Marc Weinstein of Amoeba Music, named top record store in the country. Photo: Vinyl Hounds

So sooner had the ink dried on our story about Amoeba celebrating National Record Store Day tomorrow with, among other things, an appearance by The Lonely Island Berkeley boys, than the news crosses our transom that Rolling Stone has named Amoeba the best record store in the country.

Amoeba, which was founded in 1990 by former Rasputin employees, Marc Weinstein among them, now has three stores: the inaugural Berkeley space on Telegraph Avenue, the 24,000 sq ft San Francisco space on Haight and the relatively new Los Angeles place, which opened in 2001 on Sunset Boulevard.

In its write-up, Rolling Stone sings Amoeba’s praises: “Even in the days when record-store chains ruled the music world, nothing compared to Amoeba,” write Michaelangelo Matos and Stacey Anderson.

“It was, and is, simply the most thorough and welcoming place a record lover could hope to shop. Each of its three stores features more than 100,000 items — much of it surprisingly high-grade, and with loads of surprises and rarities around seemingly every corner. Which, as anyone who’s been to any of them can tell you, is a lot of corners.”

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. had a terrible expiriance at the store in berkeley today spend 650 dollars during the black friday  and needed to return one item that was in terrible condition  but it was color vinyl and it was hard to see the marks on the vinyl at the store .i was  very upset about the way i was treated by one of the employees working behind the counter .next time i give my money to rasputin !never  again .Godfather  shame on you !

  2. It’s really too bad they can’t get a business into the old Cody’s location.

    That part of Telegraph used to be so vibrant.

  3. sad that the store on Telegraph seems to be so quiet all the time when I go in there- I remember how crowded it used to be, even maybe 5 years ago. – back when Cody’s was still across the street. It ‘s hard to believe how far Telegraph, in general, has fallen. Amoeba is about the only reason to go up there, except for Moe’s.- and it seems like they are getting pretty slow, too.