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2116 18th St NW, Washington, DC

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Crooked Beat Valued Customer Card

They are now available-- Please inquire at the counter in the store.

How can I be considered a “Valued Customer”? In a 12-month period starting May 1st and ending April 15, 2016, you visit and purchase something from our physical Crooked Beat location at $6.99 or more on 32 different days a year.

32 Customer Purchases A Year = “Valued Customer” eligibility.

This will average out to a visit with purchase approximately 3 times a month. Only one purchasing visit per day is counted. Being a valued a customer is not about how many records once buys… What matters is that you have come to support and experience an independent record store! So, if a person comes to the store 3 different times to buy records during a regular business day, their purchase visit will only count once. But if this person buys 1 record on 32 different visits to the store in a given year they will be rewarded as a Valued Customer.

The card is FREE!

Here is what we are offering to people who get the Valued Customer Card:

-12th Purchase Visit - You will receive a Free Crooked Beat shirt or tote. $1 off on as many records you purchase DURING THIS VISIT ONLY.

-18th Purchase Visit - $1 off on as many records you purchase DURING THIS VISIT ONLY

-25th Purchase Visit - $2 off on as many records you purchase DURING THIS VISIT ONLY

-32nd Purchase Visit - $3 off on as many records you purchase DURING THIS VISIT ONLY. Also a special bonus gift from us, you will be invited in early on Record Store Day in April of 2016.

You must have your ID and card with you during every purchase so it can be scanned. Once we know who you are your ID is not required. If you do not have your card with you your purchase will not be recorded as a Valued Customer visit. So please have your card with you when purchasing something. (Please no double dipping, handing off cards to friends to gain visits, or rolling over your purchase numbers to someone else.) Also, online orders and records from the .99 cents and Bargain Bins do not count.

The VALUED CUSTOMER CARD will also offer the following perks:

1. We will contact you first whenever we purchase large used or estate sale collections that you can look at and buy before we put the records out for sale on the floor.  Every year we buy several estate collections. Anyone who we have listed as a frequent customer is able to look at and buy whatever they want before the LPs are ever put out on the floor. Every frequent customer will be notified first when we purchase these large collections.

2. Every year on our store’s anniversary 2 Day Only Sale in November we will offer to all Valued Customers $3 off every record priced $6.99 and up. During this sale, we usually offer to the public only $2 off.

Record Store Day Information for Valued Customers

On the special release days of Black Friday and Record Store Day, we will be opening our doors early to VALUED CUSTOMERS who qualify. So, for instance, on Record Store Day in 2016, we will most likely open our doors to the public at 9:00 AM. But the QUALIFYING VALUED CUSTOMERS with 32 or more purchase visits will be notified and be able to come in and purchase their titles at 8:00 AM.

For Black Friday in November- Qualifying customers must have made at least 16 purchase visits to be invited in early.  Record Store Day in April is not counted since the card expires every year the Friday before Record Store Day. Please note that the 1-title-per-artist-per-customer rule will still stand and be enforced for everyone, including Valued Customers on Record Store Day.

For Record Store Day in April- Please remember, to qualify for any of this means a physical store visit and purchase on AT LEAST 32 different days to Crooked Beat in a given year. Whoever has made the most purchasing visits to the store in a given year will be allowed to be the first customer on Record Store Day every April. The Valued Customers who were in the front of the line this year were weekly regular customers who come to the store and buy record or records on average of 5-6 times a month.

Though we do not have to offer a Valued Customer card, we at Crooked Beat do this because we really love music too. We sincerely appreciate all the support so many people have given us over the years… So we only think it is fair that the ones who support us consistently should be given top priority. We will always encourage and offer this to the people who come to support our store more than a handful of times a year.

The Valued Customer Card will be offered to anyone until June 27th 2015. After that if we see a person(s) coming in on a regular basis we will then also award them a card.

This Valued Customer program is set up for people who love the vinyl experience and are truly supportive of independent record stores. We really appreciate your patronage!

