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