Anyone notice any funny looking black frisbee’s in your aunt’s basement? These things are records! While it may make you wonder how a Luddite such as I has figured out blogs, hootsuite and snapchat, to a certain subculture, searching through crates of records is both a compulsive and rewarding hobby. As I will be visiting my favourite city in the world, I thought I’d share a map of what I believe are the best independent vinyl record stores in the city.
Rush Hour Records
Rush Hour records boasts a collection of over 20,000 pieces, ranging from Funk, Latin, Disco, R&B to electronic – Techno, House, Dubstep and plenty in between. They also run a successful label where they have released original tracks from Tom Trago, Kirk Degiorgio, Carl Craig and a long list of others.
Steps from the Pianola Museum on Amsterdams’s Western Canal, one will find Distortion Records. Although the store is small, according to their website they boast quite the stock, with cuts from Aesop Rock, Mos Def, El-P, Blackalicious, Bonnie Prince Billy, Low, Pavement, Tortoise, Mogwai, Stereolab, Broadcast, Sonic Youth, Shellac, Slint, Kyuss, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Belle & Sebastian, Lee Perry, DJ Shadow, Kool Keith, Tim Love Lee, Nicola Conte, Basement Jaxx, Ed Rush, Roni Size, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Total Science, Digital, Bad Company, Aphrodite, Tarentel, Piano Magic, Prince Far I, Ramones, Cramps, Jazzanova, Venetian Snares. A most definite visit.
Records and Books
Although they specialize in 60’s and 70’s pop as well as Jazz, the store does carry a stock of 30,000 records of mostly second hand vinyl across all genres. If I can’t pick up a copy of Amanda Lear’s “Queen of China Town” , I am positive I will be entertained by their equally diverse music book selection.
This small store is located near the Noordermarkt and sells vinyl from Jimi Hendrix and the Who to Alice Cooper. What’s appealing is an addition to their interesting stock, they carry old hi-fi equipment, and most importantly record needles. Expect bargains and rarities.
No Website so you will have to visit the store if you are in Amsterdam!
This is by far my favourite record store in Amsterdam. Carrying mostly second hand vinyl, the store has a unique story as it is essentially a retrofitted brothel, leading the renewal of the Red Light District improvement initiative. Additionally, they stream 24/7 online, and do have the occasional big name DJ or act stop in for an impromptu performance. http://redlightradio.net/. Oh as for directions, simply walk to the North side of De Oude Kerk and look for a blue gate. Hit the buzzer which reads “no sex” and a friendly store clerk will let you in.