Good news in the music biz is rare lately, but get this: Vinyl sales were up 33 percent last year. Fetishists are shelling out for 180-gram editions--thicker records less prone to warping. And brick-and-mortar retailers are popping up across the U.S. Here's where to crate-dig now.
NEW YORK Black Gold
Housed in a former social club rumored to have hosted John Gotti, Black Gold is full of ghosts. Browse the vintage vinyl (obscure indie to golden-era jazz), sip coffee from weathered china, and rummage through Victorian-era antiques.
*461 Court St., Brooklyn
This shop represents Chicago's avant-rock scene, and local acts like Califone and Jon Langford play concerts amid the racks of far-flung sounds, from eighties Brazilian punk to sixties Cambodia rock.
*3716 W. Fullerton Ave.
LOS ANGELES Vacation Vinyl
This Los Feliz hole-in-the-wall specializes in crushingly heavy rock and roll, but the owners--some of whom also run the Hydra Head label--aren't too tough to stock the Bee Gees alongside the Boredoms.
*4679 Hollywood Blvd.