Tucked into the rear of a shopping center across from the Wish ATL Boutique in Little Five Points is BeATLab, which is a lifestyle store primarily for DJ’s and producers, although they also sell spray paint for the graffiti artists in and around the Atlanta area. The main things at BeATLab are DJ equipment and vinyl, and there is an extensive selection of the latter. Some of the records came from Atlanta’s legendary Earwax Records when they closed their final location in Midtown. Even if you’re not a DJ, the vinyl is worth coming for if you’re a record collector. BeATLab is open daily from noon until 6 PM.
Arkansas Record Exchange in North Little Rock is a great place to find that rare vinyl 45 single or LP, but they also sell a decent selection of new compact discs as well, particularly in the soul, blues and jazz genres. It’s definitely worth a visit the next time you’re in Little Rock.
Manifest (@ManifestCLT) is Charlotte’s largest record store, and undoubtedly one of the largest in the United States. Although it is owned by Transworld Entertainment, the parent company of FYE stores, it is large and has a more indie feel than the average FYE store. Prices are reasonable, and browsing through the extensive vinyl collection would take the better part of a day. Manifest is not to be missed on a trip to Charlotte.
Euclid Records (@EuclidRecords) on Chartres Street in New Orleans is a branch of the amazing Euclid Records in Webster Groves, MO near St. Louis. Although both locations carry plenty of vinyl and used product, the New Orleans store seems more geared to strictly vinyl and used product than the St. Louis store. If you can’t visit them in the 9th Ward, visit them at http://www.euclidnola.com, or like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/EuclidRecordsNola. The St. Louis store is on Twitter as well.
End of All Music is a cool, hip record store on North Lamar Boulevard in Oxford, Mississippi which opened in March. Its rather unusual name is actually taken from rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers’ quote about his friend and mentor Junior Kimbrough, whom Feathers said was “the beginning and end of all music.” Both Feathers and Kimbrough were from Marshall County, just north of Oxford, and the store meets a real need in a community as hip and arty as Oxford. As one might expect, there is plenty of blues, and all of the cool reissues from labels like Numero Group, Big Legal Mess, Fat Possum, Thompkins Square and Mississippi Records, as well as a fair selection of indie rock on CD. But the big prize at End of All Music is vinyl, both new and used. People wanting to make a pilgrimage there from Memphis or elsewhere (for the selection really is better than some big-city stores), should be aware that End of All Music is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and is open the rest of the week from 10AM to 6 PM. Follow them on Twitter @endofallmusic. Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-End-of-All-Music/237258039697978. Or you can visit their website at http://theendofallmusic.com/. Enjoy!