This year, we’re celebrating Record Store Day (RSD) a little differently. In the past, we’d be lining up outside our favourite record stores (see a list by city below), hosting an event, celebrating at release parties… but this year, we’re doing everything online.
RSD has been going strong for 13 years, celebrating independent record stores and a love of vinyl. Today, there are RSD participating stores, events and vinyl releases across the world. In 2020 there will be three major online drop dates August 29, September 26 and October 24.
This year, more than ever, we’re rallying support for record store owners, who are an integral part of the music industry. Whether you have a favourite or not, check out our list below and support your local by buying online. Vinyl lovers, unite!
You can’t talk about record stores without mentioning the iconic Northside records. A staple of the scene, Northside Records has been satisfying Melbourne’s taste for soul and funk (especially vinyl) since 2002. Founder, Chris Gill is widely respected as one of Melbourne’s music taste-makers and fountains of knowledge on all things vinyl.
Established in 2006, Wax Museum sell new and used vinyl, tapes, turntable accessories, vinyl care products and more. Prior to COVID lockdowns Wax Museum also offered DJ lessons, movie screenings and room hire. In 2009, they launched their own in-house record label featuring talent from Melbourne and abroad. They have an online store, so click away.
Since 1994, Alley Tunes have been specialising in underground dance music and everything electronic. You’ll also find a taste of reggae, soul, jazz, hip-hop, disco, blues, African, latin, rock, Indie & disco, funk & house.
Record Store Sydney
Pop in for a listen and browse through their range of house, rock, electronic, indie, hiphop, bass-music, reggae, funk/soul, jazz/blues & turntablist wax. Or pick up turntables, needles & more. They can even de-warp records (!), convert vinyl, repair Technics 1200/1210s & clean your vinyl. Pretty solid.
Music, music and more music for the last 20 years. It doesn’t get better than that. They’re integral to the local record store fair scene and have an impressive grassroots following. You’ll find loads of hidden gems among popular titles here.
Rush Hour Store
A record store, label, distribution centre and music heaven, Rush Hour has been a staple in Amsterdam since 1997.
Hailed as the world's largest independent record store, Amoeba Hollywood has been operating for 30 years. They are currently relocating and running a campaign to keep their doors open. A truly iconic venue, they have hosted live music events, record releases, welcomed famous guests, and most importantly cared for their community (and their music scene) the entire time. Support them if you can.
A1 Record Shop
Hailed as ‘possibly the best record store in the world’ A1 is another staple of the scene. Find dance floor grooves, from jazz and disco to hip hop and house here.
London’s leading independent record store for dance and electronic vinyl. With a magazine, ultra-premium handmade limited edition pressings, exhibitions and more. You may also find one of your favourite headphones here. (hint hint: the Nuraphone).
Osaka, Japan —
A DJs delight, Rare Groove are a must-stop when you visit Osaka. They opened in Osaka's America-mura(American village) in Dec 2007 with a wide selection of all musical styles.
Kyoto, Japan —
Apparel, coffee and records… what more do we need to say? Music lovers and sports fans alike will find their home here.
Specializing in electronic music and affiliated with YOYAKU RECORDS, the label. Find all your fave House, Minimal, Techno, Electro, Dub Techno vinyls here.
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