Beat’s Guide to Record Store Day

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Beat’s Guide to Record Store Day


There’s a certain kind of magic that exists in record stores and to celebrate the wonder of all things wax, this Saturday April 21 Record Store Day is back. Focused on locally managed, independent stores, there’s more on offer than you can imagine – re-releases and special editions, from independent and major labels, it can all get a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done the hard yards to point you in the right direction and make sure you get the most bang for your buck this year.

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“This is our first year as a record store. We’ve been building up the collection for a launch, though we haven’t put a sign out yet. Although we’re mostly new, some of our 5,000+ titles are now no longer available/deleted.”

Zenith Records

“We’ve done two-and-a-half-thousand titles since we’ve been here in five years,” Rigby says. “A lot of what we do is [runs of] 200s, 150s, which a lot of other plants around the world won’t. We run two shifts a day with plating, because 150 7” is two days’ work; there’s a bit of work in preparing plates and polishing them, punching them.”


“Buy what you like, don’t get too excited just because something is hard to find, buy the stuff you love. Buy it when you see it, if you really want something and you know it’s hard to find, grab it, it might not be there when you come back.”

Basement Discs

“There will be lots of new stock on racks and RSD limited releases, as well as a full day of live music, giveaways and seriously good vibes. It’ll be a total “feel good” day!”

Record Paradise

“We have a great warehouse space in Brunswick which allows us to host artists in our local hub and support vinyl releases, we also have a huge archive of recycled records from all genres.”

Goldmine Records

“Loads of RSD exclusives and over 2000 fresh secondhand records hitting the racks including rock, hip hop, metal, jazz, blues, soul, disco, oz, indie, soundtracks and more. There’s so many goodies, and even a brightly coloured dog”

Heartland Records

“Our massive range of titles, user-friendliness and our 25 years of experience set us apart from other record stores in a big way.”

Vinyl Revival

“A shitload of limited edition RSD titles, storewide discounts, clearance records, equipment specials and good tunes played on sticky black wax – very loudly – all day long. Plus, our Brunswick store has a number of established Melbourne DJs doing sets at our stunning new DJ booth throughout the day.”

Like Butter

“The crates are our most popular item. We’ve made over 8000 of the original large size and about another 4000 of the various other sizes. Many of the Butters have made them over the years but for the last three or four years Tom has made every one himself. He does a brilliant job.”

Rathdowne Records

“There’s half a room for jazz and another half a room of hip hop. There’s tables of soul, funk, disco, house and techno. One wall is dominated by tropical, anime, library, Japanese and Euro grooves. Our collection of rock, metal, indie and punk is two tables full, not to forget soundtracks and classical.”