If you’re like me and regularly budget an hour for checking out the “new arrivals” bin at your local record store, you will browse happily in the ramshackle aisles of Nugget Records. In fact you may want to go through everything, since even though many signs urge shoppers to reshelve albums alphabetically, this advice is often ignored, and the result is a pleasantly chaotic atmosphere where you’re not sure what you’ll find from visit to visit. I usually emerge with at least one hey-it’s-got-to-be-worth-$ 2.99 album buried within the bins.
The selection is strong in classic albums, if you need “London Calling,” for example, you’re likely to find it, which caters well to local Boston University students who have just (re)discovered turntables. However, the aisles are also well represented in Jazz, Blues, Country, and well you get the point. Unlike many used record stores, their CD section is almost as extensive as their LP selection, and they also have a strong sideline in VHS tapes. If you’ve got a working VCR, it’s hard not to pay $ 4 for a copy of Reality Bites or Point Break.