• Serving Jersey City’s Vinyl Needs Since 1996!

    114 Brunswick Street
    (Between 1st & 2nd Street)
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    (201) 222-9515
    Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 12-7
    Friday & Saturday, 12-8
    Sunday, 12-6


  • The Store

    Iris Records, Jersey City

    Iris Records, Jersey City

    Iris Records might not have ever happened. I moved into this storefront over twenty years ago after answering an ad in the Village Voice for roomates. The plan was to remain on Brunswick Street for six months and then move into the city. After the last roomate moved out of this 1930s pharmacy a few years later, I decided to bring in my flea market records and sell to the local kids (I didn’t even think of it as a proper “store”), mostly stuff like Tevin Campbell and Audio Two and Issac Hayes. When pressed for a name of the business, I grabbed the name of my brother’s late cat, and Iris Records was born. Very popular with the Japanese and the French in the 2000s as a wholesale outlet, shuttered a couple of times along the way (owner fatigue), the spot has survived through the music industry crash of the last ten years with surprising grace and good humor. Dubbed “fantasy island” by my best Japanese customer (Masaharu, where are you?), cool records are always appearing like they’ve fallen out of the sky, titles I’ve never seen before, even though I do all of the buying and shouldn’t be surprised by anything. While we would never say that we are the “best store” in any sense, we attempt the impossible: to satisfy all customers who walk through the door, to understand that everyone has different taste, and to defend your right to like any damn thing that you want. We’re very proud of our dollar record selection, our IrisDance department, our interesting assortment of new vinyl, and most of all our prices, which bring dealers from other countries (and even NYC) to purchase records and then resell them at their stores. We’re deeply thankful for our wonderful customer base though the years: diggers like Gil (whose mother’s name is Iris), Dirtyfingaz, Chill, Speed, Kyle, DJ Riddimaster, Makoto, Frankie Bones, Bruce, Jim Fu, Ken Sport, Big Jack, Henry, Ken French and a zillion more from down the street and around the world who have crawled on these floors. And big props to Mayfield and Monch, wherever they are. Can we somehow buy another 20 years on Brunswick Street?????

    Our Sections:

    In addition to our $1 sections of Rock/Country/Gospel/World/Children’s/Soul/Classical/Soundtracks/Pop Vocals/Jazz/Latin/12″ stuff, our IrisDance and our Iris45 sections, we feature the following for your browsing pleasure.

    Psychedelic
    Garage
    Stones
    Sixties
    Eric Clapton
    Bob Seger
    Rod Stewart

    Neil Young
    The Who
    Queen
    The Kinks
    Jefferson Airplane
    David Bowie
    The Beatles
    Apple Corps
    The Monkees
    The Beach Boys
    Eagles

    Jimi Hendrix
    Jam Bands
    The Dead
    The Band
    Led Zeppelin
    Bruce Springsteen
    Bee Gees
    Tom Petty
    Fleetwood Mac
    Elton John
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    The Doors
    Electric Light Orchestra
    10 CC

    Classic Rock – 70’s
    Hall & Oates
    Van Morrison
    Kiss
    Bob Dylan
    Metal
    Black Sabbath
    Metallica
    AC/DC

    Euro Prog
    Kevin Ayers
    Robert Wyatt
    Genesis
    Soft Machine
    Gong
    Krautrock
    Bonzo Dog Band
    Thin Lizzy
    Harvey Mandel
    Traffic
    King Crimson

    Southern Rock
    The Allman Brothers
    L.A. Rock
    Steely Dan
    Pink Floyd

    Teen Idols
    Doo-wop
    Twist!
    Crazy Covers!
    Picture Discs
    Rock Stars Babble!
    Oldies
    Elvis Presley
    Phil Spector

    Girls Girls Girls
    Pop Vocals
    Tony Bennett
    Frank Sinatra
    Enoch Light

    Folk Music
    Brian Auger
    70’s British Rock
    British Folk
    Fairport Convention
    Richard Thompson
    Roy Harper
    Nick Drake
    John Martyn
    Donovan
    Lee Hazelwood
    John Fahey
    Michael Hurley
    Nilsson
    Laura Nyro
    Randy Newman
    Carole King
    Richie Havens
    Billy Joel
    Phil Ochs
    Todd Rundgren
    Leonard Cohen
    J.D. Souther
    The Byrds
    Gene Clark
    Dave Van Ronk

    Singer-Songwriter
    Warren Zevon
    Paul Simon
    Joni Mitchel
    Nancy Sinatra
    Soft Rock
    Abba
    Power Pop

    Vintage R&R
    George Thorogood
    Rockabilly
    Surf
    Blues
    Kitty Wells
    Tammy Wynette
    Hank Williams
    Johnny Cash
    Patsy Cline
    Louvin Brothers
    Dolly Parton (Dolly!)
    George Jones
    Country
    Townes Van Zandt
    Gram Parsons
    Rodriguez
    Nick Cave
    Alt-Country

    Hip-Hop (New)
    Current Soul!
    Soul Reissues
    Grunge
    Westerns
    British
    J. Spaceman
    Radiohead
    Arctic Monkeys
    Daft Punk
    Zamrock (Ian)
    American Roots
    Morricone

    Modern Rock
    Punk
    Classic Rock Reissues
    Soundtracks
    Nineties
    Local Music
    2000s
    Audiophile-New

