Home to the original locations of Amoeba and Rasputin, the East Bay is no stranger to reputable record stores. Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of specialty shops offering a niche selection of rarities, reissues, and classics. Take a spin around town and experience these gems in all of their analog glory.
We've already got a city full of superb record shops, where even the hungriest ears can find something to satiate their musical cravings. But there's a new one to add onto the pile; several months ago, Chris Dixon's Explorist International threw open its doors on 24th Street. It's a sleek, somewhat esoteric mixture of Rural American Music, Jazz, International Pop and Folk vinyl from artists both local and global, books and zines about music and arts movements, a few cassette tapes and vintage electronics. It's an absolute must for vinyl collectors and people looking to expand their minds with psychedelic sounds and tunes from the farthest corners of the earth.