Why is it that best of lists are reserved solely for the end of the year? There is obviously a demand for them – the lists keep coming for a few months after the end of the year lists come out. And how accurate can an end-of-the-whatever list even be? (Trick question: the Torontoist end-of-the-year lists were dead-on.)
So, to avoid the caged-in feelings of compiling one all-encompassing list every December, Torontoist presents THE -IST LIST: a weekly countdown of Toronto’s best stuff. We’ll start this week (yes it’s Tuesday, but that never stopped us before) with the best used record stores in the city.
4. CD Replay (762 Yonge St)
Recently under new management, this CD Replay is by far the best of the chain (the Y&E Replay are sticklers, and the staff at the Annex Replay hate music). Competitively priced and normally well stocked, CD Replay usually gives good exchange currency or cash for decent records. Sure, they don’t buy even slight scratches or anything overly independent, but the appeal of the store isn’t the used selections. The true finds here are the cheaper titles at the front left of the store. It’s there that you can buy Dusty Springfield, Big L or the Flaming Lips for at least $5-7 less than the big guys. Word of warning though, the counter guy named Bruce is no longer there, and the new management have been less than hospitable to regular customers. Perhaps they need time to figure things out…For now, this is your #4 destination within Toronto city limits.
Check back tomorrow for number three, then Thursday for number two, then Friday for…you know.