Hunting for the hidden music caches in Anchorage

With the average college student’s
taste in music varying from normal to
abnormally astounding, it is strange that
Anchorage seemingly does not have such a
large selection of CDs and even less records
available. But if one is willing to look hard
enough, there are still places in Anchorage
that carry music that is out of the ordinary.
The first place to scout out for music is
Metro Music and Books, located on the right
side of Benson just before the Sears Mall.
The store may look small on the outside, but
the inside is filled with one of the largest CD
collections available for purchasing. Row
after row is filled with CDs from every genre
one can fathom such as Irish folk or Indian
flute music. The point is that the selection
is obtuse and original and definitely worth
looking into. And if the store does not carry
what a customer is looking for, they will
order it in.
As for records, Metro Music and Books
may not have many of them, but the selection
is diverse. And while you’re there, the shop
links up with Shimeck’s audio to tempt
buyers into setting up their dream surround
sound system while they hunt down tunes.
Another store worth looking into within
the vicinity of Metro Music and Books is
Title Wave, located on Northern Lights Blvd.
in the REI shopping area. In the back of the
store, there is a small collection of mostly
used CDs that often has a nugget wedged
between the Miley Cyrus and My Chemical
Romance tunes. Although the selection is
small, it is not beneath looking into while on
a quest for different music.
One surefire stop for CDs is FYE, located
in the 5th Avenue Mall on the first floor.
This store has quite the collection of music,
and it is varied. This stop has always had
an extensive and full stock in music. It is
also one of the last places in town for large
movie collections for buyers ever since Sun
Coast went out of business.
The secret to finding the best CDs out
there is to attend concerts. Flock to the
shows that are put on by those up and
coming performers and their latest CD that
is hardly ever in stores will be available to
purchase.
Now records are a hard thing to come by in
Anchorage. Anyone who has been out of the
state knows that there are places somewhere
out there that has records stocked in shelf
after shelf. No such place is rumored to exist
in Anchorage, and if someone does know,
speak up immediately.
Although large supplies of records do not
exist, there can be handfuls found here and
there. Value Village is an obvious choice,
though the selection there is less than golden.
The stock often consists of the reject singers
from back in the day that no one still loves.
There is, however, an occasional fi nd there,
and beggars cannot be choosers.
One unsuspecting place that records can
be found at is Fred Meyer. Please, save the
gasps of shock for later. In the back corner
of any Fred Meyer electronics section, there
is one shelf devoted to records. The stock
often consists of The Beatles, The Beach
Boys, AD/DC, The Steve Miller Band, and
the occasional Radiohead or Coldplay single
can be stirred up.
And for those willing to brave it, Best
Buy has a cache of records stashed away
next to their touch-and-play guitar and drum
set up. Make sure to be armed with a pair of
earplugs when going there, because several
kids and balding men who always wanted
to be rock stars will try to be as loud as
humanly possible on the equipment.
With records on hand, one must also
have a record player. Many places in town
are rumored to have them, surprisingly
enough, including Costco and Target. A
little bit of research will quickly turn up a
decent turntable (that’s a record player for
those out of touch).
If nothing in town has what the avid
listener is looking for, ordering online is
always an option. Although the seeker must
wait for their prized music to come in, it is
the one guaranteed way to find what one is
searching for. Until Anchorage gets a Virgin
Records store, people will have to