It looks like an eternity since the last Record Day Store, but this year I was determined to go and visit a few stores in the Sydney CBD and report back to you. There was definitely a buzz in the three stores I visited, and a big queue in front of Red Eye Records. Fish Records in our beautiful Queen Victoria Building (QVB pour les intimes...) was busier than normal, although not much vinyl there, but still some animation with a singer - Alicia Crossley - and a group of baroque musicians playing some Swedish music from the 16th century - The Marais Project. Unfortunately, my duties a the designated family cook prevented me to stay and listen to them. I will have to buy their CDs another day. Our friend Elodie Sablier was virtually present with her two albums, but is away from our shores at the moment going on to new adventures and hopefully a third album sooner than later...
HAPPY WORLD RECORD STORE DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
Red Eye Records - 143 York Street - Sydney
You have probably heard that the sales of vinyl records are actually up, so it was appropriate to spend some time on Saturday to visit a few record stores in the Sydney CBD (I didn't venture any further as we had like 60mm of rain that day...) to celebrate World Record Store Day.
And it is certainly true that the number of physical record stores are down, but the ones that are left are obviously the ones that are specialists in a niche market, have evolved with an online presence and finally have knowledgeable staff! 22 shops in Sydney participated in the event.
Two of the stores I visited, Fish Fine Music and Birland Records (where I bought Cafe Blue from Patricia Barber in a HDCD Collector version) are primarily stocked with CDs and DVDs/BluRay. Birland Records also stock a rare collection of XRCDs, a specially mastered format invented by JVC, and a large selection of SACDs.
I also shop occasionally at the Mojo Record Bar who are primarily vinyl stockists, new and second-hand.
My surprise came from Red Eye Records which i pass by often driving but never had a chance to visit properly ...until then.
Well, this was certainly a very busy place, where the cash registers were ticking red hot.
The crowd was diverse in age, sex and all alleys were busy with shoppers wandering mainly in the vinyl sections, but also DVD and music BluRay had their fans (me included...)
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.