By Faizan Malik

Vinyl has spun back into relevance.

Sales of vinyls in the United States declined after 1979, but in the past 11 years they've grown in popularity again, according to Nielsen Music.

I've been collecting vinyl from independent record stores in Los Angeles for about nine months; the record format creates a physical relationship between listeners and the music. Vinyl owners flip the record and listen to complete albums rather than a collection of singles, creating an intimate experience.

Some bitter vinyl veterans act like records are an exclusive club reserved for classic rock fans and people over 30. But now newfound vinyl enthusiasts can find a number of records for sale at mainstream stores such as Urban Outfitters; however, independent record stores make for the most authentic shopping experience.

The Daily Bruin gives a run-down on some of the top record stores in Los Angeles.

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