Houston's Top 10 Record Stores 2014
|Chuck Roast at the Vinal Edge till|
Chuck Roast's wonderful store Vinal Edge is Houston's go-to place for punk and metal records, but it's got something for everyone too. Whether it was at the classic Veterans Memorial location or the more recently established home in the Heights, Vinal Edge has provided a service that cannot be beat when it comes to records.
Even before the vinyl revival, it was a straggler from the old days, holding onto the dream of vinyl records and stocking extensive collections of 7" and 12" records when no one else would. It continues to thrive today in part due to the dedication of its awesome employees and commitment to stocking vinyl of all styles and eras. Not to mention, if you have something specific in mind and you can't figure out what it is, owner Chuck Roast is the man to see. This store is truly a Houston treasure.
239 W. 19th St., 281-537-2575, vinaledge.com.
3. HEIGHTS VINYL
Heights Vinyl owner Craig Brown
If Black Dog would be the store your dad would open, Heights Vinyl would most certainly be the one that you would. While it still stocks the classics (with a healthy dose of the Doors and Pink Floyd), it's the penchant for rare '80s, '90s and '00s vinyl that really gets me excited when I walk through the White Oak storefront. Everything from Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam to Public Enemy and NWA is here; they somehow seem to pull in the stuff you only dream about.
And while the premium may be a little higher than most stores, Heights still leaves room to haggle with a sticker system that allows a little wiggle room at the counter, both parties can leave satisfied with a price. If you feel like digging cheaply, they also have a huge selection of dollar records that, if you can get past the million Chicago LPs in the bins, hides a few choice selections in the mix.
3122 White Oak, 281-974-1234, heightsvinyl.com
2. SIG'S LAGOON
With all due respect to its bigger cousin, pound for pound Sig's Lagoon is as purely Houston as the No. 1 store on this list, which makes it an even more concentrated dose of local-music culture. As the ticket outlet for most of the shows that come through the Continental Club across the street, Sig's curates the musical spirit of the thriving "Mid-Main" block, meaning that roots music rules here (more or less), and its jazz, R&B and blues vinyl bins are especially enviable.
But you'll also find new vinyl releases, plenty of local music, reasonably priced (and actually listenable) used CDs, a very Houston-centric book section, Uncle Charlie posters, and once in a while an in-store book signing. And tying it all together is the elaborate collage covering the walls, a dizzying array of newspaper clippings, magazine covers, posters, backstage passes and more, all focused on music, Texas history or both. On top of everything else, that makes Sig's more of a pop-culture museum where you can pick up a few choice items before you head out the door.
3622-E Main, 713-533-9525, sigslagoon.com.
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