Storefront Report: Vinyl record fans find a new outlet in Atwater

Atwater Village now has a vinyl record shop to call its own: Jacknife Records & Tapes. The Glendale Boulevard shop opened last month and joins independent vinyl record retailers in Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Highland Park and Silver Lake.  Jacknife, named after a 1965 jazz album,  is owned by Los Feliz resident David Gunderson, who is taking a break from his film industry job by pursuing a life long dream of opening a record shop. The narrow storefront is stocked with a portion of the 3,000 records Gunderson has amassed over 25 years. “You just can’t keep all this stuff in a normal-sized house,” Gunderson said of the vinyl records, which include rock, jazz, country, and other music.

In addition to vintage vinyl, Jacknife also stocks cassette, eight-track and reel-to-reel tapes.  “People with old cars come in looking for cassettes,”  Gunderson said. Records include some hard-to-find and obscure albums, including the 1971 debut by the German group Faust ($120) and “90 Minutes in Hell” by Charles Bukowski ($95). Most record prices, however, range from $3 to $20.

Jacknife Records & Tapes
3161 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village
Open: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m./Tuesday-Sunday


  1. In a city with a fair share of expensive record stores, this could actually be the most offensively overpriced store in town. #fail

  2. Got any CDs?

  3. The vinyl fad/trend is over. Everyone who buys records has them. Just try selling your “valuable” records on eBay…go on, just try.

  4. Libertad, I recently spent over a grand on about 69 vinyl records on ebay. I’m by no means a vinyl purist, but there’s tons of excellent music that will simply never become available digitally.
    I certainly hope the “trend” as you call it is over so I can go back to finding great records for dirt cheap prices.

  5. Libertad,

    What an incredibly negative, ill-informed opinion to voice publicly. Do you think you sound cool? Because you don’t.

    This is a piece about someone trying to build a new business and presence in the neighborhood. Just wish him luck and move on. No need to stop and piss in everyone’s cornflakes with that there attitude.

    Honestly.. sometimes the commenters on this site remind me of elevator operators: always bringing people D-O-W-N.

  6. Really Libertad? I guess no one told me, because I’ve been buying vinyl since I was 13, and as I turn 30 it’s the ONLY format I pay for anymore. Why? Because it sounds better than anything else.

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