Thanks, Bill & Helen & Staff at Crooked Beat



2014 Top Sellers

Due to the pressing plants being so back up throughout 2014. Our best sellers this year are somewhat unusual. Two of our top sellers come from our own in house label Crooked Beat Records! Insurgence DC comes in at Number 1 with 72 copies sold in our store. Mobius Strip comes in at number 4 with 49 copies sold. Few people knew who the bands were before they were released. But our main focus and purpose of having an in house record label is help expose bands to our customers. So far the label is doing exactly what we want it to do.Thanks to everyone who picked up one of these records from us and also from other stores.
We have 3 more 7" releases scheduled to come out on Record Store Day 2015! Stay tuned for that announcement soon!

We at Crooked Beat are also very proud to state that 5 of the 15 Top sellers are from DC based artists/bands!

Several other of our best selling titles have been available for years. But they continue to sell they like they are new releases. e.g. Neutral Milk Hotel, Fugazi, The National. Arcade Fire.

It should be noted several new releases that are from 2014 would have sold much more had it not been for the long period of time we would have to wait for an album to be repressed. Beck, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and War On Drugs would have sold triple the amount for us had they been consistently available on vinyl. Let's hope this vinyl situation improves in 2015

Anyway here is our Top Sellers of 2014!

1. Insurgence DC-True To Life/Man In Black- 7"

(Crooked Beat release)

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane OVer the Sea

3. Beck- Morning Phase

4. Mobius Strip- Palabras Poridas

(Crooked Beat Release)

5. EX Hex- Rips

6. St. Vincent- S/T

7. War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream

8. Black Keys- Turn Blue

9. Jack White- Lazaretto

10. Fugazi- First Demo

11. National- Boxer

12. Fugazi- Repeater

14. Arctic Monkeys- AM

15. Arcade Fire- Funeral















Check out the 2 releases that Crooked Beat now has out on their own label
7" releases by Insurgence DC and Mobius Strip.


We specialize in Punk/Indie/Classic Reggae/Rock/Soul NEW and USED LPS, (Domestic & Import)!

Largest selection of New LPS in DC. Labels such as Dischord, Touch & Go, Merge, Matador, Cherry Red, Soul Jazz, Blood & Fire, Wackies, Kill Rock Rock Stars, Damaged Goods, Sub Pop, Jagjaguar,Secretly Canadian, Constellation, K, Domino etc. are all stocked here.

We also stock thousands of USED LPs in the genres of Classic Rock, Soul, Punk, New Wave, Reggae Soundtracks, Jazz and many other genres. We also have an extensive selection of hard to find T-Shirts.

Crooked Beat Records is located in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington DC. Address: 2116 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009. We are about a 10 minute walk from the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line. Metered and paid parking garages are available in Adams Morgan. But be prepared to have a roll of quarters with you because metered parking is expensive. The parking decks are slightly better priced if you are going to be in Adams Morgan for more than three or four hours.


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Since 1997, Crooked Beat has always prided itself in being fiercely independent by primarily focusing on and specializing in stocking releases from independent and import labels. We also have always carried a lot of New CD Releases from the major record labels (WEA, Capitol, Sony/BMG, UNI) and their affiliates.

In recent years, however, most of these major labels have not been making their New CD Releases available to independent distributors to purchase at a fair price, in comparison to the prices the big box stores are paying for the same product. This in turn has caused a lot of our distributors to no longer consistently stock-- and sometimes not even stock in their warehouses-- certain major label New CD Releases at all. This has made it very difficult for independent stores to obtain a larger number of major label New Release CDs. Furthermore, there is now a substantial penalty being enforced by One Stops/Distributors in the event that an independent record store returns major label product that does not sell. This makes it difficult for an independent store to even want to consider stocking, and more importantly, to take a chance on a new artist that is affiliated with a major label.

Due to these unfortunate circumstances and the fact that major label sales on CD have become less than 3% of our sales since 2004, we will be extremely limiting our stock of major label New CD Releases from the following labels: WEA-Warner, Elektra, Atlantic, Capitol/EMI, Sony/BMG, UNI and their affiliates.

Crooked Beat T-shirts - only $10 each! Check them out!

Comes in Antique Cherry, Antique Sapphire, Black, Carolina Blue, Ice Gray, Light Blue, Military, Red, Pistachio, Sky Blue, Tan, and White.