Forget about tape players and CD’s, today’s music is all about streaming—or is it? There’s one form of music that’s been making it’s way back onto the scene and we love it. Vinyl (that’s records for you peeps you can’t remember) are those black, flat, round gems that you place on a player and listen as musician’s tune play out in all their scratchy goodness. And so, whether you’re a collector or are simply feeling a touch nostalgic, it’s time to get your hands on some good old, warm-toned vinyl. For the love of the LP, we bring you Auckland’s best vinyl stores.
You would be hard pressed to find an Aucklander who hasn’t, at some point in their lives, ventured into the doors of Real Groovy. If you’re into a bit of movin’ and groovin’ to some vinyl, then this is your essential first stop. If you’re not sure what vinyl’s you need in your life, they even have a handy ‘recommended vinyl’ section to help you out.
Five years ago, Southbound Records opened their doors on up-and-coming Symonds St and they’ve never looked back. Stocking New Zealand’s largest range of new vinyl, they have also hosted ‘Record Day’, which saw people spilling into the streets. Who said vinyl is out?
Conch Kitchen & Bar
Sitting pretty on Ponsonby Road, Conch Kitchen & Bar is a South American-inspired kitchen that began as a market stall in Aotea Square. They then moved into a small shop on K' Road and while they are probably better known for their food and drinks, they stay true to their record store roots. You can head to their website for a curated selection of records.
If you’re looking for history, then Marbecks has it in spades. It was set up in 1934 and has been passed down generation to generation a whopping four times. Situated in Queens Arcade, it stocks a wide range of vinyl gems, including exclusive imports, and the staff have an incredible knowledge of all things music.
While they have plenty of vinyl for sale via their website, it’s worth heading to Flying Out’s Pitt St store for the total experience. Selling independent record labels Flying Nun Records and Arch Hill Recordings, they also stock a heap of other titles.
This Dominion Road record store may look unassuming from the outside, but has plenty of vinyl on offer inside. The shop has been around for 12 years and has a strong supply of New Zealand musicians including Split Enz, and other kiwi musicians from the 60s and 70s.
Considered a spot filled with ‘music nerds’ this is the place where people really know their stuff. Located in a random warehouse down a driveway in New Lynn, you will find the hidden music store.
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