Score Vinyl and More at Hudson Valley Record Stores
These local shops stock hard-to-find and contemporary records alongside a slew of musical merch.
Photograph by Ken Gabrielsen
In a world ruled by iTunes collections and Spotify playlists, record stores continue to occupy a special place in the Hudson Valley. After all, in a region known for curated antique shops and historic destinations, it only makes sense that retro music storefronts continue to thrive. Whether you’re on the hunt for hard-to-find vinyl or need a new disc to spin at your next dinner party, you’ll find a medley of old and new, along with instruments and musical merchandise, at these local outlets.
This Albany record hotspot brings guests back to the ’50s with its vintage ornamentation — and authentic it is, having been up and running on Central Avenue since 1948. However, you can find music of all eras within these walls.
While this Northern Westchester shop’s main export is books, it also carries records, CDs, and movies. Open since 1993, the shop prides itself on being independently owned and “as far from the big corporate bookstores as you can get.”
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This ever-expanding shop carries new and used records, CDs, and cassettes of all genres. Plus, the store regularly hosts musical events and pop-ups to share its love of turntable tunes with the Hudson Valley.
When it comes to music, DMU does it all. The multifaceted Kingston store sells vinyl, CDs, and DVDs, but it also specializes in pro sound and lighting equipment and offers rentals for parties and events in the Valley.
Situated in the heart of Beacon, Hudson Valley Vinyl buys and sells records, CDs, and musical rarities. If you’re looking to unload an old collection or pick up new-to-you rock, soul, jazz, disco, rap, or blues tunes, you’ll have a field day here.
New Paltz, 845.255.1082
Not only does this record haven carry vinyl, but it also stocks used books, including poetry, classics, and, of course, music tomes. Late owner Jack Goldberg ran the New Paltz store for 20 years; in 2011, folk rock band The Felice Brothers dedicated its eighth album, Celebration Florida, to Goldberg.
John Doe has been all over the Hudson Valley, hopping from Pawling to Rosendale to Tivoli to Livingston. Now in Hudson, the shop sells hard-to-find records, cassettes, and obscure musical bits and bobs.
After opening in 1984 as a vinyl phonograph mail-order business, the store now carries genre upon genre on vinyl, cassette, and CD. Last Vestige also buys and sells used turntables, phonographs, amplifiers, and more.
You can find both new and classic records here, in addition to books, vintage clothing, and accessories. The shop also acts as the official headquarters of the Kiam Records label.
Oak Hill, 518.239.6439
The too-cool Oak Hill shop carries a medley of music on vinyl, as well as clothing, DVDs, and equipment. Around Halloween, the store hosts one of the most spooktacular parties in the Hudson Valley.
Kingston and New Paltz, 845.255.0230
Rhino Records was founded in 1973 on Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and owner Richard Foos and his business partner, Harold Bronson, turned this small store into a famous record label that has released reissues and compilations from such artists as Enya and Chicago. In 1979, Bronson and Foos sold the business to Steve Ferber, who, in 1990, moved the shop to the Hudson Valley. Nowadays, Rhino has a quaint home in New Paltz and a much larger one in Kingston.
This riverside record store buys and sells myriad vinyl, cassettes, and movies, among other merchandise. Keep an eye out for rare comics and “modern” CDs while you’re there, too.
Opened in 1985 just two doors down from its current location, the store is best known for its hard rock and punk records. However, visitors to the Middletown storefront can also pick up concert t-shirts and posters and play a few games on the retro pinball machines.
As part of Kingston’s thriving music scene, Rocket Number Nine provides a mixture of new and used vinyl, CDs, and cassettes to Hudson Valley record collectors. On select days, passersby can chance to see visiting artists and musicians who stop by the store to perform.
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This shop, which joined Newburgh’s Vintage Emporium in 2015, boasts an extensive collection of records from a variety of artists (we’re talking everything from My Chemical Romance to Bill Haley & His Comets). It also offers reconditioned electronics, turntables, amps, speakers, and music-related paper goods such as books, sheet music, and record cleaners.
For retro vibes galore, take a detour to Spike’s Record Rack in Catskill. The brick-and-mortar business varies its discography to include everything from Frank Zappa and The Who to Tina Turner and They Might Be Giants.
Sugar Loaf, 845.545.9183
Established in July 2014 by musician Daniel Mannino, Sugar Loaf Records offers collectible vinyl records, turntables, and other music-related wares. It accepts vinyl, too, particularly in the genres of rock, jazz, metal, blues, and punk.
New Paltz, 845.419.3099
Named after the record label of the same name, Team Love Records in New Paltz stocks the records, CDs, and merchandise of the artists it supports.
Wappingers Falls, 845.297.3344
True to its name, The Vinyl Room stocks and sells vinyl, namely jazz, rock, hip hop, psychedelic, and rare records. Yet it also dishes out craft beer, wine, and fresh pizza that comes through a special hole in the wall that connects to The Wagon Wheel next door.
Located just off Tinker Street, Woodstock Music Shop does vinyl and so much more. Passersby can ogle over guitars, tambourines, and mandolins, then score essentials like tuners and cables.
This Ulster County joint carries a variety of genres, ranging from classical to techno. The owner has been collecting records for more than 35 years and makes appearances at record shows throughout the New York region.