Austin, Tx - Record Store Recommendations?

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  1. swamp

    swamp Well-Known Member

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    I'm taking a work trip to Austin in January and have one free afternoon/evening to pack in all my record shopping. I'm staying right on the Colorado river it looks like, so any recommendations for shops near there would be much appreciated!
     
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    Might as well update this in case future folks are curious (cross posted from Fresh Grabs).

    I just wrapped up a 3 day trip to Austin, Texas (I'm from LA) where I got to visit 3 local Austin shops.

    Waterloo Records!

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    I loved this shop. It was right in the heart of the action in town, big, well organized, and there were a lot of sale bins and used new arrivals. I picked up a shirt and two records here:

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    Defiance, Ohio - Great Depression LP used
    Busman's Holiday - A Long Goodbye LP (VIP version) only $10 brand new!

    I also went to End of an Ear!

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    It's in a less busy part of town by the highway. I loved this shop too. Lots of records and many good prices. I got two shirts and two records:

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    Damien Jurado - Maraqopa LP new, it was only $13 so I grabbed it
    Talking Heads - Little Creatures LP used, not my favorite record by them but I dig it and have been meaning to pick up a cheap used copy

    I also went to Encore Records but, to be honest, I didn't like it very much. It was located in a sketchy abandoned part of town (this was around 8-9pm at night on a Saturday). I didn't find anything I would want to pick up. A lot of the used records were shredded dollar bin style LPs (mixed in there was better used stock). Some of the prices I saw were average to high. If I dropped the ball on Encore, let me know and I'd be glad to check it out again if I find myself back in Austin.

    Great trip.
     
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