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Our Favorite DJs Dish on Where to Shop for Record Store Day

posted by Marjana Jaidi on April 18, 2012

  • Kid Koala (Turntablist/Graphic Novel Author)
  • Mick Boogie (DJ/Producer/Entrepreneur)
  • Nick Catchdubs (DJ/Producer, Fool's Gold)
  • Jubilee (DJ/Producer, Mixpax Records)
  • Terry Urban (DJ/Producer)
  • Roska (Producer, Rinse FM)
  • DJ Ayres
  • In honor of Record Store Day, happening worldwide on April 21, we asked some of our favorite DJs to tell us where they like to shop for records. Check out recommendations from Kid Koala, Mick Boogie, Nick Catchdubs, Jubilee, Terry Urban, Roska, and DJ Ayres.

  • Kid Koala (Turntablist/Graphic Novel Author)

    Primitive Records
    3830, Rue Saint-Denis
    Montreal, QC H2W 2M2
    +1 (514) 845-6017

    I've been digging in this shop ever since I moved to Montreal in the 90s. They have one of the strangest collections of vintage vinyl recordings anywhere. The place is cozy and reminds me of an old tiki lounge. All the signage for each record section is hand painted. I especially like the "bizarro" shelf which includes one of he most complete collection of parrot training records I've ever seen. The rest of the store is packed with one off rare gems and private press 45s in every style of music. Eduardo, who runs the joint, is a great fella and great disc jockey. He's an encyclopedia of rare records. Make sure you visit it next time you're in Montreal but be forewarned... You'll be there for hours!

    Photo: Kid Koala at Ninja Tune XX in New York City, October 2010. By Oliver Correa, The HiFi Cartel

  • Mick Boogie (DJ/Producer/Entrepreneur)

    Amoeba Records
    6400 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    +1 (323) 245-6400

    One of my favorite things my wife and I like to do when I have a weekend in LA is enjoy the neighborhood Amoeba is in. Grab a quick lunch at Tender Greens, go shopping at Amoeba Records and then enjoy the Farmer's Market and Flea Market. It's a great day.

    Photo: Mick Boogie at the Re-Living Thing Release Party in New York City, September 2009. By Oliver Correa, The HiFi Cartel

  • Nick Catchdubs (DJ/Producer, Fool's Gold)

    Tunes
    225 Washington Street
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    +1 (201) 653-3355

    I like spending afternoons digging through this spot whenever I'm back in Jersey, they have a good mix of used CDs for the car plus random 12"s from DJs selling their old vinyl. Not to mention the occasional weird joint to sample... gotta look for the fonts.

    Nick Catchdubs at the Fader Fort Presented by Converse, at SXSW in Austin, March 2012. By Marjana Jaidi

  • Jubilee (DJ/Producer, Mixpax Records)

    Sweat Records
    5505 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33137
    +1 (786) 693-9309

    It's a music store, coffee lounge, event space, etc. They have a great little community going on in Miami. Whenever someone is visiting and wants to know where to go that "isn't cheesy south beach" I tell them to pop into Sweat and ask them what's up. It's what a record store should be.

    Jubilee at Flashing Lights in New York City, January 2010. By Oliver Correa, The HiFi Cartel

  • Terry Urban (DJ/Producer)

    Downtown Records
    2068 East 4th Street
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    +1 (216) 861-4567

    I went to this store every week when I first started DJing before the Serato days. They had all the dope classic cut white label records and the dudes that hung in the shop all had great individual personalities. They actually watched me grow up from a basement DJ to a club DJ and then to a radio DJ before I moved to NYC to further my career.

    Photo: Terry Urban at the Fader Fort Presented by Converse, at SXSW in Austin, March 2012. By Marjana Jaidi

  • Roska (Producer, Rinse FM)

    BM Soho
    25 D'Arblay Street
    London W1F 8EJ
    United Kingdom
    +44 (0) 207 437 0478

    [BM Soho] is one of the last few record shops in London and one that stocked my first release in 2008.

    Photo: Roska at Øya Festival in Oslo, August 2010. By Marjana Jaidi

  • DJ Ayres

    Turntable Lab
    120 East 7th St.
    New York, NY 10009
    +1 (212) 677-0675

    My friends own this store, which went from a website selling Technics 1200s and Invisible Skratch Piklz videos in 1999 to having physical record stores in NY, LA and Tokyo, and in the process helped launch the careers of The Rub, Diplo, Blu Jemz, DJ Sabo, Gaslamp Killer, Roctakon and many others. They have excellent taste, keep up with all kinds of new music and still put in work stocking reissues, books and DJ equipment.

    DJ Ayres at Flashing Lights in New York City, December 2009. By Oliver Correa, The HiFi Cartel