Where To Shop On Record Store Day

Chris Cantore
Written by Chris Cantore

San Diego, Happy Record Store Day (RSD) 2019!!

As retailers get crushed by online commerce, old school record stores continue to flourish with the help of vinyl holidays like Record Store Day.  Celebrated across the U.S. for twelve years (and counting,) RSD 2019 is dropping over 500 special vinyl releases from artists including David Bowie, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Prince, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Green Day, and Bob Dylan.

Here in San Diego county, we are fortunate to have over a dozen independent record stores.  To make the vinyl digging process easy for you, here’s a list local shops participating in the annual vinyl affair (some with live performances, DJ sets, and free grub.)

Vinyl Junkies Record Shack

2235 Fern St., San Diego.  Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

DJ sets by Mario Rubalcaba, Rob Crow, and Lol Tolhurst (the Cure.) Poetry reading. Live performances by Creature and the Woods, Systems Officer. Free pizza.


909 E St., San Diego.  Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

DJ sets, Open Portablist Skratch Session 4-6pm

Lou’s Records

434 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.  Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Free RSD giveaways to random shoppers.

Jupiter Records & Tapes

3610 University Ave., City Heights. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

DJ sets, live performances by Johnny High Hat and Oatmeal, and exclusive RSD cassette.

Spin Records 

370 Grand Ave., Carlsbad.  10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Live performances by Trouble in the Wind, Modern Bummer, Twin Ritual, Brian Ellis and more.

Cow Records

5040 Newport Ave., San Diego Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.


827 W. Washington St., San Diego

In-store performances by Nate Legend, Ariel Levine, Thunderegg, Tape Waves, and more. First 250 people get a free tote bag.

Re-Animated Records

8320 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa Village. Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

20% off sale (excluded RSD releases.) Free food.

Gary’s Record Paradise Vol. II

1911 Sunset Dr., Suite 5, Escondido

The Old Well

2102 3rd St., Julian

Red Brontosaurus Records

9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla

Five Space Shop

2579 University Ave., San Diego

Folk Arts Rare Records

2579 University Ave., San Diego.  Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 

DJ sets.  Grub from Marcelo’s Food Truck.

Nickelodeon Records

3335 Adams Ave., San Diego

Normal Records

4201 30th St., San Diego. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Record City

3757 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest.  Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

20% off sale, free pizza.

Taang! Records

3830 5th Ave., San Diego

The Vinyl Room

3333 Midway Dr., Suite 105, San Diego

Old Town Records

42012 Main St., Temecula

Spindles Music Shack

27519 Ynez Rd., Temecula


About the author

Chris Cantore

Chris Cantore

Morning Radio Guy turned Digital Media Dude.
Host of The Cantore Show podcast.
Be Cool, No Kooks.