For this week’s Record Store of the Week, we give you CD Trader (Tarzana, CA)!
CD Trader has been around for a while and there’s a reason for that–they’re a good-old-fashion, no non-sense record store. The owners and staff are knowledgeable, they carry an enormous stock of CDs, records, DVDs, cool T-Shirts, etc., and they even have a sense of humor. Imagine that! So if you find yourself in Tarzana tracing the footsteps of Tarzan novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs (for which the city is named), make sure you stop by CD Trader. Tell ‘em Light In The Attic sent ya!
Tell us some stuff about CD Trader. How long have you been around? How did you get started?
CD Trader started 15 years ago in Thousand Oaks, CA, moved 10 years ago to Tarzana, and expanded 5 years ago to it’s now dominant position, still in Tarzana, on Ventura Blvd. A guy named Steve started it with his CD collection. A guy named, Dave bought it a couple years ago, after working there for some time. Over the years, the store has grown 10-fold. We sell CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays and plenty of good-old-fashioned Records!
What kind of folks frequent your store, and what sort of records do they typically buy?
We get both kinds: country and western. And they buy all sorts of records.
CD Trader has been around for quite some time–10-15 years, right? That’s like 50 years in record store years. What are your thoughts on how things have changed in the business?
Two things: people download and, they have less hair.
What’s your favorite record right now?
What record do you always find yourself listening to in the store?
What is your favorite Light in the Attic release and why?
Who are Light in the Attic?
Just kidding: Gabor Szabo “Jazz Raga” This is a long overdue reissue of one of my all-time favorite artists. Gabor on Impulse including his records with Chico Hamilton all sound amazing.
What is the coolest/most prized record has come into your store that you never thought you’d ever see?
“Strictly From Hunger” on Public Records…. no wait, the Meatballs soundtrack.
What’s the funniest/weirdest/strangest encounter you’ve had with a customer in the store?
The guy who drove an hour and a half back to our store, just to tell us we had been wrong during our discussion of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. He said, “I just drove back here to tell you that you guys are wrong.” He actually told us that a couple times, and then he left.
What do you love most about working at a cool independent record shop?
The smell of middle-aged men in the morning.
18926 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356