Shopping >Freakbeat Records
reasonable volumes, good music, nice little place, very nice freakbeat records
MORE HISTORY THAN YOU CAN ABSORB!. Bob Say who owns Freakbeat has been around since the invention of water, so music was a logical step for him. He's forgotten more details and artist/record/CD trivia than most people will ever know. As a store owner myself in the dreary midwest every time I visit Freakbeat I always wish my joint was as organized, airy and clean as Freakbeat. Then again, I wish my store was in CALIFORNIA, too! I always find some great records at Freakbeat and learn some new bit of trivia aka r'n r history, it never fails. The stories abound, the owner's experience and eye to quality, condition and fair prices are all obvious. I go to Amoeba and it's like walking into a Tyrannosaurus Rex den, I'm just waiting to get eaten. Go into Freakbeat and it's like the record shops you remember - or WISH you were old enough to remember - from the best of the good old days. Plus, Sherman Oaks is just plain nice, like Bob & his crew. This shop is 6 stars, not to be missed.
good selection, good music, and you can hear yourself think..
it's not as big as the hollywood mega music store, or as noisy, or as expensive. the dudes who ring you up are there all the time and they're not the hip, anxious to please, pretty young things you find over the hill. but they know music, they are selective in what they buy, and they play what they like at reasonable volumes so you can actually take in the considerable vinyl section.
you'll also never lose the person you walked in with so that when you find a rare mississippi john hurt album for $8 you can hold it up victoriously and they can celebrate with you from across the store. there's a 99 cent section full of lightly used vinyl and cds that are worth picking through and carefully cared for collectibles and new releases too.
if they don't have what you're looking for and it can be ordered, they will order it and call you when it arrives. these guys will trust you not to spill your coffee and don't consider your shoulder bag a virtual theft device. it is your neighborhood music store. one of the last.
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