Do you place all your records into plastic baggies—treating each one like it is a delicate vinyl piece of communal history? If so, this is your record store. It is obvious that no matter how common or obscure a record is here, they all receive the same (abundant) amount of tender care.
You’ll find the records meticulously organized by category and alphabetically. Unlike many independent record stores, you won't find a few 'R's mixed with the 'T's or a stray Willie Nelson album under R&B. With all the doubles stashed behind the counter, you're able to flip through the records in half the time. It's not overpriced in any way, but Groovin' is also not a place where you'll find a Towns Van Zandt original for 50 cents.
The selection covers a decent variety of genres, though the jazz and blues sections are the largest. Even though the man behind the counter has a long, graying beard, the kind that makes you think he's only interested in hawking Dead albums, he'd be also be happy to sell you a new record from LCD Soundsystem ($16.99) or Brian Jonestown Massacre's Bravery Repetition Noise ($19.99).
Don't forget to take a visual trip to the past by purchasing a VHS tape. All movies cost less than $5 (including a copy of Drug Store Cowboy that I grabbed for $2.99).
Centerstage Reviewer: Maude Standish