    New Arrivals
    New Release Classic Rock
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Indie Rock

    A-D

    Cat Power
    Built To Spill
    Bright Eyes
    Bon Iver
    B. Prince Billy
    Bjork
    Black Keys
    Animal Collective
    Arcade Fire
    Civil Wars
    Calexico
    Kevin Devine
    Foxygen
    Flaming Lips
    God Speed You Black Emperor
    Grimes
    Interpol

    J-N

    Neutral Milk Hotel
    Kings Of Leon
    Kurt Vile

    O-S

    Smog
    Royal Trux
    Sigur Ros
    Sonic Youth

    T-Z

    Ty Segall
    The xx
    The White Stripes
    Zola Jesus
    Yo La Tengo

    St. Etienne
    Kraftwerk
    George Michael
    Pet Shop Boys
    Downtempo
    Dusty Springfield (Dusty!)
    Kate Bush
    Blondie
    B-52s
    Depeche Mode
    Eighties!
    80’s Pop Stuff

    U2
    Scottish Pop
    Belle & Sebastien
    British
    John Cale
    XTC
    Roxy Music
    Scott Walker
    Go-Betweens
    Sparks
    Brian Eno
    Public Image LTD
    Robyn Hitchcock
    Elvis Costello
    Twee!
    Bad Cover Version
    Big Star
    Feelies
    Jonathan Richman (Jonathan!)
    Dire Straits
    The Cure

    New Wave
    Graham Parker
    Post-Punk
    Ska
    Manchester
    New Order
    The Smiths
    Joy Division
    The Velvet Underground
    Lou Reed
    The Mekons
    Bauhaus
    Paul Weller
    The Jam
    We Are Mods!

    New York Dolls
    Tom Verlaine
    Talking Heads
    Pere Ubu
    Iggy Pop
    The Ramones
    The Replacements
    The Descendants
    Black Flag
    U.S. Punk
    Fugazi
    Dischord
    U.K. Punk
    The Sex Pistols
    Buzzcocks
    The Clash
    Patti Smith
    Ralph Records
    Glam Rock
    Captain Beefheart
    Frank Zappa
    Shuggie Otis
    Roky Erickson
    Riot Grrrl
    Pulp
    Tom Waits

    New Arrivals!

    Reggae
    Bob Marley

    Jazz
    Ragtime
    Bob James
    Thelonious Monk
    Dave Brubeck
    Sonny Rollins
    Charles Mingus
    Charlie Parker
    Miles Davis
    Jazz Vocals
    John Coltrane

    Avant-Garde
    Terry Riley
    Moog/Synth
    ECM
    Dixieland
    Cal Tjader
    Blue Note
    Prestige
    Free Jazz
    Foreign Jazz

    Beats & Breaks
    Soundness
    Prince
    Bizarre!

    60’s Soul
    Aretha Franklin
    Go-Go
    Funky Quebec
    Gospel
    Latin
    Calypso
    Sample This…
    Indian Raga
    Japanese
    Reggae Singles
    Brazilian
    Bollywood
    Cajun/zydeco
    Ukulele
    Québécois
    French
    70’s Soul
    Stevie Wonder
    Sweet Soul
    80’s Soul
    Michael Jackson
    Otis Redding
    P-Funk
    Curtis Mayfield
    Gil-Scott-Heron
    James Brown
    Motown
    Madonna
    Sly Stone

    Crazy Foreign
    Sports
    Children’s
    Horses!

    Spoken Word
    Black History
    Native American
    African
    Ukulele

    Soundtracks
    Classical
    Music Hall
    Exotica
    Instrumental
    Guitar Instrumental
    Comedy
    Quad/CD-4
    Military



    New Vinyl – December 16th, 2016

    Bone Thugz-N-Harmony – E.1999 Eternal Buckley, Jeff – Live At WFMU Studios East Orange, NJ 1992 / WENZ Studios, Cleveland, OH 1995 Can – Ege Bamyasi Can...

    New Vinyl – December 10th, 2016

    2pac – 2Pacalypse Now Allman Brothers Band, The – Fillmore East Avenged Sevenfold – Sounding The Seventh Trumpet Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage Bowie, David – Ziggy Stardust...

    New Vinyl – October 1st, 2016

    ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS Billy Bragg – Shine A Light Blonde Redhead – Masulin Feminin (4LP Box Set) Bon Iver – 22, A Million EZTV – High In Place Jack...

    The Next Record Riot Is October 29th, 2016!

    Attention! The last JCRR of the year is on Saturday, October 29th! Contact Steve Gritzan at recordriots@gmail.com if you are interested in selling! Last...

    Cassette Store Day! October 8th, 2016

    Ever since we started our cassette section at the store, we have been pleasantly surprised to see how much interest people have in them,...

    New Vinyl – September 23rd, 2016

    Banhart, Devendra – Ape In Pink Marble Bat For Lashes – The Bride Bowie, David & Gillespie, Dana – Love Dana Gillespie Brian Jonestown Massacre, The –...

    New Vinyl – September 9th, 2016

    Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits DJ Shadow – Entroducing Guided By Voices – Under The Bushes Under The Stairs Jack White –...

    Live Jazz @ Iris w/ The Eric Zolan Trio

    Join us on September 24th at 8pm at the store (after the Record Riot) for some really fantastic live jazz, courtesy of The Eric...