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2014 Top Sellers

Due to the pressing plants being so back up throughout 2014. Our best sellers this year are somewhat unusual. Two of our top sellers come from our own in house label Crooked Beat Records! Insurgence DC comes in at Number 1 with 72 copies sold in our store. Mobius Strip comes in at number 4 with 49 copies sold. Few people knew who the bands were before they were released. But our main focus and purpose of having an in house record label is help expose bands to our customers. So far the label is doing exactly what we want it to do.Thanks to everyone who picked up one of these records from us and also from other stores.
We have 3 more 7" releases scheduled to come out on Record Store Day 2015! Stay tuned for that announcement soon!

We at Crooked Beat are also very proud to state that 5 of the 15 Top sellers are from DC based artists/bands!

Several other of our best selling titles have been available for years. But they continue to sell they like they are new releases. e.g. Neutral Milk Hotel, Fugazi, The National. Arcade Fire.

It should be noted several new releases that are from 2014 would have sold much more had it not been for the long period of time we would have to wait for an album to be repressed. Beck, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and War On Drugs would have sold triple the amount for us had they been consistently available on vinyl. Let's hope this vinyl situation improves in 2015

Anyway here is our Top Sellers of 2014!

1. Insurgence DC-True To Life/Man In Black- 7"

(Crooked Beat release)

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane OVer the Sea

3. Beck- Morning Phase

4. Mobius Strip- Palabras Poridas

(Crooked Beat Release)

5. EX Hex- Rips

6. St. Vincent- S/T

7. War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream

8. Black Keys- Turn Blue

9. Jack White- Lazaretto

10. Fugazi- First Demo

11. National- Boxer

12. Fugazi- Repeater

14. Arctic Monkeys- AM

15. Arcade Fire- Funeral















Check out the 2 releases that Crooked Beat now has out on their own label
7" releases by Insurgence DC and Mobius Strip.


We specialize in Punk/Indie/Classic Reggae/Rock/Soul NEW and USED LPS, (Domestic & Import)!

Largest selection of New LPS in DC. Labels such as Dischord, Touch & Go, Merge, Matador, Cherry Red, Soul Jazz, Blood & Fire, Wackies, Kill Rock Rock Stars, Damaged Goods, Sub Pop, Jagjaguar,Secretly Canadian, Constellation, K, Domino etc. are all stocked here.

We also stock thousands of USED LPs in the genres of Classic Rock, Soul, Punk, New Wave, Reggae Soundtracks, Jazz and many other genres. We also have an extensive selection of hard to find T-Shirts.

Crooked Beat Records is located in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington DC. Address: 2116 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009. We are about a 10 minute walk from the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line. Metered and paid parking garages are available in Adams Morgan. But be prepared to have a roll of quarters with you because metered parking is expensive. The parking decks are slightly better priced if you are going to be in Adams Morgan for more than three or four hours.


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Since 1997, Crooked Beat has always prided itself in being fiercely independent by primarily focusing on and specializing in stocking releases from independent and import labels. We also have always carried a lot of New CD Releases from the major record labels (WEA, Capitol, Sony/BMG, UNI) and their affiliates.

In recent years, however, most of these major labels have not been making their New CD Releases available to independent distributors to purchase at a fair price, in comparison to the prices the big box stores are paying for the same product. This in turn has caused a lot of our distributors to no longer consistently stock-- and sometimes not even stock in their warehouses-- certain major label New CD Releases at all. This has made it very difficult for independent stores to obtain a larger number of major label New Release CDs. Furthermore, there is now a substantial penalty being enforced by One Stops/Distributors in the event that an independent record store returns major label product that does not sell. This makes it difficult for an independent store to even want to consider stocking, and more importantly, to take a chance on a new artist that is affiliated with a major label.

Due to these unfortunate circumstances and the fact that major label sales on CD have become less than 3% of our sales since 2004, we will be extremely limiting our stock of major label New CD Releases from the following labels: WEA-Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, Capitol/EMI, Sony/BMG, UNI and their affiliates.

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