Crate Digging for Vinyl Records in Sydney
There are so many great record stores in Sydney, particularly the area where I live, known as the Inner West. I often get asked from people visiting Sydney from other parts of Australia and the rest of the world where to find some great spots for a dig. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite spots for you to visit if you ever get the chance!
My first pick is a little record/CD/DVD store smack bang in the middle of Newtown. It’s one I often pop into after a couple of drinks on King St (after all, there is no better curator of my collection as my good friend alcohol). HUM is a store that immediately transports me to the 90s. The staff are all sarcastic, skinny jeans and denim jacket wearing gen X-ers, who are also actually super friendly and very knowledgeable. The wooden floors make it feel warm and cozy, and the fact that they still weirdly sell CDs and DVDs/Blue Rays, I find quite quaint. It reminds me somewhat of my old neighborhood Blockbuster Video. They always have great new popular releases and are the first place I visit when trying to find something like the new Arctic Monkeys, or Father John Misty albums. I love this store.
Side note: One of the staff had the misfortune being on the same bus as me after I may have had a few drinks. I was loudly adulating the greatness that is Broad City, and I stand by this position.
My second pick is Halcyon Daze Records. This little shop is so beautifully fitted out, from the Edison light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, to the wooden record stands and artwork on the walls. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. It’s where we come to find beautiful old jazz, funk and blues albums. You never know what unusual gems you might find here find here. I recommend visiting this store after having a lovely brunch at one of the amazing cafes around the area. Pretty much my ideal Sunday morning.
My final recommendation for Newtown is Repressed records. This store specializes in independent Australian records. We found a beautiful copy of a 1970’s Australian only release of Simon and Garfunkle compilation album. They have a big selection of new and as well as used records, and you’re always bound to find some interesting house, metal or punk music here. They also have some wonderful books and other merch, which is always worth a look too.
Side Note: I once saw an OG of System of a Down’s Toxicity here, but for some reason i did not buy it. I now have to live with this regret in my heart for the rest of my life. Maybe one day I will find another, maybe it will be at Repressed records.
The next suburb over has the infamous Resist Records. This is a record label that specializes in punk, metal and hardcore music. They are a corner stone of this music in Australia and have had a slew of local and international acts on the books. They have an absolutely massive selection of vinyls, CDs, cassettes and merchandise from their online store that ships worldwide, and they also have a retail store in Marrickville.
Mojo Record Bar
And if you want to drink while you shop, Mojo Record bar is the place for you! Make sure you check their opening hours online before heading there. Perhaps most people would assume a bar wouldn’t be open before 4pm on a Saturday…I am not one of those people.
Newtown Record Fair
The Newtown Record Fair is also worth a big mention. This is held at The Bank Hotel on the first Saturday of every months and has a stellar collection of sellers from all over Sydney. They also have great DJs and live music in the afternoons. Plus the Bank Hotel has tasty food and a very decent craft beer selection at Uncle Hops upstairs. Definitely worth a visit if the timing is right!
This is not an extensive list of record stores, but I did want to share with you a few of my favorites. I’d love to know what your favorite local record stores are in your neck of the woods in the comments! You never know when we might get a chance to visit.