Best World Music Store San Francisco 2006 - Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl
Readers' Choice: Amoeba
First off, Grooves Inspiralled Vinyl that white building with all the candy-colored albums hanging in the windows sitting just around the corner from It's Tops Coffee Shop is not a used record store dedicated exclusively to world music. It peddles all kinds of styles: rock, jazz, classical, comedy, blues, soundtracks, folk, electronic, as well as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender." But now that eBay has helped to inflate prices for used records even fairly easy-to-find artifacts we've been forced to start collecting music in genres whose LPs are still affordable. That's where world music comes in, and Grooves, where you can sample prospective purchases in a leisurely manner, has tons of it. And it's cheap, too! From Lyrichord's 1968 classic Yugoslav Folk Music to choice Jacques Brel sides to Ocora's Gabon Music of the Bibayak Pygmies, this fine little platter shack is full of them wicked-sweet international jams.