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Best Record / CD Store

Waterloo Records

With three decades under the big red UK subway rip logo (Waterloo opened April 1, 1982, no foolin'), this Austin Record store transcends landmark and fits snugly in to that realm of Austin icon right up against bat guano and Leslie's thong. We hold a special place in our hearts for them, as together we've been in this town for about the same stretch of orbits. Our readers dig them muchly, too, as this is Waterloo's 23rd year for showing up in these polls. You already know they have the most informative webpage trumpeting new releases, the easiest to access listening stations, a friendly and family-like staff, and a mind-boggling schedule of big-name get-there-early (so you can park and see) or local and beloved in-store performances (Dana Falconberry, The Departed, and Ronnie Fauss, this week alone). Austin loves her record stores, but as far as this category goes? She's met her Waterloo.

Waterloo Records
600-A N. Lamar, 512/474-2500

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