As someone who has worked retail way too long, I am morally opposed to the battle that ensues in malls and Best Buys across America on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday. Some people I worked with would love the adrenaline that came along with dealing with insane women screaming at each other over who was in line first in case Victoria’s Secret ran out of every single one of the tote bags stocked with beauty samplesright before they got to the registers. I remember being bitter every year as I either skipped my delicious family meal or had to eat and run in order to get a couple hours of sleep in before I had to be at the mall by midnight to let the savages barrel past me for $25 yoga pants as I opened the store’s gate. So no, I did not participate in Black Friday shopping this past week, my first Thanksgiving out of retail.
But at 8:45 in the morning I did find myself standing outside of Dearborn Music, along with a bunch of other vinyl-loving hipster fanatics to participate in Record Store Day. So really, I’m no better than the guy with his tent tied up in the Best Buy parking lot, or the woman I saw at the mall a couple years ago carrying a fake baby so that people wouldn’t shove her. But whatever, I wanted the limited-edition American Hustle soundtrack and Against Me!’s Daytrotter Sessions 7″.
In celebration of Record Store day, which happens twice a year (originally just on the third Saturday of April and now it’s become a Black Friday thing as well) I’m going to highlight my top five record stores in the Detroit/metro Detroit area.
4100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Right next door to the Magic Stick, hiding in the same building as a yoga studio. People’s Records will grace you with hours of digging. Every genre is covered, and there are more 45s than you can even find the time to dig through in one trip. Their emphasis is on used vinyl, and there’s a whole room of dollar records. Take an afternoon, grab a slice of Sgt. Pepperoni’s, and check out People’s Records.
Most recent finds: The Psychedelic Furs’ “Talk Talk Talk,” Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV”
1459 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Quentin Tarantino has allegedly checked this place out when he’s been in town, and if it’s good enough for Tarantino, it’s definitely good enough for me. Hello Records also focuses on used vinyl, with a huge jazz and R&B section. I’ve been really impressed with their amount of new wave, because a good selection of ’80s new wave has been tough to find in this area.
Most recent finds: Stray Cats’ “Rant n’ Rave,” and Prince and the Revolution’s “Around the World in a Day”
234 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Only about two years old, Found Sound has a decent selection of new releases and reissues along with their selection of used records. Almost every genre is accounted for, and it’s unbelievably easy to navigate. Not to mention that the staff is super helpful. If you can’t find something you’re looking for, they have no problem attempting to order it for you.
Most recent finds: Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Brand New’s “The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me”
13936 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
Every time I go to Stormy Records, I drive past it the first time. Hidden upstairs from Green Brain Comics (so if you’re into those too, it’s definitely worth the trip), their main focus is on used vinyl, lots of classic rock. There is a small selection of new releases, but their used stuff is much more impressive. In addition to records, they also carry a lot of CDs and cassette tapes as well.
Most recent finds: Motley Crue’s “Too Fast for Love,” The Doors’ self titled
22501 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124
My parents brought me here years ago, before I even started collecting records and I fell in love. The used selection is huge, the new selection is huge, there are CDs, cassettes, DVDs and Blu-Rays, and enough kitschy Beatles and Marilyn Monroe stuff to satisfy any collector. I could say more, but really, just go check out Dearborn Music if you like music at all. There’ll be something for you.
Most recent finds: Green Day’s “Tune in, Tokyo,” The “American Hustle” soundtrack, Jack White’s “Will You Fight For My Love?” 45, Against Me!’s “Daytrotter Sessions.”
There are so many more charming record stores in metro-Detroit, but I’m already way past my word count. Do you have a favorite place not on this list? Leave it in the comments!