Brass City Records, 489 Meadow St., Waterbury, 203-574-7805, brasscityrecords.com. Famed rallying point for the counterculture in its corner of the state. Decades’ worth of experience, extensive vinyl offerings, CDs and collectible stuff. Stuff to make collectors, hipsters, DJs and casual music fans happy. Performance space inside the store, too.
Cutler’s Records, Tapes & Compact Discs, 25-27 Broadway, 203-777-6271, cutlers.com. Diverse and comprehensive range of new releases, huge section of new and used vinyl, sprawling used discs bin, helpful and knowledgeable staff, plus a great classical section. DVD selection has blossomed in recent years.
Exile on Main Street, 267 E. Main St., Branford, 203-483-6228, exileonmain.com. The Hamden outpost may have closed, but the original location remains. Lively, knowledgeable staff. Services diehard music lovers from Deadheads to skinheads and all those pinheads and Beatle-haircuts in between. Extensive used CD selection, including imports, plus new and used vinyl. One of only a few shops where unsigned locals can sell their discs.
Merle’s Record Rack, 307 Racebrook Rd., Orange, 203-795-9033, merlesrecordrack.com. New and used CDs and records, knowledgeable staff. Lots of collectible and hard-to-find oldies and classic pop-rock 45s and LPs. Also offering reconditioned turntables and audio transfer services. Recently moved directly across the street from its former location on Old Tavern Road.
Mystic Disc, 10 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, 860-536-1312, themysticdisc.com. A staple of the Mystic/New London scene, where countercultural types meet to browse the bins and exchange ideas. Rarities, used stuff, CDs and copious vinyl to please collectors and novices alike.
The Record Shop, 35 E. Main St., Waterbury, 203-754-2659. Urban, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, Latin freestyle. Vinyl records, too.
Redscroll Records, 24 N. Colony St., Wallingford, 203-265-7013, redscrollrecords.com. Run by a couple of clued-in underground rock guys, specializing in punk, indie, hardcore, metal, avant-garde stuff and more, CDs and vinyl alike. Ever-growing selection of used music. Also sells demographically pleasing books and DVDs.
Replay Records, 2586 Whitney Ave., Hamden, 203-934-9999, replayrecordsct.com. A long-running and reputable used record shop that sells mostly used stuff — some CDs and tapes, but chiefly records. A treasure trove of vintage vinyl, LPs and 45s, rarities, vintage and affordably-priced discs. Collectors can have a field day. Knowledgeable staff.