A special day is coming up on April 21st and we want you to be prepared. On National Record Store Day new records from hundreds of record labels are released on this day every year and it drives people to stores to check out product new and old. The stores on our list are open year round but this day is essentially their Black Friday blowout so it’s good to get in early to get the best deals!
Rock City Records is owned by lifelong collector Ray Cronk. Located in the Jefferson - Chalmers business district, Rock City Records is in the perfect place to pop in after a couple drinks at Marshall’s Bar. They have music from just about every genre both used and new. Loaded with LP’s, 45’s, cassettes and some really great memorabilia place is a must on National Record Day!
People’s Records now has two locations. The first on Gratiot just outside of Eastern Market, now titled People’s East and their newest location on Livernois south of 8 Mile referred to as People’s North. It’s called “People’s Records” because it’s a second-hand shop of “peoples” old records. They feature rare Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock and R&B from the 20’s to the 80’s. Such a cool and historic business, led them to create a special gallery with Trinosophes referred to as the Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum. Swing by downtown to check out the store and grab some delicious food or coffee!
If you’ve ever gotten lost looking for the bathroom at PJ’s Lager House you may have stumbled upon Underground Vinyl. Located in the basement of the bar rests several tables filled with boxes full of LP’s. They aren’t your typical record shop nor do they desire to be. Grab a pint and chill whilst perusing through old records. Our favorite way to shop for vinyls - a little buzzed!
If you’re around Hamtramck, check out Record Graveyard. They buy and sell vinyl from the 20’s to 60’s, carrying a variety of genres including Jazz, Soul, Blues and of course Motown! If you can’t make it out to their shop, check out their extensive catalogue on Ebay.
Paramita Sound, once a member of the booming West Village neighborhood has popped-up in Detroit Is The New Black. They are slated to open a new location prior to National Record Store Day, though that location has yet to be released. Paramita was known for hosting “Beat Profile,” where DJs would play music in their space late into the night, inviting anyone and everyone to BYOB and join in the fun. We look forward to finding out what they have up their sleeves next.
Happy record shopping, bb’s!
Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit