Crooked Beat Records closed their D.C. location in May. The building had constant problems that created health issues for owner Bill Daly and the D.C. rent became too damn high. The store operated online while they didn’t have a brick and mortar location. They wrote in a Facebook post, “We got that P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude).”
The record store had a soft opening in September and officially opened the store this past weekend. We went at 2:00 p.m. on the Sunday during opening weekend. A couple people walked in while I was there, but a crowd showed up for the performances by Don Zientara (of Inner Ear Studio) and El Quatro later that day. Daly said that most people found the new location in Alexandria fairly well and that the people from Maryland liked having to travel to Alexandria more. While the D.C. location was more convenient for most, it was difficult to find parking for those who drive. The space was painted to have its iconic red walls and covered with posters, like the old Adams Morgan location.
The new location is able to fit more records and merchandise in the store. I ended up buying Glen E. Friedman’s Keep Your Eyes Open. Daly told me to come back to have Fugazi sign it because most of the band, especially Ian MacKaye, visits the shop often.
Crooked Beat Records is located at 802 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314. They are open on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is street parking.