Camden Record Stores Galore
By Muso187 | Saturday, July 23, 2011, 09:10
Camden isn't just for fashion, fetish, and fun. I mean, it is great for all those things, but the reason it holds its 'street cred' through the decades is built on a real foundation of authentic alternative culture. One of the most important aspects of any culture is the music, and Camden caters for all musical tastes in abundance. As well as the great live music venues at night there are a plethora of good old fashioned record stores to keep the vibrant music culture alive during the day. If one takes the time to look, you'll find Camden has record stores galore.
Vintage Vinyl in Camden
No Hit Records - Sounds that Swing
No Hit Records have been in the music industry since the 80's as a label and distribution company, and their 'Sounds that Swing' store in Camden has an amazingly varied selection of both CDs and vinyl. You can find a lot of styles here that you may not find in other stores, such as country R&B (that is real rhythm and blues, before it morphed into standing for 'rap and bass'), rockabilly and hillbilly, and garage punk. A great alternative store for rarely known artists both new and old.
This is a great place for serious vinyl collectors. The original basement store focuses mainly on rock through the ages. A bit guitar heavy perhaps, but great for interesting progressive rock form the 60s and 70s. The upstairs room has a great selection of classic soul and reggae, and the backroom hosts the high end collectors' vinyls. Amazing to browse, but too pricey for the casual collector. Exclusively second hand and vintage it is one of the rare places you can still get tapes, for those that still have tape machines.
All Ages styles itself as a punk and hardcore specialist. They have a good balance of CDs and vinyls, and for punk fans there isn't a better place to find that forgotten sound. They are very inclusive and operate a massive noticeboard for flyers and bands to connect on and find gigs and new members, and they even sell tickets over the counter for unusual gigs in the hardcore punk world. Great supporters of the music scene, and the only place to find some great unsigned home recorded artists that they champion and sell through their store.
For the real alternative Resurrection Records specialise in industrial gothic and metal. That is the very, very, heavy end of rock and neoclassical blends of screaming noise and blistering technique. They are a label also and support many great acts in this genre. Their little basement store is very friendly and despite the somewhat fiendish bent that shapes the sounds and styles of industrial gothic heavy metal, is not at all scary to visit, and a lovely place to browse for new music.