Whether you’re just casually browsing or a seasoned collector, if you’re looking for vinyl, Pittsburgh’s local record stores offer thousands of records at your fingertips. Let’s go shopping at seven of the best shops in the ‘Burgh!
Attic Record Store
For crates upon crates of records, check out Attic Record Store. This Millvale establishment has a massive collection of both new and used 45s, 33s, 78s, and 12-inch singles spanning just about every genre that you can imagine. Attic Record Store is a family-owned and operated shop that has been in business since 1980. They also buy used records, and they accept special orders and pre-orders on new releases. You can easily spend hours leafing through their impressive collection!
The Government Center
The Government Center, located on East Ohio Street, is Pittsburgh’s newest record store. Both used and new vinyl records spanning different genres are neatly displayed, and there are over 1,000 new records in stock. You can also purchase turntables here, as well trade and sell your own records. Listening stations that allow you to check out music before you buy it are a definite plus. The Government Center aims to be a community hub where you can also chat about your favorite tunes, see live bands and DJs, and host events, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them or say hi next to you’re in the North Side.
Jerry’s Records is one of the largest and most well-known record shops in Pittsburgh, having been in business for over 37 years. Spend an entire afternoon in Squirrel Hill browsing their wide aisles for vinyl, stop by during one of their giveaways for a huge mystery box of LPs, or sell your own records for cash. While they carry music from a variety of artists, some genres are more populated than others (they have an excellent collection of soul music), and best sellers from classic bands (think Queen, the Beatles, and so on) tend to go quickly. If you can’t find what you’re looking for though, make sure to ask an employee about their massive backstock of records!
Amazing Books and Records
Amazing Books and Records has two locations, one in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh and another in Squirrel Hill, just down the street from Jerry’s. They’re open a bit later (8PM for Downtown and 9PM in Squirrel Hill) if you’re looking to go after work, and there’s always the added benefit of being able to shop for books at the same time. Like many shops, they buy used albums, and they’ll also come to you if your collection is large enough. This is a solid shopping spot for both classic and new finds, and you may just be able to find some rare higher-end items too.
Dave’s Music Mine
Dave’s Music Mine in the South Side has a range of records that includes plenty of newer albums, plus a broad selection of rock music. Dave’s has a classic record store feel to it that makes for an enjoyable shopping experience, so take your time and get lost in the music there. Those who are looking to sell or trade from their own collections are welcome, and you can even buy concert tickets for shows at local venues. Prices are reasonable, and the owner is always happy to help you if you’re looking for something in particular, even if it means putting in a special order for it.
Cruel Noise Records
Cruel Noise Records in Polish Hills is a small shop, formerly known as Mind Cure Records. Like most record stores, they carry several genres, but if you’re into metal, hardcore, punk, indie, or alternative music, you might want to make a special trip here. They also have plenty of newer releases and albums from local bands, plus additional items for sale, such as t-shirts and artwork with unique designs.
The Exchange has multiple locations around the city. While it can be intimidating to walk in and see rows of glass display cases full of CDs, games, and merchandise, just head on past these to the vinyl section, where you can flip through the records yourself. You’ll typically find a small but thoughtful collection that includes plenty of new releases, as well as older records that are in excellent condition. Prices vary, but you can usually find a handful of $1 records if you’re bargain shopping. The employees are helpful and friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’re looking for something specific.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.