Diggin’ in Japan vol 8 -Tokyo update December 2018

one of the longest running and most consistent posts on Soul Safari is undoubtedly ‘Diggin’ in Japan’. Some are written by myself, other posts are first hand experiences by my friend and dedicated collector MP Flapp. All visits are documented with lots of tips on how to travel to Japan, how to get around within the cities, where to find the best places to eat, to chill and spend your cash…. no detail is spared!

dj MP FLAPP @ Wonderland, Paradiso Amsterdam 2018

The latest in the series is Mp Flapp’s report of his journey through the land of the rising sun and the many record stores in Japan, updated version 2018.

see also diggin’ in Japan vol 1; Tokyo record shops

diggin’ in Japan vol 2; Osaka finds

diggin’ in Japan, vol 3; One Box Record Fair Tokyo

diggin’ in Japan vol 4-El Sur Records Tokyo-interview with Takashi Harada

Diggin’ in Japan; vol 5 Tokyo Dec 2014 by MP Flapp

Diggin’ in Japan; vol 6 Osaka Dec 2014 by MP Flapp

Diggin’ in Tokyo & Osaka vol 7 -December 2015

On the Vinyl trail in Tokyo, update December 2018

Part One: Forever Changes (Tokyo)

                I believe the last time I put pen to paper with respect the hunt for musty vinyl in Japan was back in 2015. As you might expect a lot has changed on the Japanese vinyl trail since then… This trip was a particularly a good one as the adventure started in Amsterdam in a late night café with this blogs author Eddy De Clercq and Japanese DJ Jun following a fantastic party playing records in the adult kindergarten as part of the Wonderland event at the Paradiso on 14th December 2018. One of those events where the conversation naturally arrives as record shops both past and present… the places where unexpected treasures are found or the proprietor is always good at highlighting recommendations based on what you’ve selected to listen to or buy…

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dj JUN @ Wonderland, Paradiso Amsterdam 2018

                It would have been a missed opportunity (you never know what you might find) if the next morning DJ Jun and I hadn’t taken a quick tour of a subset of Amsterdam’s record shops before our respective flights… his back to South Africa and mine to Japan via Vienna and Frankfurt…  


after an epic overnight flight or en-route home with cases full of records it’s a bit of a long journey to and from the airport to the city centre. On the last couple of trips I’ve opted to fly to Haneda instead as the airport is within 20 min of the city centre by metro. It also has the advantage of being about 30/40 Euros by taxi from many central hotel locations. Flights to Haneda are about the same price as Narita Airport from Europe; at times they can be cheaper. A number of flights to Haneda from Europe arrive around lunchtime as opposed to 8 am meaning it’s possible to check-in to the hotel on arrival. In addition, with Haneda being so close to the city centre, there is no need to exchange your JR travel voucher for a Japan Rail Pass on arrival. Arriving at Narita it makes sense to obtain the JR travel pass to save buying a ticket for the train from the airport to the city centre.

                This trip is a few days less than previous years. The loose agenda is to spend a day and a half in Tokyo, travel down to Osaka, go on to Fukuoka before return to Osaka for a few more days then back to Tokyo for a day before catching the flight home. 

                 On arrival, bags dropped at the hotel there is just under half a day left to go digging. From the hotel it’s possibly to go in a sort of short circle by metro and take in two locations (Shinjuku and Ochanomizu) both with a high concentration of stores before returning to the hotel.

                In Shinjuku there are two clusters of stores either side of main train station. Short on time the focus is on the south-east side of the station and the pocket of Disk Union stores… with more time a trip to Dub Store on the other side of the station is more than recommended. My interest in Japanese music has changed quite a bit over the last few years… first port of call these days is the Disk Union Japanese Pop (Kayoukyoku) basement store… always loaded with great 45s and given it’s end of the year, the premium 60s/70s stock is out… often records that very rarely appear on-line are on display… not always cheap, but in person you can check the condition and quality. Depending on how busy the store is you can give batches of five to seven records a listen to ensure they are as expected…

A couple of floors above the Japanese Pop store is the Disk Union soundtrack store… again always worth a visit… not that I’m big on CDs, but there are some Japanese soundtrack music from the 60s/70s that was never released at the time and only issued on CD at a later date… always worth having a look just in case… with the advent of relatively cheap one-off lathe cut 45s there’s not harm in buying the CD and cutting a couple of the tracks (edited or not) to a one copy 45…

A few hundred meters up the street from the first location is the main Disk Union store in the area. The store is split over eight floors, covers near ever genre imaginable from almost every corner of the planet. I usually do the basement location first as it covers Japanese releases both old and new. There is a small crossover in stock with the Japanese Pop store, but in general the selection in unique to this location. From here it’s up to seventh floor of punk then down through the New Wave/Avant-Garde on the sixth floor to the Latin, Brazilian, African and Reggae on the fifth floor before finishing up in the Progressive Rock selection on the fourth floor.

