Introducing the UO Music Newsletter, For The Record. Our first issue is dedicated to the art of collecting and the collectors who put in the work. Read more below. For a full look at everything the newsletter has to offer, click here. Photos by Kara McCulloh, Caitlyn and Delaney Poli, Madi Ellis and Maurice Berbano The collector’s mentality is that of a scrapbooker: One must be on constant lookout for items that adequately encapsulate a time, a feeling. When transforming experiences into something physical, it’s important to be aware of surroundings — and that applies to the brick and mortar shops that provide the goods that enrich collections, both budding and established. We visited a few of our favorite specialty music stores across the country, boutiques that we can’t miss when looking for prized memorabilia, records and more. Mount Analog – Los Angeles, CA In Highland Park exists a record shop that offers more than just records. In addition to Mount Analog’s stock of used and new vinyl — with an impressive selection of house and techno — shoppers are treated to cassette options, niche books, and visual art. Since opening in 2012, Mount Analog has been a destination for both DJs and reignited record collectors alike, due to their experimental inventory. Commend – New York, NY Hidden in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a seeker’s sanctuary in Commend. Offerings within this community resource include an elevated record selection of fringe artists and record labels to rare books and responsibly sourced incense, essential oils, and herbal smoking substitutes. The world quiets and the space listens when you enter Commend. Vic’s Drum Shop – Chicago, IL From world percussion instruments to cymbals and gongs, Vic’s Drum Shop is equipped with a range of accessories and tools exclusively for drummers. Touring musicians and locals alike flock to the shop, located in the Music Garage complex to peruse the showroom, attend an in-store event or to place a special order for personalized equipment. Hungry Ear Records – Honolulu, HI Hawaii’s oldest record store is home to a wide selection of new and used vinyl and CDs, including releases from Hawaiian artists. Founded in 1980, Hungry Ear Records has been independently owned and operated for over 35 years and became the first record store in Hawaii to participate in Record Store Day in 2009.