Amoeba records.They have a store in San Fransisco and in Hollywood CA.
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Rather than hitting San Francisco, you should go across the bridge and go to Berkeley. Will you have a car? Amoeba and Rasputins are a block from each other on Telegraph, Grooveyard (6095 Claremont/College) and Saturn Records (5488 College) are near each other as well.
Amoeba in Holleywood is the biggest.
Equator Books in Venice, on Abbot Kenney, just bought out a serious 30,000 lp collection. The first 2,000 records arrived in July. They have a small room off the bookstore. Was there the first day the collection was made available and was able to dig out 100 pristine records.
PS: Per capita, Seattle has more "mom and pop" stores than any city I known. Great place to dig.
Hard to find good album stores in the Vegas although the Virgin Megastore has a nice album collection of new titles.
I also recommend Better Records/www.dccblowout.com in 1000 Oaks, CA. Tom Post, the owner,specializes in old rock and jazz and personally listens and ranks each album by quality; you will pay dearly but the best source for amazing fidelity.
Finally booked the hotels. Hopeteh record stores aren\t too far from the hotels!
1. Westin Bonadventure, 404 S. Figueroa Street, LA
-> Think this is bear to Record Surplus. Who has the full address? Think I can even walk there...
2. The Stratosphere, Las Vegas
-> Any stores near here?
3. Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, Sans Frans
-> Any advice?
Thanks all for your help!