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Independent Record Store Day 2010 – Saturday April 17th

April 14, 2010

Independent Record Store Day has come around again!

Special events and rare releases just for Record Store Day available at a participating record store near you.

A list of Melbourne special events for the day here

including:

BASEMENT DISCS – 24 Block Place, Melbourne PH 9654 1110
www.basementdiscs.com.au

Basement Discs (defying its underground location) will once again be “raising the roof” with their celebrations…this joint will be jumpin’. From around 11.00 am there will live performances, feat. CHARLES JENKINS, CHRIS WILSON, JEFF LANG, LIZ STRINGER, SIME NUGENT, THE MERCURIALS (Mark Ferrie, Andrew Pendlebury & Adi Saffir), VAN WALKER, THE SPOILS (Trio), THE VANDAS (Duo) and LISA MILLER (TBC). REBECCA BARNARD & BRIAN NANKERVIS (of ROCKWIZ fame) will be mc’ing music trivia questions with lots of prizes & goodie bags up for grabs. There will also be a set flat-rate discount across the board on everything in the store for the day. The event will be very family friendly, with light refreshments, cheese & bikkies, etc. provided. So…come one, come all!

GREVILLE RECORDS – 152 Greville Street Prahran PH: 9510 3012
www.myspace.com/greville_records

Greville Records will be celebrating Indie Record Store Day with a 20% off sale on everything in the store.

THE LAST RECORD STORE – 304 Smith St, Collingwood PH 9416 2000
www.lastrecordstore.com/

The Last Record Store will be celebrating Independent Record Store Day with live in-store entertainment from ANDY BAYLOR, CHRIS WILSON and friends, THE JUNES and ALICE KEATH, along with assorted goodies throughout the day.

MISSING LINK RECORDS – Basement 405 Bourke Street, Melbourne PH 9670 8208
www.missinglink.net.au

There’s gonna be a huge sale that starts on record store day. Lots of cool stuff going out with big discounts. – 10% off everything in store except for tickets and already discounted stock. There’ll be a lucky dip with tons of free CD’s, records, merch etc. for everyone who spends over $10 (excluding tickets); a prize draw with multiple different packs of cd’s and records etc, plus a guitar to win (donated by Cut Throats Of Tall Poppies), a slew of live music all day (with bands to be confirmed this week). and a few other surprises we’re working on locking down at the moment.

NORTHSIDE RECORDS – 236 Gertrude St, Fitzroy PH 9417 7557
www.northsiderecords.com.au/

NORTHSIDE RECORDS is proud to present another instore! This time THE BAMBOOS on International World Record Store Day April 17th… This time hot after the release of their fourth record “4” THE BAMBOOS are going to squeeze into funky Northside! Come down, grab a seat out the front and have a taste of what the band will be playing at their record launch at the Corner on May 8th The gig will kick off at 3pm, but don’t be late because they won’t play for too long!!!

POLYESTER RECORDS
CITY: 288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne PH 9663 8696 / FITZROY: 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy PH 9419 5137

www.polyesterrecords.com/

The good folks at Polyester will be donating 20% of all proceeds from CD/DVD/Vinyl sales on Saurday 17th to the Cancer Council, Victoria. Behind the counter, special guest staff on the day are FEE-B SQUARED, BEN BIRCHALL and TIM SHIEL (RRR Breakfasters), DAVID O’DOHERTY, ANDREW McCLELLAND & JOSH EARL (comedians), ALAN BROUGH and MYF WARHURST (Spicks and Specks) and JULIA ZEMIRO (RockWiz), so lots of laughs guaranteed.

WHITE RABBIT RECORD BAR – 176 Bellair St, Kensington PH 9376 5441
www.whiterabbitrecords.com.au

WHITE RABBIT RECORD BAR is celebrating the wonderful world of vinyl with 12 hours of DJ fun 11 am – 11 pm
Rabbit’s Resident DJ’s along with Guest DJ’s Frank Driscoll, Sister Alex, Sard Boogie and more to be announced.
20% discount on all music sales on the day & all music customers go in the draw for a Vinyl-Lovers Hamper
worth over $200 which will be drawn at the end of the day.

It will be a great day of celebration and we are inviting you all to come along, help spread the word, and support these great indie stores & join in the fun of International Independent Record Store Day!

Support your indie record stores so they can support the live scene, the clubs and the bands you love.

Vive Le Indie Record Store – long may you live.

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This Saturday: International Independent Record Store Day

April 16, 2009

/culled from the Indie Initiative email list – a very worthy cause!!!!!  From this list, remember Heartland Records, Greville Records, Peril Underground, Polyester Records, Metal Mayhem:  but there’s also Missing Link, Hear Now Records, DMC Records, Liquorice Pie Records, Northside Records… plenty more too, just waiting to help you love music :D  Google maps can help if you need to find one near you!

 

 

It’s World Record Store Day on Saturday www.worldrecordstoreday.com .

Record stores are the heartbeat of music. Those indie stores that are left survive because they cater to their consumers needs. The proprietors and staff have the knowledge to steer people in the right direction, they help musicians get their product out and give joy when the have the music you want.

I have a bad vinyl habit that needs more records. This week I got Zaireeka (Flaming Lips) and a Superfunk compilation from Second Spin in Carlisle St, the new My Morning Jacket album (complete with CD) and a soul compilation at Greville Records and a DVD of The Prairie Home Companion from Record Paradise in Chapel Street.  Record Paradise in now run by Paul and Renee and is completely changed from Warrens Record Paradise. You can now find vinyl sorted into some sort of order. It’s still a crate diggers paradise, but they have added books and movies (helped by Paul Harris from 3RRR).

