SHOP FOR RELICS OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC HISTORY AT THE BEST RECORD STORES IN THE CITY
Those looking for a tangible piece of New Orleans music should visit the city’s most historic, iconic, and trendy vinyl shops. Among the bins of records, new and old, music buffs will find limited edition gems alongside rare pressings from local artists like Dr. John and Fats Domino. There is no better city to buy, sell, or trade the world’s most consistently beloved music format.
No Pulp Records
No Pulp Records lives on the third floor of a historic French Quarter bookshop and is one of the newer shops on the scene. While strolling through Beckham’s Bookshop, one will hear the hum of bass and the promise of a good time. Shoppers can soak up the friendly vibes of the shop staff and indulge in the art of vinyl.
In addition to selling, buying, and trading the standard 45s and LPs, this store also supplies cassette tapes. Curious minds can attend the store’s scheduled album signings, live music, and pop-ups.
In the Bywater, an obscure pink-accented house across from Crescent Park holds the most diverse vinyl collection in the city. Euclid Records has been serving the music community since 1981. The company began as a mail-order service, then opened storefronts in Missouri and Louisiana over the years. Local art and historic character sprawl the walls of the New Orleans location, making record shopping a full-bodied experience.
Louisiana Music Factory
Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans’ Marigny carries the world’s most extensive local music collection. Limited edition pressings from musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and the Meters, fill the heaps. Those wishing to bask in the sound of New Orleans at home will be pleased with the new and used vinyl at Louisiana Music Factory.
Basin Street Records
For more than 20 years, Basin Street Records has been providing New Orleans’ Uptown with a curated selection of new and used CDs and vinyl records. Alongside the physical offerings, Basin Street Records is home to its self-titled record label hosting iconic artists like Kermit Ruffins, Jon Cleary, and Rebirth Brass Band. With its primary focus on New Orleans-based Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Rock, the shop has a little something for each music lover who strolls in.
There’s something extraordinary about a family-owned and operated business. Since its conception in 1975, the Rea family has been running Peaches Records through several relocations and hurricanes. The shop’s persistence keeps the music scene alive in New Orleans. Peaches Records sells quirky gifts, fun music-related merchandise, and new and used vinyl.
The Rea family is notorious for finding any vinyl for their customers, no matter how rare. “We cater to everyone from elementary school kids buying their first record player to deep collectors searching out that rare gem. We try to have something for everyone, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for, we’ll do our absolute best to find it for you,” says Lillie Rea.
Now located on the acclaimed Magazine Street in New Orleans’ Garden District, Peaches has become a hub for locals and tourists looking for eclectic music finds.
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