By now, independent record stores were supposed to have been trampled to death by the likes of Amazon.com
, Borders, and those pesky illegal downloads. Stores like Down Home are why they live on. Down Home has what you can't get online or in a big box store: quirkiness and personality. But it also has an enormous selection of popular and obscure CDs. In the mood for some yodeling? Try Yodelling Mad! The Best of Country Yodeler Vol. 1
or Yodeler's Paradise -- Traditional Country Music Makers Vol. 13
. If that's not your style, browse its great collections of blues, jazz, country, old-time, world, and more. Turn to the right after the sales counter and you're greeted by an old Wurlitzer jukebox and a room full of vinyl, new and used. Get Miles Davis' 'Round About Midnight
for $6 or the Stones' Let It Bleed
for $8. Check the quality of the used albums on a record player before you buy. Stop by on a Saturday afternoon and you may get a free live show. To top it off, Down Home is also the headquarters of Arhoolie Records, one of the great roots labels. This shows why the iTunes Music Store has a ways to go.
2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, 510-549-1125