Analog and all things retro continue to live on, and you'll find proof at L.A.'s newest record shop. If you dig obscure and international vinyl, vintage video games, comics, and more, you'll want to take yourself down to Hollywood Boulevard, where Paradise City Records opened earlier this month by Thai Town and Little Armenia.
"We like music of many forms, many made for dancing, be it hip-hop, soul, disco, funk, house, Italo, or rock 'n' roll," Paradise City Records' founder (who prefer to remain unnamed) tells us. "We also believe in the benefits of a clear and calm mind. In those instances, we enjoy putting on an ambient record or one of our large selection of library music LPs."
The record shop's back wall also features a black and white by Peru-born, Miami-bred L.A. artist Alvaro Ilizarbe, while "nerd heaven" also boast toys, graphic novels, VHS tapes, vintage shirts, old video games, choose-your-own-adventure books, and more.
"We belong to the cult of the bygone and worship at the feet of faded memories," says the shopkeep. "We believe real-life relationships and contributing to the community are important, so we welcome any and all to join us in this gathering of the minds to uplift our spirits from the exigencies of everyday life."
Paradise City Records, 5009 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 90027; Tuesday through Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m.