Warrens was run by possibly the unfriendliest and rudest proprietor ever. It’s next to the Police station at 100 Chapel Street (near Carlisle St).

If you’ve been there you know what I mean. But now it’s sweetness and light.

Basement Discs and Polyester will be having instore appearances.

Record store were and are a great source of knowledge. Support them on Saturday, but support them very week. It can be easier to go to a chain, but having some knowledgable discussion will be far more illuminating. You never know who you might meet. I met Nick Cave recently at Greville. He always supports local stores. In’t it time you did to.

<neil@indieinitiative.com>

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Holy Double Auditory Pleasure, Batman! A Polyester Records Sale!

January 14, 2008

 

What the world needs now is independent music, sweet independent music.  And Polyester Records on Brunswick Street has always been instrumental in mapping Melbourne’s musical landscape, supporting both local favourites and obscure internationals for years.  Polyester is the type of record store where the staff are still allowed to put their own recommendations on the wall: and what’s more, it’s the kind of store where you might even trust their judgement! As well as new releases and obscurities Polyester sell a great range of indie pop, reggae, hip hop, electro-rock, soundtracks, wrong-disco, pop-punk,  alt.nu.folk  and of course the retrorespectables like Iggie Pop, The Who, The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain and more.  Lots more information about Polyester is available on their website including charts, reviews, gig tickets and more. 

In recent weeks Polyester have nearly counted themselves out of an Underground Melbourne rating by **BECOMING A CHAIN STORE** “Noooooooooooooooo” I hear you wail.  Well, at least if they become a chain store they’re going to be a damn fine quality one – or they will be as long as we keep buying the good stuff!  With that in mind, you are encouraged to visit their new store in Flinders Lane, near Elizabeth street and Degraves Lane. It’s looking pretty shiny for an indie record store at the moment, so it’s essential to make a visit and help take some shine off the waxed floor and give the city the same pop-postered home away from home feel that the Brunswick Street store has in spades! 

In fact, so keen are Polyester for you to drop by, that they’re having an INCENTIVE OFFER  until the 20th of January 2008!!!! If you spend $80 on music you’ll get a $10 voucher. It’s available in the city and at the Brunswick street store, but only applies to music: don’t think you can be sneaky and attempt to use it to by gig tickets… 

Best thing  about Polyester 1 and Polyester 2:   good, solid range of stock in indie new releases.  letting their staff pick the music on the charts or even to have their own chart.  hiring music lovers as staff – it’s nice to have someone enthusiastic and /or knowlegeable helping dissuade you from buying that “ironic” Donny Osmond remix album and to take home some nice P J Harvey instead…

The downside: the range of 7″es is a bit limited – but they do offer to order things in for you.  The new shop needs the shiny newness scuffed and loitered out of it, so make your way in and mooch about in your improbably large boots. There are always too many interesting releases.  The experimental section is pretty small to nonexistent which is definitely a shame but experimental is a frisky can of worms, and perhaps they’re wise to steer clear.

Trivia: Chris who co-owns Polyester has put out a board game called ‘World Domination’!  Apparently you can buy it instore. I’m not sure if it’s available for $10 off though…

Details:POLYESTER RECORDS – CITY288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne(03) 9663 8696You can find the City store between Degraves and Elizabeth StreetsPOLYESTER RECORDS – FITZROY387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy(03) 9419 5137You can find the Fitzroy store opposite Vegie Bar on Brunswick Street. The 112 trams stops right outside the store.Opening Hours – Fitzroy StoreMon & Tues 10am-9pmWed to Sat 10am-10pmSun 10am-9pmOpening Hours – City StoreMonday to Thursday: 10am – 6pmFriday: 10am – 8pmSaturday: 10am – 6pmSunday: 11am – 5pm  

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Heartland Records – Peel St Melbourne

December 30, 2007
Heartland Records are another place so underground they don’t even bother with advertising or websites.  Plebians one might say.  I think their theory is that they don’t really need to.  All the more reason to give them a jolly good write up here. As far as music goes, they’re the most thoroughly  gothic and industrial shop in Melbourne, hands down.  (any challenges welcome as comments to this article). 
 
Heartland’s main music genres are Indie/Indie dance/Soundtracks/Metal/Gothic/Industrial. They do new and second hand vinyl and CDs.  they also do a small market in collectibles and tshirts, plus badges and the occasional gig tickets.  
 
Not only is Heartland one of the best places to look for new indie releases on vinyl plus classics from artists like Pulp, Suede, New Order, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Placebo and many more, it’s a gold mine of independent 7″ singles new and old .  Having tried desperately hard to find recent UK 7″ singles from bands like The Horrors or Arcade Fire, or even Jarvis or Morrissey, the Good the Bad and the Queen – I found them at Heartland!  While there are plenty of great indie record stores in Melbourne – this is the only place I found with many new UK titles on the shelf on 7″.  
 
The best things about Heartland:  
 
1. as above, the indie 7″ collection is without peer in Melbourne – Missing Link do a good US and Australian selection but for UK Heartland is King. 
 
2. an amazing array of second hand collectible gothic and industrial vinyl, plus a great selection of new stuff on CD. Not as experimental a selection as Peril, but definitely great for goth/popular industrial/metal.
 
3. The downside – well, my biggest gripe is that they do absolutely no advertising so it’s difficult to know when new shipments are in… I guess you just have to ring or drop by.  There is a tiny lack-of-convenience factor as well, but whinging about having to pay the Queen Vic Markets a visit or Flagstaff Gardens is churlish. It’s just not easy when you’re in a hurry running around town.  
 
Heartland Records:  
61 Peel St West Melbourne
Contact: 03 9329 9636
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