A new friend and vinyl enthusiast who lives in Newtown gave me a list of shops to visit on Record Store Day 2019.
I had never really explored that suburb for that particular aspect of it, apart from occasional visits to Classic Hifi who were not participating this year, their emphasis being more on gear.
And my report will be biased toward gear as well! You have been warned...
So let's go on a wander together!
HUM - 271 King Street
One of the biggest shops on the Main Street, HUM stocks all kinds of vinyl, but also CDs and DVDs of music, TV series and film. Well organised, easy to find what you are looking for.
Pretty average in terms of the sound system itself.
EGG RECORDS - 3 Wilson Street
Not the biggest shop around but the owner is very knowledgeable and he is also the DJ.
Good vintage set of speakers and electronic together with a current AudioTechnica rig to play vinyls. Do pay it a visit, worth the little detour via Wilson Street just off King Street.
REPRESSED RECORDS - 413 King Street
The busiest shop by far! They are also selling second hand books on art, architecture and other topics.
A self-service headphone based turntable system lets you sample the records you might want to buy, a great idea!
SOMETHING ELSE RECORDS - 488 King Street
A very small shop, highly specialised, also selling DJ gear, and having their own DJ for the day.
If you are into things like Dub Techno, Tech House, Electro and other esoteric - to me - genres, then this is the place for you. A tad too rad for me though...
HALCYON DAZE RECORDS - 498 King Street
Very knowledgeable owner Brett Young, both in vintage hardware and software was a pleasure to talk to - I actually ended up talking to the two couples in the shop at the time too - and his shop is a paradise for vintage gear nerds like me! I will be back...
NETWORK CONNECTION RECORDS - 463 King Street
This was definitely the best shop in terms of fit out, atmosphere, quality of music played and best staff. It reminded me of the now closed Turntable Lab LA that I was lucky to visit a few months before they closed. The Turntable Lab still has shops in NYC and Brooklyn.
I bought the Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures album there, released after her untimely death...
PAPA DISQUO - 103 Enmore Road
Friendly staff, almost 100% vinyl, good listening system, deserves a mention...
COTTONMOUTH RECORDS - 182 Enmore Road
It is certainly a great little bar, although I didn't partake as I had to drive the car home. But I have the feeling that the vinyl is almost a gimmick to attract the right clientele for the bar.
There is a tiny dark room at the back named as the whisky room that I might go back for per public transport to sample some of their great collection of single malts. Stay tuned...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.