802 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314




The Crooked Beat Frequent Customer Card is something we offer every year. THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE! But please read this before coming to get one.See if it is right for you.
The Frequent Customer Card is geared toward those customers who come to shop at our store on an average of 3 times a month all year long. So if you are one of those who come here that often we strongly encourage to get this card. For those who already have one. You have to come in and get a new one. The old ones have now expired.

Here is what we are offering to people who get the Frequent 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.

16th Purchase visit before November 20th. You will be invited in early on Record Store Day Black Friday.

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

-24th Purchase Visit - $2 off on as many records you purchase DURING THIS VISIT ONLY

-30th 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 2019.

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 Frequent 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. Also coming by to say hello does not count either. Yes some people have tried that : )

The Frequent 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 3 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 Frequent Customers

On the special release days of Black Friday and Record Store Day, we will be opening our doors early to Frequent Customers who qualify. So, for instance, on every Record Store Day , we will most likely open our doors to the public at 9:00 AM. But the QUALIFYING Frequent Customers with 30 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 15 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 Frequent 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 30 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 in line on Record Store Day every April. The Top 15 Frequent Customers who were in the front of the line this year were weekly regular customers who support our store the most. They come to the store and buy a record or records on average of 5-6 times a month.

Though we do not have to offer a Frequent Customer card, we at Crooked Beat do this because we also buy and 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 consistently come to support our store over the course of an entire year.

The Frequent Customer Card will be offered to anyone until the end of October. It expires every April. Just inquire at the counter. After that if we see a person(s) coming in on a regular basis we will then also inform them and in turn award them a card.

This Frequent Customer program is set up for people who love the vinyl experience and are truly supportive of independent record stores. To them "Every day is Record Store Day!" We really appreciate your patronage!

Thanks, Bill & Helen & Staff at Crooked Beat





NEW STORE HOURS (Effective Jan 15, 2018)

Monday- 12-7

Tuesday thru Friday- 12-7:30

Saturday- 11:30-7:30

Sunday- 12-6







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Our Record Store Day release of the Clash Tribute-Recutting The Crap Vol 1 LP pressing is sold out.


The Crooked Beat store inventory has been recently updated. Our store is stocked with close to 9,000 New and Used titles, with new and used product arriving every day.

We have moved from our Adams Morgan location.
Our new location is at:

802 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-244-5003

Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter: @CrookedBeatDC. Thanks!













Hey, thanks for checking us out. We just launched our website for our very own Crooked Beat Label. Check out our releases and samples of our most recent release, A Bang on the Ear featuring Insurgence DC, Don Zientara and Mobius Strip.

April 2016 Top Sellers

1. PJ Harvey - Hope Six Demolition Project

2. Explosions in the Sky - Wilderness

3. David Bowie - Black Star

4. Tame Impala - Currents

5. Fugazi - The Argument

6. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

7. SUfjan Stevens - Illinoise

8. Puff Pieces - Bland In DC

9. Jamie xx - In Colour

10. Radiohead - OK Computer


March 2016 Top Sellers

1. David Bowie- Blackstar

2. Foo Fighters- Saint Cecilia

3. Crooked Beat T- Shirts

4. Miles Davis- Kind Of Blue

5. David Bowie- Nothing Has Changed

6. Bikini Kill- Yeah yeah Yeah

7. Joy Division- Closer

8. Savages- Adore Life

9. Fugazi- EP

10. El Vy (The NAtional)- Return TO The Moon


February 2016 Top Sellers

1. David Bowie - Blackstar

2. Leon Bridges- Louisian Sun

3. Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

4. David Bowie- Nothing Has Changed

5. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit And think, And Somes I Sit

6. David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust

7. David Bowie- Hunky Dory

8. War On Drugs- List In The Dream

9. Tame Impala- Lonerism

10. Insurgence DC- Poison Profits/Dishonor 7"

January 2016 Top Sellers

1. David Bowie-Blackstar

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

3. Beach House- Depression Cherry

4. Savages- Adore Life

5. David Bowie- Nothing Has Changed

6. Miles Davis- Kind Of Blue

7. Bad Brains- Rock For Light

8. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever Peole Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

9. Bikini Kill-Revolution Girl Style Now

10.Yo La Tengo- I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One




December 2015 Top Sellers

1. Grimes- Art Angles

2. Kurt Vile-B'lieve I'm Goin Down

3. Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs-Boxset

4. Adele- 25

5.David Bowie-Teh Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust

6.Miles Davis-Kind Of Blue


8. Joanna Newsom- Divers

9.Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell

10. Arcs- The Arcs Vs The Inventors


November 2015 Top Sellers

1. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

2. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Going Down

3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

4. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

5. Radiohead - Ok Computer

6. Beach House - Depression Cherry

7. Tame Impala - Currents

8. Bad Brains - Rock For Light

9. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

10. Bikini Kill - Revolution Girl Style Now

October 2015 Top Sellers

1. Beach House - Depression Cherry

2. Beirut - No No No

3. Destroyer - Poison Season

4. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

5. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

6. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

7. Ex Hex - Rips

8. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

9. Fugazi - Fugazi EP

10. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

September 2015 Top Sellers

1. Tame Impala- Currents

2. Beach House - Depression Cherry

3. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

4. XX -S/T

5. Replacements - Twin/Tone Records Years Box Set

6. Arctic Monkeys - AM

7. Pavement - Secret History Vol.1

8. Titus Andronicus - Most Lamentable

9. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

10. Red House Painters - S/T (Rollercoaster Cover)

August 2015 Best Sellers

1. Tame Impala- Currents

2. Beach House- Depression Cherry

3. Jason Isbell- Something More than Free

4. XX-S/T

5. Replacements-Twin Tone Records Box Set

6. Arctic Monkeys- AM

7. Pavement- Secret History Vol 1

8. Titus Andronicus- Most Lamentable

9. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell

10. Red House Painters- S/T (Rollercoaster)


July 2015 Best Sellers

1. Tame Impala- Currents

2. Jamie XX- In Colour

3. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

4. Refused- Freedom

5. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell

6. Tame Impala- Lonerism

7. Leon Bridges- Coming Home

8. Tame Impala- Innerspeaker

9. D'Angelo- Brown Sugar

10. Stone Roses- S/T


June 2015 Best Sellers

1. Jamie XX- In Colour

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

3. Leon Bridges- Coming home

4. Foo Fighters- Sonic Highways

5. Stone Roses- S/T

6. Radiohead- Ok Computer

7. Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

8. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

9. V/A Dischord 1981: The Year In 7's

10. The Everymen- Spaceship Opening: Tribute To Eric's Trip



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.

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