Welcome to The Government Center

If you want to buy, listen to, or explore new music with people who are passionate and knowledgeable, The Government Center is your spot.

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The Government Center

We have lots of opinions about the music we’re listening to and stocking in the shop. Check back often for reviews and features written by staff and customers.

We're a Record Store

There’s a lot more to do here than just buy and sell records.

On a daily basis, this is a place where anyone can come hang out and talk about music. The Government Center also hosts regular live music shows, listening parties, DJ nights, and more. Many of these are planned and organized by our staff, but we are also open to collaborating with our neighbors.

As a community space, we are open to the needs of the community. If you or your group are interested in holding an event here, please reach out to us.

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We Believe in Music

If you believe in discovering music without algorithms, and you love physical media, we have something for you.

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USED. We have a large selection of used records across a broad range of genres including rock, soul, jazz, alternative, electronic, country and more, with new arrivals hitting the bins every week. We also have a curated selection of cassettes, CDs, and books about music. We are available to buy and trade every day.

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NEW. We have over 1,000 new records in stock, with more arriving every week. Our selection is wide, with an emphasis on experimental, ambient, archival reissues, and avant garde jazz. Our new stock is representative of what our staff is listening to and excited about right now

Check it out on our Blog.

Events

Check here frequently for information about upcoming live shows, in store performances, and other events. Interested in using our space for your event? Let us know.

Latest Posts

Japanese Girl by Akiko Yano This 1976 album is stunning on first listen, and gets better stuck on repeat, which it has been for the past month or so. Backed by Lowell George and Little Feat on the "American Side,"...

Happy Mothers Day and deepest gratitude to all the wonderful moms out there. We’re celebrating in the shop by revisiting this amazing album of 1950s home recordings by Molly Drake.

For over 30 years, listening to music has been a critical part of my existence. In early adolescence, like many people, I found my identity through the music I connected with.