Disk Union

There are another three Disks Union stores in the area worth visiting depending on your taste: the Dance store covering everything from Soul to Techno, the Rock Store split over two floors covering rock in its many forms and the General Store which is completely across the board. To do all of these stores on a half day you kind of need to be going through the racks fairly quickly and selectively. It’s fairly easy to get side tracked and spend a lot of time waiting to hear records. The listening policy is enforced quite strictly when the stores are busy. At weekends or early evening it’s easy to end up in a queue of six or seven people and lose 30/40 minutes waiting. The best approach is make a note of titles that are unknown, try and check them on-line or keep the listening to early morning visits, soon after the store has opened. 

                Next stop Ochanomizu which is a short ride on the Chuo from Shinjuku. In a couple of hours you can do about seven stores before closing time which varies between 8pm and 9pm. There are a few more record stores in the area coupled with some fantastic book stores, but that tour requires quite a bit more time to do.

                 The first stop is the Jazz Disk Union which is five minutes’ walk from Ochanomizu station. There is a bit more than Jazz going on here as the annex on the same floor covers a broad selection of Japanese groove, Latin and funk. However, if it’s Jazz you’re looking for this is the place to come based on volume of stock and range on offer. One of the most notable changes over the years has been the change in interest from overseas Jazz to domestic Jazz. Gone are the days when Japanese Jazz records were easy to find at sensible prices… releases on Three Blind Mice, in top condition with OBI and booklet are now near impossible to find at regular prices. 

                A short walk from the Jazz Disk Union is the main Disk Union store in the area… it’s a fairly broad genre crossing selection, but the real gems are in the selection of domestic releases in stock. The overseas Folk, Psych and Progressive Rock sections are worth a mention as they tend to be loaded with items you only see on-line or at record fairs in Europe. The records are suitably priced, but it is nice to see these records appear as shop stock.

                My favourite 45 store, Orient is about 15mins walk from Disk Union down the hill in Kanda. It’s not the size of the store that makes the place so good, it’s the range of domestic releases from the 50s through to the 80s… it’s a curated selection that tends to be in top condition. There isn’t the ability to listen to records in store, so you need to know what you are looking for. That said it’s fairly straight forward to find clips on-line.

                Walking towards Jinbocho from Orient there are four store of note: a further Disk Union, Tacto – Showa Music, Fuji Record Sya and the highlight Record Sya. Record Sya was established in 1930 and is affiliated to the Fuji Record Sya store. It’s possibly not a store for the hipster, but for those collectors looking for something a little off the radar…

                One advantages of finishing the day here is that between Record Sya and Ochanomizu station there are a myriad of places to stop to eat and drink. The better Sake places tend to be Yakitori (grilled chicken) spots. However, for the vegitarians there’s a laid back Okonomiyaki restaurant in the area that is hard to beat. Okonomiyaki is a highly addictive savoury pancake like disk more associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan. Until I make it further south, this is an ideal way to finish the day… sort of a flavour of things to come.

                 When asked where would go record shopping with a whole day to spare?

My regular response is Shibuya and Shimokitazawa. The rational being both areas are relatively close together, have a great selection of records stores, are totally different architecturally and have more to see and do that just record shopping… 

                Starting is Shibuya the first port of call is the basement of the main Disk Union in the area for the Jazz, rare groove, reggae and global sounds… if possibly its best to go early on a weekday close to opening time as the store is loaded with stock, but a little tight for customer space. Aside from the mix of stock what I like about this store is the broad price range… most of the stock is sensibly priced and accessibly to anyone, but for the collector there are items you very rarely see in a shop… the type of records that appear in auctions or on the wall at record fairs… often not cheap, but priced and available… The priced factor is quite a good point. There is nothing worse as a buyer than going in to one of those stores where the records aren’t priced. Anything you bring to the counter the sales assistant has to look-up on Discogs, often quoting the highest price the record sold for… this isn’t cool in the slightest… it’s a bit like buying a beer in Berlin and the barperson suggesting it’s eleven Euros as that’s the price the last beer in Tokyo sold for… if you run a store… pick a price, put it on a sticker and stick it on the record…

A short walk from Disk Union is RecoFan on the fourth floor of Beam store. It took me a while to realise why there weren’t really rare records in store. These items appear to be made available on-line via stores Yahoo Auctions presence. Even without a selection of high end records in store the shop is good for finding common titles in great condition at sensible prices…

The next stop is the local HMV shop which is little further along the street from Disk Union. One of the strangest record stores (from a stock perspective) I’ve even been too once existed on tenth floor of the building that now houses HMV on the ground floor. Manuel of Errors stocked the broadest range of left field exotica, lounge, private press and abstract electronica from the 1950s to present. Sadly the shop closed about two years ago and to the best of my knowledge there isn’t similar store anywhere in Tokyo. The HMV store may not be quite as exotic as Manuel of Errors was, but fairly hard to beat. Split over two well sized floors you can find a mix of both new and second hand stock with the ratio of new to old being 30% new and 70% used. The blend of stock is further complemented by the mix of accessibly priced and collector’s items which again are not often cheap, but are available.

                The last two stops in the area I visit are Face Records and El Sur Records… two independent stores that have existed for a number of years… Face Records is about five minute walk from HMV. It’s not the biggest of stores, but it is a store for the groove heads… the short fall in physical space is complemented by a well-stocked on-line presence and regular eBay auctions…

at el sur with owner Takahashi Harada & Eddy De Clercq

                A short walk from Face Records you’ll find El Sur Records… possibly the original purveyor of global grooves… The location of the store is relatively new, possibly three years old. The original store (also in Shibuya) was in a building that was demolished as part of the rejuvenation of the area around the station… as great as the original location was this new spot might just be a little easier to find… the store is situated on the fifth floor of a free standing block, whereas the old location was on the tenth floor of a fairly non-descript 70s building located within a unit in a veritable rabbit warren of small businesses on the floor…

                Before leaving Shibuya you could do no wrong by dropping in Los Barbados (about a ten minute walk from El Sur back in the direction of the station)… it’s not big… at a push the restaurant seats eight to ten people, but has a fantastic selection of Middle Eastern and African cuisine… with a décor to match the menu…

                Shimokitazawa is four stations (about ten minutes) on the Keio Line from Shibuya. The Keio Line is a private line so you can’t use a JR Rail pass, but the fare is only about 150 yen. Aside from record shopping, the area is a fairly laid back part of town to spend some time in… around the station on either side of the railway are many small streets of boutique style stores, cafes, restaurants and bars… if I make it to Shimokitazawa it’s usually the last stop of the day in as much as when the shopping is over, often punctuated by more than one coffee stop, it’s the place to eat and have a few relaxed drinks before heading back to the hotel…

                Of the twelve record stores in the area only one is a Disk Union, the others are independent. Possibly the best known store in the area is Flash Disk Ranch which has existed for a many years, run by husband and wife duo Masao’s and Atsuko. The stock changes frequently and the prices are sensible. The store is less about rare records and more about regular titles available as part of deals (three records for 2000 yen type offers).

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Flash Disk Ranch

Round the corner from Flash Disk Ranch is City Country City, a hybrid record store come café with a limited, but excellent pasta centric menu. Ideal spot for a coffee stop. The weight of the stock is dance based covering Soul, Funk, Rare Groove to modern electronica.

                The Disk Union in the area is well worth a visit as it has an across the board selection covering almost every musical base. There are often a serious amount of rare records in store, particularly along the back wall. Almost directly across the street from Disk Union is The General Music Store. It’s not the biggest of shops, but the stock is very well curated. They often have a good selection of rare records from a broad range of genres.

MP FLAPP enjoys a naked lunch

                Of the other record stores in the area, the highlight is possibly Ella Records situated on the other side of the railway from the aforementioned stores. This is the second Ella store. The original store is based in Hatagaya. The Hatagaya store is not the easiest store to find and a little out of the way, but well worth a visit if time permits. The more accessible branch office in Shimokitazawa is really a great asset to the area. The store is spacious and has a great range of stock from about every genre imaginable. From a price perspective there is a great variety, everything from bargain bin to serious collectors’ items. The stock changes frequently and like a number of other stores on key dates of the year the store has themed sales of harder to find items.

