Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19, 2014
Support your local independent record store!
HARD TO FIND new and used vinyl records of INDEPENDENT LABEL MUSIC & OBSCURE MAJOR LABEL RELEASES EXISTING OUTSIDE THE RADAR OF THE MAINSTREAM.
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, Secretly Canadian, Constellation, etc. are all stocked here. We also stock thousands of USED LPs and have an extensive selection of hard to find T-Shirts.
We are 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 a bit better priced if you are going to be in Adams Morgan for more than three or four hours.
Crooked Beat blog
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.
Crooked Beat T-shirts - only $10 each! Check them out!
Comes in Antique Cherry, Antique Sapphire, Black, Carolina Blue, Ice Gray, Light Blue, Military, Red, Pistachio, Sky Blue, Tan, and White.