DC has quite a few record stores left in the city. The new vinyl resurgence has really helped keep them open for business. Som Records is one of the older record stores in the city. It’s located in the U street corridor in near 14th st NW. It’s another blink and you’ll miss it establishment-located in the basement off the street.
I love going here to see what they have in stock. They update their collection every week. And they have a mix of new and used records – all reasonably priced. You can walk out of here with a stack of used records for under $ 30. They even have a station to listen to records you are thinking about buying. Often I like to check out a couple new genres and listen to them on the turn table before buying. They also have singles for a couple of bucks a piece.
I like the coziness of this record store in particular. It feels crowed when there are only 5-7 people inside. The last time I was in here Vince was working. Vince works the counter at Som records and is a great guy to talk to about DC. He can tell you all about U st and the different music venues and recommend some great albums.