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CDandLP is turning 15 this year. Let’s celebrate!

The Game: a blind test. First of all we wanted to thank you for your warm feedback on our blog. We knew that posting again on the blog was a good idea but we weren’t expecting such enthusiasm coming from you to hear about us and music, our common passion. We are so happy that you enjoy this idea. We will do our best not to disappoint you. March was not chosen randomly to revive our b [...]

The blog is back

Some of you have been knowing us for a while, indeed, CDandLP was born in 2002. For some others it’s more recent. Although we have a surprise coming up for our 15th birthday. For you and all the new fellows that we are glad to welcome every day, we decided to write again in our blog. The blog was launched in 2009 while we were in Japan. At the time, we wrote about the record stores we  [...]

Warehouse, Shinjuku

Linked to the previous post, Warehouse is the twin brother of Nat Records. To be clear, it is more a “siamese brother” than a twin, as the 2 shops share the same space, separated only by a wall that does not go all the way. So, you feel that you are in “one” shop, except that you have 2 different sets of records (and quite different), 2 different cashiers and, behind all this, 2 different co [...]

Nat Records, Shinjuku

Nat Records is located in one of the back streets of the western part of Shinjuku, on the 2nd floor of a building, and they share their space with Warehouse Records (that we will present in another post) in an interesting concept that we could call '2 shops in 1' ! Nat Records opened up in 1994. It was created by Taku and Ita, 2 heavy metal music fans who decided to specialize in anything  [...]

Barn homes records, Shinjuku

Barn Homes Records is a neat little shop on the second floor of a building on a rather busy street in Shinjuku and it has a very interesting characteristic for us : it is NOT mentioned in the Record Map (unusual enough to be noted...) We found this place by walking around the neighborhood West of Shinjuku station (where all the interesting record shops are located). Mr. Yoshiwara opened up [...]

Coconuts disk, Ikebukuro

The Coconuts disk store in Ikebukuro is one of the 4 shops of the company “Coconuts Disk” (the 3 others are located in Ekoda, Kichijoji and Yoyogi). We had a good chat with Satomura-san who explained the various activity of this very active company : not only do they sell used records, but they have nice textile products, some dvds and books (most of them related to music). They have ab [...]

Hashodo koshoten, Ikebukuro

What a strange name for a record store, you think... And you are right ! Hashodo Koshoten literally means “Hasshodo's second hand book” . This is probably one of the oldest books and records store in Japan : it was opened in 1960 ! This nice tidy shop of about 200 m2 is located in the back streets of Ikebukuro station (North of Tokyo). They first started by selling second hand books ( [...]

Shinjuku Record, Shinjuku

After 2 posts from Australia, we are back in Japan for some more presentations of record stores in Tokyo. As the name of the store states rightfully, this interesting record shop is located in Shinjuku. It was open by the Fujiwara family in 1970. They still run the place and, when you visit, there is a big chance that you will see behind the counter Yoichiro-san (the son). They might not [...]

DJ Sheep (Brisbane, Australia) - 3 x Australian State DMC DJ Champion / Terntable Jediz / Dirty Diggaz

This post is a break to the visits of record stores. I met Bevan aka DJ Sheep during my stay in Brisbane in June 2011. We met at a weird gear session and we quickly hit it off. He then offered me to make a record collector, DJ and digger portrait at his place as follows ... Xavier. Can you introduce yourself? DJ Sheep, born in Australia and raised in Brisbane. I do a lot of stuff, but  [...]

Flash Disc Ranch, Shimokitazawa

In Shimo-Kitazawa, make sure you stop by FLASH DISC RANCH, a really good records shop in Tokyo. The master of place is Masao Tsubaki opened up in December 1982 (waouh !) and is still the one behind the counter counseling youngsters about what to buy and DJing some good R&B, soul, jazz, etc. tracks. As he announces himself, his specialty is “cheapies”. And rightly so, the price of the products s [...]
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