Best Of 2006

Best Vinyl: Checkered Records

Original pressings of jazz records are hard to come buy, but not at Checkered Records. Owner George Bertovich keeps his shelves stocked with rare reissues and essential collectibles, from indie rock to '60s pop, soul, and rock. Unlike most record stores that carry one Otis Redding record for every 100 copies of Sports by Huey Lewis and the News, Bertovich keeps his stock diverse, buying up special pressings of David Bowie singles and affordable reissues of hard-to-find psychedelic rock bands. You can find an original Thelonious Monk record for $6 or full-lengths by any of the garage bands featured in the famed Nuggets compilation. There's also a wide selection of new music on vinyl, from the Beastie Boys to Radiohead.