Saturday 21 April 2012 marks an important date for music fans worldwide: International Record Store Day (IRSD).
Now in its fifth year, IRSD is a celebration of the
humble independent record shop and everything associated with it: the music nerds
and vinyl records, the obscure bands nobody’s heard of and a cheerfully
anti-mainstream attitude. Festivities vary according to the store, with special
commemorative releases, one-off discounts and free pizza being popular choices.
In recognition of this great day, we’ve compiled a
shortlist of record shops that should be on every musically-inclined
eye-popping pink and yellow exterior lies a veritable wonderland of musical
possibilities. Endless rows of new and used records and CDs — soul, rock’n’roll,
country, old-school R’n’B, jazz, indie and more — cry out to be explored, colourful
gig posters plaster the walls and a dedicated performance space sets the scene
for regular in-store gigs. Far from the tourist trail and very affordable,
Bringing wild and groovy sounds to London’s famous
Portobello Road since 1994, Intoxica
is a vinyl junkie’s dream fix. Renowned for its tasty range of collectible and
hard-to-find records, this shop plays by its own rules and dances to its own swinging
beat. Not the cheapest, but certainly one of the best — opinionated staff
Take a deep breath: you are about to bid adios to your
hard-earned euros. Disproportionately well-stocked for its petite size, this legendary shop in the heart
of edgy El Raval isn’t designed for ease of browsing (racks are so jam-packed
it can be difficult to flick through them) — but that just adds to the experience.
Practically every musical genre is represented here; leaving empty-handed is
Since opening its doors 30 years ago, Waterloo’s reputation as a source of
sensational music has grown along with Austin’s own. Allow a couple of hours --
this store is huge, with an exhaustive inventory (including a mighty Texan selection)
that demands in-depth investigation. An accessible set-up, multiple listening
stations and unusually friendly staff seal the deal.
Moogy’s Mobile Record Store, Perth
Setting up anywhere that’ll take him, Perth’s most
loveable curmudgeon Moogy
plies his vinyl-only trade to a devoted following. Expect to find everything from
psychedelia to electronica among the cherry-picked stock, plus a strong local
selection. In this era of high overheads and retail slumps, there’s something intriguingly
genius about a record shop on wheels.