Hudson Valley Record Stores

Record Store Day is every day at any of these music shops throughout the Hudson Valley


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Photograph by Ken Gabrielsen

Celebrate Record Store Day (this year, it’s April 18) at any of these music shops throughout the Hudson Valley. Find our full list — complete with directions — here.

Blue Note Record Shop Albany
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. 518-462-0221

Bruised Apple Books Peekskill
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.” 914-734-7000; www.bruisedapplebooks.com

Darkside Records Poughkeepsie
This independent shop carries new and used records, CDs, and cassettes of all genres. Plus, the store records monthly podcasts on-site, which can be downloaded on iTunes. 845-452-8010; www.darksiderecordsandgallery.com

Jack’s Rhythms New Paltz
Not only does this record haven carry vinyl, but patrons can also buy 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 their eighth album, Celebration Florida, to Goldberg. 845-255-1082; www.jacksrhythms.com

John Doe Records Hudson
This vendor has two locations, one in Hudson and one in Catskill. Patrons can find vintage records, books, and other memorabilia. 518-212-7653; www.johndoehudson.com

Kiam Records Shop Nyack
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 Kiam Records label. 845-353-5426

Last Vestige Music Shop Albany
Opened in 1984 as a vinyl phonograph mail-order business, this store carries genre upon genre on vinyl, cassette, and CD. Last Vestige also makes repairs to turntables, phonographs, amplifiers, and more. 518-407-5819; www.lastvestige.com

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Preserved Instincts Oak Hill
The shop carries lots of different styles of music on vinyl, as well as clothing, DVDs, equipment, and more. 518-239-6439; www.dopejams.net

Rhino Records New Paltz
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 its current town. 845-255-0230; www.rhinonewpaltz.com

River Street Beat Shop Troy
This riverside record store buys and sells myriad vinyl, cassettes, and movies, among other merchandise. Owner Jim Barrett, having managed several other music shops in Troy, also hosts his own radio show, “Kaleidoscope.” Customers can listen to the show on Siena College’s radio station, The Saint. 518-272-0433; www.riverstreetbeatshop.com

Rock Fantasy Middletown
Opened in 1985 just two doors down from its current location, the store is best known for its hard rock and punk records. However, it has branched out to include clothing and a smoke shop. Every Thursday night, the shop becomes the meeting spot for the Orange County Pinball Club. 845-343-7300; www.rockfantasy.com

Sound Shack Newburgh
This shop joined Newburgh’s Vintage Emporium in 2015, boasting a collection of more than 1,000 records from a variety of artists (we’re talking everything from My Chemical Romance to Bill Haley & His Comets). It also offers reconditioned electronics, turn tables, amps, speakers, and music-related paper goods such as books, sheet music, and record cleaners. 845-489-2705

Sugar Loaf Records Sugar Loaf
Established in July 2014 by musician Daniel Mannino, Sugar Loaf Records offers collectible vinyl records, turntables, and other music-related merchandise. Accepts vinyl, too, particularly in the genres of rock, jazz, metal, blues, and punk. 845-469-7984

Vinyl Pit Fishkill
Customers can buy and sell their records at the Dutchess Marketplace shop, open Saturdays and Sundays. www.vinylpit.com

Woodstock Music Shop Woodstock
Customers can find a lot more than records here. The store sells guitars, tambourines, mandolins, and other instruments, as well as tuners and cables. 845-679-3224; www.woodstockmusicshop.com

Wright Gallery Records Kingston
Wright carries vinyl from all different artists, and the shop hosts performances from many bands and musicians at the beginning of each month. Visiting musicians include Joe Cassidy and Kat Larios. 845-331-8217; www.wrightgalleryrecords.com

Zip’s Ziggurat Saugerties
This Ulster County joint carries a variety of genres, ranging from classical to techno. The owner has been collecting records for at least 35 years and makes appearances at record shows in the Northeast. 845-679-9907; www.zipsziggurat.com

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