25 record shops you should follow on Instagram





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Having tipped a hat to the record collectors you need to follow on Instagram, it’s time we gave record shops some shine.

Words: Michael Wilkin

Record stores are the original tastemakers, tasked with curating a selection of vinyl that defines who they are and with providing a digging experience that can only be fully appreciated in the flesh.

But, in a world where the all encompassing Discogs delivers direct to your door, stores are finding new ways to bring some of that good ol’ fashion brick & mortar vibe to the digital realm.

Enter Instagram.

More than ever a record store’s Instagram feed represents the ideal vantage point to observe the nitty gritty of day-to-day operations and (more importantly) to source valuable insight direct from those who would know. They are the front-line – helping to cut through a swathe of cuts to deliver ever-dependable recommendations on a daily basis in picture form, from putting a spotlight on the best new releases, to flagging-up rarities when they show their heads.

Take a look at a look below at our curated selection of 25 record stores you should be following on Instagram.

Know of a record store with an amazing Instagram feed? Point us in their direction by commenting on our Instagram @thevinylfactory with your suggestions.

Groove Merchant, San Francisco / @groovemerchantsf

Some of that Nice Nice to start the weekend off properly. Going out today and all weekend.

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Turntable Lab, New York City / @Turntablelabnyc

Phonica Records, London / @PhonicaRecords

Rush Hour, Amsterdam / @rushhourrecords

Photo: De Volkskrant

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Pyramid Records, San Francisco / @pyramidrecords

Black Gold, Brooklyn / @blackgoldbrooklyn

Solid crate of jazz just in! #vinyl #blackgoldbrooklyn

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Amoeba Music, Los Angeles / @amoebahollywood

kyle h, smooth operator #sade #amoebamusic

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Rough Trade, London / @roughtrade

40 years ago today, Rough Trade opened its doors for the very first time, on Kensington Park Road, West London.

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A1 Records, New York City / @a1recordshop

Disk Union, Tokyo / @diskunion_shinjuku_soul

Kristina Records, London / @kristinarecords

HMV Record Shop, Tokyo / @hmvrecord

Rye Wax, London / @ryewaxrecords

These are the record's you were looking for. List imminent! #ryewax #records

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Oye Records, Berlin / @oyerecordstore_berlin

Back in: Kosi comes around by turntablist DJ Koze #pamparecords

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Mount Analog, Los Angeles / @mountanalog

Other Music, New York City / @other_music

#ryuichisakamoto and #macdemarco (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)

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Northside Records, Melbourne / @northside_records

Idle Hands, Bristol / @idlehandsbs1

Finally here is the finished copies of Matt Karmil's LP for Idle Hands – officially out next week

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Revelation Time, Osaka / @revelation_time

Disco Paradiso / @discosparadiso

#paradisonews #cadaquesconexio #giuliolibano #ibizasound #finisafricae #library #bossajazz #hippypsych #balearic #ambient

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Waterloo Records, Austin / @waterloorecords

Analog Record Shop, Tustin CA / @analogrecordshop

Dusty Groove, Chicago / @dustygroove

Busy day! Happy Friday. #chicago #recordstore #dustygroove #vinyl #soul #funky #jazz #hiphop

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Permanent Records, Los Angeles / @permanentrecordsla

All these LPs and many many more are marked down up to 50% off at our Echo Park location! #vinyljunkies #vinyligclub #vinyl

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Highgate Continental, Perth / @highgatecontinental

Stacks of new things in store this week – big parcels expected later this afternoon too! Come through, doors open until 7pm this eve 👋

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