A well-rounded music collection is a sign of a well-rounded person, whereas a well-octagoned music collection means that you’ve been listening to stop signs on your turntable. Give the green light to recorded sound with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, and more at Revolver Records on North Second Street.
Named Best Vinyl by the Phoenix New Times for the past two years, Revolver Records' shelves spilleth over with upward of 25,000 new and quality used LPs, alongside a mélange of other music-centric accessories. Aspiring DJs and sonic purists can stock up on new and used records ranging from recent releases and prog rock to avant-garde recordings of haunting silence (most cost $1¬–$4.99). Terraced racks of CDs (most cost $4.99¬–$7.99) house an aural cornucopia of albums to sustain boombox-buttressing shoulders. The shop also peps enervated peepers with DVDs (most cost $5.99¬–$7.99), posters, and other artist memorabilia, and a collection of turntables rounds out the melodious miscellany. Perusal takes place amid the disk-lined brick walls and merchandised rows that transform Revolver's snug confines into an incubator for musical discovery.
The Phoenix New Times named Revolver Records the best for vinyl three years in a row and Best of Voice Places named it the best place to buy vinyl in 2010. State Press magazine and Music Geek profiled the record shop and more than 20 Yelpers give it an average of four stars.
- As one of the precious few independent record stores in the Valley, Steve Zimmerman and TJ Jordan’s music emporium has become a beloved stomping ground for local audiophiles and vinyl junkies. – Phoenix New Times