange is probably the place to go in Houston. They've got famous records and new artists too, of course, but this place's real hook is its relentless dedication to music that's off the beaten path, as well as its intense support of the local scene.
For a long time, this was the only store where I could find albums by bands like the Mathletes or Woozyhelmet, and it's got a serious selection for the Jandek collector in you. Sound Exchange also hosts a great collection of local art and zines, and no other store has yet beaten them on that front.
1846 Richmond, 713-666-5555, soundexchangehouston.com
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