Clock Tower Records

Clock Tower Records

Who’s going to National Record Store Day?  This Saturday, April 13th, Clock Tower Records is joining the national movement to honor the culture of independently owned record stores.  The event brings together vinyl lovers, record enthusiasts, fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world.  Clock Tower Records is home to over 10,000 records with everything from blues, punk, classic rock, country, jazz and the whole range of the musical spectrum.  A number of rare Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead vinyl will be for sale for the event, while the doors open at 9am, you can join the crowds outside, some lining up as early as 6am to find the rare and unique records.

“We love exploring local record stores during our travels. When visiting Nevada City we always make it a point to stop by Clock Tower Records. Upon entry you are greeted by that nostalgic record store smell — a mix of vinyl, cardboard album covers, and maybe a little dust — that let’s you know this place is the real deal. Their extensive selection makes it a perfect place to lose yourself for a bit. And audiophiles rejoice!  Clock Tower has an awesome collection of audio equipment of today and yesteryear,” said David Toste from The Camping Playlist.

Karl’s picks for those looking to add to their vinyl collection include Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and the Grateful Dead.  The record store is open 7 days a week and located in downtown Grass Valley at 130 W. Main between His and Sunchild’s Parlour.  What’s your favorite record?  Post a comment and one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader will win a $20 gift certificate to Clock Tower Record, winner will be announced on Monday, April 15th.  *Edited to say the winner is Megan.

Clock Tower Records

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18 replies
  1. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    I remember my excitement when I bought The Beatles White Album with some birthday money. It was two records and used up the entire gift from a favorite uncle. My mother was appalled that I spent all of the money in one place. It’s still one of my favorite albums.

  2. Laurel Gavin
    Laurel Gavin says:

    My favorite record. Bill Evans, the jazz pianists. Conversations Wiith Myself. Karl knows which one I mean. We talked about it one day. ClockTower Records is a great place, especially if you want to get nostalgic about music. I’ve sold a dozen or so records to Karl, who is always so soft spoken and kind, and he still remembers everything from the 1960’s! (Haha).

  3. Robert Trent
    Robert Trent says:

    Quadrophenia by The Who. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new and learn something about my life. Besides that, it totally rocks. Runner up would be my old high school band’s record. We were called “Ministry of Truth” and the album’s title was “Significant Others”. 1984 seems like a long time ago, but the things we wrote about are still just as relevant today as there were 35 years ago.

    • erin
      erin says:

      Funny, I’ve never thought much about interactive album covers, but you’re probably right that it’s a true work of art.

  4. Donna C
    Donna C says:

    I love soundtracks because there is such a diversity of songs on them usually. Favorite is Pulp Fiction, next is Garden State.

  5. Lisa Nowlain
    Lisa Nowlain says:

    We just got gifted an old Peter and the Wolf record and my 7 month old is totally into it.

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