VINYL LOVE: LA’s The Record Parlour
We love things that have a little soul, and for us nothing has soul like a good ol’ fashioned record store. We wanted to capture that spirit in our Spring/Summer ’15 campaign shoot, and we found the absolute perfect place—The Record Parlour in LA. It’s heaven, played at 33 RPM.
They call themselves a mecca of pre-digital entertainment. And man, do I agree. Opened by Chris Honetschlaeger and Chadwick Hemus, it’s one of Hollywood’s new legit “it” spots.
All tolled, they’ve got more than 15,000 records, rare jukeboxes, restored vintage gear and send-you-back-in-time memorabilia. And they focus on what they call “original releases,” as opposed to new releases. Which is infinitely cooler. Plus, they think in terms of collections, not individual albums. Like, before they opened, they picked up a record collection that was 50,000 deep. So what you’re dying to get your hands on? They’ve got it.
Chris is pretty serious gear-head, so they also rent and repair vintage gear. Like perfect-sounding ’78 jukeboxes and cooler-than-cool ‘70s turntables with the speakers to make them sing. They’ve got a gi-normous 10,000-square-foot warehouse and workshop to fix it, furnish it or refurbish it. Pretty sweet.
Chad is a pretty serious vinyl-head. (I’m making that a thing.) He grew up with it, and it’s still a major part of his life. Before opening The Record Parlour, he was repping Amoeba Music in San Francisco at So Cal record swaps and later came to help open their Hollywood store. It’s that swap meet attitude that makes The Record Parlour so great: their records are priced to sell. And you can buy them from Anywhere, USA.
Like we said, this place is pretty epic.
Next time you’re in LA, go on and get your vinyl on. Got a favorite all-time record? Tell us about it.