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Best Record Store: Waterloo Records

Best Record Store: Waterloo Records
David Brendan Hall

March 11, 2020, Austin Music Awards night at the Moody Theater: Waterloo Records takes home Best Record Store as it has every single year since the category debuted on the Austin Music Poll in 1982. To many that Wednesday evening, the show proved their final live musical attendance for the year. Five days after Mayor Steve Adler and South by Southwest dropped the news heard around the world ("canceled"), the event also provided a novel excuse for at least one attendee to stop at the actual store on the way home from another history-books ATX prom night.

Forty-eight hours later, the city shut down.

Like other fundamentalists around the capital – Antone's, Breakaway, End of an Ear, Half Price Books, et al. – the 'Loo initiated curbside service faster than a 45 spins. Soon, even that seemed unsafe: "We were doing curbside service until we thought it safer for our staff and customers to just close," wrote in one manager.

Back up and running shortly thereafter, the music emporium spearheaded a local council of record stores, which decided to stay closed even after state government lied over and over again about gathering safely. Only on Sept. 7 did that aforementioned panic drop-in become the beta testing appointment shopper at the Sixth and Lamar landmark.

Since then, I've been back to stock up on further essentials. Call them the bare necessities. – Raoul Hernandez

RUNNERS-UP: Antone's Records, BLK Vinyl, Breakaway Records and End of an Ear

Waterloo Records
600-A N. Lamar, 512/474-2500, info@waterloorecords.com
www.waterloorecords.com

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