The accessibility to an eclectic selection stock combined with a broad price range is possibly some of the elements that make record shopping in Japan quite desirable. Visiting a physical store is way better than browsing lists any day of the week. Another factor, particularly if you are fan of Japanese music, is that until quite recently finding what you were looking for or finding what you didn’t know existed was really a chance undertaking. Google translates has opened up access to a set of fan based blogs that provide details on both artists and releases that would have potentially slipped you by based on the language barrier and the fact for many years very little Japanese music has been covered in western publications in any detail. Basically in the old days you had to know someone with local knowledge who potentially knew the music you might be interested in and could recommend releases based on your interests or records you had already bought… sort of a translator with a degree of censorship based on the intermediates knowledge. The Japanese on-line translation is not perfect by any means, but after a while reading translated blogs its’ possible to deduce the gaps in the software’s ability. The software tends to make the same mistakes in selecting language… keep in mind a few inconsistences in language is way better than the days when there was no translation available at all…


  1. Compared to ten years ago where finding record stores in Japan was a sort of word of mouth exchange or a chance occurrence, today most stores have sort of on-line presence which can be translated fairly easily.  One of the most useful sites is https://recoya.net/japan – use Chrome and translate the catalogue to find the stores by city. The site is kept reasonably up-to-date.
  2. A handy phrase to type in to google maps is “レコード店” – it means “record stores” – based on where you are matches will appear on the map as green markers. Another handy one is “フリーマーケット” which translates to “flea-market” Not a perfect science, but it does turn up places you wouldn’t expect.
  3. Disk Union Shop map – https://diskunion.net/st/shop/
  4. Record Sya – https://www.recordsha.com/
  5. Nagomi Okonomiyaki – https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13199942/
  6. Yakitori and 50 Shades of Sake – https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13205392/
  7. Face Records – https://www.facerecords.com
  8. El Sur Records – http://elsurrecords.com/
  9. Lost Barbados – http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~los-barbados
  10. Flash Disk Ranch – https://www.facebook.com/flashdiscranch/
  11. City Country City – http://city-country-city.com/
  12. Ella Records – http://www.ella-records.com/

with love from Utrecht ARC record fair -April 2019

well folks, happy to have survived another 3 days of unlimited digging and selling on the biggest record fair in the World; the Spring edition of the ARC record fair in Utrecht.

As ever, the bi-yearly pow wow of national and international dealers provided the finest selection of top-end collectible vinyl, as well as a huge amount of cheap vinyl and everything in between. Something for everybody.

I had brought quite a nice selection of original South African vinyl, ranging from electronic afro-synth, boogie, bubblegum, kwaito as well as rare jazz. And other African music too, next to soundtracks, disco, soul, reggae, latin and a small but intriguing selection of unusual and weird records. Thanks to all customers, new and regular, for visiting my stall and supporting this selection. Next autumn I will be back with lots of more goodies…. at my stall nr. 388

Basa Basa ‘Homowo’ aka Basa Basa Experience ‘Together We Win’ -Ghana

Basa Basa Homowo -1979 Nigerian Holy Grail. Now available as a 2018 reissue by Vintage Voudou, The Netherlands, with extensive liner notes and fold-out poster

Soul Safari

Originally released in 1979 in Nigeria this album remains one of the highly prized ‘holy grails’ of African music. Basa Basa Experience ‎– Together We Win Label: Take Your Choice Records (TYC) ‎– TYC 115-L


see also previous post Piliso -Thumela -rare Afrobeat from South Africa 1983

Both albums by Piliso and Basa Basa Experience ‎were produced by Themba Matebese, a member of Nigerian band T-Fire. Other members are Igo Chico, Kenneth Okulolo, Lekan Animashaun, Mike Collins, Tobahoun Abalo, Tunde Williams.  In T-Fire Themba Matebese was responsible for the vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards and percussion as well as for the composition of most of their songs. He also wrote  ‘African Soul Power’, the standout track on ‘Together We Win’. The album got repressed on Peach River Records in Holland in 1983 under a new title ‘Homowo’, the group name was shortened to Basa Basa.

