Poo-Bah Record Shop

★★★★☆
  • 2636 E Colorado Blvd

    Pasadena, CA 91107

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  • 626-449-3359

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Definitely not what it used to be. Once upon a time, it was one of the best record stores in SoCal. Not anymore - no decent used CDs or LPs in the store (anything decent is put on ebay at exorbitant prices) and the staff is rude, arrogant and dismissive of anyone and anything that they don't personally like. The LPs and CDs that they do allow the store customers to buy cost at least twice what anyone else charges. Really - the bins are filled with stuff that looks like the dollar rack at Amoeba.

It all started several years ago, when they moved to their current location. The longtime staff that was both friendly and knowledgeable were all fired and the shop was turned over to this little twerp who thinks he's better than everyone else and knows more about records - even though he doesn't know the difference between an original and a cheap re-issue (which may not make any difference if you're just trying to fool people with crummy re-issues and dollar records). I guess this is what happens when you have a hip-hop "label" (big deal - my dog can have a record label - that doesn't make him better than his customers).

With Pasadena City College's monthly record swap meet (first Sunday of every month) literally a few blocks west on Colorado Blvd, don't waste your time with Poo Bah.

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★☆☆☆☆

Definitely not what it used to be. Once upon a time, it was one of the best record stores in SoCal. Not anymore - no decent used CDs or LPs in the store (anything decent is put on ebay at exorbitant prices) and the staff is rude, arrogant and dismissive of anyone and anything that they don't personally like. The LPs and CDs that they do allow the store customers to buy cost at least twice what anyone else charges. Really - the bins are filled with stuff that looks like the dollar rack at Amoeba.

It all started several years ago, when they moved to their current location. The longtime staff that was both friendly and knowledgeable were all fired and the shop was turned over to this little twerp who thinks he's better than everyone else and knows more about records - even though he doesn't know the difference between an original and a cheap re-issue (which may not make any difference if you're just trying to fool people with crummy re-issues and dollar records). I guess this is what happens when you have a hip-hop "label" (big deal - my dog can have a record label - that doesn't make him better than his customers).

With Pasadena City College's monthly record swap meet (first Sunday of every month) literally a few blocks west on Colorado Blvd, don't waste your time with Poo Bah.

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Definitely not what it used to be. Once upon a time, it was one of the best record stores in SoCal. Not anymore - no decent used CDs or LPs in the store (anything decent is put on ebay at exorbitant prices) and the staff is rude,

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★★★★★

Definitely not what it used to be. Once upon a time, it was one of the best record stores in SoCal. Not anymore - no decent used CDs or LPs in the store (anything decent is put on ebay at exorbitant prices) and the staff is rude,

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Through its front doors you enter a portal leading to whatever soul chemistry pulses through your jingo django ganglia. Breathe it in. Let it out. Let it be. Let it go, and most of all, let it sink in. The Poobah experience is as life

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★★★★★

Through its front doors you enter a portal leading to whatever soul chemistry pulses through your jingo django ganglia. Breathe it in. Let it out. Let it be. Let it go, and most of all, let it sink in. The Poobah experience is as life

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Overall great place to find hard to get records,CD's. You migt have to special order but staff is friendly and will help if you have questions.The place is way chill and its cool to hang out!

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★★★★☆

Overall great place to find hard to get records,CD's. You migt have to special order but staff is friendly and will help if you have questions.The place is way chill and its cool to hang out!

Pros: Find unique records

Cons: small quantity

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The store has a 30 year history in Pasadena. It was our family business and now they are alive and kicking in East Pasadena. Talk about "pedestrian friendly". Grab an amp from Guitar Center, go to the live "In Store" at the "bahs", have a drink and shoot some pool at the "Colorado bar" and have breakfast at "Denny's"; all within the same block on the 2600 block of east Colorado Blvd. The store has lots of magazine, DVDs, vinyl, tapes and personality. The walls still have all the funk memorabilia and the store sorta looks like the original location on Fair Oaks, before Parsons was built. Still shopping there, love it.

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★★★★★

The store has a 30 year history in Pasadena. It was our family business and now they are alive and kicking in East Pasadena. Talk about "pedestrian friendly". Grab an amp from Guitar Center, go to the live "In Store" at the "bahs", have a drink and shoot some pool at the "Colorado bar" and have breakfast at "Denny's"; all within the same block on the 2600 block of east Colorado Blvd. The store has lots of magazine, DVDs, vinyl, tapes and personality. The walls still have all the funk memorabilia and the store sorta looks like the original location on Fair Oaks, before Parsons was built. Still shopping there, love it.

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Poo Bah has an excellent selection of hard to find and not so hard to find vinyl at great prices. Plus they have a large section of under a dollar records which has a surprising amount of good finds. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful but a little on the odd side at times, but don't let that put you off.

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★★★★☆

Poo Bah has an excellent selection of hard to find and not so hard to find vinyl at great prices. Plus they have a large section of under a dollar records which has a surprising amount of good finds. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful but a little on the odd side at times, but don't let that put you off.

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This music shop has been around for as long as I have. They have all the rare music that is hard to find for purchase other places, they can help place special orders, and their prices are reasonable!

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★★★★★

This music shop has been around for as long as I have. They have all the rare music that is hard to find for purchase other places, they can help place special orders, and their prices are reasonable!

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Ecclectic shop thats been in Pasadena for years. Hard to find music can be found here and the employees are weird and helpful. I think if its not here, they can get it for you. They have moved to Colorado Blvd west of San Gabriel Blvd, on the southside of the street.

PROS: Wide selection of music
CONS: New location lacks character

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★★★★☆

Ecclectic shop thats been in Pasadena for years. Hard to find music can be found here and the employees are weird and helpful. I think if its not here, they can get it for you. They have moved to Colorado Blvd west of San Gabriel Blvd, on the southside of the street.

PROS: Wide selection of music
CONS: New location lacks character

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Poo-bah is the kind of record shop that would be more at home in Hollywood than the quiet, corporate streets of Pasadena. A solid collection of new and used cds with some very nice imports to boot. They have some vinyl but not a lot since the store is small. The only drawback is that searching through their cds (booklets in sleeves but no jewel case) can be difficult and frustrating.

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★★★★☆

Poo-bah is the kind of record shop that would be more at home in Hollywood than the quiet, corporate streets of Pasadena. A solid collection of new and used cds with some very nice imports to boot. They have some vinyl but not a lot since the store is small. The only drawback is that searching through their cds (booklets in sleeves but no jewel case) can be difficult and frustrating.

Pros: friendly, nice selection

Cons: difficult to search, street parking

 

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