san francisco: aquarius records

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specialty

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products

music that can be described as "weird," "fringe," "different" -- genres such as: indie/post/prog/psych/space/kraut/stoner rock, black/death/doom/stoner metal, electronica, underground hip-hop, 20th century classical, ambient, noise, drones, found sounds, italian prog from the 70s, blues & americana, and -- if your ears aren't very adventurous -- lots of good indie pop.

clientele

loads of people -- long-haired metalheads wearing longsleeve t-shirts with flames down the sleeves, guys with black emo glasses, girls wandering in with their boyfriends and finding something new, girls wandering in with their girlfriends and finding some

service

everyone at aquarius listens to what they sell, so if you're curious about anything, ask. they'll even put stuff into the cd player if you want to hear something.

interior

tiny, cramped, overflowing with cds and vinyl. the building is worn in, like a pair of jeans, but it reeks of character. music isorganized by genre, for the most part, then again by artist or letter. posters, art, expensive records, and box sets decorate

ambience

>> music lover's mecca <<

address

1055 valencia street san francisco ca 94110

phone

+1 415 647 2272

website

www.aquariusrecords.org

shop hours

mon-wed 10am-9pm / thurs-sun 10am-10pm

author

superfuture

date

14 september 2011

coolest [and oldest] independent music store in the city. it's about 1/100th the size of amoeba -- and don't get me wrong, amoeba is great -- but amoeba is massive and impersonal, whereas aquarius is small, friendly, and hyper-knowledgeable. all music is hand-picked and hand-selected and the people who work here actually listen to and know all about the music they sell.