Liner notes; Basa Basa is a highlife band, the nuclues being the Nyaka Twins from…

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Diggin’ in Tokyo & Osaka vol 7 -December 2015

tokyo flyers 2016

see also Diggin’ in Japan; vol 5 Tokyo Dec 2014 by MP Flapp

                  Diggin’ in Japan vol 1; Tokyo record shops

in addition to MP Flapp’s previous posts here is his updated report on diggin’ in Tokyo & Osaka -December 2015.

Sometimes the best trips to look for records happen more by chance than design. This is one of those. It’s December and the year is running out. I’ve still not taken a proper holiday. Where’s best place to go to score some vinyl, chill a little, eat well and tactically avoid the commercial excesses of the season? It might come as a surprise that Japan would be the answer.


It’s actually a good time to go. It’s out-with the regular tourist season, the flights tend to be a bit cheaper, the hotels tend not to be fully booked, the shinkansen not overly busy, the weather can have an autumnal air, the shops are open every day and many record stores have end of year sales combined with the fact they pull out their top stock for the lure of the salary man’s bonus.


I’ve been to Japan more than once to buy records, so have a collection of maps and notes put together over the years with some valuable local assistance as a starting point. Having someone locally to point you in the right direction helps a lot, like anywhere else shops open, close and move, so one year’s good spots don’t necessary hold true for the next.


Until a few years ago the best guide to finding stores was the “Record Map”, a Japanese text only book detailing the locations of record and CD stores in almost every city in the country. It was never fully comprehensive, but as a guide it was invaluable. It ceased to be published in 2013. However, a sign that interest in stores and buying used music may be picking up is that the book is back on the shelves as a new and updated edition as of December 2014. The publication date was a bit late for this expedition as I was already on the ground when the book hit the shops.


This trip I’ve decided to focus on two locations: Tokyo and Osaka. Fly in to Tokyo spend some days there, travel to Osaka for a few more days, then return to Tokyo for a couple of days, before flying home on New Year’s Eve.


In my opinion, even if you drive, the best way to get between and around these cities is with the aid of the JR Rail Pass. Once you have the pass (the voucher is bought in advance of travelling to Japan) you are free to travel on any JR train. There are some exceptions with travelling on the shinkansen. The pass isn’t valid for a small number of superfast trains. However, the majority of shinkansen you can travel on by just making a reservation prior to boarding.


One thing I did differently to previous trips was to take a cheap Wi-Fi enabled tablet device. Given the short notice of the trip all I had was a rough plan with nothing fixed. Unlike a number of other countries cafes and bars tend not to have free Wi-Fi. All the hotels I stayed in had free Wi-Fi. So with this in mind all I did was firm up a plan for the day the night before and make sure any maps and the like were in an off-line form for browsing on the hoof.

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3 Tokyo main areas for record shopping


For the first few days in Tokyo I usually focus on three main areas: Shibuya (with a side trip to Shimokitazawa), Shinjuku and Ochanomizu (with a side trip on foot to Jinbouchou). It’s a fairly easy circle of stores on the metro and in each of the areas there are enough shops dominated by the spread of Disk Unions to make finding your feet and common titles fairly easy. Disk Union is the dominant used music chain in Tokyo. However, in the vicinity of the stores in Shinjuku and Ochanomizu there are some other great independent stores well worth checking. Sadly a few of the regular spots in the Jinbouchou area (Turntable for example) have closed.


Although at least in Turntable’s case the entity still exists. Admittedly off the high street. Enan (the former proprietor of Turntable), having shut the physical store still operates privately and through the pop-up one day record sale. I made it to one such record sale in Jinbouchou. The record sales are usually held in a bar or small hall for one day with a few sellers offering a limited set of stock from boxes. The sale is usually wrapped in a very social setting with both sellers and buyers soundtracking the event by playing records for each other whilst discussing music. More of a house party style event in a bar than a formal record fair. The sales seem to be a welcome new trend, with the stock available and those selling varying from event-to-event.

to OBI or not to OBI


There have been some changes in the records available and the prices since my last trip. As of 1st April 2014 sales tax went up to 8%. It’s often possible to see the price less tax and with tax on the price sticker on the record. Very few stores add the tax on unexpectedly, so what you see on the sticker is the price. One type of record I collect is the Japanese vinyl editions of what might be classed as well known releases (David Bowie, Brian Eno, Scott Walker etc). These are the LP versions wrapped by an OBI strip round the cover with an insert or booklet specifically made for the edition. Complete, these records would appear to have become much harder to find over the years and a bit more expensive than they used to be. There are a few that have eluded me for more than one trip now. A complete copy of Fripp and Eno’s “Evening Star” in theory should be relatively straightforward to score. It isn’t. There are plenty of clean copies of great titles at super cheap prices, but complete top copies are becoming a challenge.


