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Record Shops RIP ...................................

Discussion in 'music' started by dss, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. dss

    dss Musical Bons


    Just got an e-mail from Smallfish in Old Street London saying they are closing the shop next week.

    One of the few places covering most of my genres in depth is going.. Will still probably have a web presence though.

    This was one of the few record shops / cafes where I could park The Wife with a coffee and a cake whilst I browsed.

    This is not good - What do you have to do to stay in business these days?


    ITCC - Isolee - The Western Store
  2. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    I'm surprised, Smallfish is usually busy. I suspect the lease is up rather than lack of custom.

    -- Ian
  3. Uncle Ants

    Uncle Ants I'm a Shop Keeper

    and Nottingham ... which actually gives your theory a bit of a boost :)

    I seem to remember Brighton being quite well served ... which gives it another bit of a boost.

    Mind you if the closers specialise in dance type stuff, there may be a clue there ... its for old farts ;)
  4. PeeWeeKiwi

    PeeWeeKiwi pfm Member

    Spent a month in Christchurch ( NZ ) last week. Went to a suggested shop called Penny Lane ( 463 Columbo St ) and saw a variety of stuff I've not seen the likes of at the big, big Real Groovy store in Auckland.
    I only stayed for 15 minutes, and told the guy it will take me three days to do justice to the stock, next time.
    This guys stock was amazing , and I don't know how I would categorize it, it was all over the place.
    He also has colour photo copies of the 'most wanted' albums on the wall. In NZ, that means Human Instinct, an early 70's heavy rock ensemble . Copies change hands for around NZD 300....
    All in all, a great place to waste a few hours.
  5. julian2002

    julian2002 pfm Member

    bedford has a couple of vinyl only shops. a friend of mine runs one (ws records) mostly electronica / dj sort of stuff. no idea what the other is called or what it's like though.
  6. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Big Brother Records, 379 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole. Used to be in Salisbury. Run by Doug who knows his stuff and very reasonably priced.
  7. david12

    david12 pfm Member

    There are still a few around, the Sound Machine in Reading is good for CD and Vinyl and a really friendly atmosphere, Ben's of course in Guilford. I tend to agree about the internet, vinyl is large heavy and takes up room. Why pay for the overheads, just use E bay. Now I know people knock it, but for vinyl it is great. I've never had any problems and sooner or later, whatever your looking for will turn up. You loose the thrill of going into a shop I know, but I can see why it is'nt economic anymore.
  8. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Paid my last visit to Smallfish (the physical shop) today.

    Cafe has shut down already, so no coffee and cake.

    But usual success rate, where I went in looking for one specific record, (Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches Vol 1) and found 4 or 5 others I was interested in, and got 4 other recommendations to try as well.

    Knowledgable RSA, worked out I would need the latest Wighonmy Brothers release and a some other minimal tech and electronica.

    Apparently thier website is having a major overhaul and will feature reccomendations based on your favorites and purchases etc. perahps more focussed than the Amazon type' People would bought this also bought..' type references.

    I will have to visit Phonica in Poland Street more, but always after checking in Sister Ray first.


    OTD - Various Artists - Reactivate Volume 1 - The Belgian Techno anthems
  9. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    Henry´s in Burton on Trent is always worth a visit for 2nd hand stuff. For very old times´sake ( I bought the single in 1960) I picked up the original Moon River LP by Danny Williams and the Norrie Paramor Orchestra, not to mention Bert and John, In the Land of Grey and Pink etc.
  10. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    crash and jumbo in leeds were where I spent all my saturdays during my youth - think they're still going and selling vinyl (though havent been back for years). There's always the rough trade shops in covent garden and portobello - few others up portobello way as well (pricey from what I remember)
  11. Dave J

    Dave J Übermember

    I was visiting Chelmsford last week and noticed a sign on the Oxfam shop window indicating that they stocked vinyl. I was pretty gobsmacked to find a fully stocked s/h record shop upstairs alpha indexed by genre. Rather pleasingly they knew what they were selling as the prices weren't cheap (generally around £4-6, but one or two specials at £25) and the staff seemed pretty clued up. Apparently there's a similarly well stocked store in Ealing. Recommended
  12. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Reading also has a 2nd hand vinyl and CD Oxfam shop.

    Only a few bargains and some rarities for me though.

    Might suit the middle of the road clientele better.


    OTD - Trentemoller - Nam Nam ep
  13. kasperhauser

    kasperhauser pfm Member

    Checked out the newly opened "Vinyl Resting Place" over lunch. Holy crap, where does he find this stuff? Shedloads of clean and even brand-spankin' new (as in, sealed and everything) vintage vinyl. Nice prices (cheaper than when I bought them the first time around). Jazz selection is disappointing, but he has pop and rock well covered.

    What did I buy?
    Kate Bush - Never For Ever ($6.95)
    Allman Bros. - Eat a Peach ($8.95)
    Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine ($14.95, new)
    Jeff Beck - Wired ($4.95)
    Blow Monkeys - She Was Only A Grocer's Daughter ($3.95)

    All the used ones are squeaky clean. Nice.
  14. rod

    rod beach bum

    Nice one! Tell him to source some more jazz.
  15. kasperhauser

    kasperhauser pfm Member

    Yeah, I intend to. It was pretty dire - mostly GRP hell. Which is surprising, because his selection of jazz on cd kicks considerable ass.
  16. joel

    joel Painter of Dragons, Maker of Mirrors

    CD shops - even the largest in the world (Tower in Shibuya, apparently) have vanishingly little of anything I find remotely interesting. I spent a few hours looking for something today and came away with a measly 4 CDs (and as I listen I realise that that was pushing it). A depressing experience, to say the least.
    The net is an incredible resource for getting hold of (legit) new releases. Eveyone goes on about MP3s, but the variety of good old fashioned media is fairly mind blowing.
    LPs are a different matter, although ebay is the the place for classic ethnographic recordings and African pop.
  17. Chris

    Chris pfm Member

    A mate of mine has just phoned me from Paris - he´s having a few days there - apparently there are some remarkable 2nd hand vinyl shops there - Crocojazz, crocorock etc. etc. He found out about them from a page called "The vinyl Tourist" ? I believe.
  18. mcleanmuir

    mcleanmuir pfm Member

    I have been informed that Beanos in Croydon is shutting it's doors. However we still have
    Rollin Records-West Wickham
    Vinyl Resting Place-Shirley
    Wanted Music-Beckenham
  19. timH

    timH Senior Moment Member

    Record Shak in Edinburgh
  20. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Beanos closing!

    Claimed to be the biggest second hand record shop in the world!

    I have been there several times, picked up some (expensive) gems.

    Another reason not to go to Croydon then!


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