That said there is no shortage of records from about every conceivable geographical location and genre available in almost every store. There are some highly specialist stores that focus on a specific range of music, but in general most stores are across the board. It’s the main reason I come. It’s not just the availability and price of records (which is usually very competitive), but the fact you can zip round town on public transport and without really trying visit anywhere between ten and fifteen stores in any one day and do the same again the next without covering the same ground twice.


 baboab tote bags 2016

Some recommendations?

It goes without saying any of the Disk Unions are worth visiting. The stock turns over frequently and there is always a good range of records for every pocket. Of the independent stores in Shibuya I would recommend a visit to both Sonota (aka Manual of Errors) and El Sur Records. The former is a haven for the most obtuse mondo style records you’ve ever seen whilst the later has a broad range of world music with a healthy selection of African recordings (more CDs and less vinyl these days). One stop on the Keio Line on the express train from Shibuya is Shimokitazawa. Two notable spots here are Flash Disc Ranch for the selection of US used records combined with the sensible pricing policy and Yellow Pop whist not big is always good for turning up 80s alternative titles in top condition. The best Disk Union for Jazz is at Ochanomizu. A short walk from there in Jinbouchou is Record Sya. The store has existed on three floors for many years and is a great source for Japanese releases across almost every genre.


After all the digging for records you probably want a music related break for a drink. Tokyo has a wealth of unique music related café/bars. It’s really just a matter of finding them that is often the problem. Very few of these are often at street level and hence noticeable is passing. One distinct highlight of this trip was a visit to Sound Cafe Dzumi in Kichijoji. An upper floor haven for improvised and free jazz stoked with music and literature from the proprietors (Izumi Hideki) own archive. In addition to the Free Music Archive making regular radio broadcasts from the café they host frequent live performances.

Tokyo street scene 5

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diggin’ in NYC -update October 2015

things move fast in NYC. Faster than a devoted collector can handle sometimes. On my last safari in NYC I noticed that an update to  diggin’ in NYC -top 5 record shops-is necessary. Quite a walk!

 academy records 1

New location checked 12th October 2015


Academy Records Annex

85 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222



A year ago my favourite recordshop re-located to Oak Street, a few blocks more up north. It’s quite a walk from the subway but the scenics of the river and the skyline of Manhattan on a clear sunny day are just mindblowing.

Change trains at Union Square Station for L Train, stop Bedford Avenue. Leave the subway, cross the street and go down to Berry Street, then continue along the waterfront.  Long walk but soothing after the huzz&buzz of Manhattan, quite unreal. It felt like stepping out in a different world onto a movie set.

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academy records annex

The new Academy Annex is airy with high ceilings, nice wide spacing of bins, even a few listening posts. Second hand vinyl galore here…although not as huge in stock as in bygone days. The shop remains a well recommended address in NYC with daily fresh supply at reasonable prices. I dug the broad selection of vinyl in every genre.Rare vintage records abundant on display on the walls. A limited supply of new produced vinyl in the rock genre is available. The extra attraction are the ‘dollarbins’; -3 for $ 5 second hand vinyl. Many DJs search for house 12” and disco classics here.


rough trade NYC
rough trade NYC

Rough Trade NYC

64 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249




Housed in a big old warehouse along the quays of the East River a new branch of the famed UK record label Rough Trade opened within walking distance of Academy Annex.  A big record shop on the main floor, and a concert hall as extra attraction. British indie bands and a wide variety of American artists find a shelter here at night. See the signs on the walls for a daily calendar.

The shop is huge and looks like a cocoon of hi- polished metal stands filled with the latest import and 180 grams vinyl reissues !! An exemplary stocked selection of all brand new published vinyl in all genres. Rough Trade rules the bins here for sure but what a highly surprising  selection of music can be found. There is even one tiny square meter of selected vintage vinyl, for serious cratediggers only.